Recently, I checked out my neighbor Eryn’s master bathroom renovation, and it was so stunning I had to share!Obligatory background: We live in a neighborhood full of “cozy” and “charming” cottages and colonials which were built in the early 1980s.Our guest blogger’s neighbor had to work within the existing footprint of her home to update the master bathroom.

She and Justin have remodeled three homes from top to bottom and are working on their fourth.

Have you ever experienced that moment of panic when you find out over-night guests are coming to stay?

I’ve recently come across some terrific bathroom updates in average homes with space considerations: Hi! I started a series on my blog called “Reston Remodelistas,” so my neighbors can see each others’ DIY projects and view the work of local contractors.

Our homes were built in the early 1980s, and literally every time we turn around, there’s another major project happening, so we’re always looking for great ideas.

I gathered some aqua accessories from around my house and added them to the vanity.

I put white Ivory soap in the blue berry basket and Q-Tips in a blue Ball jar. That and the aqua plate brightened up the top of the cabinet and added some much-needed color.

First, it was the only period in which houses that ordinary people could afford were enriched with all manner of finely crafted detail.

Rich wood trim, art glass and colorful tile mosaics had been used in houses for a long time, but only kings, potentates and robber barons could afford them.

Stained concrete floors add warmth to the cooler elements, like the pale wood cabinetry and gray-toned stone.

Floating the cabinets on the wall makes the room feel more spacious and adds to the overall contemporary aesthetic. This beautiful look was created with cool colors, marble tile and a change of layout.

That 6,000 square foot Mc Mansion that your boss just bought is full of 1/2" gypsum board walls, painted MDF mouldings and carpeting over OSB subflooring.