Out of all the remodeling plans we have for our century-old bungalow, the changes we’ll make to the guest bedroom will be the most challenging. This part of the remodeling process will also be the most rewarding. We’re saying our goodbyes to the guest bedroom next to the master and welcoming a brand new master bathroom, walk-in closet, and half bath! When it’s all done, we’ll be making our downstairs so much more functional. Our home has 5 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Since we really only need 4 bedrooms, nixing one was a no-brainer.
To make the bathroom and closet remodel plans make sense, here’s the before and after floor plans:
When the house was built in 1915, it didn’t have indoor plumbing. The downstairs bathroom was probably added onto the back of the house in the 1930’s. As you can see in the before floor plan, you have to walk down the hall to get to the bathroom. Not that we plan on moving anytime soon, but it’s hard to sell a home that doesn’t have an en suite bathroom. Once the old bathroom is gutted, we’ll change it into a much-needed pantry with a small office space.
We’ll add a half bath where the entry to the guest bedroom once was. The half-bath will get some vintage touches such as beadboard, vintage light fixtures, and a tin ceiling.
When I first moved in, I loved that the master bedroom had 4 closets. The problem is, I’m having to divide my clothes between 2-1/2 closets. The closet to the left of the fireplace will be expanded into a walk-in closet. My new closet will be part industrial and part girly with plenty of shelving to keep me organized.
To the right of the fireplace will be the entrance to the brand new master bathroom. We’ll build a double vanity and add a shower with a glass enclosure. Since we have the claw foot tub upstairs we don’t feel the need to have a tub in the master bathroom. Between the new recessed light fixtures and all the light from the windows, it’ll be such a happy place to get ready in. I’ve really been drawn to the modern farmhouse style lately and this will be the first place in our home that I can add those elements to.
I have “a thing” for old doors. I found the set of salvaged church doors (in the picture above) for $40.00 on Craigslist that will replace the hollow core doors for the closet and bathroom. Jason will repair the rotted wood on one door and I’ll add frosted privacy film to the window panes. I think the old church doors will really add unexpected charm to the fireplace wall.
The gas fireplace has already gotten a makeover and I can’t wait to show you how much of a difference we made with so little money!
Speaking of money, let’s talk budget.
Our main goal is to do the entire master bathroom, closet, and half-bath remodel without having to use credit cards. We’ll use cash made from selling items on Craigslist and our yard sale. My parents own a glass business and are giving us the shower enclosure. And we’ve already found some items for the bathrooms at Habitat For Humanity.
The biggest way we’ll save money is by doing all the work ourselves. We’re both pretty handy but Jason has learned how to do a little bit of everything from his father while growing up and also from having his own business the past 20 years. Our max budget is $5000.00 but I’m pretty sure we’ll stay below that if all our DIY projects go as planned.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a behind the scenes photograph back in December. We’ve made so much progress since then!
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