Ready? Set? Go!
Well, I'm ready, but I'm not quite set, and tomorrow will be all GO! With the upcoming Addition to our family in August, Hayden and I have finally gotten our Renovation Action Plan ready to go. Our house is a great wee house - well-built, warm, perfectly positioned for the sun, low maintenance. In other words, just right for us. Apart from one thing: the bathroom/s layout. If you'll bear with my quickly Paint-sketched drawing, this is our current house plan (minus the rest of the house, like bedroom 3, lounge, kitchen etc):
You see the spread out bathroom, toilet and shower? Then there's the hot water cupboard and the laundry. Our plan is to consolidate/condense the bathroom space a bit, find a new hot water solution and use the newly created space for a (small) bedroom - Baby's room! (One day to become the office.) This is the (to scale and much tidier) plan:
The idea is to plumb a new shower over where the existing bath is (yay for new, shiny tapware!), therefore eliminating the need for a separate shower space. (Space-Saving Method #1.) Next, the hot water cylinder gets moved, either to a different cupboard on the other side of the hallway, the ceiling space or outside (gas Infinity-type style). (Space-Saving Method #2.) The laundry then becomes a bit smaller and encompasses the part of the hallway that goes to the back door, effectively becoming a walk-through space. (Space-Saving Method #3.) You can see in the plan above that these newly-created spaces then become the new bedroom!
It will be on the small side - about 2.2m x 2.3m - but big enough for a cot and a feeding chair, one day a single bed, eventually a office desk/sewing room (can't wait!!) and sometimes a double airbed for our guests. We've done it this way to save on costs. This won't be our 'forever house' - it's too small for 4 teenagers! (A scary thought!) If we were on a bigger section out of town a little we would be totally re-jigging the whole house - it has so much potential! But alas, we are not, so we choose to do a good job on only the things we NEED from our lovely wee home while we are here.
So, work begins tomorrow with the moving of the circuit board - a little frustratingly, it is on a wall the needs to go! Today's job has been clearing my backlog of washing, including soaking the nappies overnight, to clear it out so our poor electrician (a very good friend from church, thankfully) doesn't have to wade through our dirty laundry to do his job! Then the building work begins on Saturday - handy to have an ex-carpenter for a father-in-law!
Do you have any tips for renovations? Bathroom design schemes? Tips for staying sane? (Renovation-related or otherwise.)