Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on our little remodeling dilemma. I imagine you all will get sick of hearing about it before long, and I promise this blog will not become "all remodel all the time", but I do want to journal our progress. "Before" pictures coming soon, if I am brave enough.
A tiny point of clarification...unless we start bashing down walls, which we don't have the budget for, nothing we will be able to accomplish will look anything like the fantasy bathrooms I showed you. We have two full bathrooms in our house, neither especially big. We both like quick showers before work and long soaks after exercise or stressful days, so in our house we need both a shower and a tub. Our proposed solution, one bathroom with a shower, one bathroom with a nice tub. We are still exploring. No freakin' way do I want to pay 5 grand for a tub, no matter how many bells and whistles it has. AND I do not want a sink that looks like it came from a gas station. Negotiations continue.
If you like to look at this sort of thing, you can see more at the Kohler website.