The only requirement I had before we moved in was that our bedroom, master bathroom, kitchen and laundry room must be completely finished (trimmed out and painted). This was a perfect compromise, considering how the house is laid out. If you look at the floor plan of our house, you will see that these four major rooms are all located in the back part of the house. Take a look at the quick sketch I did to give you an idea of our updated floorplan. (Right) It is so nice that each room that is a necessity to living comfortably are all conveniently located, especially considering our renovation progress. This helps us keep the mess and dirt separated from our everyday lives.
The final layout would give us a walk-in shower with a vanity along the shower wall. This idea was born out of desperation and a dozen pinterest searches. Take a look at my inspiration on the right. We lacked available wall space due to the two doors we needed, so this was the perfect solution. By building a partial wall to create our shower, we were able to gain the wall space we needed without closing in our small bathroom. Now, take a look at how we framed up our bathroom below to give us this look.
Here's a look at the bathroom once it was sheetrocked, somewhat painted and tiled.
Last week made it an entire year that we have been working on our home. After some reflection, I have realized that I have allowed the last year of my life to revolve around a house. Though it seems (and to some extent is) honorable and good to work so hard towards building a home, I believe that I have allowed this renovation to steal my purpose and joy this past year. Luckily, I have realized the effect it has had on me and have made a decision to now put people first. The house can wait, loving people cannot. Though it seems as if I have fallen short this past year at loving the people around me, I will strive to love them even better than before in the years to come. It is a fine line finding a balance between the responsibilities and stressors of everyday life and living as Jesus calls us to. I am thankful for His grace and all of the support Phillip and I have had throughout this journey. We look forward to the day when our home is used as a tool to love others. Until then, we will make time for the people around us - including each other.