Construction Hiccups

I feel like we may need to mount one of these signs permanently in our front yard.  : )  We have hit the three year renovation mark now on our house (hard to believe), and I feel like we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.  Our Master Bathroom is the last major construction project on our list for now, and after this is over, it will be more “fun” decorating projects and room makeovers, and less white dust permeating everything everywhere.

Our bathroom, just like every project (especially in a nearly 100 year old house), has had some hiccups.  Uneven ceilings and floors, last minute changes, pipes bursting, first floor raining, etc etc etc…I did want to tell you about one little hiccup we had in the shower.

In the original setup of our bathroom, the shower was really teensy, and there was a small linen closet next to it.  So the logical plan would be to expand the shower by taking out that closet, right?

There was just one problem…

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As you can see, behind the linen closet was the corner of the room next to it, which is the boys room.

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In fact, the boys thought it was super awesome when the workers accidentally punched into their wall a little bit as you can see above.   We had a strict rule for awhile that NO kids were allowed in the bathroom at any time since there was no flooring, and they could fall through to the first floor.  When the boys heard Kent and I in the bathroom talking, we would see their little eyes, along with them saying, “We’re in heeeerrrrreee, we’re in the baaaaathrooooooom”.  Of course, they giggled like crazy, and it was all hilarious.  Turkeys.

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But we had a dilemma, do we go ahead and bump out that corner of the room (which could look weird and awkward) to gain the extra eighteen inches of shower space, or do we just leave the shower the size it was and expand a little bit the other direction?

In the end, we decided this was our Master Bathroom, and we wanted a more luxurious shower.  Therefore, we bumped it out, and sheet rocked the other side in the boys room.  Now their corner looks like this.

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So what to do with this little corner jut out?  Well, I have some ideas…

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I don’t want to do anything super permanent because I think as the boys get older, our needs for this space may change.   We do need some book storage in this room, so I’m thinking I may go the spice rack/wall book shelf route.   I would do book ledges from floor to ceiling on both sides of the bump out.  It would be easy to do and may make the space look more legit and less “woops, change of plans”.  (I will probably use the classic Ikea spice rack)

Any other ideas I may not have thought of?

P.S.  Follow me on Instagram (@astoriedstyle) for real-time progress of our bathroom renovation!  I post each day’s changes, and now that the boring rip out/sheet rock period is over, the changes are gettin’ good.  ; )

Written by Grace

6 Responses to “Construction Hiccups”

  1. Emily February 27, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    You made the right decision expanding the shower, and I love the spice rack idea! You are so clever!

    • Grace February 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks Emily, I think we did the right thing, too. It does make kind of a funky corner, but I want some elbow room in that shower! 🙂 xo, G

  2. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door February 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I love how a change like that just gets your mind going rather than freaking you out. 🙂

    • Barbara Antley February 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      I recently saw a beautiful home artist’s studio in BHG I think where a support beam that had been boxed and sheet rocked was painted in wide horizontal stripes! It looked really good.

      • Grace February 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

        Barbara, thank you so much for this recommendation! I’m going to go find that photo! I so appreciate you taking the time to share that with me, such a great idea! I may need to add that little decor punch in. 🙂 G

    • Grace February 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Elizabeth, HA! I have to give credit for that to four kids in less than four years. 🙂 You transition easily to Plan B…or C or D. 😉 xo, G

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