I am already over the bathroom renovation and have moved on to the next thing.
Only since cleaning the laundry to make it ready to use whilst doing our bathroom renovation did I start to appreciate the space. The AMOUNT of space we had. Boy, we never use it! I am ashamed.
I always thought we would knock it down and extend out the back, but I don’t want to lose any backyard space and a friend gave me the genius idea of where to put the staircase if and when we do a second store extension that I never though of. Because until that I point I thought it was going in the laundry or our second bedroom. Lose the bedroom, have a stair case and a small study space and put the bedroom upstairs. But there is no need to do that. As I can put the stair case in the living room dead space. Knock out 1 wall.
Since I have been spending a lot of time in the freshly cleaned out laundry I have come up for a plan. Drawn up preliminary plans for joinery. Worked out the function.
The laundry will become a laundry/water closet/butlers pantry all in one.
Currently it is a laundry with a shower in the corner, a separate room with a toilet in it and one tall cabinet.
The only change we will make is by removing the shower. We have NEVER used it in 5 years besides doing this bathroom renovation which we are extremely grateful for. So I am guessing once the bathroom is back operational, we will never need it.
Instead we will replace it with floor to ceiling cabinetry as we are short of storage space. Somewhere to put my sewing machineS! Fold out iron board for quick touch ups. Mops! Plenty.
This time we will take charge and not use a builder. Try and take on more d.i.y and project management. The trades that I liked from the bathroom renovation will be asked to quote.
The bathroom trade bill is astronomical and I don’t think it needed to be that high. And I have personally been micro managing the builder to no end.
This room is much bigger than the bathroom and requires a lot more joinery. I just tallied up everything I will need to buy/employ for the laundry and the price is dazing. Ugh Oh well.
On that note, let me share my mood board.
This room needs A LOT of work. New window. New WC door. New cornice, bulk heads. A lot of cabinetry. More stone counter than the bathroom. More expensive sink. Thankfully less tap ware and I got it already on super sale with Masters closing down.
Less wall tiles but more floor tiles. Going to do the same flooring I did in the bathroom as I have 3sqm’s of tiles left over.
More cement rendering once I remove all the wall tiles and there is a lot of that. Bigger surface area than the bathroom.
My husband and I want to do some wood panelling/wainscoting in the water closet. I am sure it will be very tricky especially as it is brick walls not cavity gyprock walls. Then we want to do wall paper above. No idea how we will do these d.i.y’s ourselves together as we will hardly ever be together with our conflicting work schedules, but where there is a will there is a way. Hopefully if I draw up detailed plans and leave it with him, he can put it all together.
I am sure this room renovation will consume all of next year, just like the bathroom consumed all of this year.
We will purchase things slowly slowly. Pay off the credit cards and purchase more and then once we have everything and a detailed plan. We will commence. I have already purchased a few things for this project such as some floor tiles. A toilet. Taps. Window hardware. But that is about it.
Just need that U.S Dollar to drop so I can purchase the rest of my lights for my house. That would be nice.