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This page covers remodeling work on both of our bathrooms.

Guest Bathroom

The guest bath had been lightly remodeled at some point before we bought the house: new trim, wallpaper below the beltline trim, a basic Home Depot vanity and medicine cabinet, and laminate flooring. Oh, and wood covers on all the electrical devices. It was all oak, and decent enough looking, even if it was vintage late 80's style.

We decided to install a skylight to bring more light into the bathroom. I looked at one of the "tube" designs, but I decided that I wanted a real skylight in this case. It will give us more light, give the ability too look up and see the sky, and add more volume to an otherwise tiny room. It also gives me the ability to move the fan so it was near the top of light well to better remove steam from the bathroom after a shower.

Since it was more than 10' above the floor, the skylight needed to be laminated glass, which added a bit to the cost, but not too much. I went with a 24" x 48" fixed (aka, non-opening) Velux skylight on the advice of my favorite contractor who was going to help me install it - Rich Natalie. He's never had one leak in decades of installing them, which is a great testimony to the quality of their products and to the quality of his installs. The unit I selected is specially sized to fit between roof trusses that are installed 24" on center like mine are. It fits like a glove and the drywall should install perfectly without any goofiness being needed. Nice!


Caitlin was up on the room helping us with the install of the actual skylight. It came out pretty good, despite a torrential downpour hitting just as we got it installed and before we got the shingles back in place. Thank goodness for the enormous tarp I had so we could cover the work area until it passed.

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The light well framing in the attic is done, but no pics of that yet.

Stuff left to do:

  •  Moving a wire we found that runs right through the light well
  •  Installing a new fan in the upper part of the light well
  •  Cutting the hole in the ceiling drywall to expose the light well
  •  Removing the old bathroom fan (it's going to be redundant, and it's in the middle of the light well any way)
  •  Installing drywall in the light well using "green board" (since it's a bathroom)
  •  Finishing the drywall in the light well
  •  Painting the drywall in the light well
  •  Insulating the light well (I'm going with spray foam)


Master Bathroom

When we bought the house, the master bathroom was original and untouched in any way, except for the addition of some very 80's wallpaper on most of it. It's got no mechanical ventilation, and we always knew it was going to be a gut job to re-do it. I want something much nicer for my bathroom than what I started with. Eventual plans include a slightly larger shower with a bench seat in it and a nice tile job for the entire bathroom, in addition to recessed lighting, new cabinetry, and good mechanical ventilation. I like to take long showers. I also plan to insulate the interior walls to cut down on sound transmission - the bathroom backs up onto the dining room, and it's not cool to be able to hear everything through the wall when you have guests over. It's still going to be a small footprint bathroom - the entire house is only 1475 square feet to start with, after all - so it's not going to be palatial by any means. When I get done, it will be nicely appointed and well done, and very usable - all for a reasonable budget since we're doing the work ourselves. That's exactly what we want.

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