I don't know why I didn't do this sooner. It finally occurred to me today to post pics of the laundry room and back bathroom, which makes it so much easier to understand what I'm planning. Oh well, better late than never, I suppose. The first photo is of the laundry room (aka the back porch) looking out from the kitchen door.
And speaking of ugly, here are some photos of the bathroom. I don't know what I was thinking when I painted it that awful blue. The first photo was taken looking in from the laundry room.
The doorway with the mirror on it goes into the spare bedroom. If I expand the master bathroom all the way to the back wall of the house, the wall behind the vanity would be torn out and the vanity and toilet would go away. If I don't expand the master bath, then this room stays pretty much as is (with a new vanity and different paint) as a half-bath accessible from either the spare bedroom or the laundry room via that doorway you see in the foreground of the photo.
What is destined to be demolished is this:
Now let's talk those two dreaded words: resale value. Like Jan said, we all think we're going to live in our old houses forever, but you never know. And even if I do live here until I croak, I'd still like Dylan and Sarah to get as much money out of this house as they can. So with that in mind....
Someone asked how many bedrooms I have, and the answer is three: mine, the spare bedroom, and the room I've been calling the "second parlor" because that's what I'll use it as. So right now my house is a 3-bed, 2 bath. My idea is to get rid of the shower stall, move the back door, and remodel the master bath but leave it the same size so the house would then be a 3-bed, 1½ bath. Mare's idea to expand the master bath, turn the spare bedroom into a walk-in closet and open up the basement stairwell would make it a 2-bed, 1 bath with a basement laundry room, which I think would be less appealing to buyers. What do you all think?