Home Improvement

What do you do when you need to do two major home improvement projects, but you can only afford to do one of them?

You do them both anyway, of course!

In so many ways, Catch and I really balance each other out. Unfortunately, when it comes to spending large sums of money impulsively, we both kind of suck. It’s not often that we have large sums of money to spend, but this year we happened to get a significant tax return. Suddenly, visions of a remodeled bathroom danced in our heads, while visions of a roof that desperately needs to be replaced beat us over the head.

In the end, we crunched some numbers and decided to throw caution to the wind. In the battle of bathroom vs. roof, they both win. We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our marriage this year and we always said we’d go to Hawaii for this one. Instead, we’ve decided that we’ll get far more joy from a functional bathroom.

When we bought the house, we intended to do the bathroom ourselves (with the help of FIL), but the logistics of that would be damn near impossible. It’s our only bathroom, and the in laws would have to stay with us while the work is done, which means we’d have 5 people sharing a torn-up bathroom in a small house for too long. It’s a recipe for disaster. Also, if we did it ourselves, the scope of work would be more limited and we wouldn’t really get exactly what we want.

So, we’ve been interviewing contractors for the last month. It’s been… interesting. We’ve made great progress though, and we sign contracts with someone to do the bathroom tomorrow. On the roof front, we’re waiting for an update from one roofer, and once we have that we’ll be ready to roll.

In the meantime, we have been up to our eyeballs in bathroom planning bliss. It’s been a helpful distraction from losing our sweet Roly. It’s good to be busy and to have something to look forward to. On Saturday, we ditched the kid with my parents for a few hours and wandered aimlessly through bathroom fixture show rooms until we found the shower of our dreams. It was a splurge, but holy crap you guys—after 3 years of not even having the space to bend over in our shower, I am actually daydreaming about my first shower with the new stuff. Also—TWO SINKS. I do not understand WHY anyone put in a SIX FOOT LONG vanity with only one sink in a 3-bedroom house with a single bathroom, but it was stupid. Two days ago, I ordered our new bathtub, and while it’s not fancy or expensive, it will at least allow me to fill it with enough water to cover myself without having to shove a wash cloth into the overflow drain.

And the roof—well, it’ll just be nice not to have to worry about it anymore. It looks so ugly right now with its patches of missing shingles (it has 3-5 layers on it, so missing shingles don’t really mean exposed roof). Plus, all the grainy stuff blows/washes off in wind & rain, and it makes a huge mess of the yard. The new roof will be nicer color, more energy efficient AND environmentally friendly, so it’s a win all around.

So if you need me, you can probably find me on Pinterest obsessing over every last detail of our bathroom. Right now, this is the direction we’re headed in, but there are still a lot of variables to figure out!bathroom

Current bathroom (kinda–this is from the listing when we bought the house–it looks 3 years worse now.)

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9 thoughts on “Home Improvement

  1. That’s going to be a great bathroom!! We got a new roof and bathrooms a few years ago and it’s the best investments! You need to be happy in your tub and not worry about the house leaking. Good for you both!

  2. Bathroom remodels are worth their weight in gold! My wifey is a designer/remodeled/house flipped and we finally got our OWN done this year and we legit hang out sometimes in there just because we can and it’s beautiful. ❤️ also, we did heated floors and don’t get me started on how much of an awesome splurge they have turned out to be. I love y’all’s selections, especially the light fixtures! Good luck. 🙂

  3. Ohh, nice, I like your selections! We need to do some bathroom remodeling as well, we keep putting it off for updates on less exciting stuff like new hvac system, sump pump, roof, appliances. One of these years shit will stop breaking on us and we can get to the fun stuff!

  4. The last house we live-in-flipped we bought straight out of 1975 with a very, very similar bathroom…we definitely tried as much as possible to spruce it up with a new countertop (feaux granite) and even re-painted the grout (blue grout…yuck), but pretty much everything had to be touched…Best of Luck and excited to see how it turns out. Also, investing in dry shampoo was a life saver when we didn’t have access to our tub/shower 🙂

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