If you’re new around here, a year and a half ago my husband and I purchased our first house: a 1940’s Colonial located in a very cute coastal Connecticut town. We’ve been tackling remodeling the house room by room, where we’re always looking for ways to add equal parts function and character into our house.
Meet our newest One Room Challenge™ project: the Master Bathroom. For those of you who have been following along, this is a project we started at the beginning of the year. Coming off of our last One Room Challenge, our Guest Bathroom, my husband asked if we could take our Master Bathroom slow, since cramming a bathroom remodel into six weeks when you’re doing all the work yourselves in your after-work hours is a lot. So, I obliged. And here we are again.
To remind you, here was our last One Room Challenge bathroom:
We hadn’t intended to tackle the Master Bathroom for the One Room Challenge, but the timing lines up nicely and some unexpected setbacks (like my husband taking himself out of commission for a few weeks thanks to overdoing it at a hockey tournament) have made the One Room Challenge the perfect reason to rev up the speed and get this bathroom done.
The vibe we’re going for in this bathroom is a luxe bathroom in a chic European boutique hotel. The room should feel fresh and cool but timeless thanks to classic finishes like Carrera marble and detailed trimwork. Visually, the room should look like the grown up older sibling to our fun but still elevated Guest Bathroom.
As of this current moment, we’ve already stripped the bathroom down to the studs, reconfigured the space, built the new wall separating the bathroom from the closet and bedroom, run electrical, had the plumbers do the rough-ins, framed out the shower niche and laid subfloor. So, that means we’ve essentially got a framed-out room with no walls. So, trust me, we aren’t exactly short-changing ourselves or you guys on how much work we still have left to do on this room, especially when we’re doing all the work in addition to our normal life and 9-5 jobs.
Here’s the master bathroom before we began demo. I’m not going to lie, I’m embarrassed to share these photos with the internet. Yes, this was our bathroom for over a year. And no, we didn’t do anything to try to make it more attractive, since we knew it was all coming out:
And this is where we’re at now that we’ve reconfigured the space and borrowed about 25 square feet from the closet for a shower:
This is the view towards the double vanity that will be on the right (this is where the toilet and short wall of the shower/tub was previously).
And this is the view towards the new space (anything beyond the end of the window), where the shower will be at the end and the toilet will be in front of it on the left wall.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to be tackling:
- Installing insulation (halfway done) and soundproofing
- Hanging drywall on the ceiling and walls
- Creating the shower pan
- Laying cement board on the floors and shower wall
- Installing radiant flooring
- Tiling the floor and shower walls
- Installing wainscoting throughout
- Priming and painting the space
- Refinishing a vanity
- Installing a floating marble shower bench
- Installing fixtures
- Installing lighting
And I’m sure a ton of other things I’m forgetting.
Whew, that’s a lot. But at least we have learned from our enthusiasm and won’t be tiling an entire bathroom, like in the last One Room Challenge™!
We still have decisions to make on all our lighting, mirrors, hardware, towel bars, paint colors, and lots more. And here’s the mood board, though quite a few things are subject to change.
You can check out all the other participants on the official One Room Challenge™ site here.