Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bathroom Before and After

We wrapped up the bathroom over a week ago, but I've been holding off on posting pictures until the new shower curtain arrived.  That's my excuse at least.
Bathroom Before - Large, but the space was poorly utilized.
 Bathroom After - Smaller, but greatly improved
Shower Before - A cracking fiberglass surround with 40 years of hard water buildup.
Shower After - Porcelain tile with a marble, metal and glass mosaic that gleams in the sun.
I had originally planned on cool tones but I love how the warm bronze and champagne liven up the accent tile
Heated tile floor - I loved the tile so much that I've decided to use it in the laundry and basement bathroom as well.
New slim vanity (Don't pay attention to the unfinished door and trim.  We'll be installing our new doors after the hardwood floors are in.)
The sun tunnel makes a huge difference in the room.  Even though it's on the north side of the house it lets in a lot of light.  A week after it's finished I still find myself trying to turn off the bathroom lights only to realize this is natural light.
Now that the bathroom is done Luke and I are focusing on wrapping up some smaller projects in anticipation of gutting the rest of the first floor.  I'll share the chaos in a few weeks.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Bathroom Remodel Trudges Forward

It's been another long week of working on the bathroom.  Luke spent most of his weeknights running drains and supply lines while I finished the drywall. I didn't bother with pictures because this is boring work that doesn't change the look of the bathroom.

But we did make some visual progress this weekend with getting the floor and shower tiled and installing the sun tunnel.
 The floor looks amazing and we haven't even done the grout yet.

 The shower isn't looking too shabby either.
 We still have a lot of work to do, but hopefully we will be able to use the shower by the end of the week.  In other news the new siding is 80% painted, we're still working on the bathroom and Luke is framing the basement.  The last thing we need is another project so of course I had to go and do this.

900 sq ft of hardwood flooring waiting to be installed.


Monday, July 06, 2015

Whirlwind Bathroom Remodel

After two years in the house we are finally getting a decent bathroom!  I've had seven new bathrooms over the last ten years, so having to live with this mess after all those new bathrooms is making me crazy.
I slapped some antique white paint on the walls to tone down the green but this space has been driving me nuts for the last twenty-two months.  So when Luke suggested that we start the remodel over the 4th of July weekend I jumped at the chance.  Within a week we had bought our materials and installed a toilet in the basement bathroom (not exactly private, but more convenient that driving to the nearest gas station)

I even tested out a few tile patterns on the bathroom wall.  It's actually an improvement and I should have taken a sharpie to the walls years ago.
We have a lot of changes to make.  To begin with, the bathroom is larger than necessary.  At 8'x9' it is the same size as our kitchen.  It didn't take much debate before we agreed to change the bathroom to 5'x9', giving us another 3' for the future kitchen.  This requires that we change the entire configuration of the fixtures and plumbing so we gutted the room to the studs and rebuilt it at the new, smaller size.
A conflict between tub drain locations and floor joists necessitated using a 54" bathtub instead of the standard 60".  It's not ideal but nothing in this house is going smoothly so I shouldn't be surprised.  Last night we managed to get the drywall and durock up so the room is feeling considerably more finished.
 
We now have some dead space next to the bathroom.  Until we actually start the kitchen remodel this will be a useless space, accessible only through the linen closet door.
Unfortunately we have to go back to our day jobs so progress on the bathroom is about to slow down.  But having to drive 10 miles into town to shower at work is a powerful motivator and we'll be working hard in the evenings to get this thing done.