I feel like it’s been all Christmas, Christmas, Christmas over here, and I’ve been holding out on you with the pool house progress! If you follow me on Instagram then you are in the loop already, but for those of you who don’t, here are a few fun updates!
Here is where we started to refresh your memory. This is the weird/scary picket fence bathroom of my nightmares, with a side of decrepit staircase for your viewing pleasure.
Tada! That’s all gone! Along with the disgusting pink toilet from the ’50s. It already looks a million times better here.
Here it is all framed out. Now the bathroom has real walls and the pool equipment will have its own room. The bathroom is on the left and the pool pump room is on the right.
Here is the other side of the room. I’m envisioning this space as a mudroom of sorts. I’m thinking some sort of built-ins to the right of the window for towels, sunscreen, storage etc…and maybe a bench under the window? There will be a new door with a half-light window to let more light into this space. We will put a door stopping hinge on the hinges so it won’t bang into the staircase. It’s definitely not a huge space in here but it’s really just an entry space.
The new staircase is actually safe to use, and we can move furniture, etc up there now. We decided to close off the opening to the two stall garage so that the staircase could extend along this wall. Bonus my messy garage won’t be on display for all to see!
Since we closed off the entrance here, they cut an opening on the other side of the garage for a service door where a window used to be. This wall is a mess from all the concrete dust, so I see some power washing in my future. We decided to go with straight siding over here to save some money and because this side of the house isn’t really visible from anywhere on our property. We also didn’t replace that lower window because there are shelves lining that part of the wall. This is definitely not the most attractive on this side, but we were going for practical. We are saving our money for the all the pretty stuff on the poolside.
Let me show you that side a minute. First, let’s go back to where we started, this is what it looked like when we first bought it.
After we painted it.
And now, here is where we are at with the new windows and french door in!
They started on the siding and little deck this week too, and it’s looking so nice! Everything (doors, shutters etc..) will get a new coat of paint in the spring.
I can’t believe what a difference the windows make! The balcony still needs some work and a railing. Of course, everything will look better when it’s fresh and green in the summer versus all the brown leaves. It’s funny how the paint doesn’t look like it matches the siding in this lighting, but in person, it looks great.
Here’s how it looks from the inside. Yay, look at all that light!
Ignore the leftover Christmas lights my kiddos strung up here. Those beams were used for storing stuff above them and will be coming down soon. I’m thinking of tucking a comfy chair in the corner by the staircase and maybe a game table on the left side?
We swapped out the 3 windows on this wall for 2 larger windows and plan on mounting a tv between the two windows. There will be some sort of seating area plus beds for a bunkhouse/guest space on this side.
He will be wrapping up the outside soon and then we will be at kind of the wait and see phase again. We are waiting on some quotes on the electrical and plumbing to decide what phase 2 looks like. In an ideal world where there was no budget involved, we would like to finish it all off before summer. More than likely we will leave the upstairs for a while and focus on getting the bathroom finished so we don’t have to run little kids back and forth across the street to use the bathroom.
Afterall the pool itself is sort of falling apart too and all the tile needs to be replaced this spring as well. The Mr. and I have lovingly started referring to this whole area over here as the money pit. But that was one of the appeals of this property – so much potential for fun projects. It’s just hard to figure out what part to tackle first. So, that’s my big ole pool house update for now!