Friday, August 09, 2013
Our contractor visited today and answered all my questions and we found wonderful solutions for everything we wanted to do. This is the site of the new second full bathroom! Yes it is in the studio, or Dave's new bedroom, but I am willing to give up my studio here, and move it to the loft, so no worries. Dave will have a real bathroom, with a shower/tub combo, sink and toilet in a 5'x8' space with a door, fan, lighting, the works. His bedroom will be on this end of the studio space and the other side by the fireplace and tv will remain our family room. He will have a private entrance to the driveway where his garage and toolshed are. It will be just like an apartment. And the studio will finally get ductwork for central air and heat, which it never had, since the whole space was an afterthought from the former owners.
The Jacuzzi is going away, as is that partition wall and cabinet, and the whole thing will be structured as a walk-in closet. A large bright place to store quilts, paintings and winter coats, shoes etc.
The loft consists of two rooms, and a storage space, with two doors, a Juliet balcony and the other side is wide open, with a half bath. My new studio space will have improved lighting, my sewing machines and work table and the adjacent room will have the couch, the twin bed and the tv, so I can take my nap, but sleep downstairs for the night. I'll stay up there when we have guests, and the guest can have the downstairs room with the queen size bed.
This is an old picture of the soon to be studio space. Small but efficient. The wall with the quilts will be my design wall, and I have lots of outlets for machines and irons and my painting easel. Since I mostly fuse, I don't have to have my shelves of fabric at my fingertips. And the wall of yarn...that will also have to go somewhere else. It will all be figured out. But the best I have left for last. We will get new floors that match. No more six different floor coverings. Yay!
Your wonderful email suggestions have been taken into account and I spent a good deal of time yesterday considering the idea of making our living room my new studio space, since we rarely use it. But I decided against that idea because the lighting couldn't be construed in a way that made it work. I can easily get better lighting in the loft for my needs than I could from the slanting cathedral ceiling of the living room.
Another suggestion from a reader was to make a wheel chair accessible bath. If Dave (or I!) were in a wheel chair, we would already have had to move from this property, as that situation would make it very difficult to maintain our 5.1 acres. So we are doing a regular shower/bath combo in the new Dave Room, and that will work for us and anyone who buys this home someday.
Nothing will change in our current bathroom with the exception of the flooring. I thought I had that chosen but my mind was changed by our contractor. So now I am back on the hunt for the floor I want. Stay tuned.
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