Friday, 22 March 2013

Renos never go as planned do they?

We have been up in Kelowna for the past couple of weeks, doing some work on our future retirement home.  We are hoping to have it all set up for the summer, or whenever our other house sells. (fingers crossed that will be sooner than later)  

We made ourselves a big "to do list" including some renos to 2 bathrooms.  

This is the master bathroom, the sinks are so high in here it looks like giants live here. The cabinets are 36" high and with the vessel sinks on top I would need a stool to drink from the tap.  So we bought new sinks that will mount under the granite.  Of course, this granite cannot be reused because of the cuts made for the exciting sinks.  So we have to buy new granite, and think we will go with something black to add some drama to the room.  Of course we have been trying for over 2 weeks to get 2 quotes to do this, and so far have only received one.  Trades in Kelowna work at a very slow pace for some reason? (you'd think it was mexico)

The other bathroom we left for last on the list because demo was going to be messy and we didn't want to live in the dust for long, but it did not go as planned...........

The plan was to remove the bathtub on the other side of this wall, making room to cut a closet into this wall.  Unfortunately, when Mark started cutting off the drywall he found a whole lot of wires!  Lucky that he did not take out the bathtub first!  Rewiring the house to make a closet is too expensive.  We were disappointed, this house is really short of closets, the one in the master bedroom is 1/4 of the size of our current closet (yes I will have to downsize my wardrobe!)
 After sleeping on the problem, we came up with this as the only solution.  The room will be a bit smaller, but we are only using it as an office and it is still a good size for a future buyer to use as a bedroom, (aprox 11X11)

 Mark had this framed in a few hours, and will drywall it today.  So lucky to have a good handyman around when you need one!

So now I need to decorate a boring powder room, can I hide a tub we will never use? (but will have to clean!)  We have ruled out spending too much money on this room, and just to think of it as good for future resale, as the room we just added a closet to, could be a bedroom.  So I guess I'll go shopping for a shower curtain, rug and maybe pick a darker paint color? 

 What would you do?

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