Jack finally finished installing the flooring as of Monday afternoon. I managed to snap this quick iPhone photo while J was preoccupied with some kiwi in the kitchen ("I eat the whole big one, mama," she said). After she went to bed, I sat on the step in our future bedroom and just looked around for awhile. Though there's still a lot to do, the new flooring definitely took the homey feeling up a notch. I truly enjoyed that rare moment of quiet. I tried to envision some lighting options, I thought about paint -- kind of hard to do when everything has a sickly jaundiced hue thanks to the bare wood and yellow insulation -- and I measured how much space the bed will take up.
This isn't a huge room -- that wall with the window is only 11'6" long. That means we'll have, at most, about 4 feet between the foot of the bed and that brick chimney -- not what I would call expansive, but I'm not too concerned. Whenever I watch House Hunters and people inevitably comment on the smallness of the master bedrooms, I always ask (out loud and with some derision), "What on earth are they planning to do in there?" Let's face it -- if we have a "sitting area" in our bedroom, it will become a clothing discard pile.
So, with the flooring now in, theoretically the next step is drywall (and cement board for the bathroom shower area). However, there are a few small punch list items to check off before we can get the drywall guys to come. I will not bore you with this list, but hopefully each little task will be easier than the next. I'm ready for the next phase!