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I just sent in our info to HGTV’s Renovation Realities.  I really wanted to submit our info to Hammer Heads or Carter Can, since they actually help with projects, but they only want people in the LA area.  Boo.

Well, the reason I submitted our info to them is because we have a major master bath reno that we’d LOVE to do in the near future.  We need to save up a little more money first but it’s definitely high up on our list of home improvements.

Here are a few pics of the master bath when we moved in:

vanity area

left wall

back wall (sink)

right wall (shower)

We haven’t done much to it except paint it a super light ivory color (which we hate) and put in a new light fixture.

This pic is looking from the master bedroom… there is an archway into the vanity/closet area and then a pocket door into the actual bathroom:

Here is the layout how it is now…

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Here is the new layout that we came up with… after many ideas on what to do:

We are going to be on a strict budget so moving plumbing and electrical too much isn’t an option.  What do you think?  Do you think not having a tub is a bad idea? We never use it (in the last 2 years I used it once for 5 minutes when I was in labor!) and we have a guest bathroom with a nice tub.  Oh and keep in mind we have NO linen closet right now which is a huge pain, we keep our towels under the sink!

We’ll take any input you guys have.

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I had posted recently (here and here) about storage under the stairs, but I wanted to share the wonderful idea my grandpa had for his home many years ago using space above the stairs.

They had a totally empty wall in their kitchen and needed more storage for pots and pans so my grandpa cut a hole in the wall and used the empty space above the basement stairs.  He built the entire thing himself… drawers, doors, shelves, frame… and also installed lighting inside:

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Look at the storage he created!

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Now if only I could get them to replace the wallpaper… no, I have to say though it goes with the rest of the house.  It’s the cutest little upstate NY house you’ll ever see!

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Since today is my grandpa’s birthday, I thought this was the perfect time to showcase how handy and creative he was (and still is).

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I already posted about storage under the stairs a few days ago, but I came across the best idea yet for this space.  It’s from the popular mechanics website and was published in the March 2007 issue.

Since our foyer is small we were thinking that maybe a storage bench would take up too much space.  I love that this design provides drawer storage and a place to sit to put shoes on that are both built right into the wall!  We’d be able to keep the foyer as uncluttered as possible:

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Karl Champley (who wrote the article) said this, “Before doing any demolition, I checked to see if any mechanical systems ran through the walls—and found an air-conditioning return to watch out for.”  The only way I can think to do this is to cut a small hole and peek around with a flashlight to see if any plumbing or electrical lines are in that space.

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Since we’ll have leftover wainscoting from our guest room makeover we can definitely use the idea of adding it on the drawer and inside the seating area shown below: 

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Thanks Karl and Popular Mechanics for this wonderful spacesaver and storage idea!  We can’t wait to get started on this project.

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