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  1. Love everything you picked. The white & gold are beautiful. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Much love

  2. Sharon Millsap says:

    Thank you for helping me on my bathroom renovation. Our bath has a very similar layout and we want to replace our jacuzzi tub with the same type. Although I love the look of a freestanding bathtub, having a ledge to sit on as we get in and out of the tub is a safety feature for us as we’re getting older. I want to replace the towel rack above the tub with a decorative grab bar. We also like having a ledge for candles. It seems we’ve chosen similar tile, room color, and lay out. Sometimes I surprise myself with my selections when we built our home 25 years ago. For the master bath I chose fixtures that are gold & silver which go with everything. Can’t wait to see your finished bath!

    1. Thanks, Sharon, and good luck with your renovation too!! Sometimes we have to be practical and the challenge is to make it look pretty, but within our own needs… 🙂

  3. Lory – You won’t find me among those that doubt your wisdom in remodeling the old bathroom. Having lived through 4 complete bathroom renovations (by my husband who is very handy but somewhat slow), I feel I can speak from a position of knowledge: First of all, your contractor seems to be first rate. Look how carefully he removed the old tile causing minimal damage to the existing walls. The use of sheet rock (as opposed to blue board) is right on the money. You will minimize leaking issues down the line, and will give your bathroom a more solid feel. I love the niche you are building into the shower wall; very useful. The marble tiling you have selected is gorgeous! I’ve gone trendy in the past and have come to the conclusion that nothing beats while marble in the bathroom. My only concern would be with the gold-colored hardware. In one of our earlier bathrooms I used brass hardware and fixtures and they were beautiful, but the devil to keep clean and bright, especially things like the tiny screws that held towel bars, etc. Having a beautiful bathroom that meets our needs is practical. And beauty is practical, too! It takes energy to constantly ignore things that are visually offensive to us. I will continue to follow the transformation of this room. What a treat!

    1. Thank you, Maria!! I’m glad to hear things look like they’re being done right, because I’d never know… 😉 The gold hardware we’re using is a satin finish, so I don’t think it will be a problem, but we’ll see.

  4. I completely understand. If it doesn’t fit your aesthetics, then renovate. When our new build was three years old, we decided to renovate the great room. We tore out the kitchen and moved it to the dining area and the kitchen became dining. Now the kitchen is light filled. Gone are the dark shaker style cabinets. Now it is a gorgeous custom built kitchen that I love. Many thought I was crazy to tear my home down to the studs but it just didn’t fill me with joy.
    I look forward to your bathroom reveal. I know it will be as beautiful as the rest of your home.

    1. Thanks so much, Joanne, and I completely agree with you! I’m always amazed when people admonish others but for me, it’s pointless to live with something you hate. Sounds like you did the right thing in your own home too… 🙂

  5. Maybe it’s because of a knee replacement and resultant loss of “grace” in some movements but how easy/difficult is it to get in/out of a tub with the fixtures in the middle on the entry side? I ask because I will be tearing apart 1 and possibly 2 perfectly good bathrooms later this year.

    1. Hi Sherri, I would never put the fixtures there and cannot figure out why the previous owners put them there, but it would be a major job to move them at this point since we’re not replacing the tub, so I opted to keep them as is. I’ve gotten used to climbing around them, but it’s super annoying. In my old house when we put our tub in, I put them on the front corner and that would be my first choice.

  6. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    It’s lovely now and it’s going to be perfect!

  7. I am one of those that hates to live through renovation. The finished product is almost always worth it though. Great post!

  8. I love the direction that you’re going with this Lory! I have a similar tub in our master and agree that the deck is nice for all practical purposes. Another thing that we have found with clients of ours is that they have a heck of a time cleaning behind those free standing tubs!

    1. Ah, interesting to hear, Janet… 🙂 For a long time I didn’t even like them. Now, I’ve come to really appreciate them, but for various reasons this just makes more sense for us. Thanks!!

  9. It is going to be heavenly!!!!

    And it’s funny you mention keeping/loving your tub with a nice large deck.

    I wouldn’t give mine up for anything either.

    Love your choices – and it is a crying shame to waste perfectly good things, but we must LOVE our home – and I think a master bath – the beginning and end of your day usage – is really important.

    Good for you – looking forward to your big reveal some day soon.

  10. HI Lory,

    If you are happy that’s all that matters. I believe that one must be happy and comfortable in one’s house. Although I don’t like to deal with construction in the house. However, your contractor seemed to have made it easier for you to live with.