Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bathroom Remodel: Finished!!

We are (almost) finished the infamous bathroom remodel that has been in the works since Labor Day weekend.  Yes, I mean September 6th. 

When we purchased the house up here in Anchorage, the master bathroom (along with basically every other house we looked at) was quite ridiculously small.  Especially coming from the suburbs in Houston where bathrooms are about the size of a normal living area. Anyways, we decided we would need to fix that, but since it was the only "issue" in the entire house that we disliked - we fell in love with rest of the home and moved right in.
The bathroom BEFORE
You could basically sit on the toilet while brushing your teeth and still reach the water.
And the shower...with no door or curtain. I'm not sure how that'd work.

And the closet BEFORE
We had to do some major spring cleaning to get our clothes to fit.

 At first (since we had just done a complete house flip in Oklahoma City this spring and I, for one, was not too excited about taking on another huge project) we had a couple contractors come out and give us bids on what we wanted to happen.  They were pretty our conclusion?  Let's save thousands of dollars and do it ourselves!  Fabulous. 

Or that's what I thought on September 6th. Not so much 13 weeks later on December 4th.

All we wanted to do was move a wall about 3 feet into the bedroom to extend not only the bathroom but also the closet, move the closet door from the bedroom to the bathroom, add another vanity, hang a glass shower door, add addition electrical outlets and lights, build a sweet closet organizer, paint...and a few other minor things. No biggie, right?!?

Thankfully, the 2nd full bathroom is right outside our bedroom, so we just moved on in there and used that since move in day back in July. 

I would like to give major props to my wonderful, hard working, multi-talented husband for doing it basically all alone.  (I helped paint and hold sheet rock while he drilled it in, but I can't take much credit at all for this one).  He labored after work in the evenings, on weekends and on his days off. He built a new wall, took out the old wall, did all the electrical, tiled, carpeted, hung doors, trim, mirrors...I can't even name everything he did - but he did a fabulous job.  I'm very proud of him!!  

Working hard...again

You can see where we moved the wall from and to in this picture

Our guest bedroom turned into a closet for a bit...
can you tell why I may have been losing my mind? :)
I took a lot more pictures of the process, so we'd never forget:), but I decided to spare you and try to give you an overview. 

It all came to completion just a week ago.  It has been a long process, but the bathroom looks amazing!

Our new sinks - his and hers
That alone made it all worth it. :)
partial view of the new shower door

Where the new bedroom and closet door are
and you can see some of the amazing closet organizers installed

a bad picture...but i wanted to show how much bigger our closet is!
Before and after pictures are my favorite. Though the process is often forgotten.  I am so thankful that it is finished and we can just enjoy the fruit of Matt's labor. And now we can go into the new year with a brand new bathroom. 

What a great Christmas present.

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