How many times can one room be redone? When we first bought our home new, there was carpet in the BATHROOM. Ugh…why do they do this? So, almost immediately, after realizing that two young boys and carpet around a toilet do not belong in the same house together, we tore it up. Luckily, there was linoleum underneath. We scratched our heads. Why? Oh Why? Would someone put carpet OVER linoleum. But…alas…I digress.
I have promised a post on the remodel of our kids’ old bathroom, now that we are empty nesters. The bathroom now belongs to my husband. Our master bath is no longer good enough for him. We have put together quite a lovely, masculine, spa-like retreat in our new bath that he just can’t bear to give up. So, after all the stress of dealing with the terrible contractor debacle mentioned in our Contractor Pros and Woes post, and finally hiring our all-time favorite contractor to complete the job (fantastically I might ad!), we have a bathroom remodel to share with you.
Everything we change in our home, we change with an eye to our future. What will our needs be as we get older? Well, we didn’t figure we needed a bathtub in two bathrooms any longer. I have a nice soaking tub in our master bath…a shower in the second bath will be quite enough.
This room remodel began with the original gypsum wall board on the walls. This had to be removed and all nails and trim pulled out as well. A rectangular piece was removed from the floor over the plumbing in order to reconfigure the fixtures for a new shower treatment.
There’s a metal beam that runs through the floor under the area where the plumbing for the shower is. The former plumbing ran above the floor, so, an interesting reconfiguration in the floor with zero inches to spare got us a nice widened drain with a j-trap that works pretty great. The drain in the a standard shower pan is 2 inches. This is larger than most double-wide bathroom fixtures. I liked it because it allows water to drain more quickly and makes for less clogging.
The wall the toilet is on is the exterior wall. The wall on the other side of the shower is a support wall that had to be torn down and rebuilt. Twice! If you read our Contractors Pros and Woes post, you will understand why. The original wall that was behind the bathtub didn’t allow for enough space for the shower pan, so it had to be moved out a bit. This is often the case in a double wide. Sometimes the fixtures are not standard sizes. But, those walls are just four 2×4’s and they come down pretty easy. Just be careful of the plumbing inside and be sure to retain any venting that is there for proper plumbing flow as well.
All of the walls and the ceiling were sheet rocked (Uh, bubye popcorn!) and we love it. The original sky light was removed from the ceiling and a new small window put in to allow light into the room. We put window film in a rice paper pattern over the window and we love the look! This product can also be found at Home Depot in several different patterns.
We used our favorite flooring, Style Selections, Sierra Slate laminate. We have 5 different types of laminate flooring in our home, and have had two others that we’ve removed. Out of all of them, this floor is the most durable, easy to lay, easiest to hide dirt, easiest to clean laminate flooring we have ever used. We now have it in our kitchen, laundry room, and both bathrooms. With two drooling Boxer dogs, it is a blessing to have a floor that actually disguises their drool as “marks in the rock” since it looks like stone tile :-). By the way, if you do have dogs and are considering installing new laminate flooring…THINK TWICE ABOUT A DARK WOOD STYLE! It will show ever dog hair, every drop of drool, every speck of mud. We love our dark living room floor, but we have to clean it nearly ever day for it to be presentable even to us in private. But again, I digress…
The vanity we purchased at Lowes is great. Style Selections Espresso Almeta Cabinet is a really lovely dark chocolate color. I’m not sure of the brand of the shower stall we used, but we purchased it at Home Depot. It was a 42″ walk-in shower pan with a glue on surround. We always use a crescent shower rod to give the illusion of more space in the shower stall. We chose a bronze rod to match the water fixtures. This time, we tried a new style of faucet and loved it so much we replaced the one in our master bath to match. The Giagni Andante Vintage Bronze Faucet is a style that is reminiscent of an old handle water pump. The Delta Windemere Oil-Rubbed Bronze shower fixture is really lovely and terrific because Delta fixtures are guaranteed for as long as you own the product, plus, it’s the type of fixture where if you want to replace it, you can do it all from the front of the shower. You won’t have to mess around in the back of the shower wall to do it.
Finally, we enclosed all of the plumbing with a cover panel and our contractor painted the whole room and put new baseboard and door trim up. The wall color with the dark fixtures and vanity are a very masculine look and it feels almost spa-like when you’re in the room. The Glass Block Deco Mirror is a finishing touch that matched perfectly and was purchased at Home Depot as well.
Check out the pics in our gallery! To see larger images, click on the “fs” in the lower right of the gallery to view in full screen.
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The supplies for this bathroom remodel cost less than $1500.00. The hassle of hiring the first contractor to complete some of the work for us, plus hiring our favorite contractor to fix the first guy’s mistakes and to finish the job was about $1800.00 additionally. This bathroom was the most expensive room we have ever redone. A simple 9’x7′ room caused more headaches than any other project we’ve shared on this site so far. And that’s sayin’ somethin’! We are relieved it’s done and we won’t be doing it again….EVER!
The older we get, the less we want to do ourselves. While this is true for the most part, we did just undertake another entire living room remodel that took us months of weekends to do and drained us physically to no end. But, we are winding down with that and just doing the finishing paint touches at this point. I will be posting about that one very soon, so keep in touch!
We LOVE this bathroom and are so happy with how it turned out, even if it did cost more than most projects we’ve done. Big D has taken this bathroom over as his own. Oh well. I still have my lovely master bath!
If you have any questions about this bathroom remodel, please feel free to ask in the comments below. If you have done a bathroom remodel you’d like to share, please do the same. We love to get comments and always respond.
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