Anne and Gary's
Mid-Century Modern Home

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We Try Our Hand at Designing Windows.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Floor Tile

As we mentioned in our previous post about our master bedroom/bathroom remodel, we are having two new windows installed.

One is for the new master bath and will go where there has never been a window.   The other will replace the vinyl window in the original bathroom.    Both windows face west and are adjacent to each other in the back of our house.

Since the original bathroom has a vinyl replacement window, we have no idea what the original bathroom window was like.    This left us with no template for our new windows.

We had to get creative and design new windows based on the appearance of the original windows we still have.

The top picture on the left is of our original kitchen window.    One of the things we love about our house is the rather unusual windows which combine a casement window with a fixed sash.    We wanted to replicate that look throughout the house.

After a lot of thought, we decided to design our own windows based upon the style of the original windows.

We did a rough drawing of a casement window with a small fixed pane designed to fit in the rough opening of the original bathroom.

We then worked with Versatile Sash to turn our drawing into finished windows, one of which you see at the bottom left.

Though there are some minor differences due to changing technologies, the windows are remarkably similar.    We are quite pleased.

As you can see, Gary has already primed the windows and they are ready to be installed.

Once the ice melts that is making it nearly impossible to do anything, we are going to have both of the windows installed.

A video about our bedroom/bathroom remodel.

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

It's a challenge trying to explain a remodel project on a blog.

Conveying how we intend to change a space with only words and pictures is quite difficult.   We decided to try a different approach.    Video.

Though we recognize helping people understanding what we are attempting to accomplish through this video is still confusing, at least it give you a better idea of what we are up to.

We hope you find it interesting.

Getting Ready for a Master Bedroom Suite Remodel.

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Floor Tile

We are almost ready to begin remodeling the master bedroom area of our home.

The top picture on the left is the current bedroom, and the picture below it is of another bedroom that was converted to a bathroom/utility room by previous owners.

We had considered turning the utilitarian bath back into a bedroom, but it was impractical.      After all, with all the plumbing and electrical already installed it would be crazy to yank it all out.

We decided instead to join the rooms in a master bedroom/bath suite.

Where the closet is in the bedroom (top picture) will be a passage way into the master bath.     Closets will be on either side of the hallway leading from the bedroom to the bath.

On the wall you see in the picture, there will be a stackable washer and dryer next to a built in vanity.    The existing window will be removed and replaced by a long narrow fixed pane window higher up.  

On the other side of the room are the existing toilet and shower.  We’ll leave them where they are but partition the toilet with a pocket door. We will also upgrade from a plastic shower stall to a tiled one.

The back wall will have a custom-made new window from Versatile Sash that will go where the blue tape is.   Although it is a different shape from the existing windows in our home, we designed it to mimic them in style.

We are excited to be working with a couple of very talented people in La Grande.   Our contractor is John Mueller who is really an artist but does contracting to pay the bills.

We became overwhelmed with the decision making around paint colors, flooring, countertops, and tile and turned to Deb Allstott and her business Home Matters for help with making these choices.

Stay tuned as we begin this project early in 2009!.