We are week 3 into a bathroom remodel that has gotten underway in our home. It was done mostly out of necessity. When we bought this little mid-century ranch 12 years ago there was evidence of some water damage in the main upstairs bathroom. We asked the sellers to seal the cracks and over the years have watch the cracks, resealed until this past year it was very evident it would need some attention. We were holding off in case we wanted to incorporate a larger change in the mix. In the end we opted to keep it the same layout and just gut to the bones. DH has been helping our contractor who happens to be in the family and it was crazy how much water damage was there.
We now have new subflooring, new drywall where needed and are actually installing the proper backing board behind the shower tile. I saying goodbye to the 50's, tile that was cracked dull in color and just done for a bright white subway tile. The feature is really going to be the kind of wild mexican ceramic tile that we found for the flooring in a mismatch of 3 different patterns in the same color tone. We are staying modest with a deep porcelain over steel tub, pedestal sink, and upgraded comode. Keeping the space the same is a challenge- it is 5 foot by 6 foot folks!
So all of this has layers of dust in the house and also really still brings us to the place of living in this pretty small little place. Yes this is currently my dining/living room upstairs. Honestly I don't alway love it. I dream of old houses like the one I grew up in- except I like living in the city. I love the craftsman bungelows except I like my yard space that we have which is pretty unique for center of town living.
So we try to make the best of it. When we found this little place it fit most of our critera. It was within our budget, at the end of a quiet street, had a park in the neighborhood, and we could walk and bike to downtown, and a grocery. An added bonus this amazing outside space. We two huge outside decks and tons of woods instead of a neighbor to our west.
So even though we keep an eye out for something different we keep finding that this little home is still pretty sweet. In the meantime we keep trying to maintain where we can in a smart way and within our budget. Heck in the process we are able to swing a small upgrade to the half bath upstairs and I am already eyeing a quick paint and update to the downstairs bathroom with just a couple extra steps.
Believe me, I can't wait to have my bath back- showers are fine for the necessary washing but they don't have anything on a relaxing bath at night. Two more weeks= fingers crossed, and we should hopefully have it all fresh, funky, and ready to go.
So onward ho, keep trying to modestly make it our place to play and rest, where we share and give. Where we play music, knit, and make toys. Where we have messes and hopefully tons more joy before the future when my boys footsteps are less here and more on their own paths. Now I am off to walk to the grocery- check back soon for more pictures.