Thursday, February 19, 2015

Before and After: Owner's Unit Master Suite

In the Master Suite, we proved that you don't have to spend a fortune to make the space much more livable (maybe that's a lesson I need to remember for the future!).  Safety, storage and aesthetics have all been improved.  We didn't have to make major changes - but the updates made a big difference!

We started with a big space.  There is plenty of room for a king sized bed and a sitting room or office space.  But the carpet needed upgrading and we needed to update some of the electrical to meet new building codes.  And then of course there were those odd plumbing leaks and the holes in the walls!

One of the biggest changes was the addition of a balcony.  The old staircase ended in the middle of the backyard - about 8 feet off the ground.  Watch that last step, it's a doozy!    Now we have a nice spot for a morning cup of coffee (once the temps get above freezing again). looks a bit different with all the snow we've had!  Even after shovelling!

The Master Bath was pretty basic.  The house had been vacant for years and we think pipes had frozen - hence all the odd holes in the walls.

New larger skylight going in!

First, we did some structural changes.  We removed some of the walls, added a new larger skylight (which also allowed us to put a nice big mirror over the vanity - the old one was a challenge if you were over 5' tall, you could only see your chest!) and did some rewiring for new vanity lights.  The closet provided some nice storage (it was the only closet in the suite when we started), so we left it in place.

The floor was tiled with a textured field tile, accented with marble and glass mosaic.  The new vanity is a big upgrade from the old sink - and it provides lots of storage as well!

When we got started, that was the only closet in the master suite

Finally, we reclaimed some attic space to create a spacious new master closet.  Now there is a lot of storage space in this master suite!  A nice change, don't you think?

Bath Field Tile - Lowes
Bath Mosaic - Home Depot
Bath Vanity - Home Depot (online.....they run great sales!)
Light Fixtures - Restoration Hardware Outlet
Faucet - Newport Brass (okay a splurge, but I found it on clearance at the plumbing supply house)
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