The very first remodel that my husband Chris and I undertook in our current home was unlike anything that 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 most of the needed space from that underrated commodity: Thin air.
So when I was recently given this 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
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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.
And now, let’s move on to my own inspired room.
Our Master Bath Addition
Before we start, let me just tell you that I’ve previously written a series of posts that go into much more detail about this remodel. If you’re interested, those posts can be found on my Master Bath Remodel page.
When we moved in to our 1927 English-style cottage, the upstairs bedroom had a cramped half-bath which was obviously a converted walk-in closet.
Our goal was to transform it into a spacious master bathroom. But what should our new master bath look like? That question was an easy one for us. Since our house still retains a lot of its original character, we figured we could not go wrong with a master bath that looked as original to the house as possible.
So, we would try to ignore current remodel trends and just make sure that windows, moldings, and built-in cabinets all matched our home’s original features.
How We Found The Space
By cutting a big hole in our roof . . .
And adding a dormer,
we went from that cramped little half bath . . .
To a spacious, light-filled full master bathroom.
What We Learned Along the Way
Every remodel is a learning experience, and this one had a lot to teach us – even about ourselves.
I learned that Chris is more creative than I had realized. 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 tucked under the south roof slope.
And this built-in linen closet under the north roof slope.
And we learned that what we wanted was not necessarily more expensive than other options.
Which leads me to . . .
Working Within Our Budget
One of the easiest ways to save money was to keep the toilet drain in its existing location.
But of course I did have to let go of a few unrealistic dreams: I wanted porcelain subway tile wainscoting – or even marble wainscoting. But 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.
We reused the one original window: A small, leaded glass pocket window.
But ordering the new windows with leading to match that little window would have been very costly. So we just ordered plain windows. Then we found a glass artist who agreed to add strips of leading to them.
The pitcher and washbowl belonged to Chris’s grandmother.
And we have several antique mirrors in the room.
Built to Last – Hopefully
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 well over ten years old, and I like to think it’s worked so far.
If you’d like to learn more about our master bath remodel, check out our Master Bath Remodel Page for links to detailed posts.
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