When Renovating, Can You Have it All?

Today I'm talking renovation plans and the design dilemmas that come with them. We have been mulling over our renovation plans for what feels like a year now, comparing options, working through layouts to get everything we want and struggling to accept defeat when it all doesn't fit in the footprint or budget.  Anyone else in this boat? perfect. 

So far, I've talked a lot about the kitchen and the laundry moving inside the house, but haven't shared the master bath addition we are also exploring on the second floor. I haven't cracked the nut on the final plan, so I've been hesitant to share. Thinking some of you may be in a similar boat or better yet have ideas on how to solve our dilemma i'm sharing the current work-in-progress today on our master bath addition.


I've talked on ends about our home's one bathroom on the second floor in its retro glory, charming right? In the floor plan below, you'll see the one bathroom in the house at the top of the stairs.

existing second floor floor plan

So far we've been through a lot of options starting with ones that kept the changes inside the footprint. We talked about converting the room labeled “office” into the master bathroom since there is even a door that goes into it from our master now, but we didn’t like the idea of losing a bedroom. Next, we looked at adding the master bath over the existing screened-in porch. The structure on the first floor is built, so we could convert one of the existing windows in the bedroom (there are currently 4) into a door to a bathroom. Drawing the floor plan in the new space and getting everything we want is where our dilemma comes in. We want a double vanity, standalone tub, standup shower, toilet and a walk-in closet all in a ~10'x19' space.

Our current plan is an awesome solve to get everything we want with one problem...

proposed second floor

Converting two windows into doors with one door going into the bathroom and one into a closet makes it so we lose the space for a bedside table due to the bathroom door in this drawing. The interior wall is really the only one that have the space for our bed making this a tough solve. If we lose the door into the bathroom and try to use the closet door in the drawing as the entry point into the space we end up having to lose closet space or a standalone tub.

This may be our best option and I'll have to get creative on bedside tables, but I cant help but think we just aren't getting creative enough. Ideas are very welcome! Until then, I'll be back at the drawing board.

master bathroom layout