House Renovation #7

In November the work on the guest bathroom on the top floor started. Furthermore, more walls came up on the top floor, including around the load-bearing structures. Then the walls were plastered, sanded and prime painted. Doorway frames were installed for sliding doors. Windows got window sills. We managed to find wall paint colors and so the rooms were painted. On the first floor, the entrance floor was prepped for tiling.

The small bedroom next to the top floor guest bathroom served as storage for our tiler.
Swedish limestone. We laid it out to see what the walls would look like.
The guest bathroom on the top floor got its first layer.

To build a bathroom from scratch takes a few different steps I have learned. First, you build the room’s structure with walls and electricity and plumbing inside them, which means you need to know where everything will go inside the bathroom from start. Then you clad the inside walls in various water-resistant layers, and on top of that, you tile. Then the plumber installs the toilet, washbasin faucets, shower, and towel dryer. The electrician installs the light switches, power outlets, spotlight in the ceiling, and lamp above the mirror. Lastly, the builder has to make the door frame and threshold and then install the door.

There are many craftsmen involved, which takes planning. As a beginner, when you have never done a bathroom before, it gets confusing. I have been stressed by what we have had to order to make sure the work proceeds at a good phase and I have been scared we have calculated something wrong so that the bathroom would not work. For example, the width of the basin cabinet in relation to the toilet’s fixture that will go next to each another. Once the fixture and walls have been clad with the final layer that is stone, what if they end up wider than we expected and so the basin cabinet would not fit in-between them?

The Swedish limestone.

There was no guest bathroom on the top floor to start out with. Just a huge bathroom (you could invite all extended family one could possibly have and host a dinner party in there) and a huge laundry next to it, which we thought were weird. Why would you make a 20 square meter laundry to begin with? Additionally, why would you have it on the top floor instead of on the first floor and at the backend of the house? To improve the house and the experience of staying here as a guest it needed a guest bathroom. Everyone needs their own space to be comfortable.

The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom.
The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom. We tried out the doorframe with a temporary door just to see it fits.
The big guest room being prime painted.
Evening sun.
The frames for the double sliding doors between the snug and the office being built.
Parts of my paint color sample library.
New paint color samples.

For this house, I have had a grey-beige color palette in mind. I want all colors to be different but of the same kind, meaning alike in value and fairly similar in hue.

The snug prime painted and to the right the half wall is up.

We chose to make this wall 110 cm tall instead of all the way up to the ceiling because we wanted to have an open space when you come up the stairs. I thought it would be pleasant to get an overview of the common area of the top floor and then see the doors leading into the private spaces. You immediately get a road map, an idea, of the entire floor as soon as you enter it, which I believe is more welcoming. If you need to make a phone call or such in the office you can just shut the double sliding doors.

Trying out the door frames with a temporary door just to see it fits. Doorway between the snug and the office.
The office being painted.

The office is South facing and with this beaming autumn sun, the grey appears warmer. This is NCS 1502-Y20R, which to me looks like a cool and elegant grey most of the time. 🙂

The guest bedroom is painted, and we realized the paint buckets had been mixed up so this was the office’s color. Oh well.

This room will soon have NCS 0802-Y in an extra matte finish.

I had so much doubt about this color. At first it looked too mustardy.

When we went to the paint shop I got a piece of good advice that convinced me to go with the mustard beige paint color. The advice was that in a bedroom you can have a more pigmented paint color because a strong color embraces you in another way, and in a bedroom it does not get overwhelming, it is rather welcoming.

This is NCS 1505-Y20R.

First time trying out a Farrow and Ball paint. This is Year Bridge Green.

This is the small guest room on the top floor. The Farrow and Ball paint color Year Bridge Green appeared to be the same color as the fur trees just outside the window. We decided all fixed furnishings in this room shall be green. Walls to skirting boards, desk, and wardrobe doors. 🙂 Now we just need to find an interior just as brave as this color.

The entrance prepped for limestone tiles.
The entrance doorway has gotten wider, we have windows that were not there before and a new front door.
There will soon be a wall and a door here into the first floor guest bathroom and the laundry behind it.
Me at night in the house.
The snug.
The master bedroom’s load-bearing structure have been clad and the room painted in the mustard beige color.

The paint color is NCS 1505-Y20R.

Window sill and view in the master bedroom. You can glimpse the sauna by the water.
Rare sunshine (for the season) in the master bedroom.
Trying out paint colors for the bookcase that we want to build covering this entire wall in the office.
Door and windows in the office. In the future, we will make this terrace smaller. Also, it is slanting inwards towards the house which makes the rainwater flow onto the facade, which it should not.
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