Master Suite Remodel Project

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)


Like most people who have built homes, I look back and wish I would have done certain things differently.  If I think about it, probably those "differences" are equally divided between things that my wife and I just were not in a position to do with a baby on the way and things that we have just realized were not ideally suited to our lifestyle or taste before. We (mostly me) are also prone to getting tired of things faster than is probably smart. Because of that inherent "anstsyness", our house is in a constant state of flux, ever changing from one motif to another. Rooms are shifted and repurposed. Our hope is that we're moving towards an endpoint where the home is the way we like it, but I'm pretty confident that is a moving target. 
If I find them, I'll happily share the prior adventures which included: changing 3 closets into a coat/shoe cubby; converting a basement storage area into a home theater; and, changing a little used office in the basement into a kids play room. Those are for another day. As is typical for me, my attention has wandered and I am on to other things. 
The project du jour is the master suite which was comprised of the bedroom, an incredible cheaply done and inefficient bath and a just-barely-usable closet. So, my wife and I decided we were going to pick a project and figured this was one that could help make our daily routine more efficient. The prior set up was a single vanity, a small shower and the a closet that was "L" shaped and difficult to use to any real extent. 
At this stage, I feel like I should share that I spent about 10 years of my life working in the construction trades. My father was and is one of the finest builders the State of Michigan was ever blessed with. He has incredible skills and enough OCD to really do an amazing job. I have worked with him on many beautiful homes. Check one out here
I learned a lot working with him. The blunt truth is that I didn't get the gene. I enjoy it from time to time, but that talent passed over me and to my brother. So, rather than torment myself or my family, I choose to put my dollars in the economy. In addition, in my trade (business attorney) I get to work with many talented trades people. I think it's a good thing to return the favor.
So, for the next few weeks, I'll be posting our exploits for your reading enjoyment and, hopefully, so that you can benefit a bit from my missteps and maybe even get some inspiration for your own future projects. Check back soon.

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