For more than 100 years the 2nd floor of our house was mostly a very large attic. The master bedroom was the only finished room upstairs and it was accessed by a narrow, steep staircase. The odd spaces and angled ceilings made it a little tricky, but we were able to devise a floor plan that included the addition of 2 more bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the 2nd floor. The bathroom would be located in the south-facing gable. Here is our very first view of the space that eventually became our upstairs bathroom…
One of the hardest parts of laying out the plan for the 2nd floor was figuring out how to fit in a full bathroom while also leaving enough room for a new staircase. We had to demolish a wall of the master bedroom and move it about 18″, but it was well worth the trouble to create just enough space for this bathroom. Any concerns we had quickly disappeared once the framing went up.
The upstairs bathroom has been 90% done for more than a year. 90% is a dangerous place to be. It’s just enough to be fully functional, which means the sense of urgency to finish it is extremely low, but it still lacks all the finished details. There are only a few rooms in the house that are 100% done (or as we like to call it, “done-done”) – Lucy’s bedroom, Aiden’s bedroom, and the new loft space. The kitchen, downstairs bathroom, stairs, vestibule, and exterior of the house are all lagging at below 50% completion. Sitting comfortably in the 90% completion range would be the upstairs bathroom and commons area, master bedroom, dining room, playroom, parlor, and living room.
Let’s take a look at the bathroom when we moved in…
The upstairs bathroom is a perfect example of how a room can function just fine for more than a year in an incomplete state. The sink, toilet, and shower all worked, there was adequate lighting from a hanging light bulb, and the room even looked relatively nice once we added new woodwork and paint (not pictured above). But we still needed to add a custom mirror, lighting, a transition piece in the doorway, and change out the extremely loud vent fan that didn’t actually do much venting. This all seems like no big deal – just take care of that in one weekend, right?