Everyone says that kitchens and bathrooms “make the sale”. I guess the same can be said for this sale as well. But it was the potential we saw in the kitchen and bathrooms that made us fall in love with this brick ranch — one of the things anyway. Thanks to the popularity of HGTV and the DIY Network, we’ve been able to learn that almost anything is possible if you have good “bones”. And in some cases, you can even break a few of those “bones” to make your vision a reality. Demolition time, anyone?
It’s important to Greg and me that we do these renovations without credit cards or loans. For this reason, we made a list of renovations in order of importance. The hall bathroom turned out to be number one. We had the keys for barely an hour when all of a sudden I hear my dad and Greg down the hallway, ripping out the vanity. Luckily I was able to grab these two photos before pieces of the bathroom were thrown out the window and into the borrowed flat bed trailer (thank you, Mr. Glen!).
After what felt like a few short hours of demolition, the bathroom was completely gutted — down to the studs. Every time I walked past the empty bathroom, I got so excited! With everything taken out, it was easier to envision what Greg and I had planned.
The overall feel of the bathroom was narrow and long. Since the bathroom was gutted anyway, we knew if we wanted to reconfigure the layout, it was now or never. Check out this rendering of the original floor plan.
When you opened the bathroom door, you were “greeted” by the wall of the small linen closet in the hallway. This was our first big decision as new homeowners: do we take out the linen closet to open up the wall? Since we had another linen closet just across the hall, this decision was an easy one… Bye, bye closet! Ordinarily, I would never get rid of valuable storage space. But one tiny closet was a small price to pay for almost 2+ feet of additional vanity space and a much more open feel to the bathroom. Even though we knew this is what needed to be done, when my Dad made that first big cut into the sheetrock, I couldn’t help but think, “Oh my goodness! Are we sure about this?!”. But as soon as the wall was down, we were 150% sure we had made the right decision (cue happy dance!). Here is a snapshot of the bathroom after the closet was taken out:
We now have enough space for two sinks, which will be awesome for our friends and family when they come to visit. We also decided to make the doorway wider. What was once a narrow 24-inch doorway is now a roomy 32-inches. Here is the new and improved layout — as well as a preview of some of the finishes we have in mind:
Now that the demolition is complete, it’s time to for the fun stuff!! I’ve always heard that picking out finishes and fixtures can be overwhelming. I guess I’m getting ready to find out! Anyone have any advice? We would love to hear it!
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