Master Bathroom Gut & Remodel

4:00 PM Katy 6 Comments

My parents bought an older house on a lake 8 years ago, and they've been working on it ever since. I draw the plans for major renos, and then my dad tries to do all the work -- this latest job had him breaking down and hiring some help, thank goodness. (But you see how the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree? :))

Here are some before shots of the master closet and bathroom:
 These shots are not in order, but you're looking from the bedroom down a long hall of what used to be bifold doors and closets on either side
 That bifold door at the end of the hall was to the original bathroom. It was cramped and dark back there...
So we gutted everything. I switched the bathroom and the closet on the layout. There are a few IMPORTANT DETAILS I must take note of here, so that I don't have too much backlash..
First, we had some strange bumps in the walls from AC ductwork that had to be worked around.. (linen closet above is one example, it's shallow because of this). Also, we couldn't sink the medicine cabinets into the walls. I didn't plan it this way, but my mom demanded that she have wall-mounted medicine cabinets. argh  :)
 Above is the new pocket door to the closet. It took an incredible amount of contortions and math to get every inch of this space usable. My mom insisted on a whirlpool tub and a new window. Which is great, except that the house is brick so we had to hire a brick layer to install it. :)  NOTE!!! I KNOW THAT THE CHANDELIER OVER THE TUB DOES NOT MEET CODE. DO NOT REPOST THIS ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET AND THEN FREAK OUT ABOUT ELECTRICAL CODES! More on this in a sec...
 I designed these built-ins to disguise some more layout issues, and I've seen some bathrooms around the internet with this type of shelving around the tub...I think it looks so pretty, and we wanted this bathroom to "feel" like it's on the lots of beadboard too...
 Okay. The chandelier.  Bottom line: my mom wants it there. Yes, it breaks code. And yes, if they sell the house it will be moved into the closet so the bathroom will pass inspection. If my mother wants a chandelier over her tub she's earned it, and she's willing to take the risk of an exploding lightbulb or a freakish earthquake in South Carolina, whereupon it possibly falls out of the ceiling while she's taking a bubble bath, and she gets electrocuted because she had her eyes closed and couldn't see the walls shaking. Or she's asleep and doesn't wake up fast enough. (In which case she might drown, too). So she has been warned. :)

This part isn't finished... more beadboard is going around the wall behind the sinks.

We laid 16X16 ceramic tile in a brick pattern on the floor, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

My mom isn't as enthralled with the rustic/recycled look as I am, so this bathroom is all new everything. Designing for other people isn't the same as designing for yourself, and especially if it's your mom.

Sorry if I sound a little defensive on this remodel, but the thing is... when you post things like this publicly it is fair game to reposted on other websites.  My pallet wall had some greenies freaking out about possible pesticides and toxins in the pallets I used. For the record: my pallets come from a local company and they are not treated in any way.

I do know a little (ahem) about codes and regulations -- but sometimes I don't follow them, and thankfully I can't be arrested for what I do in my own home. (yet.)

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  1. Will you come help me do mine? After I painted my bathroom red, I decided I want to redo the sinks, tub and actually put nice tile for the shower instead of the stupid pop-in prefab thing. We have a fenced in yard and swing set for the kids. They'll be fine out there for a couple of days. There's a hose if they need water.

  2. Katy it's magazine worthy. Your vision is beautiful and you made it happen. You must feel great knowing your parents have an awesome bathroom - now moving on to your mudroom right!

  3. Looks beautiful! I love the shelving!

  4. It's gorgeous. And as an old mom myself (in SC too!) I have to say, bless your heart for realizing that mom's rules trump code! How dear and proper of you to put your mother's taste ahead of your own and to make it as nearly like she wanted it as your impressive skills possibly could.

  5. I like it, it looks very soothing. I love the shelving around the tub. The chandelier over the tub may not be to code, but it looks great and I'd bet money it won't give your parents any grief.

    Visiting from Remodelaholics Anonymous party.


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