Actually, he’s tearing up my pool. And bathroom. Of course the ‘he’ I’m referring to is Ben. The day after closing on the new house, Ben decided to tear out the pool liner to see what we’ll have to fix.
Naturally, V was the site supervisor. That boy sure does love construction. It makes sense I guess, look at what we spend so much of our time doing.
When we first looked at the house, the pool was half filled with stagnant green water. There’s still a little left in this picture. Fortunately you can’t see the huge centipedes or the dead mouse. How about we look at a room without dead critters? Here’s the main bathroom, before Ben got in there.
Yes, it’s updated, but not to our lifestyle or taste. This is the bathroom the boys and guests will use. Because of that, we need a tub and a shower. We want to lighten it up, too, both with natural light in the form of a Sky Tube and lightning the walls. Dark bead board + minimal light = dungeon.
While the vanity might look pretty, it certainly doesn’t have much function for the size. Don’t even get me started on the lights.
While we have another house to live in with bath tubs, we decided to get started on this monster right away. Ben pulled the fixtures first. We plan to Craigslist the vanity and hope to reuse the claw foot tub in the master bathroom. Has anyone painted the exterior of a claw foot tub? I’d love to hear your experiences.
Back to the subject, the main bathroom. After taking out the large pieces, Ben tore off the bead board, which was held in place not only by nails, but glue too. Looks like this house will have a trim treatment after all! Floors, gone. Tub, sitting in the pool room.
With the vanity and mirror down, we discovered the lighting situation. Plugged in sconces, anyone?
Yesterday morning, the boys and I looked around for tile, both for the floor and the shower surround. I think we’ve made a decision. Here it is:
That’s the large sample to show the design, but we’re thinking of going with a lighter color to brighten the room.
Maybe the middle color for the floors with dark grout and the top color for the shower with white grout. I haven’t the slightest idea as to why the middle is called Aqua… These tiles are a true body tile (the same color through) and come in a 12 inch by 24 inch. Get this, they’re under $4 a square foot. Sweet.
After considering different layouts, we’ve decided to keep the same plan.
We’ll build an open vanity, similar to the basement vanity at our first house, but we’ll have a small linen closet at the end for more storage. I’d like to paint the vanity a fun color, hence the blue/green.
The rest of the room is so neutral, and with a leggy vanity, it’s not much color anyway. And I love the color Jenny used on her entry console (Behr’s Billiards Table). Worst case scenario, I repaint if we don’t like it, right?
What do you think of the new house plan? Can you tell we want to do something a different from our first house? This house should be a little more modern, dramatic, and bold. A bright painted vanity fits the bill. Oh, and I’m trying to talk Ben info killer lighting. More info as we get there.