Remodel Progress! (Plus, The Closet Mystery Solved)



After talking about it for so long, we finally have progress on the remodel! The started yesterday instead of Monday, so after one day of work, it’s still very much in the demo phase.

They’re starting on the guest bedroom. Just as a reminder, this is what this room looked like when we bought the house…

I removed the carpet right after we closed on the house, and before we even moved in. The door on the left went out to the front porch. It was very confusing having two doors on the front porch, so during last year’s front porch makeover, I had that door removed and the doorway covered over with siding. Those two things were pretty much the only things that were ever done in this room.

So about mid-day yesterday, it looked like this…

Drywall…GONE! Polystyrene ceiling tiles…GONE!

And then by the end of yesterday, it looked like this…

Guest bedroom demo day

Shiplap…GONE! 1 x 4’s and ceiling drywall…GONE!

It’s messy and gross in there, but I’m so excited about finally seeing some progress in this room. I’ve been living with those old windows, very textured antique white walls, and polystyrene ceiling tiles for six years, and I’m thrilled to see them all gone.

It always freaks me out a bit to see a ceiling gone and the ceiling joists and attic exposed. But at least it’s a room where I can keep the door closed. And speaking of doors, I’ve decided to have a pocket door installed in this room instead of a swinging door. We had already decided to put a pocket door on the room that will now be our home gym, and I like the idea of the doors being the same. I’ve really grown to love the pocket doors in the studio (I have three of them), and think they’ll be much easier for Matt to use when he needs to close these.

In this next picture, you can see the tiny door (just beyond the ladder) that leads to the tiny closet in this room…

Guest bedroom remodel - demo day 1

That door will be drywalled over, and that closet will be combined with the closet in the future home gym to create a much bigger closet area.

So the natural question is, “What about a closet for this room?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! 🙂 Do you remember the closet cabinets I built in the condo bedroom that flanked the bed? Here’s a reminder of what that looked like…

condo bedroom after makeover

Well, I plan to do something very similar flanking the front window of this bedroom, which will end up being the ONLY window in this bedroom when it’s finished. But in this bedroom, the bed won’t go between the closets. The bed will go against the wall to the right.

But these closet cabinets that I have planned are the very reason that the side window has to go. With that window there, I can’t build symmetrical closets flanking the front window, and y’all know how I need my symmetry. And yes, I’d choose symmetry over additional natural light any day of the week. 😀

And right now, the plan is to build a window seat under the window between the two closet cabinets. I actually haven’t measured the distance from the floor to the window sill yet, so I’m not even sure if there’s enough room. I sure hope there is, though, because I’d love to incorporate a window seat in this room!

I’m very excited about getting this room done. As soon as it’s finished, Matt and I will be using it as our bedroom until our big addition happens when we’ll actually get a proper master bedroom. I have no idea when that will be, so in the meantime. I’m very much looking forward to making this room beautiful and comfortable for us. It looks terrible now, but of course, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming, planning, and picturing it finished in my mind. 🙂





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