Brooke here. The Canadian Husband is still at large.
Keeping a home improvement blog in the winter is difficult. There is still stuff to do – soooooo much stuff to dooooooo!!! – but the vegetation is on its way to dormancy, we don’t want the windows open to let the pant fumes out, and … well, there’s this puppy who thinks that cleaning is Awesome. Zu is fascinated with things that sweep or scour; I’m hoping I haven’t trained him to pick up on my OCD. Cleaning is difficult, though, when a happy wiggly thing is sitting on the broom.
I’ve been diligently entering the DIY Network’s “Ultimate Kitchen and Bath Giveaway,” however. Each day, every day, with eyes on the prize of a hundred thousand dollars.
Do you hear Dr. Evil saying that? I hear Dr. Evil saying that.
Still, the mind does tend to wander with the potential, especially as $100,000 might not be enough to redo the master bathroom. Yeah, reread that. Roll it around in your mind for a while. Taste how stupid it sounds.
Maybe an illustrated aid will help shed some light on the problem? One of my side projects is to draw up a nice little pen-and-ink blueprint of the house, but that’s not quite done yet so let’s look at the slap-dash version:
The master bath is about 4″ by 5″, and the shower is about 18 inches square. There’s room for a sink and a toilet and nothing else; this goes for human beings, especially human beings who want to dry themselves off after a shower. We learned very quickly that keeping the toilet seat down was a tactical decision.
There’s not enough space in the house to remodel that bathroom. There’s just nowhere for it to go. So we’ve been playing around with the idea of adding a porch to the master bedroom, letting it wrap around the full back of the house, then knocking out the master bathroom wall. Then we’d add as much square footage to the bathroom as the porch is deep and, *poof!* Larger bathroom!
Add in the cost of the plumbing and the porch and the new doors and the bath fixtures and the labor and the roof extension and the electricity and the extra whatnots no one ever thinks of when they begin a bathroom remodel, and your hundred grand disappears faster than you can imagine. Especially when your mind says things like “as long as we’re rewiring the back of the house, we might as well update all of the wiring because that fuse box is basically a spider dispenser.”
Then your mind really starts to wander. I made another hashed-up blueprint of what we’d do if we had an unlimited budget: bust out the entire back wall of the house and extend it 20″, raise the roof line, move the Precarious Death Stairs, and so on. It’s a little embarrassing to post, tho’, so I’ll leave it for another day. It’s a real sign of the decline of your imagination when you wonder what you’d do if you won the lottery and you stare off into space, sighing, quietly, something very much like “… energy efficient windows …”