I like doing renos. In a perfect world, I’d do a mix of writing, scripting…and renos. I like them. I like seeing my progress. I’ve flipped three houses (two successfully…yeah, the third not so much) and I’ve reno’d several bathrooms independently. But in some areas, I’m still too slow. Wouldn’t it be nice to brush up on some of the skills…speed that up…maybe, if I could update my knowledge base, take some courses — spend around 2K, I should consider it.
When one door closes, another one opens. Well, the renovation door has pretty much closed. Getting away from my business plan (buying houses in our price range) was disastrous. However, not being able to sell this house might not be the end of days…(more on that in the next few weeks).
With our new ideas beginning to take hold, I decided to build a window seat for the Master Bedroom. This is only the first step in completely rebuilding that room (at minimal expense). We also plan on painting (again) and redecorating.
The first step was to build a window seat. This was actually a fairly daunting task for me. I can build furniture…but it’s built in a shop, with detailed plans, and painstakingly crafted. A built-in (like the window seat) is an entirely different creature. This is built using plywood (not the solid wood of the furniture I make) with hardwood edging (something I’ve never done) with no plans (had to make them myself), and drawer slides (again, fine furniture doesn’t use store bought slides), and built in place.
This also isn’t an heirloom, so I don’t want to spend a ton of cash on it.
I spent $240 (that includes tax) on this project.
Now the picture here isn’t complete. I still have to put the drawer fronts on it (I have to attached hardware before I do that) and trim needs to go around the maple top.
But overall, very happy with how it turned out. I’ll attach the completed picture when it’s finished. Paint it, Kari will be making a cushion, and add a few throw pillows, and it adds instant charm to an otherwise empty room.
Next on the list — making those windows nice enough to match the window seat.
Got our virtual tour today.
I’ve got the pictures back. They turned out good, but not great. The ones on Emery street looked better than the actual presentation, while this house presents way better than the pictures.
Either way, here they are:
Now some of it couldn’t be helped. None of the bathrooms (because of the layouts) could be captured. One bedroom wasn’t ready (the big bedroom)…and the backyard hadn’t been landscaped.
These pictures don’t do the bathroom justice…they really don’t. But here’s the cost breakdown of the Ensuite. Just if you’re curious:
American Standard Townhall Sink: $249.00
American Standard Townhall Faucet: $269
Moen Body jets: $575
Mansfield Toilet: $139
Toilet Paper Holder: $25
Hand-towel Ring: $25
Overhead Lights: $65
Bath Fan: $45
Shower Glass: $450
Construction Materials: $350 (boring stuff like drywall, plywood, etc)
Shower & Floor tile: $780
Construction installation: $660
Total Bathroom Cost: $4577
This is for the doityourselfers.
This is pretty detailed so you might want to pick up an owners manual and perhaps a trade dictionary.
Okay. First rule.
Don’t cut the main line. If you do, you won’t have a phone.
Rule two. Make sure you don’t trim away entire main line so that you can’t even splice it to repair ignoring Rule #1.
In completely unrelated news, my home phone doesn’t work. Please call Kari’s cell if trying to get ahold of us. Though we probably won’t answer it either.