How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

 

This post is sponsored by Regions Bank.

master bath project

Have you ever seen this door before when I photographed the master bedroom?

Are you going all Let’s Make a Deal right now and asking yourself what’s behind it?

I’m a little nervous to show you.

This is definitely not the farmhouse’s moment.

You see….it’s the master bathroom.

A never-been-seen-before-you-won’t-even-believe-what-it-looks-like-because-you-might-head-for-the-hills kind of space.

And today I’m opening the door.

Are you ready?

{gulp}

bathroom before

Here we go.

Click.

Turrrnnnnnn.

Creeeeeaaaakkkkkk.

(that’s the door opening for those who might not speak sound effect).

master bath before

And this is the part of the story where you are probably thinking to yourself….hmmmm….not so bad.

Cute sink.  Check.

Baskets for organizing.  Check.

Farmhouse mirror.  Check.

Might need some new flooring because it looks like it’s peeling up in places.

But other than that it’s not too bad.

Right?

master bathroom before

Until.

Until you turn the corner and realize that’s it.

There’s no shower or tub or storage or….wait for it….wait for it….space.

Yep.

That’s what it’s missing.  Space.

master bath floor

Enter the great farmhouse bathroom remodel of 2016.

We are celebrating and putting on party hats and feather boas and cranking out the cupcakes and for the bathroom’s birthday….

….we are giving it space.

We are taking space from the master bedroom closet and another bathroom in the back and knocking down walls and picking out tile and adding a shower and a bathtub and a closet for towels and two sinks.

Good times.

And I’ve been planning and I have a budget and I’m figuring out ways to cut costs in certain areas and go all affordable on things that aren’t a priority to me, so I can afford things I really want.

And along the way I’ve discovered the importance of really good financial resources.

master bath cabinet

Like Regions Bank.

They are such a great resource for home ownership information, like whether to renovate your home or buy a new one, general home buying best practices and even remodeling and home improvement tips for bathroom remodelers like me.

To help you get the most out of your home improvement project, they offer a useful Home Improvement Checklist and helpful calculators that can help you evaluate things like how to calculate home equity line of credit payments, the differences between a home equity loan and a line of credit and how long it will take to pay of a home equity loan.

They can meet with you and discuss your bathroom hopes and dreams or your kitchen’s hopes and dreams or even what’s behind door number one and offer solutions like steps for an energy efficient home and using your home’s equity for the project.

The Region’s Bank Facebook page is also a great place to get answers, too.  There are articles on things to know about the remodeling process and details on home loans and even calculators to help you figure out how much your monthly payment will be on a loan.

Remodeling can be scary and overwhelming and a partner like Regions Bank can help smooth the way (or the tile grout).

master bath sink

We are breaking ground (or breaking down walls) in two weeks.

My bathroom is doing cartwheels in anticipation.

I’ll keep you posted and take lots of kind of pitiful during pictures along the way.

It’s going to be messy.

And fun.

And I’m so glad I picked what was behind door number one.

disclaimer:  This post was written in partnership with Regions Bank.  

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Comments

  1. Sooooo excited for you all! Your plans sound so grand…like having your own spa! Having a bit of trouble myself envisioning things, so could you please show us your before and future plan schematics? (Just roughly drawn, incl. space you’re taking from other places and how those will end up, too?) Just having a “Pavlov” moment anticipating your end result!

  2. This will be such a great project for you! Looking forward to seeing your choices…I know it will be wonderful!

  3. Michelle Rudis :

    I am obsessed with watching other people’s renovation projects — obsessed, I tell you! Before and after photos are fun to browse and all, but it’s the ‘process’ that really gets me. I think it all started back when I watched my first This Old House episode. Yup, back in the day…when Bob Villa was still the show’s MC. This is going to be soooo much fun!!!

  4. Exciting for you…fun for us! Can’t wait…bet you can’t either! 😉

  5. Congrats! What a fun project to embark on. Are you keeping that cute sink? I love the chrome rails.

    And you should be very jealous as I am going to Lucketts tomorrow in the pouring rain. It should be a good time.

    But yay for sun today! Finally.

    Have a great weekend,
    The Other Marian

  6. Oh my, it is tiny. How exciting to get to turn it into the space you need and have dreamed about. Glad you are taking us along for the journey! It’s going to be fun!

  7. Teresa Gonzales :

    Looks like fun! We are also renovating 2 small bathrooms in our 1925 house. So many choices!

  8. Good morning KariAnne,
    I know firsthand how exciting fixing up a bathroom can be. The two bathrooms in our fixer-upper house are the ONLY two rooms that are COMPLETELY finished from ceiling to floor. You will be so thrilled when you open that door now…you may just keep it open all the time!!!
    Blessings, Jeanne

  9. WOW !!!!!!! Can”t wait to see this “water closet” AFTER you worked your magic. I just know it will be awesome.

  10. How exciting! You’ll love your new bathroom, and I can’t wait to see the project unfold!

  11. Leslie Watkins :

    Bathroom remodels are also on my future “To Do” list!! Love that you are leading the way! Can’t wait to learn lots from you, my friend.

  12. April Saylor :

    Anticipation! I can’t wait for the updates! Maybe you are considering some slider doors? Incorporating big grand antique pieces for the vanity space and a big wardrobe turned into linen storage? When we turned our 1946 Stone Cottage “master bedroom” closet into a bathroom I had to follow a strict budget. I installed a nice looking fiberglass shower covered with a beautiful shower curtain I sewed. Then I used the small vintage tile from the top of the shower to the ceiling (we have 9ft ceilings) and it gives it impact without all the cost of tile work. PLUS fiberglass is much easier to keep clean versus tile. Happy Remodeling!

  13. Barbara Moore :

    new bathrooms = bliss. happy cartwheeling!

  14. So excited for you! And for us to see!

  15. You will experience a lot of pain as well as pleasure while the demo and rebuild is in progress, but you will feel like you are living in the lap of luxury once it is done. I am so happy for you! Please keep up in the loop during the remodel, we want to see it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly!

  16. Sometimes I believe your house is a magical castle that invents rooms on an as-needed basis! Enjoy the Renovation Ride!

  17. Well, woman you got me beat! And I thought I needed a new bathroom! I am doing the potty dance for you! If you touch it, IT will be amazing! oh, I have had sinks, faucets, tub, etc for SIX, yes 6 years waiting for a new bathroom!

  18. Oh I can’t wait to see what you do with this space. I’m sure it will be filled with farmhouse goodness.

    Nancy

  19. Yeah! I’m excited for you! Happy remodeling!

  20. Ooooohhhhhh! Don’t you love another Christmas morning? We just did a master bathroom upgrade, and I am totally ocd and the mess made me crazy. Have fun, don’t worry about the mess and keep you new bathroom vision in focus!

  21. A dream! Happy renovating!

  22. Rowena Philbeck :

    So exciting and crazy at the same time. Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom with all the trimmings!!! Can’t believe it didn’t have a shower etc. Like a half bath!!

  23. Oh my gosh!!! We have the same bathroom!!!!! Well almost… we do have a tiny tub in ours! I’ve been BEGGING my husband to let me add on to our bathroom. We have room outside but he’s still not up for THAT project! I look forward to seeing what you do and maybe, just maybe I can convince him to let me start on ours! Good luck girl! I have no doubt it will be fabulous!

  24. I am soooooo excited and happy for you, KariAnne…having a good bathroom is seriously EVERYTHING! It will be such a dream to have a full bathroom suite just footsteps away! I’m excited to see the makeover in progress…one can always use good tiling tips, so I hope there will be plenty! 😉

  25. I simply cannot wait to see what you do
    with the space behind that door! Ahhh!!

  26. So exciting! Good to know about all the helpful resources at Regions Bank, too… xo Heidi

  27. Cannot wait for the reveal- I know it will be amazing!

  28. Oh Happy Days for You!! Won’t it be wonderful to open that creaky door — I’m sure it will be well oiled after the remodel– and see your own special bathroom/spa?! You’ll think you fell down the rabbit’s hole and ended up in Wonderland. I can see your mind spinning with lots of spectacular plans — colors, accessories, linens, his and her bathrobes. It will be stupendous!! Can’t wait to see your progress. Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. Cindy Pierce :

    So excited for you! Whatever you do…it will be beautiful! Can’t wait to see the progress begin.

  30. Best of luck with bathroom remodel. Looking forward to seeing the remodeling project as it happens!

  31. Shirl Meckley :

    I too am about to embark on a bathroom remodel but I have no way to go to make it bigger. You are lucky to have the space to do that. Post a lot of pics for all of us to see.

  32. Big project and it is a good thing to have the right financing for it.

  33. SQUEALLLL!!! I am so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to see the reveal!!!

  34. How exciting for you! Good things come to those who wait. I know it is going to be fantastic. Having lived in a house for many years without a master bath, I can appreciate your anticipation. That is the ONE thing that our house had to have when we moved to TN. I was done with trucking down the hall to use the bath. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  35. How exciting I can’t wait to see what is going to happen.

  36. VERY exciting, KA! Wishing you big time good luck with all this – you will be losing your mind with the mess, but the end result will be AWESOME!

    Whheeee!!!!