Project #1: The laundry/half bath. When we first looked at the house, this was one thing that Adam and I agreed on: the half bath was awkward. It housed our washer and dryer, as well as a toilet and a utility sink. While I loved having a utility sink, it was awkward for guests. Everyone ended up washing hands at the kitchen sink. Luckily, we own a stackable washer and dryer. And equally as lucky, Adam had a plan. So over the course of about 4-5 weeks (I hope I never have to see the inside of a laundromat while tugging around dirty clothes for a family of 5 again!), we had a half wall put in, tile laid, and a vanity installed.
Project #2: The upstairs landing. At the top of the stairs, in between the two bedrooms, was this awkward 11x6 room that had no clear function. Too small for a bedroom and with no closet, we used it for little more than the computer desk. It felt like mostly unused space. I kept thinking what a great reading area it would be, and Adam discovered that the wall wasn't load bearing. Of course once the wall was gone, we had areas of the wall and ceiling that needed to be patched, two ceiling lights where we only needed one (one that was in the actual room, and the other in the hall), and gaping areas in the carpet where a wall had been. So we had an electrician get rid of one light and center the remaining, someone patch the ceiling and re-texture the ceiling and walls, and finally the first week of February, new carpet (and that went in throughout the house, not just upstairs). I love that we spend time up there now! It's a great place to sit and read, play and gather as a family.
I forgot to take pictures before demo started, but you get the idea. Before:
It feels like this is the layout our house was supposed to have all along!