Demo in the master bath

Since we’ve basically already done this renovation once before on the guest/hall bath, the demo on the master went far more smoothly.


We basically gutted the entire thing. Vanity/sink, mirror cabinet, wall cabinet, toilet, and tub all ripped out and taken away – for free! Instead of waiting for the next bulk trash pickup day or getting a dumpster, we take full advantage of the free section on Craigslist (it was all gone within 24 hrs of posting!). Ripped out the tile tub surround, ripped out the tile floor, and cut back the drywall to the height we’re going to do the tile wainscoting.

Since we demo’d the whole bathroom we got a plumber in as well.  Just like in the hall bath we had the shower head raised, the water controls raised, had a new mixing valve installed (that works with the trim kit we decided on), and generally just the plumbing done to the new standard.

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We dropped in the tub, Zach framed out the shower niche, and that’s where we’re at!



Master bath reno – the before

Its finally time. Time to bring the master bath into the present.

We haven’t touched this bathroom since we moved in, so here’s what we’re working with:


Generally we’re keeping it pretty similar to the look of the guest bathroom reno we did, plus a few nicer touches.  We’ll be installing a shower niche, using a little nicer trim kit for the tub/shower, a different light above the vanity, and subway tile wainscoting etc!

Its gonna be so great – and this is the last bit of the fiesta paint in the house!

DEMO DAY(s)! for the bathroom

The bathrooms in this house are probably the biggest projects we’re taking on.  They’re livable, but clearly pretty dated.. and generally just not the best.  Here’s what we’re working with for the guest bathroom:

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Our rough remodel plan is:

-Install vent fan
-Demo/clear room
-Get plumbing work done (heighten the shower head/replace and raise the mixing valve)
-Install new tub (we had originally planned to just get the tubs reglazed, but it turned out to be way cheaper just to get a new one)
-Cementboard/waterproof/tile tub surround
-Install can light above tub/ move switches
-New flooring/trim
-Install new vanity/ toilet/ light fixture

Straightforward right? 🙂 The biggest problem we have with both the bathrooms (they’re pretty much identical) is space.  While we were planning this project we decided we wanted to rip out the vanity/mirror cabinet/cabinet above the toilet, and come up with an alternative that doesn’t make the bathroom feel even smaller than it is.  Additionally we’re trying to stay pretty light with our paint/tile choices since the bathroom doesn’t have any natural light.

But anyways, DEMO DAY(s)!


Demo was pretty tedious at first, but then we got a proper sledgehammer and borrowed a mini jackhammer from a friend and went to town!


It’s so exciting to have a clean slate!