One of my renovation goals for this year is to completely overhaul our master bedroom. This bedroom is the only room of our house that has barely been touched since we moved in. Originally, we ripped out the manky old carpet, sanded the floors and painted the walls taupe. We haven’t made any further updates to the master bedroom for a decade but this year we can finally focus on a complete renovation of our room – hooray!
I have been meticulously planning every last detail of my dream bedroom all year! And not just any dream bedroom, because that would be easy. This had to be the perfect bedroom to meet all our storage needs within the size constraints of our current room.
Let’s talk size for a minute. Our master bedroom is 3m x 4m (10ft x 13ft). That’s 130 sq ft. This is a totally normal sized bedroom for an Australian home built in the 1970’s. But to put that in perspective, the average size of today’s American master bedrooms are 309 sq ft (and that doesn’t include the walk in robe or the ensuite). Our 130 sq ft bedroom has to include clothes storage as well since there are no built-in-robes in our house. Ensuite? Not a chance! This is a one bathroom house and the bedrooms are too small to add an ensuite anywhere.
So this is a rough idea of what I’ve come up with:
(Crappy, not-to-scale design #1.)
There’s plenty of room for a queen sized bed and two generously-sized bedside tables (with storage drawers). The bed itself will have big storage drawers underneath and at the foot of the bed there’s enough space for a wide bench with shoe storage below. As both Em and myself wear casual, practical clothes such as jeans and t-shirts (#lesbians) on a daily basis, we can do away with hanging storage and just fold our clothes into drawers. There’s room for two tall chests of drawers opposite the bed as well as a wall of hooks for bags.
I had it all thought out. *sigh*
Then the plumber came. The plumber had nothing to do with the bedroom, he simply came to remove a tap spindle from the bath that I couldn’t get out. As we were walking him out the door, Em said “hey, how hard would it be to add a toilet in our bedroom?”. I shot the plumber my filthiest shut-it-down-buddy look, while doing the international shut-it-the-fuck-down signal where you shake your fingertips back and forth against your neck. Our plumber, bless him, ignored my unsubtle hints. He took a quick look at our house layout and said “too easy, $800 – $1000 tops”.
In my mind, I fell to my knees and begged him “why would you crush my hopes and dreams like that … whyyyyyy!” but in reality I smiled politely and gave him a thumbs up.
Here’s a look at our updated bedroom plans:
(Even crappier design #2.)
Em is beyond happy with this. She has always wanted a second toilet in our home. I grew up in a one toilet house so I’m perfectly accustomed to waiting my turn. But I must admit, now we have three kids it certainly would be handy to have a second toilet. I just hadn’t planned on having a toilet as a bedside table!
The thing is, Em gives me free rein on the house design. She knows that I’m passionate about our house and she lets me do what I like with it because it makes me so happy. She has only been passionately vocal about three aspects of our house: we must own dogs (done!), when we have kids we’ll have to extend the house (done!) and we really need a second toilet (forgetaboutit!).
I have been fobbing her off for years, claiming that it would cost thousands of dollars to plumb a second toilet in and there’s simply not enough room anyway.
She doesn’t ask for much so I want to make this happen for her. Plus I live by the motto where there’s a will, there’s a way. So I shifted gears and have been rethinking the bedroom. There just isn’t room for a full ensuite, but I think I can squeeze a small powder room in.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
(Crappy, not-to-scale design #3.)
There is just enough room to build a powder room on the wall to the right. It will only take up half the length of that wall and the other half will be dedicated to a built in closet. I’m thinking I’d like to have double doors on the powder room so that whole wall looks like a wall of built-ins. When you open it (expecting a hanging robe of some sort) you find a sweet little powder room instead. It will be the Narnia of toilets.
With these new plans to think about and the extra costs involved, I’m making the executive decision to put our master bedroom renovation on hold till next year. I am also taking any toilet related suggestions into consideration. Let’s have it folks, gimme the good, the bad and the ugly of having a powder room in the bedroom – I’m all ears!