The Time Has Come For a Renovation!
It’s getting warmer and that means it’s getting closer to our summer project, renovating the tiny house. We have lived here for nearly two years now, that was our end goal, it’s been AWESOME! I am SO grateful for my house, it was a lot of work but I never expected it to pay back as well as it has! If the only reason is that it has enabled me to be able to stay home and raise Hazel that would be more than enough but it’s enabled SO much more… I couldn’t even imagine cleaning my big house while trying to keep tabs on a toddler, I don’t know how others do it! And the experiences I’ve had… I digress…
I have posted before, here, about adding an addition. It’s a go! Not only that, we’re going to update some other things that we think will add to our quality of life. These Items will be included in our addition/renovation:
#1 – Addition of a small (~32 s.f.) bedroom on the existing patio of our home. This will give Hazel a bed separate from ours which is getting more important as she is getting more mobile. It was great in the beginning when she would nap peacefully in her co-sleeper beside my bed, now I am often woke by a kick to the throat, a slap to the forehead, someone trying to gouge my eyes out, literally. Just this morning I woke up to a baby butt, in my face, and the biggest fart ever to come out of such a small person! She’s totally awesome but a sometimes gross bed-hog! I am certain that she will end up in our bed most nights anyway as she is getting really good at moving and climbing stairs… but to have my king size back… and an hour here and there… that will be awesome! 🙂
This will also include removing one of the windows from the bathroom. Instead of just filling that space in I am going to leave the window frame in and add shelving to put all the bathroom ‘things’ that have found their way to sitting in the window sills anyway (hair dryer/straightener, gels and gunk!)
#2 – Taking the tile and radiant heat out and replacing it with reclaimed hardwood flooring. The radiant heat hasn’t been as efficient as I hoped, it lets more cold in if it’s not on so I am left with the option of higher electric bills in the winter or cold floors. I think this will dramatically decrease to have less thermal mass. Besides, i am adding more weight with an addition, it only makes sense to offset some of that by removing a 6,000 pound floor system 🙂
#3 – Replacing the cupboard and drawer faces. I used 3/8″ plywood to decrease the weight of my millwork pieces. This has been a bad idea from the start, they were slightly warped when installed and it has gotten progressively worse over time. I will be making new faces out of 3/4″ plywood that will make things much better!
I would still like to be able to shower but it would be nice to use the tub to give Hazel baths, right now she uses a Rubbermaid Tupperware, since we will be here a bit longer than originally thought it would be nice to make the upgrades needed to make our home work for our new [family] lifestyle. If I had it to do over again I would have reworked the kitchen to include a full sized bathtub, it would be simpler, but this will work well for a renovation! Hopefully it works out! (If you know of any other small tubs I would love a link! the space is 42″ x 36″)
I think at this point, with those additions this house will work for several more years for us! I hope to be posting more of the plans outlined AND the process very soon, just waiting for some nice weather but I am chomping at the bit for another hands on project!
Just for fun: