*Get Real Renovations
The offending AC Window on the left, and the window (with the gaps of light!) by the TV Wall on the right | master bedroom photo taken in October 2018
Keeping in mind that our renovation objective right now is to keep everything real, I know we need to tackle some issues in our master bedroom before the rainy season arrives.
Recall, we went through a months-long major renovation of our room last year but our contractor unfortunately still left some parts unfinished. Specifically – there’s still a big hole in one of my casement windows from where a window-type A/C unit used to be. We’ve covered it up with plywood and our lovely black out blinds, but when the winds and rains are strong, man, everything flops around and rattles like crazy. One time the wind did blow off the flimsy piece of wood we used to cover the hole. I haven’t had actual water come pouring in from the rain, but I’m not about to wait for that day. I so cannot deal with any water damage on our hardwood floors.
I also feel like the blinds we installed for these windows are being wasted, because we never raise the blinds. They look right into our next door neighbor’s windows! I called Showcase, and thankfully they can retrofit the existing blinds when I transfer them to another set of windows with different measurements. (Was seriously so happy about this because we invested on those blinds, I’m really happy about the quality, and I’d hate to see them go to waste). I plan to move those blinds to the study room, and have plantation shutters installed. I found a supplier who can service our area, yay! We’ll keep the plantation shutters mostly shut, I know, but at least they’re visually prettier than blinds, and even when opened, will offer more privacy than roller blinds.
We are also still using our Ikea bathroom bench as a makeshift TV console. It’s been a year! And it does make for pretty uncomfortable TV viewing because it’s low. Plus, there are gaps of light from the sides of the blinds, because I opted for inside mount. I was aware this was going to be a problem, but see, I don’t have architecturally pretty windows. No frames, no trim. Ideally, I should’ve picked outside mounts for the blinds, but the windows are big, and outside mounts would make everything too office-y. I knew I still wanted to get drapes to soften up the windows when I ordered the blinds. But again, it’s been a year and I still don’t have curtains. And the gaps of light can be glaring, especially since the TV is right in front of the windows. So I need curtain hardware, drapes, and a TV console. I’m forever looking at TV consoles, actually, but I realized the ones I’ve been lemming on are too wide – so I’ve decided to go custom with this one. Happily, I have by now my awesome suppliers, and there’s a favorite woodworker I’m going to be tapping for this.
I’m still waiting for the metal and glass store to provide my quotes for the window. They gave me an estimate for 2 windows (we have the same problem with one of the windows in the bedroom we converted to a walk-in), but I asked for estimates for repair, replacement, and complete removal. They still need to get back to me. (It’s the same company that repaired our internal lanai doors).
Aaaand, since I’m not only a long-winded rambler but also an incurable list-maker, here’s my to-do list for our Master Bedroom:
- repair by EM Manila
- masonry work, and retouch paint after window repair, by Mang Michael’s mason
- installation of plantation shutters by McWood
Obviously, I’ve already called all these people, and am still just waiting for EM Manila to get back to me on costs so I can get the ball rolling.
- get slim black curtain rods
- get white black out drapes (2 panels first)
- custom TV console
I know this is my “Get Real Renovations” list, but if we do stay on here after 3 or 5 years, I’d like to tackle these other things for this TV Wall, too (and I’m writing it here so I won’t forget!):
- remove that useless empty electric socket crevice
- move electrical outlet higher and behind the TV console
- install white wooden french door (smaller than this balcony door we have now)
- move pin light above the french door
- install wall sconce for that blank wall
- masilya and retouch everything after all that electrical work (I dread the dust already from the grinder, when they bury wiring)
- custom family art for that blank wall, below the scone
- an easy chair, maybe a side table, and more and more plants!
- and if I’m staying here until I’m 60 – I’d love to add wall trimmings!
Doesn’t sound so daunting, right? It is when you consider how it’s attached to possibly expanding the balcony to build a new bathroom and closet space out there, hahaha. Again, I don’t intend to pursue especially all the rewiring work unless we plan to stay in this house for at least a decade and more. (But maybe after I get the urgent matters out of the way, I can get away with that custom family art and easy chair? Hehe).
- get a bigger bed
- bedside tables
- extension cords for both our sides
And down the road, if we do stay on, here are the little things I’d like to fix about our sleeping area:
- wall sconces for each side of the bed
- remove this damn ledge (I hate it even though we designed it and had it built especially – it’s a clutter magnet) and the electrical outlet there
- install an electrical outlet at the H’s side
- build new doorway to old bath/walk-in and install barn door
- move light switches to make way for new barn door
Not to mention, close off that other balcony window and move the entrance to the master bedroom (again!), this time to the ante-room if we do end up settling down here for good.
Taken with the TV Wall improvements down the road, now it seems like a pile of work, and I’m beginning to hope it doesn’t come to that. It’s bitter sweet, seeing all these flaws and design mistakes (mostly ours!) still after major renovations, but hay, I did hear it will always be a learning process.