Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Creating a Luxurious Bedroom and Bathroom Suite

So much progress!! The dormers are transformational in the original dark and dreary unfinished attic.  It started with one dormer, that provided some light and hints to what it could be.  But the two new dormers make a huge difference.  This will be a luxurious suite for the future owner.  Here's a quick update.

The good news - the dormers are already making this feel like a different house!  The former cramped space is now open and spacious.  See the difference?  

The bad news - the windows were supposed to be delivered two weeks ago and are now MIA (missing in action).  Evidently the factory isn't able to get some critical hardware to complete them, so we are in a waiting game, hoping to get a new promise date sometime soon.  This is a recurring theme with COVID associated delays happening all the time.  The bathroom vanity is on backorder, the tile is on backorder, light fixtures.... are you seeing a theme?  I don't know whether to laugh or cry. πŸ˜‚

Pictured below is the biggest dormer - it creates the main bedroom space.  Thanks to our high ceilings, it feels even bigger than it is.  See the hole for the giant window???  And yes - the pepto bismol pink stairwell is still there! 😝 But of course that will change in due time.

The Pepto Bismol pink stairwell is still there!!!πŸ˜‚

For the rest of the floor plan, I couldn't really define the exact wall locations until the dormers were in.  The hip roof made it tricky to visualize and figuring exactly where ceiling angles would fall and whether we could put a full size door frame in place was too tricky.  But now I can start laying it all out.  The bedroom space is large, with a dedicated area for a desk or seating space.  And we have room for a nice sized bathroom. 

Per the plan below, its clear we can create two closets.  There will also be a hatch in the back of each closet to reach crawl space for storing bulky things like suitcases. You can never have too much storage!

Now that the dormers are in place, there is still lots to do - electrical, plumbing and hopefully the windows will show up sometime soon.  The new roof was installed last week - a huge milestone!  So we're going to stay nice and dry the next time we get rain.  Stay tuned, I hope to have more updates soon!

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  1. I know it's frustrating to have delays with an unknown end time but it's looking very good!

    1. Thanks Barbara! It’s helpful to see this progress - and just ignore the lack of windows πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  2. Re: the hatch at ghe back of the closets: the blueprint for our house called for hatches as well, but when they were framed in, I had them changed to doors as tall as possible. Best decision ever! The one place that could not be changed is hard to use, even for storage. The back of the closet doors, however, make access easy.

  3. Great suggestion! No one wants to have to slither into the storage area!

  4. We had that problem last year, finished up a whole first floor renovation in early March of 2020. Realized as we were putting this together that we really wanted three pendants above the island instead of two so we went back and ordered another. We just got March of this year. I hope your wait isn't that long!

    1. It's so frustrating to wait so long - but I bet it was worth the wait!


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