RenovationsProgress in the Master Bath January 22, 2016Well, this post is going up much later than I planned today. If you came by here this morning and got an error message, I’m so sorry! Technical difficulties are the least fun part of this job, for sure. Thankfully, we got it back up and running quickly and I’m able to share a really exciting post with you… The master bath progress!!! Oh my goodness. Seeing this room start to come together is so exciting on so many levels. If you missed the plans, you can see those here and here. Now on to the progress. Here’s the floor plan of this room again for you to get a little refresher. From the door in our bedroom, this is the current view. You can see from all of the renovation materials and the paper on the floor that we’re still working hard in here. We’re finishing up all of the paint now, so most of the floors are covered. But that tub! I’m dying over this view. Exactly what I pictured! The tub isn’t set into place yet, but that’s basically where it’ll sit. Right inside the door, the shower is to your right. It’s simple and classic, but I loooooove it. It does exactly what I’d hoped in this room. It blends, but is still beautiful. The initial plan was to have two sides be frameless glass, so this “back” wall wouldn’t have been there. I loved that because it didn’t close off the room, but that is so incredibly expensive! The quote for both sides of frameless glass with a door on this long side was $2,500. We’ve decided to minimize cost by putting up this wall and tiling it. Even though we had to pay for materials and the tile labor, it was minimal compared to the cost of the glass. Plus, having just one open wall allows us to put off the cost of the glass altogether right now. We’ll use a shower curtain for awhile and install glass later once we’ve recovered from the rest of the reno costs. We went with standard subway for the walls. I love that look, but it also saved us so much money. We wanted a close fit between tiles, so the grout lines are 1/16″ (as small as you can get). I wanted a little something extra for the floor, but still wanted cost effective. This tile was the perfect fit. It coordinates with the subway, while letting the floor be a little special. And I love how this shower looks against the tile floor. I’m not sure if you can tell in photos, but none of the tiled shower has been grouted yet. That will happen Monday. We’re going with a dark gray grout (same as the floor) to minimize wear and tear. We had a subway tiled shower in our last master bath with black grout and it was awesome! It always looked clean. Tile was obviously one of our biggest expenses in this space. Here’s the cost breakdown for all of the tile work: Shower Materials: $600 The tile was under half of that, but the waterproof liner, shelf insert, corner seat, etc. adds up. We bought the tile, but our tile guy purchased all of the other materials and we paid him for them. Floor Materials: $300 The tile was $1.50/square foot, but we had a huge area to tile (150 square feet). Labor: $3,000 Obviously, here was our huge cost for the room! Laying tile is something Chris has done before , but it’s very time consuming and we would’ve needed to hire out the shower. While this is really expensive, it didn’t surprise us for a standing tiled shower and 150 square feet of floor. While this shower is going to be great, my favorite part of this bathroom is the main wall you see when you enter. When it’s all said and done, this wall is going to pack a major punch! The farmhouse style vanities I talked about earlier this week will be mirrored on each side of the tub with matching mirrors and lights (still deciding on those). We’ll hang a big, statement light of some sort down over the tub. I’ve got to find a good solution for that window. The goal is complete privacy, while still letting light through. Several people have suggested a plantation shutter. Any suggestions? The two “side” walls in this room are the old exterior planks. You can see them here above the shower. They go all the way up the steep 15′ pitch. I absolutely love the vaulted ceiling in here! I’m still so grateful to our contractor, Travis, for that suggestion. It didn’t cost us any more money because the space was already there, but it makes all of these rooms (bath, bedroom, and office) feel so much bigger. My closet will be through this door behind the shower. All of this here is a sort of tight fit. We’ve measured and measured and planned the layout perfectly to have enough clearance. But there isn’t much extra. The storage cabinet we’re planning will go right on that shower wall. It’ll be narrow and the door will open back against it. We really considered putting the door opening into the closet, but then it really messed up the closet layout and severely minimized storage. A pocket door wasn’t a good fit for here based off of how the walls are. It’s not absolutely perfect, but it’ll work great when it’s done. I do hate that shower wall had to be there. It really divides up the space. But, that’s one of those things that we’re doing for budget-reasons even though it isn’t what we’d ideally want. I know when the whole room is finished, it’ll be just fine. The other side, planked wall will have the toilet tucked back into the corner there. And that tiny square room to the left is Chris’ closet. That’s the current state of our bathroom, friends! I’m going to pop in tomorrow to share details on our budget-friendly tub! I don’t have a complete budget set for this room. Our goal was just do it as cheaply as possible wherever we could, so we’re kind of learning as we go. But when it’s done, I’ll do a complete budget breakdown showing how much we spent and where every dollar went. *** And a big congratulations to MJ Moore for wining the White Fringe Clutch giveaway from Given Goods! She’s one lucky girl!