A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

We Have a Master Suite!

Construction is moving right along. They have most of the master bedroom and bathroom framed, so it’s great to be able to walk through those spaces. The roof window in the bathroom is going to be fantastic.

Here is the dormer, which houses the master bedroom and bathroom, after the first day:

Interior framing started, looking toward back of house (and into master bedroom) from the stairway (mid-house):

View from master bedroom gable dormer window (shown above) and looking toward bathroom and stairway beyond:

Looking into the master bathroom:

Yesterday’s progress: framing of master bathroom continued, with walk-in shower and bench.

Master bedroom closets flanking window seat (window currently boarded up):

It looks like they’re working on the stairs today, so that will make a huge difference.

The roofers are also back today after staying away yesterday due to a stormy forecast. Too bad it turned out to be a decent day. We have a couple of good days predicted mixed in with several more rainy days. Hopefully they’ll make good progress; it’d be nice to have that part of the job done.


  1. Carol on May 27, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    How exciting. It is really shaping up.

  2. Karen Anne on May 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I covet that bench and walk in shower. We had one at work, so convenient. And you can get dried off without cold drafts.

  3. Nicole on May 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    That is going to look AMAZING! And it’s moving along fast, too.

  4. Carolyn on June 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Did you have to reinforce the floor joists to add the bathroom upstairs? We’re wanting to add a bathroom to our bungalow attic, but aren’t sure whether we’ll have to do that…

  5. denise on June 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Carolyn: It really depends on where your load-bearing supports are, among other things. In our case, they will be adding some support, however we were also within the maximum span for joists our size. We also aren’t adding a tub, which would add a lot of weight. And as similar as Chicago-style bungalows are (if that’s what you have), they are also sooo different. So what works for us really may not work for you. You’ll really need to talk to a structural engineer and/or architect. I know I probably didn’t answer your question very well, but I hope it helps a little. Good luck with your house!

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