Renovation Challenge with Jeffrey Court – Week #1 – The Before

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bathroom remodel

Most of you are aware that we are remodeling a home in Waco, Tx. The house was originally a two bedroom one bath home and I decided to add an addition in the back of the home of a master bedroom and bath. Adding on is certainly a big undertaking, but I am convinced this is going to be a great way to make this house a wonderful home. Let’s start with the master bathroom remodel.

Now here comes the best part! I am so excited to be part of the Jeffrey Court Spring 2019 Renovation Challenge. Jeffrey Court has the most beautiful tile and it’s available at Home Depot. I love their products and can’t wait to select the tile for my master bathroom remodel.

There are twelve designers who are competing to win this Challenge and you can find information about all of the projects here. As a partner with Jeffrey Court, I will be sharing the progress on our master bathroom renovation over the next six weeks. Which, if you read between the lines, means we have to have this bathroom completely done in six weeks. As in completely done. Oh my, this might be a tiny bit stressful. Or maybe a lot stressful! 

For the next six weeks, I will be sharing with you my progress which includes today’s before photos, plus inspiration boards, product selections, renovation challenges, installation, and the final reveal. Each week you will get the nitty gritty and probably a few panicked comments. But let’s all keep our fingers crossed this goes as planned. And finishes on time!

The Before

Let’s start with photos of what the only bathroom in Waco Fixer Upper home looked like. All I can say is it is good that the photos don’t include the smell of this room. It was unbearable and I am not going to say another word. I won’t even mention the rat droppings, animal hair and who knows what else was in that bathroom. 

bathroom remodel before photos

At least it was a full bath, right?

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The bathroom was located at the back of the home so the first thing we did was demo it. Everything came out, down to the studs.

This is a photo of the backyard right behind the bathroom. And this is where we decided to add on the master bedroom and bathroom. The stakes in the ground show the footprint of the addition. Can you tell how wonderful this bathroom remodel will be?

bathroom remodel location

The Addition

After we redid the foundation of the entire home, we started building the addition of the master suite.

bathroom remodel foundation

After a few delays, we framed out the bedroom and bathroom. This is the master bathroom. Don’t you just love it?

bathroom remodel framing

The master bathroom runs along the entire back side of the master bedroom. We rushed to get the roof on because there has been a lot of rain (and snow) in Waco this past month. This is the entrance to the master bath from the bedroom. It is actually a very good size master bathroom.

bathroom remodel framing 2

I am so excited to be a part of the Jeffrey Court Spring 2019 Renovation Challenge. Check back next week as I share my inspiration for finishing this bathroom remodel!

bathroom remodel framing update

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  1. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!! You have very good taste in EVERYTHING you do!!! Kuddos to you!

  2. Just curious…with you living in CA…how did the idea of remodeling in Waco, TX of all places come into your life? Is this a house you will be keeping or selling? I live in Hot Springs, AR but we are from that area and my husband has been back there working for two years while I wrap up selling our home here. I have been lookibg at houses daily there online in anticipation of moving. It’s an interesting market there these days since Magnolia became so well known. Love your blog. Blessings, Capri

  3. Leslie, I am so, so excited for you. I follow you on IG and remember when you first purchased this house & gave us a tour. I am not a professional by no means, but I saw so much potential in that house viewing your video. I am embarrassed to say, but this is my first time to your blog, but it certainly wont be the last. Not only am I excited about your remodel, but I so admire your many talents. You are so gifted. Thanks for allowing me to follow along. This is just awesome!!

  4. Quite challenging task, it is when it seems that the house model is entirely based previous century architectural principal. The renovation and maintenance will certain require a lot of time and but the execution will be perfectly fine and beautiful.

  5. This is so fun! And you are perfect for the job!! When you are finished, want to come do mine?? 😳😁😁♥️

  6. Your remodel will be so nice and you will tell yourself it was all worth the wait!

    I have marble in my kitchen but do not like the etching. What do you plan to do to not have that problem? I was also told it would create a slippery floor so do not have it. Is this true?

    1. Hi Kathie – Thank you for reaching out with your question. On the floors in the Waco bathroom, I used individual marble tile pieces that are grouted instead of a slab so that it wouldn’t be slippery. The marble tile pieces are also honed. I have marble countertops in my California kitchen that are honed and haven’t needed any maintenance in over 20 years! Have a great weekend!

  7. A very bold project, probably the process will be very exciting. It will be interesting to see what the project will look like at the end. Thank you for sharing.

  8. What a journey this Waco home remodel has been! The transformation from a single bathroom to adding a master suite is impressive. I’m particularly excited to see how the Jeffrey Court Spring 2019 Renovation Challenge influences the final design. Your updates and the photos of the progress are really inspiring. Looking forward to the big reveal!

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