1. Linda
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    Good decision. That bathroom was HIDEOUS!


    • Sandra Voris
      October 6, 2015 @ 10:22 pm

      Excellent! It’s your house – you get to make all of the decisions. I like it that you are letting the house guide what should stay and what should not, and how things should flow.


  2. Lisa E
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    frankly, i’m thrilled that you took that stanky thing out. it didn’t belong there. it won’t kill anyone to walk up a flight of stairs to pee.


    • Rebecca
      October 6, 2015 @ 2:44 pm



  3. Alison
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    Love the video! You two are so cute. I’m sure you’ve already debated this, but by any chance can you squeeze a powder room underneath the set of stairs to the second floor? Sometimes folks do that with what was former closet space (or just empty space) — realize this might not be possible bc of potential stairs to basement, but would love to know! Good luck, it’s looking awesome.


  4. SilvanaJoanne
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    I think you and Paul are the only ones that should have a say in the final decision. It seems to me like the both of you know exactly what you’re doing and I know it will look awesome! I can’t wait to see the finished result.


    • Suzanne Melton
      October 6, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

      Totally agree! The people who own/live in the house are the ONLY people who get to make the final decision!

      Resale value? Money isn’t the only reason to own a house!

      In a year or two, if Victoria and Paul decide they really DO need a first-floor bathroom, they will come up with an elegant solution…and it won’t look like what they just tore out.

      P.S. I have never seen a cleaner “deconstruction.”


  5. Kelly
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Totally with you on this one. That was the most awkward bathroom ever. It looked like someone rolled a port-a-potty in and built a wall around it. I guess it could have been even more awkward if that section was painted port-a-potty blue…… Surprised the previous owners didn’t do that with their love of color.


  6. Carri
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    I’m completely with you on this. No toilets in the kitchen!


  7. Mary Jordan
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    i don’t care what u do about the bathroom your house your choice. My fav are your dancing & Elvis. I’m a romantic!


  8. Sandi
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:22 am


    The bathroom was an eyesore and I’m glad it’s gone.

    I read somewhere (maybe it was Tom Clancy?) that even the White House didn’t have a bathroom on the ground floor. So, you’d be in good company.

    You and Paul are a delight. And. Where did you get that shirt? I need, like, a dozen.


    • Jess Hogue
      October 6, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

      Sandi, you make an excellent point. If it’s good enough for the White House, it’s good enough for all houses!


  9. Patti
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    I love it (and you both) and now I can so easily visualize those fabulous bookcases from last week’s post somewhere at that end of the room. They will reference your piano island perfectly and bring unity to the room as a whole. I am so impressed by the tidy way you accomplish demolition with, as usual, the perfect musical accompaniment.


  10. Jamie
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    You go girl! Whatever you do, I’m sure it will look fabulous.


  11. liz
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Great decision! We made a similar choice in our home, especially after we realized most guests preferred to use the upstairs bathroom rather than the downstairs one which was placed extremely close to the kitchen and family room. We don’t miss the downstairs bath at all, plus I get a great workout going up and down all day!


  12. Brenda
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    Glad you took it out. A bathroom attached to a kitchen is just gross!! As a child, I lived in a farmhouse where the only bathroom was in the basement. For 7 people. No shower, only a tub. We all have had “hardships”. Trudging up the stairs is no big deal! Then people will get a little tour of your awesome house!


  13. Amy
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    > Old houses come with the necessity that you sometimes be willing to ACCEPT THE HOUSE… and sometimes that means choosing what is best for the house, rather than what is most convenient.

    YES. That’s it. Also: isn’t that the definition of love?

    I’m going to use this quote the next time somebody tells me I should CARPET (!!!) the original, worn down, heartpine stairs in my 1740s house… instead of figuring out a non-destructive way to not slip on them.


    • Beubook
      October 6, 2015 @ 11:03 am

      There is NOTHING wrong with old original floors that look old and original. Nothing at all! Although a carpet runner shouldn’t destroy them at all…in fact it would most likely preserve them. I too have lovely old worn pine stairs, mine aren’t “quite” as old as yours…my house dates to 1890, but still…


  14. Diana I.
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Obviously Elvis approves. Love the dancing and the romantic dip and kiss.


    • Eileen
      October 6, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

      That was my thought! If Elvis approves that should be good enough for everybody! LOL! Your kitchen is going to be Amazing!!???????


  15. Laura
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Oh thank heaven! It was beyond ick. Upstairs bathrooms are better for fitness anyways. BTW it’s great to see Elvis at the end.


  16. Gaylin
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    You two are awesome!
    A -love the choice beauty over function! Duh people !
    B- Paul and you work so well as a team…dancing!? Really my better half and I would be not speaking and perhaps I would have walked away!
    C- Wow girl those scrawny arms are strong!
    D-love your conviction, this must go so I will kick it!! Lol


  17. MAH
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Wow. I for one will be glad there will NOT be a toilet in the kitchen. Just think of the exercise you will get! We live in an old house, not as old as yours, but when it was first built the only bath was upstairs, of course over the years there have been baths added down stairs. With an old house you have to just adjust! I love adjusting. Keep up the dancing.


  18. Linda D.
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    Explanations unnecessary (says the woman who cried at dismantling the antique piano) It’s YOUR house, YOUR journey. Do what YOU like. Just keep sharing. I adore reading and watching you two display your phenomenal mojo!


    • Maura
      October 13, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

      Don’t worry about pianos that are more than 100 years old. They are no good for playing. Maybe someone want to remove the soundboard if it’s not warped but according to The Piano Book, co-written by classical/jazz master Keith Jarrett and Larry Fine, pianos only last 100 years max!


  19. Tina
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    Oh good heavens! It’s YOUR house! Do what you want with it!


  20. Jessica Suhr
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    I don’t give a damn what you do with your bathroom, but I love keeping up with your house soap opera. And at least removing the bath gives you the opportunity for more GFT in that corner.


  21. DB
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    OMG, Where did you get that man? Handy, good looking, willing to execute your ideas and retrieve goodies from far, far away. He is a keeper x 10.
    As for removing the bath, very good idea. In our County, we would not be able to get a Permit for it as it was because of its proximity to the Kitchen. You are getting Permits, right?


  22. Toni
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    “Accepting the house”…..PERFECT. Very SMART choice!


  23. Nina
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    I adore the egregious Elvis shot at the end!


  24. Rhonda
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Definitely one million percent improved!!! I can envision a beautiful mantle at the end of that room!!! So happy to see your accomplish your goals, and what a great way to stay in shape at the same time — you and Paul both are so lean and muscular! Btw, love your tee shirt! 🙂


  25. Lora Hart
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Oh, the humanity! 😉


  26. Valerie
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    Good decision on bathrm. How’s Elvis?


  27. blackbird
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    I could not be happier with your decision.
    A toilet in the kitchen, egad.


  28. Cecile Morgan
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    Sweet sink……! I agree the bathroom is awkward and needs to go.


  29. Beubook
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    Yeah, I agree with you. I would have struggled with the decision to take it out because it seems like you HAVE TO HAVE A FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM. But I also live in a Victorian house with no first floor bath. I remember when we bought it, I thought it would be an issue. It’s not. Even at parties, etc, I think guests prefer the privacy of the 2nd floor bathroom. You are doing the right thing.


  30. Karen Hibl
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Outhouse, anyone? …going ol’ school.


  31. LaFawne
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    Cannot decide which I love more- your stories or your pics! Agree on what is expected from bloggers, and am so glad that you can have a sense of humour about it.
    Bathroom in the kitchen area is definitely a no go for me, but I could not manage going up the stairs every time I needed to tinkle! Have you considered a tasteful outhouse off the back porch? (joking, of course!)
    Keep up with the stories, and best of luck to you all!


  32. Angela
    October 6, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    Love how your videos always incorporate dancing! And the room does look better without the bathroom there.


  33. Betsy
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    “Toilet in a box” pretty aptly described it! Glad you followed your heart in the remodeling process; it’s the best guide to ensure you build your home with love. And hey! You look fantastic!


  34. tammigirl
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    First of all, just seeing that sink was reason alone to rip out the whole dang bathroom. Carry on, warriosr!


  35. Pattie C
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    That is the neatest, cleanest demo I’ve ever seen. No hammering and dust, good job. And that was one fugly bathroom, good riddance.


  36. tammigirl
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:12 am

    First of all, just seeing the sink is reason enough to rip out the bathroom. Carry on, warriors!

    Then, you have to understand how many people will never be able to do stuff like this to a house like this, so they are living vicariously through you. Because of this it touches them personally when you make a choice they would not have made.

    I may or may not be included in this group of people, because if I watch your videos and ponder your decisions I can keep putting off the projects I already bought the supplies to do, but haven’t started/finished yet. (There are many projects, take your pick)

    My favorite part of the video wan’t the dancing. While I adored the dancing I love even more how it was you who kicked, punched and pushed out nearly 100% of the drywall!

    I have myself convinced that one day there will be a video in which Paul takes you over his knee. (Giggling to myself) He has a good sense of humor, too.


  37. Terrie
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:17 am

    Your house – your decision. Can’t wait to see the reveal.


  38. Darling Lily
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    The bathroom was HIDEOUS and most certainly needed to go. No need for a bathroom on the first floor; I myself like a little privacy when I’m going about my business. (Probably because I grew up using an outhouse, and I’d still love a fully plumbed one away from the house)

    You and your Paul are a joy to behold. Elvis is incomparable. My day has been made!


  39. Chad
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    Do I see a pair of windows that are really close but not quite the same size on that wall? So weird.

    And then that wall around it. There’s an office park with weird signs on the North South Freeway that remind me of the yellow wall you took out. You know what I’m talking about?

    I did without a first floor bathroom too. People told me I had to have one in my little rowhouse and sacrifice the back living room window and space for a full size dining table to get it. A nice house is a much better thing to have than a checklist.


  40. Patty/NS
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    To hell with the toilet! If you have elderly visitors who can’t do the stairs hand them a bucket or drive them to the coffee shop. Yes, always good for resale but for now it has to go! Our bathroom on main flr was right off the kitchen, you heard it all. We sealed up that door (installed soundproofing) and created access via the new back entrance. Not everyone can do this, we were lucky we cld. You will love it now that it’s gone and you can start adding windows. Sally forth!


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