Overall, even with the various glitches along the way, this entire experience was a good one. Yes, it was incredibly dusty - construction/demo dust is a whole new ballgame when it comes to getting everywhere, but it was interesting to see everything progress, and every time something was installed that we'd picked out (versus, say, boring stuff like getting the damaged drywall repaired), we were really happy to see it all come together. We've been back to using the master bathroom for nearly a week now, and I still get a thrill when I walk into it. It's light and modern, and much nicer than anything I would've thought I'd ever have in this house...and I love it. Now, if I could just win the lottery so I could do the rest of the floors, and change the kitchen countertops to granite, and...yes, it's true what they say, once you start doing some renovations, the rest of the house tends to pale by comparison.
Pictures (click to enlarge if you want to see more detail):
The long-awaited shower enclosure - rain glass, with a brushed nickel frame. Next to the tub that we had tiled up the side, with the new faucet...I love how this came out!
New shower head and turner-on thing, and who would think that the shower would turn on so much easier, but it does.
Comparison shots, just for fun:
March 2013, after we'd spruced it up with new paint, curtains, towels and accessories.
September 2013 - new floor, drawer/door fronts (can you tell the difference?), countertops, and faucets.
March 2013 - and what would become ground zero of the flood...
September 2013 - wall repaired, professionally textured and painted, new floor. I had to have the print that was in there cut down because it had some water damage - I'm not kidding when I tell you that water was spraying out with the force of a fireman's hose!
Jeff's side (he decided he wanted to have his toothbrush on the counter and picked out the white glass himself - I think he made a good choice).
My side. I really, REALLY love it!
I luv it too, Mom. Mostly I luv the peeple not coming in my house anymore. But floor is nice to shed on.
We also got new carpet in the master bedroom, closets, and my office. After 13 years of builder-grade carpet (read, kind of crummy), it's wonderful to have nice, new carpet - at least on one side of the house. Again, we'd love to finish the rest of the flooring, but the money has run out, so that won't be happening for a while. But here's the bedroom:
Ahhh! Almost done - I still would like to get a floor vase and more sticks for that area by the chair, but shopping has been on hold until we get the final bill for the bathroom and carpet.
I love how the bedroom ties in with the bathroom so well now - the flooring makes as much of an impact as the paint on the walls - something I didn't really consider previously.
The bathroom flooded on June 6th, and we were finished with the repair/redo on August 30th - I never thought I'd end up spending the summer dealing with something like this, but stuff happens. I'm just glad we had insurance, some money in savings, and a good contractor, because now, inadvertently, we have a very nice bathroom and bedroom. Tomorrow, I'm going to have a piña colada while admiring everything, because this was what we did instead of booking our trip to Maui. Maybe next year...
(In case you want a refresher from beginning to end, here's the bath redo posts - Part 1, Part 2, and the closet pictures.)