Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Joys of Water

I've always said I need to live in an area where there is a body of water.  I could never live in a landlocked place.  There is something about bodies of water that bring me inner peace.  In fact, when Jason and I got married, we decided that one of the most important factors in choosing a place for our ceremony was that it had to be outside near water.

We are fortunate to live in a place that boasts one of the highest waterfalls East of the Rocky Mountains and also has many beautiful waterfalls tucked away in gorges throughout the region. 


Although I don't live directly on the water, I do a lot of driving for my job and get to see all of the beautiful lakes and waterfalls throughout the region every day.

Not only is water beautiful, but it is critical to our bodies and to our Earth.  After all, the human body is made up of 70 percent water and the Earth's surface is between 70-75 percent water.  We need it to survive.

Last night, Jason satisfied my love for water once again.

That's right, our plumbing is all hooked up in our upstairs bathroom.  This means that when Imani gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I can remain sleeping in my bed because she won't have to go downstairs to go to the bathroom so she won't be scared.  Yes, having water in my upstairs bathroom means I get to sleep more.  It also means I can go to the bathroom upstairs, brush my teeth upstairs and do anything else that requires H20.

 Our bathroom has come a long way.  You might remember that when we bought our house it looked like this.

Needless to say, we didn't use it.  Instead, we used our downstairs bathroom and gutted the upstairs bathroom.  At one point, we even used it in place of a crate for our dog, Maggie.

When we finally got around to renovating it, I had a genius idea.  Over the course of working at my job for the past five  years, I've had the opportunity to stay in some fancy schmancy hotels when I travel so I decided I wanted a bathroom like one of those hotels.  I wanted the entire thing tiled and I wanted a clear glass shower.  So being the amazing husband that he is, Jason tiled

and tiled

and tiled

some more until we came up with this.

I will admit that I often worry that this bathroom, which is really just a dormer in the upstairs of our Cape Cod home, might break off the top of  the house because of all the weight from the tiles. 

But Kelby says it won't and he's our 'go to' guy. 

He's always right.

About everything.

Oh, and did I mention that we called some plumbers before we started this project and they quoted us $2,000?! Fortunately, we listened to Kelby (we've learned to listen to Kelby), and Jason did the plumbing himself so we kept our $2,000, thank you very much.
Now all we have to do is install the shower and this bathroom will be considered "complete." 

Back to water . . . Some people are deathly afraid of water, while others -- like me-- are drawn to it. Admittedly, water can cause massive destruction in the forms of natural disaster.

It is a powerful piece of nature.  Jason's fear of water kicked in after he finished the plumbing last night.
Before we went to sleep last night, Jason told me he was nervous. 

"Why" I asked.

"Plumbing just makes me nervous" he said.  "I am afraid maybe I didn't do something right and when we wake up in the morning, our dining room will be flooded."

When we woke up in the morning, the dining room was perfectly dry.   I knew it would be. Jason doesn't give himself enough credit. 

I brushed my teeth in the upstairs bathroom just because I could.

I am a happy girl.

BTW - If you get a chance, check out the newest page of our blog "Two Addicts Become One."

Linking to:  My Romantic Home, The Inspired Room

Transformation Thursday


    nice idea on the tile love it!!

  2. Yay! It's looking great. Oh, and you've gotta love those lakes! (Beautiful wedding photo, btw.)


  3. Close proximity to a bathroom is always good! Lovely job both of you. Enjoy your break

  4. Oh Stephenie, I love you bathroom so far! Your hubby has done a great job! It must be lovley to be able to use it now! xx

  5. I am jealous of your beautiful bathroom!! It tuned out so great! I am your newest follower :)

  6. I am lucky enough to border the Atlantic although I don't exactly live on the water. When I win Lotto, that will happen. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog! I can't wait to read more of yours. I almost went to Ithaca College!

  7. You know Stephanie, If I had to do it all over again, being by the water is the way to go or even having it outside all together would be nice. I went to a friends wedding and it was out by the lake... nothing like it that's for sure.

    Wow, What a Great Transformation on your bathroom..... It must feel good to have it completed and be able to use it. I looks like it would be easy to clean too!

    Enjoy your Weekend*

  8. I love the water. Being a California girl, I have always lived no further than 5 miles form the ocean. Water is peaceful and soothing and wonderful.

    Your bathroom looks great...we are getting ready to embark on kitchen and bath craziness....
    504 Main

  9. Stephenie,

    You already know I adore your bathroom and can appreciate all the time Jason put into the reno. I checked out the newest page of your blog. Your wedding story is almost as beautiful as the couple wed that day! Thank you for sharing your sweet story.


  10. PS I grew up on the water (ocean) and have always had to live within walking distance. I understand your need to be around it.

  11. Gorgeous bathroom - love the tile. Really enjoyed your writing about water. Interesting to me how we're pulled that way. Stopping by from New Friend Friday! I'm looking forward to following you.

  12. What a lucky girl!! That bathroom is gorgeous!!

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

  13. svinch@twcny.rr.comApril 2, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    I too love the water, my favorite place to have lunch is near the water, I find it quite peaceful near a body of water.

    I think the bathroom will be great for all in the middle of the night and not having to up and down the atirs when your half alseep is wonderful!

    When I look at your house makes me want to redo my house, but then again think I will just sell and buy a different one.

  14. Wow... what an improvement!! It looks fabulous!

    Thanks for joining my first Flaunt it Friday party. Hope to see you back next week! :)

    Happy Easter!


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