I’ve been working away on my pink living room curtains over the last few days. I thought for sure I’d have them finished to show you by this morning, but I didn’t quite get the last panel finished last night. So I’ll finish it up today and show you tomorrow.
In the meantime, I thought I’d give y’all an update on our upcoming remodel. I’m sure some of you are wondering what’s going on with that since I had said that it would start on the 15th, and today is the 19th. That 15th date wasn’t set in stone. That date from our contractor was more like a “probably around the 15th, but we’ll have to see how these other projects go” kind of date.
Anyway, the last couple of days have been filled with exciting news and some “knock-the-wind-out-of-my-sails” news. First, our Phase 1 remodel is starting next Monday. Officially. For sure. I don’t know that there will be a ton of progress next week since that’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but at least people will be here, and any progress is progress. That’s the exciting news.
So what was the news that knocked the wind out of my sails? Well, that would be the cost of the bathroom. When it’s all done — the part the contractor will do plus the part that I’ll DIY myself — the cost will be around $30,000 to $35,000. For one bathroom.
I know that that’s not an unusual price for a master bathroom remodel, but it still shocked me. My mom’s bathroom remodel (which I shared in this post way back in 2012) cost $30,000, but her house is on a slab foundation. So that price included jackhammering up the foundation to move plumbing, pouring the new concrete foundation, and moving an entire load-bearing wall. It also included all new custom cabinetry from a local cabinet shop, and everything finished out with the exception of the plaster wall treatment. That was the only DIY project in the whole room.
So when planning our bathroom, and knowing that I was going to do all of the tile installation, all of the trim work, all of the painting, and building the vanity myself, I was expecting it to be quite a bit less. Plus, we’re on a pier and beam foundation with easy access to plumbing underneath. There’s no jackhammering up a slab foundation to run plumbing and having to pour a new foundation. But I had conveniently overlooked two big factors.
First, my mom’s bathroom remodel was twelve years ago, and you can’t really compare two remodels that occur over a decade apart. The cost of building materials is higher now than it was twelve years ago.
Second, I hadn’t taken into account the sheer size of our bathroom. We are, after all, taking the current master bedroom, current master walk-in closet (which is small for a walk-in closet, but a walk-in closet nonetheless), and part of the current hallway…
…and turning all of that into a huge master bathroom with plenty of room for a wheelchair-bound person (i.e., Matt) to move around freely without having to maneuver in small spaces…
That’s a really big bathroom — about 12.5′ x 18′, or 225 square feet. That’s almost 100 square feet bigger than my kitchen. 😀
So when you factor in the sheer size of the room, with the fact that bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive rooms in a house to remodel, even our partial DIY version is going to be very expensive. I’m going to have to sell a heck of a lot of resin petries to cover that cost! 😀
I’m pretty sure we’re still going to do it right now along with the bedrooms and hallway that will be started next Monday, but it just took a few hours yesterday for us to come to terms with the cost.
But I am incredibly excited about the work starting next Monday. It’ll be so nice for those other two bedrooms to finally have new drywall, insulation and windows, and to feel like they fit with the rest of the house. Up to this point, I’ve pretty much just kept the doors closed on those rooms because other than the time I spend in the middle room on my treadmill (which I do at night with the light off and by the glow of my laptop as I watch Netflix or Hulu while walking 😀 ), I generally don’t want to look at them.
The not-so-exciting part will be moving us into the breakfast room, which will be our “bedroom” for the foreseeable future. It’ll be an adventure. 😀