More Demolition, a New Floorplan, and a Butler's Pantry

12:07 PM Katy 0 Comments

The total destruction of the back patio is underway, and the master bathroom is still dragging on...
I'm currently stuck in "nail filling and sanding trim" hell. It's coming up on ONE YEAR since we started this emergency bathroom reno, and I just want to stop thinking about it. I still have so much to do in there! Here's the backyard today:
looking out the kitchen door to the screened porch

screened porch to upper back patio
 It's going to be months before this is usable space again, so all the back doors are locked. Thank God I don't have little kids anymore. My oldest starts high school next week!! Cannot believe it!
Ok so... the Butler's Pantry.
I'm trying to get organized and start drawing up floorplans for the entire house right now, because we are 18 months into hardcore renovations without them! This is because we are just putting out fires left and right -- the master bathroom was a mess because we had the plumbing disaster and we had to rip it out immediately (without a plan in place!) That is the absolute worst way to go about any renovation plan.

Here is the current floorplan of one half of the kitchen (with kids doodles) :
Here's the way that kitchen hallway looks right now:
 I know you're jealous right? hahahaaa!

The granite flooring has to come out and the whole bathroom is being torn down to the studs.
Ok so here is the current bathroom:
weird closet with air return

massive 36" doors everywhere

that bathtub has a hole in it that is currently covered with DUCT TAPE

Here is the new floorplan that is finally done! Just in case the bathtub finally disintegrates, I have a PLAN! I am terrified of what mold issues we will find when we tear out the bathroom since one of our boys (of course) was showering in there indefinitely before anyone noticed the hole in the bottom of the tub. :( I'm ranting "open your eyes" a LOT around here. Preteens are inherently only intelligent when it comes to their own interests, and have a peculiar blindness to everything around them. sigh. 

I crammed the bathroom into a smaller footprint because I need a butler's pantry! right!? (not sure where these first two pictures came from other than Pinterest, I couldn't find sources):

Marjorie Johnston
I think I need to carry the black and white chess floors throughout the bathrooms, laundries, and maybe this pantry. The rest of the house will be the oak flooring. I'm not restaining 5,000 sq ft of oak just because the trendy floors are dark now -- because you know everything comes back in style (as long as it's not horribly ugly).

The chess floors are my main nod to the French style of the house. French is not really my "thang" but I try to always honor the setting and the architecture of whatever house I'm working on. I am extremely influenced by turn of the century design, however, so any fixture or architecture from 1900-1940 is always going to find a way into my renovations. Thank goodness for that catchall phrase -- "eclectic" !

The next major renovation is going to be the library and the foyer. I will post those pictures and plans next. Trying to be all organized and stuff. :/

I ordered some of this wallpaper for the master bathroom and I'm trying it out... we'll see if it matches what I pictured in my head:
Kate Butler on Spoonflower
 Wallpaper can either be a hit or a miss, but not much inbetween.

Who's ready for the Solar eclipse!??? We're gonna be on the dock taking video because we are RIGHT in the path, this town is going to be a total madhouse with all the people coming here to see it!
If you're on instagram, connect with me here and I'll be posting pictures. Happy end of summer! xx

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