We are getting down to the final stages of our house renovation and there is so much to share. Plaster is dry and floors are going in – tile will start next week (if we can order it in time!).
The work will start on the third floor and move down throughout the house. So the first bathroom to tackle is the guest bathroom. It currently looks like this:
Before the plaster went up, I took this shot standing outside the door:
We added this bathroom to the house by extending an existing dormer, and stealing space from two closets in the neighboring bedrooms.
It will have a small shower tucked to the left of the door, a double vanity and toilet tucked behind a wall for privacy.
These are our final finishes, if you’d like to see:
We got simple white subway tile from Home Depot ($1.75/sq foot!), herringbone carrara marble from builder depot ($9.75/sq ft), and a vanity from houzz that included the marble top, two sinks and large mirror (all for $1600).
Here is the full supply list:
Vanity: $1600 for 72”, including mirror, sinks, carrara counterop
Faucets: $160 each
Floor tile:$9.75/sq foot
Wall tile: 1.76/sq foot
Toilet paper holder: $31
Towel ring: $19 each
Wallpaper: $88 per roll, assume 3 rolls:
Lights: $200 each, times 2
Goals. Do you love them, or do you hate them?
Context matters – are they daunting and unachievable or are they challenging yet possible?
The latter are inspiring, and achieving that goal is, well, the goal.
And yet I find that after an accomplishment, I almost immediately think “OK, what next”?
The thrill of accomplishment is fleeting.
It is the act of striving that provides a more sustaining boost. We owe ourselves a reminder that process is just as important.
Stay conscious. Present. Be excited about the future but don’t let that excitement rush you through today.
Remember to play.
“The end of a melody is not it’s goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end it has not reached it’s goal” –Nietzsche
So too the weekend – savor the process, and don’t disparage its end. Without it, we would not be getting the break from routine that we crave.
It all starts with an onion, which for me means it starts with tears.
You could probably do without, but the end result would not have the same oomph.
Make sure it is finely diced so as not to steal the show – it should be like a stage hand, unseen but important. Red, white, shallot even, just make sure it’s there.
Next – the bright green star of our show.
Cut the avocado in half, scoop out with a spoon, and roughly chop in the bowl. A little chunk is good.
Top with good sea salt. Add the juice of half a lime. Fresh only. Be generous.
You could be done here, but we have a secret to share…
It adds that je ne sais quoi.
Pair with salty blue corn chips.
We are deep in the demo phase of our renovation. In other words, it can only get better from here! Right?
Most of the walls are open, ceilings are down, and floors are ripped up.
Here, take a look…
A view of our Master Suite – glamorous right?
The new bathroom will be to the left. Here is the full space:
Those two large openings are framed for the double hung windows that will go in, with a view towards the water. (Insert cast iron soaking tub).
Here is a better picture, where you can get a sneak peek at the water behind that plastic.
This is a shot looking back into the bedroom – it’s hard to tell, but there will be two closets with a hallway connecting to the sleeping area to the far left.
This floorplan will help give a better sense of the space – you can see the tub in the corner for reference (though we have decided to rotate it, and make the vanity a foot shorter – thinking this will feel a bit more spacious).
We will be replacing all of the windows with traditional double hung. And adding a large 12′ sliding door with Juliet balcony at the end – to take advantage of this view…
The sun is setting earlier, we can feel it ending. We don’t want to let it go.
Yet – if we spend too much time bracing for the end, we’ll miss the last moments.
And before we know it, the next chapter will have begun.
Do we recognize the new beginning in the moment that it happens?
Or perhaps it is only knowable as a memory.
You realize with relief that apprehension of an ending has been gently nudged aside by delight.
The next season has begun.