It’s amazing how you always anticipate things running far more smoothly than they do in reality. This is true in so many different aspects of life: your job, your relationships, education, etc. Well, this master bathroom remodel was no different. When we first started discussing the remodel, I remember thinking that we could do it ourselves to save money, but that it would take longer. Of course, neither J nor I really understood just how much “longer” it would take.
780 days. Yep…that’s how long it took for the full project to be completed. We ripped up the first tile the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2013, and we got the shower glass installed on January 18th of this year. We did darn near everything to that bathroom…a full gut, moving electrical, moving plumbing, moving ductwork. We ripped out walls and built new ones. Installed all the cement board and drywall, did the seaming and mudding. Primed it. Laid underfloor heating. It was sporadic work…mostly done in the winter months and on long breaks from work. We ended up hiring out the tiling and the painting (and the shower glass…because as much as I love and trust my engineer husband, I don’t know if I trust him enough to install something that will encase my body on a daily basis and present some pretty heavy consequences if it were to fall off and shatter).
And though it took forever, and there were days when I thought it would NEVER get finished, it was worth it. It’s gorgeous, and exactly what we wanted, and feels ridiculously dreamy.
Here are some photos with before and after shots. The orange walls are obviously the before (at least, I hope it’s obvious!). They’re iPhone shots, so not my finest quality, but enough to give you an idea.
Hope you enjoy all the hard work! I know we definitely enjoy the spoils of our efforts! If you have any questions about the materials, progress, level of effort, etc….let me know.