Monday, December 20, 2010

Bathroom renovation: before & tearout pictures

Before pictures:
We had a very small full bathroom between the two downstairs bedroom. Each bedroom door opened into this hallway; the door to the bathroom is on the right.
The 2 doors on the left are for a linen cupboard & a second door to our walk-in closet.
The bathroom was really cramped--you had to squeeze in between the shower & sink to get to the toilet. 
Renovation plans: I love drawing up plans and rearranging walls & fixtures...we actually won't have the wall bump-out shown in the plans. When we tore out the wall behind the sink, we discovered it was a double width (double-framed) wall; we left the original thickness where the jacuzzi goes, but bumped the wall out to a single thickness to make more room for the new sink.

The main changes entail:
  • turning the hallway & bathroom into one big room by removing the wall between the two
  • moving the ceiling joists up from 8' to the original 10' (for some reason, the bathroom had been built with lower ceilings than the rest of the house)
  • putting a shower into part of our walk-in closet--we lose some closet space, but it's definitely worth it. 
  • adding an extra-long, extra-wide jacuzzi tub
Day 4 pictures:
We've completed the tear-out, run most of the new wiring, opened up the closet for the new shower, raised the ceiling joists, and torn out a section of rotted sub-floor. It might look super scary, but if you've done renovations, you know how to look past it and envision the final product.

View into what used to be the hallway. We've removed the second door to the walk-in closet to make room for the shower
Looking inside the closet from the other door in our bedroom, you can see the framing for the shower enclosure
Standing inside the new shower area, looking toward the window. The toilet used to be where the piece of pink insulation is sitting. You can see where the old ceiling ended right above the window.
Standing by the window, looking toward the new shower. 
After tearout. We'll Freecycle anything useble and dispose of the rest.


  1. So exciting. We're in the midst of a gut reno for a bathroom, too. I can't wait til it's done. Good luck!

  2. Wow! It looks absolutely amazing. Best of luck!

  3. impressive- what a great Christmas project!

  4. I have a difficult time envisioning these types of changes. If you lose the hallway, how will people enter the bedroom?

  5. The hallway and bathroom were both sandwiched in between the 2 bedrooms, and the hallway went nowhere else except between the 2 rooms...which is why we just turned the hallway and bathroom into a single, bigger room. (The bedrooms each have 2 entry doors, so you can get to the bedrooms from other parts of the house.) It's kind of a strange layout to have to go through one of the bedrooms to get to the bathroom, but the house was built in 1883 so there are lots of quirks.

  6. I get it. You've made a Jack and Jill bathroom. I think it was stranger to have the hallway in that case.


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