A Change of Plans

   Saving money by doing more demo.    

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       I wish I could say that I have some great pictures of our new master bathroom all done to show you now, but that is not the case.  After much thought, we decided that maybe we should start working on the upstairs too.  The  bathroom upstairs lays directly above the master bathroom downstairs, so we decided to tear out all of the walls of that room too and get the plumbing for both bathrooms done at the same time.
       We also needed to get the electrical and heating lines run for the new mini-split heating units that would be put in each of the three rooms upstairs.  So, what the heck, let’s just do the entire upstairs! It just made sense to get it all done while the walls in the downstairs were open. 

       Here is a picture of what the upstairs bathroom looked like before any work was started.  It was originally a bedroom which had seen some water damage on the far wall.

        And here is what it looked like a few weeks ago:

All three bedrooms upstairs are fairly large.  The bedroom we are converting into the upstairs bathroom is the smallest (12′ x 15′).  The wall that is framed up in this picture it for a  walk-in closet for extra storage space upstairs.  A vanity will go in front of this wall, with a free standing tub in front of the window.    

       Right about the time we decided to go ahead with fixing up the entire upstairs, we were blessed to find Jerry, a contractor that just loves to demo and frame.  And now some progress pictures on the bathroom and some of his hard work over the last month or so. The picture below is taken from inside what will become the new shower. 

      Here is what it looked like today when we went out there:

       Jerry has done so much work upstairs that you can see from the bathroom over into the bedroom on the other side of the stairway.  Here is what the stairway looks like right now too.  The bathroom will be on your right at the top of the stairs.  One bedroom is straight ahead and the other to the left.

       When we arrived at the farm house today, our plumber, Greg, was starting to climb up on the very steep roof to put a vent in the roof for the upstairs bathroom.  It wasn’t long before my guy talked him into being roped up for safety.   The two of them climbed up on the roof so Greg could lean over the peak and put the vent in. Is he dedicated or what?

      I thought I’d leave you with a picture I took of a farmer harvesting the field just south of our property a few months ago.  As you eat your delicious Christmas dinners this year, give thanks for our farmers who provide us with so much good food. 

Merry Christmas
 from Kansas. 


  1. Wow! That is a work in progress! Beautiful things going on there / in your lives. So glad I found this blog, So glad our passed crossed ; )

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