Sunday, November 7, 2010

An Aside About Bathrooms

Yes.  We have four of them.  And yes, I feel a bit guilty about that from time to time. 

It's what comes of having a 108 year old house that has been remodeled more than once.

And this isn't just an old house, it's an old family house - as in, my mom's family since 1902.  We bought it when my grandparents died.  Exterior pics HERE.

Cool, yes definitely.  But old houses have their little quirks.  Like, the original bathroom opens directly into... the kitchen!  Why not?!  How fun is that!  And to make it even better, it has no window and no fan for ventilation!  Woo-hoo!

Up (the very steep) stairs were two large bedrooms.  But no bathroom.  No heat.  And not much for insulation or outlets either.

When we moved in the boys were 2, 4, and 7 and we didn't want to be sleeping on separate floors, right?  The house seemed HUGE compared to our old house!  So we all slept upstairs and used the "master bedroom" as a family room.   Perfect.  But kind of a trek to the bathroom at night... (out of the bedroom, around the corner, down the stairs, through the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the family room...)

So when we remodeled upstairs, we added two more bedrooms and two upstairs bathrooms.  One master bedroom suite (!!!) and a bathroom/laundry room that the boys use.

The plan is to turn the bathroom off the kitchen into a big pantry with a utility sink.  It's a great plan.  And I'm sure we'll do it when we get some money... 

Because I really don't want to clean four bathrooms.

1 comment:

Ruby said...

That sounds really cool!
You can never have too many bathrooms. As my dad used to quip, they raised eight kids with only one (toilet) and still he and mum needed two when they were home without children!