I’m one of those people who wants everything to be perfect right away. So you can imagine, once there is one shiny and new object/space, I want everything to be shiny and new. Some aspects of this reno I’m able to keep in original condition or not want to change because it is still somewhat in good condition or I just can’t part with it yet, maybe in a few months/years (for example – my glider) :). But other things that I wouldn’t necessarily have changed before just don’t look right once the other changes have been made.
For instance, I would never have thought to take out the previous shelves in the upstairs play area. It looks fine as is, maybe the wood is a bit dated, but it’s ok.
Upstairs Play room
We didn’t think the electric fireplace however, would ever get used due to its safety risks for the kids, but why get rid of a perfectly good fireplace? I’m always against having less fireplaces but I need to be rational. Amber suggested if we removed the fireplace and heavy cabinets on the bottom of that room we could leave it open for the girls’ bigger sets (i.e. play kitchen and Barbie Dream house) and use the upper shelves for games and crafts. We would change the upper space to become more closed-in so people don’t see all the mess all the time. Genius! But this change leads to the next domino of course, if we take out the fireplace and the shelves, what do we do about the wall in the middle?
Leave it in or open it up? If we open it up, then what about the wall dividing that little room from the hallway. Do we still want that? Do we want the wall to be flush? So many questions that we just don’t know what would be best. Thank goodness for our team. We have a good general idea of what we want, but they are so good at telling us what can be done well and what’s not worth worrying about. Hence, the middle wall is now gone, the end wall is staying and Billy will make the wall flush. He thought that the inch space will only annoy us in a few months for the minimal work and money that we put into it now. Phew!
This leads to other things though. Now, because the playroom is opened up, we start thinking about the closed in space of the stairway. Why so many tall walls with no light and no railing and why is that landing there?
Leading up the stairs
It is so dark and a kind of scary place that someone could hide in….hmmm I don’t like that either. We immediately text Billy, “How hard would it be to open us the stairway and add a glass wall and slats to go along with the slats in the dining room?” Not hard at all apparently. He had been thinking the same and was going to suggest the glass anyways. I told you my team are the best right?! And it’s best to do it now since we are replacing the floors. Otherwise we would have to fix the floors later too. Dominos.
Here it is in partial demolished state:
Stairwell – opened up to show sprinkler plumbing
These are two of the biggest changes we didn’t originally intent to do, but they make sense. There are lots of day-to-day decisions that seem to come up as well that change the scope of the work a bit. Luckily, I haven’t found any way to domino the upstairs bathroom into the mix yet. I really like it and it’s well done. It’s just not exactly my dream bathroom colours, and I would like double vanities, but I’m not ready to change it yet. Let’s get one bathroom done before we start on anything else!