Everyone takes a different approach to remodeling and decorating. Some people jump right in. But Chris and I waited a couple of years before making any big changes to our 1927 cottage-style house. We kind of loved it the way it was, quirks and all, and we wanted to get to really know the house first.
When we did start, the first project we undertook was unlike anything either of us had tried before: We turned our small half-bath into a large master bathroom by adding a roof dormer. Which basically means we gained much of the needed space from that underrated commodity: Thin air.
So when I was recently given the opportunity to participate in The Inspired Room Tour, choosing a room that inspired me was easy. Because standing at the window of our master bathroom, I always marvel that, before the remodel, I would have actually been standing outside on the roof!
The Inspired Room Tour
I am very excited to be participating in The Inspired Room Tour, which is taking place in conjunction with the release of Melissa Michaels’s wonderful new book, The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have.
Melissa is a New York Times best-selling author and also has a blog, The Inspired Room, where the tour will be featured. For some real eye candy, check out this link to all the other beautiful rooms on the tour. The link will be updated as more room tours are submitted.
As for my own room tour, we start with . . .
The Hole Where the Rain Comes In
By cutting a big hole in our roof . . .
And adding a dormer, we went from this cramped half bath . . .
To this full master bathroom.
What We Learned Along the Way
I learned that Chris is more creative than I knew. It was his idea to go with a cathedral ceiling, which adds such a spacious feel to the room and is probably the best feature. Once again, thin air wins!
And I learned that I have a knack for finding the best uses for odd-shaped nooks and crannies, like this makeup desk under the south roof slope.
And this built-in linen closet under the north roof slope.
We both learned a lot from touring remodeled homes and sifting through books and magazines. We found that Carrara marble and nickel plating had the timeless look we wanted.
And we learned that what we loved was not necessarily more expensive than other options.
Which leads me to . . .
Working Within Our Budget
My dream bathroom would have had porcelain subway tile wainscoting. But in reality, that was not even close to being within our budget. So we chose bead board.
We found a vintage claw foot tub at a salvage shop for a great price.
But some things could not be compromised, such as Chris’s wish to have a separate walk-in shower.
The Personal Touches
And the stained glass windows above it are windows I found in a salvage shop over 20 years ago and had framed.
The pitcher and washbowl belonged to Chris’s grandmother.
With a 1927 house, it was a no-brainer to make the master bathroom look as original to the house as possible. Windows, moldings, and built-in cabinets all had to match the original features of the house.
Our hope is that the remodel will never look dated. Instead, it will always be an integral, seamless part of our old house. This remodel is now ten years old, and I like to think it’s worked so far.
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