I remember back when I was showing a coworker the pictures of our initial walk-through of the house. Looking back on the old pictures, it was the bathroom and kitchen that looked the nicest, and I thought they needed the least amount of work. At the time, we knew that those are usually the most expensive projects to do and having those “almost” done was nice. After living in the house for a few years, it was the bathroom that worked the least for us. It was tiny, and didn’t function well. We also wanted a tub, or whirlpool, if we had the space for it. As much as we wanted all of these things it couldn’t have been done without a serious amount of renovation. Adding to the list of problems was the fact that we only have one bathroom in the house. If we were to do any renovations it would have to be done quickly. Being without a functioning bathroom… well… it sucks. And there is nothing worse than sweating over a house project all day and then not have a shower after. Here are a few pictures of our bathroom before…
That was one of the nicest rooms in the house you ask? Well the shower looked ok, didn’t it? And did you see a few of the other before house pictures?
It seems like the bathroom was an afterthought when the house was being built. If the house was a few decades older I would think that it was built without indoor plumbing. I guess there is the chance that it was. The hallway you see in the picture above leads into the bathroom, and then there is a door to the attic from the bathroom as well. You can see the stairs in the picture to the upper right. The door to the attic did not completely open because of the bathroom sink. So, the bathroom had some problems.
We liked the roominess of the upstairs hallway, but it left a lot of unusable space. I decided to sketch out what we could do if we knocked a few walls down, and moved a few. Here is a sketch of the bathroom layout before.
And here is the sketch of renovated bathroom.
Aren’t sketches handy? I did this to try out different combinations of where we could place things, and it also was handy when planning the new subfloor (more on that in a later post).
The major work would involve bumping the bathroom wall out into the bedroom by about 8 inches, and moving the bathroom entryway door out into the hallway by several feet. This would allow room for a vanity and a tub, and make it easier to open the door to the attic. We would also need to extend the floor out in the hallway to accommodate the extra bathroom space.
The picture below shows where we will extend the floor (in red) and build a new wall.
And since I have an obsession with Photoshopping anything if I have a chance, I wanted to see what a new bathroom door would look like once the wall was bumped out. We worried about this blocking light from the stairway window, but it worked out ok.
I didn’t realize exactly how large of a project this was until I started digging in (Isn’t it always that way?) It required plumbing, wiring, framing of walls, insulating and ventilation amongst other things. It also had an effect on the stairway railings seen above. I would eventually need to rework the banister at the top of the stairs. Since this is a such a big project, I’m going to break it up into a few blog posts.
I’ll give you a glimpse of what the early stages of the destruction looked like.
It was at this point that I had my first feeling of “What the heck have I done?”
Part two of this disaster will come soon.