Master Suite Addition Update

Master Suite Addition Update

Although my plan was to do a weekly update on the progress of the addition of the master suite, I soon learned that construction crews don’t care diddly squat about my desire to blog. Mainly because of the weather, a week or two would slip by without progress, then there would be a week or two of constant commotion, followed by quite days, then lather, rinse, repeat…

I’ve learned to go with the flow the best I can, and we are surviving, and trying to treat the whole thing as an big adventure. Family, friends, and dear readers have been asking for an update, so here it is! I imagine we have 4 to 6 weeks more, if we are lucky, and I’m getting the feeling I got the weeks before I was ready to give birth! Hard to wait patiently!

Rather laughable, they had to snow blow the area before they could start digging the basement.

Breaking ground.

Pouring the footings.

On the positive side, all three of the pups think this has be very interesting. They’ve been very good with the crews and the whole building process. They freak when a plastic bags blows across the yard but have no problem with heavy machinery… go figure.

The basement walls have been poured and they are back filling the walls.

In only 1 week, we went from having a whole in the ground to the frame, including a shingled roof!

They made a road going through the middle of our yard. Fortunately, the ground was frozen solid… at least in these pics.

And, we any building project be complete without a port-a-john sitting in our front yard. I bet all our neighbors want one now, too!

You must use your imagination. To me, everything seems so small, but I’m told it will magically be “bigger on the inside” when they are done. (Any Dr. Who fans out there?)

Tall wall in our bedroom.

Walk-out to the future screened in porch.

Future walk-in closet.

Future whirlpool bath.

Future shower.

Wall for the vanity and toilet.

Tim is almost done building the vanity for the bathroom. A door frame and drawer frame are sitting on top of the vanity.

Tour of the outside again. The siding is up. They did a great job matching the shingles on the roof. The big window is over the whirlpool.

Side of the house. The first window is for the bathroom, the back window for the bedroom.

Our lovely Bilco door leading to Tim’s Lair, aka, The Shop!

Our screened-in-porch… missing the porch and screens 🙂

View from our deck. Power line over the porch will be buried. No more hooking horseshoes on it!

And, of course, another look at the port-a-john from a distance… which is the only way I like to look at port-a-johns!

My family room wall. A closet was taken down, and the fireplace is going to be retiled, too.

Off to the right you can see that a partial hole has been made into the addition.

The entrance to the master suite is off the family room.

And there you have it. It’s not palatial but it is going to be lovely and we are so looking forward to finishing the project. Not picture is all the work going on in our basement. There is a new part of the basement under the suite. This will be Tim’s woodworking shop. They are also putting in a hall and a bathroom. I’ll share more when it starts looking like real rooms!  




  1. I feel for you. We bought an old farmhouse and have been redoing one room at a time. Wish we could have afforded to live elsewhere and do it all at once, but we could. It took 8 years and I brought two babies home to the mess. It has been done for 6 years and I barely remember the pain it was. You will soon forget the pain and just remember the happiness the change brings. (Much like giving birth, too!) Looks like it will be awesome when it is done. Hang in there.

    1. Well, you won’t hear me complain again. Next to your project, this will be over quick! Bet the farmhouse was beautiful when it was done.

  2. Congrats! It will be beautiful!

  3. You are going to LOVE the end result! Your yard will be a mess when they are all done and you are unfortunately in for more of a mess when they start doing the drywall! That sanding dust gets EVERYWHERE , but if you can hang heavy plastic sheets over your doorways that will help a lot!
    But just think of the end result! You will not regret having lived through this once you are enjoying your new addition/bedroom/bathroom/ workshop!
    We had an addition done on our previous house and, even though we had to deal with the mess, it was worth every penny and every headache and every mess!
    Just craft and turn your head the other way 🙂

    1. Crazy as it sounds, the messy it gets, the more I can deal with it. When it was just a little messy, I was always trying to clean up. Now… I can’t keep up with it, so I’m letting it go 🙂

  4. Kim, I’m so excited for you! This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to see it. Looks like we are coming back to Michigan very soon. I’ll keep you posted.

    1. It’s going to be great. How soon is very soon? If they are done here, you’re welcome to stay with us. Otherwise, we can at least visit 🙂

  5. Looks like it’s shaping up to be wonderful. I have an unrelated question, I’m sorry if this has been answered before and I missed it. I love all of your wonderful little gnomes and such and am wondering where you purchase your felt? Thank you so much and congrats on the new addition!

    1. It seems like this has been going on forever, but they really are tearing through it. My favorite place to buy felt is A Child’s Dream. They have a wonderful selection, have competitive prices and wonderful service. Besides, the owner, Debbie, is a sweetheart. Have fun shopping!

    2. I remember when we added on a small mudroom/ family area to our house. It too seemed like awhile even though we had a great team working on it. I think it’s just having the house in chaos and the overall disruption. Not always easy to live with! Thanks for the tip on your felt source:)

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