Second Pandemic Refresh/Remodeling Project almost done!

If there’s one good thing about the Pandemic, it’s that it’s forced us to focus on some home projects. We plan to sell our house in a few years and it’s essential that we update it. Last year we did our master bath and we were so pleased with the results that we used most of the same tile choices, with the exception of the floor, in the refresh of our powder/guest room on our main floor.

This bathroom technically is not a powder room as it has a bath/shower, but it’s hard to call it a guest bath either as the room next door could not be classified as a bedroom as it doesn’t have a closet. However, it functions well enough as a guest room as we have a bed and a dresser. Good enough!

Anyhow, the builders of this house put wood floors in this bath. How dumb is that? Once the toilet did flood and we were in a panic. I guess it’s just as dumb as the carpet they put in the master bath. In the master bath we ripped out the carpet and put in gray plank tile. It is stunning! However, since I didn’t think it would make sense to have the plank tile intersect with the wood floor, we went with a matte porcelain tile that looks like marble. I’m really pleased with the end result. I was worried about ripping out the wood floor, but thankfully my contractor did a good job.

Plank tile in Master Bath

In the shower we used the same white wave tile and accent tile that we used in the master.

We are not quite done. We kept the same vanity and we’re having that painted. I’ll post pictures of the completed project in about another 2 weeks, along with the name of the tile we used as reference for those who are interested. In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peak with my cat.

Living in a construction zone

We’re on day 3 of Phase 2 of our Master Bath remodel. We’re not  doing a complete gut job. We ripped out the carpet and tiled the floors a few months ago (Yes, during stay-at-home. Construction was allowed to continue. We masked up and quarantined in our offices while the guys did the tiling).  This time we’re doing the shower and will be installing a new vanity counter top.

Fortunately this won’t take too long but it still creates a lot of dust. And noise. I had to escape the noise yesterday. I did a little bit of geocaching, but got a call from my contractor that he needed two more boxes of tile. So I had to cut short my geocaching, and head to Floor & Decor (second trip that day!) to pick them up. Miscalculation on his part.

Today they’re grouting the tile. Just had another discussion if the grout color was right. Online it looks more gray but the design people at F&D insisted that “Frost” was a better choice. At this point I don’t want to make another trip to the store so I’m going to trust the design folks. Crossing my fingers!

Tomorrow we’ll get the counter top. Hoping that’s what we want! Too many headaches. I’m sure it’ll look good but my husband is very picky and he’s not here right now.


Demo day: day full of mixed emotions

Today we begin Phase 2 of our bathroom remodel. We had previously put in a closet system in our master closet and decided we needed to update the bathroom. After talking to several contractors, we decided to manage the project ourselves because their markups were outrageous. Two months ago we hired a local fellow to rip out the carpet in the bathroom and closet (carpet was not our choice!) and he installed porcelain wood-look plank tiles. He did a fabulous job and now he’s going to do the shower. We had talked originally about replacing the tub with a stand-alone tub, but it added a lot of cost and we don’t plan for this to be our retirement home.

new floor tile

So why the mixed emotions? I’m always nervous about any sort of remodeling. We did a lot on our old home in California and there were issues in many of our projects. Then when we redid my boys’ bathroom here the contractor did not fix a leak properly (it started leaking in my office) and he had to come back to fix it and repair the ceiling. That’s why we want to to keep any plumbing work to a minimum this time.

But I’m also feeling melancholy. We’ve been here 13 years this month. We moved here when my boys were still in elementary and middle school. Now both are graduates of the University of Colorado. Last year my oldest moved in with his girlfriend. While I was glad he moved out, I had mixed feelings about his GF. They’re still together and both are working, so that is good. My youngest will be moving back home for hopefully just a short spell. He plans to apply to graduate schools. His hope is to return to the West Coast as he is tired of the snow and cold.

My husband and I are at the point where we are starting to think about moving in a few years. This house is too big and I’m tired of the steep stairs. We want this remodel project to give a fresh look to the bathroom without spending too much. My plan for the kitchen is similar. New paint, new back splash, and maybe paint the cabinets a different color. I have a lady who does cabinet work and she’s done some cabinets already in the one of the bathrooms and the laundry.

We’re not sure where we want to go yet. We have some ideas. Colorado has been good overall. But easy access to the airport is a must! We’ll be making up for lost time and doing quite a bit of traveling once this pandemic is over. I think that’s why I feel a bit emotional today. I’m going stir crazy. We did go out for Pho at a place that had well-spaced patio dining. Pho never tasted so good!

yummy pho