Home Renovation: 2nd Floor Plans

Master Bathroom With Fiddle Leaf Fig

The laundry machine is moving INSIDE the house!! You guys, it’s happening.

The order of this announcement may seem backwards to you, laundry > 2nd floor plans. But, let me explain. We are getting a laundry machine...inside. our. house...which means no more parading my dirty laundry out the front door, down the hill to the backyard and into an electrical closet to wash it!! Hallelujah.

The bar is low and this update blew right past it.

The excitement of adding a master bath, laundry and closet area in our house is not lost on me.  It's something I really never thought would happen when we started this renovation. So much so that I've been too nervous to even talk about it here, on the off chance I jinx it. But, with our plans drafted and submitted for the permit with the city...I guess here goes nothing...

Master closet

You guys know, we signed up to share a tiny retro bathroom and to have a laundry room outside when we bought the house. This felt like an upgrade from my NYC apartment. I even, no joke, took the positive spin that I got to be outside when doing laundry. Yep, I was in the full blown new homeowner, honeymoon stage. And after nearly two years in our house with said bathroom and laundry room, the feeling has worn off.

The excitement of our future master suite is real.

I shared our floorplan downstairs, so let's go upstairs.

I haven't shared really anything about our current second floor. Honestly the upstairs is not worth sharing. We hardly have any furniture and it is not decorated. Everything that moved in upstairs was a mixture of hand-me-downs, furniture that made its way through college and well-timed DIY projects like our nightstand refurbishment.

The upstairs of our house is  a whole lotta bedroom, and a wee tiny bathroom.

Here's the existing upstairs floorplan:


Ah...the only bathroom in the house. You can see from the floorplan that this space is tight. Not as tight as my NYC bathroom that required sitting sideways not to hit the sink.  And I wish I had a photo of this room when the radiator was still in there!

We knew we wanted a master bathroom added in this renovation. But where to put it?! The options weren't great. In the footprint - that meant losing bedroom #2. Outside the footprint, it went over the screen porch.

A few less than ideal plans later...and we went back to the drawing board deciding we didn't like how the plan was impacting the feel and flow of our house. Thank goodness for our amazing architect. On our third go-around our architect came up with a way to add the kitchen behind the porch on the first floor that gave us more room upstairs for a master suite.



I won't lie to you guys moving the renovation outside of the footprint is going to be tough. But in the end, so worth it.

The space above the kitchen and porch ends up being about 11 x 21 for the new bathroom, closet and laundry. One of the existing windows will become the door into our new bathroom/closet/laundry area.

renovation master bathroom

Now that we are going outside of the footprint, we had to think about what the addition would do to the outside of the house. To keep the integrity of the outside design, especially the front, there will be a gabled dormer window on the front and a shed dormer on the back. I love the design looks really nice and fits with the house's existing roof line.

house exterior

This hasn't been totally ideal for the inside set up, but I think we are making it work. The plan is to have the door open into some kind of "dressing" area so the bathroom can be kept more private. In this area, there will be two different built-in places to hang clothes, a chest of drawers, a vanity by the window and a closet for side by side laundry units.


The roof line at the front of the house will be slanted, so we chose to put the laundry and closet in this space where the ceiling height doesn't matter as much. The plan takes advantage of the ceiling slopes and turns what would be wasted space into much needed storage and underneath the dormer we will have a built-in bench for even more storage.

Dormer bench

On the other side of the addition will be the bathroom. I have been debating whether a tub is necessary in the layout because without it we could really open up the space and have a larger walk-in shower. But I haven't been able to part with the tub yet and inspiration like this really isn't helping.

Master bathroom

So, while I continue to sit here and debate layout, tub no tub...fingers crossed the permit comes through this week and we can get this bad boy started!!!

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