November 23, 2011

Sometimes Progress Ain't Pretty

Hello my little birdies! We are ARE ARE making progress in the upstairs bathroom renovation. I know. Can I get a giant virtual high five to Mr. Man for all his hard work?

Let's review: Kitchen? Done. Back porch? Done. Garden patio? Done. That brings us to the skylight/spray foam/upgrade electricity/dense packed cellulose/build shower and closet where only closet used to be/bathroom remodel project. The WHAT?!?! Oh, you probably remember it as the 'bathroom project'. Said project has evolved somewhat.
What started out as a simple bathroom upgrade ("Let's restore the bead board and refinish the floors and paint the walls and patch the ceiling! It will be great!") has, in the ultimate edition of the 'I know an old lady who swallowed a fly' song, turned into a skylight/spray foam/upgrade electricity/dense packed cellulose/bathroom upgrade project. INTERWEBS! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? (insert computer-y sounds: beep boop beep boop boop beep bop.) INTERWEBS SAYS: You live in old house. Sometimes old house progress not pretty. For example? This:
Can turn into this:
Mr. Man wants a standing shower in addition to our claw foot soaking tub - who am I to say no? So he measured the ridiculous Victorian closet in the abutting bedroom and determined there was enough room for a storage closet AND a shower.  Soooooo more demo.We demolished the ceiling too to prepare for insulation. The installation will be a lot cheaper this way and we can be more confident in a thorough job, because we'll be able to see the whole. damn. thing.
We're going to be getting AMAZEBALLS fixtures from Delta faucet for the shower, sink and tub, and - with these changes to the plan - the bathroom will really feel like a master bathroom. The next step is spray foam installation in the back half of the upstairs. I'll explain WHY spray foam as opposed to cellulose in a future post.

November 21, 2011

Good Thing We Didn't Spend A Lot On That Fence

Before:
And After:
Good thing we didn't spend $3000 $2000 $1000......Ahem. Let's start over: Good thing we spent about $500 on that fence! Also? I get to rethink the ENTIRE back flower bed due to the sudden and abundant amount of sun the area will now receive. Also? Everyone is okay.

November 6, 2011

Howdy Neighbor!

The bad news? I have to wear clothes in the kitchen now to spare our neighbors a frightening view. The good news? More sunlight in the garden?