GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Gutting

Going With Our Gut

What do you do when it’s been decided not to gut the downstairs bathroom and the gutters don’t get the message until after they’ve started? You realize all the things you can do with it.

1. Move the wall back that had been pushed out into the living room to make the bathroom.

2. Move the bathroom door from the living room to the foyer.

3. Take out the shower and use some of the space from the bathroom for a coat closet.

4. Put in a higher toilet.

Gut away, gutters. May we never regret taking the walk-in shower from the downstairs. And if we do years down the line, may we have the space and the means to put one back in.

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Some Before & After Pics

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liv room.LIGHTENEDImage 17
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main bedroomMain bedroom gutted
peter's roomImage 5
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The Bare Facts

Well, it turns out I’m a baby when it comes to walking through a gutted house. And I’m an even bigger baby watching others walk through it. While everyone else was talking about what we need to do, can do and can’t do, I was saying “be careful, watch where you’re walking” and “don’t fall through the floor.”

That said, it was a great experience seeing the house and imagining how it’s going to look finished.

The takeaway:

  • There’s more to do than originally planned in some areas, though none of it surprising
  • After all the possibilities we’ve considered, we decided to put all the upstairs walls pretty much back where they were
  • The downstairs still needs to be thought through

The not so good news:

  • My first purchase for the new house appears to be missing - yup, the fabulous reclining folding chair has up and gone away

QUOTE OF THE DAY goes to LC’s carpenter/sidekick who said we should take the shower out of the downstairs bathroom because:

“When you shower in there and you’re done with your shower, where ya gonna get dressed?”

Wise words.


And now for the pics:

downstairs...
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upstairs...
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