Every place I've ever lived has been designed for that "average American family," with lots of bedrooms, living room, dining room, family room, etc. The problem was that I was a single person, not an average family. I needed space, but for hobbies, not people. And because I'm over 6'2", bending over to use sinks designed for children was a constant frustration. Over the years, I collected a list of things I would change if I could have my dream house. As I approached retirement, I realized time was running out for that house; it was now or never.

Dreams are not always perfect, however. I could never afford my dream house, a spacious Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But I could afford a modest ranch house, with a 20-mile drive to the beach. It was a very long way from perfect, but it had potential.

This blog documents the process of turning that small average house into something that matches my lifestyle. It will be as close to my dream house as I can make it. I'm doing all the work myself to stretch my resources. By not hiring contractors, I can afford high quality materials, and I'll know the job is always done right. The remodeling will be my primary avocation for a few years, even as I try to fit in my writing and other hobbies.

It promises to be an interesting journey, and a challenging one!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Master Bathroom - Part Two

Work around here always seems to get shifted from one project to another on a somewhat arbitrary basis, but there is some logic to the progression (if not always apparent).

After removing the pocket door from the old laundry room, I installed it between the new master bedroom and master bathroom to get it out of the way (still needs some blocking on top—everything in its time):

With our unusually hot weather, work in the attic (preliminary to removing the unwanted wall in the middle of the new laundry/mechanicals room) has only been possible for a short time in the morning before the intense sun turned the attic into an oven.  So I started framing the shower in the new master bathroom during the rest of the day.

You may notice there is a washing machine sitting in the middle of the shower, and temporary pex hot and cold water supply lines dangling down from the ceiling.  Hmmm.  What you can't see is that the washer is sitting on a dolly, used to wheel the machine from the old laundry room to this new temporary location (where it is making good use of the newly installed shower drain pipe).

I've also been doing detailed design work on the bathroom, which takes time, and more time.  You'll see the results in a future post.  For now, work is being shifted to other projects ;-)

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