THE FIXER HOUSE BATHROOM: THE PLAN
A detailed breakdown of what we're doing to the fixer kitchen + major inspiration & ideas below!
To begin, I'm MASSSSSSIVELY confused as to why the heck they designed the bathroom like they did in the first place. Here's a pic:
The bathroom is exactly 5' in width, which means that the tub/shower can run the other way, so IDK why they decided to run it this way, but it's VERY awkward. The shower curtain rod is balancing on the window... I know. Terrible.
To the bathroom we will:
- rip out the [very turquoise] tub and re-install a new tub running the width of the bathroom
- Tile the tub surround
- move the toilet down to make room for a double vanity
- plumb to both sinks in the vanity
- rip out existing subfloor & gyp board to studs and come back with new gyp + subfloor
- re-plumb the shower (and actually all of the plumbing in the house)
- new flooring & new paint!
...and hopefully it'll look a little something like this:
TIP #1: Vanities are EXPENSIVE... like very expensive - especially double sink vanities. If you can get away with building your own or salvaging a piece of antique furniture, go that direction! Brian will be building a simple vanity for us. I found this tutorial on Pinterest that is a great alternative if you're crafty (or have a husband that is!).
TIP #2: If you're buying a slab of granite/marble/soapstone/etc., get a quote for what it would take to cut your bathroom vanity out of the slab too. A lot of fabricators make you pay for the entire slab and then they keep the rest when they cut your kitchen countertops. Also, if you don't want the same color vanity top, ask if you can trade your remaining piece for something in the salvage yard. 9x out of 10 they'll say sure!
TIP #3: If you're thinking about re-arranging your bathroom (and your bathroom is on a crawl space), it's VERY doable and won't break the bank. A lot of old home are on crawl spaces and tend to have very small and/or awkwardly laid out bathrooms. Get a plumber out and ask how much it would be to switch things around. I think you'll be surprised that it's not as crazy expensive as you may think!
NOW FOR SOME MAJOR INSPO... SOME OF THE bathrooms I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH!
What do you think about what we're doing with the bathroom? Pop over to Instagram (@bluecutt) and let us know! We would love to hear from you!
Until next time,
-Brian & Skyler