ORC: Basement Bathroom Week 3

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It’s a good thing we went into full-on weekend warrior mode this past weekend, because this One Room Challenge is half way over! Holy crap. We made some serious progress on our bathroom, so let’s get right to it.

If you read last week’s post, you know that we did quite a bit of work a couple of months ago to turn one end of our basement living room into a bare and dirty, but framed-in and roughed-in bathroom space. This past week as we were getting ready to actually close up the walls, we had a last minute change of heart over the walk-in shower that we had planned.

SHOWER WALL: DECISIONS, DECISIONS…

We were thinking that we would build a 3/4 height wall with an open space at one end to step into the shower, and either leave the top of the wall open or install a window to allow natural light into the shower. Something like this:

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ORC: Basement Bathroom Week 2

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If you read last week’s post, you know that we are taking on a huge project for this Spring’s One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. Welcome to Week 2 of the ORC, already 1/3 of the way through this design challenge to complete a room makeover (or build, in our case) in just 6 weeks! If you missed it, we actually tore up the corner of our basement in January to put in the second bathroom that we’ve been dreaming of for 3 1/2 years. Now we are hoping to kick it into re-build gear to get the bathroom as close to done as possible by the ORC final week, May 12th! Catch up on the initial plans and before photos, here.

As a quick reminder, this is what we started with:

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My 1/3rd Life Crisis: 9 Lessons Learned Through a Career Change

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I’m not even sure if a third-life crisis is a thing, but I think I’m a little late to call it “quarter-life” since I turned 30 last week. I, for one, do not plan to be around to see my 120th birthday. If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you’ve probably noticed my absence for the past, oh… way too many months. If you’re new here, Hi. I’m Kelly. Yes, there is in fact someone behind the blog, and thanks for stopping by!

The blog is not the only thing that I’ve been neglecting over the past six months. My work life had completely taken the place of my free time, my gym time, my early mornings and most of the evenings I should have been able to spend with my husband. I was commuting 45 minutes each way, 4 to 5 days a week to bust my ass 10 to 12 hours a day working on a thankless project that was making me miserable.

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ORC: Basement Guest Bathroom Week 1

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I am both a little bit shocked that the Spring ORC is here already, and embarrassed that I have only managed to get ONE stinkin’ blog post up since we completed the Fall ORC. I have had a lot of life going on in the past 5 months in addition to trying to completely move the blog to a new domain (not yet ready to launch), so I will leave it at that and spare you the excuses. However, I was not about to miss out on participating in this ORC.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me introduce you to the One Room Challenge, a semi-annual home decor event hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. There is a professional design challenge, featuring 20 designers that will completely makeover a room in 6 weeks, and post updates each Wednesday. Linda is also gracious enough to host an ORC Guest Challenge that allows bloggers to participate and link up their own room re-dos each Thursday throughout the process. I had so much fun updating our master bedroom last fall, that I had to come back for another round!

ORC Guest Gold

So ready or not, here we go.

One of the first things Jesse and I talked about when we bought our house in 2012 

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Oh HEY 2016!

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Well happy freaking new year. I’ve been MIA from the blog for awhile, and figured it’s about time I let you all know that I’M STILL ALIVE. And kickin’. I have been busier than ever with my day job (whomp whomp), but I feel like 2016 has some good things in store.

Here’s a quick run-down of what you can expect this year from me and my little blog!

New Domain(!): Yes, after just over a year of blogging, I’ve finally figured out what my blog name SHOULD have been. I’ll be moving all of my content over to the new site, and hope it goes smoothly – and that you’ll continue to follow along!

Home Projects: Namely, a NEW BATHROOM.

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