When Greg and I were handed the keys the day after closing, the very first rooms we wanted to tackle were the hall and master bathrooms. We’ve already talked about the hall bathroom, which was very narrow and visually closed off. Let’s just say the main problem in the master bathroom was… quite the opposite.
The vanity area was actually in the bedroom, while the shower and toilet were in their own separate room. Even better, the vanity area was carpeted. Very circa 1976.
Knowing that this wasn’t going to mesh well with our style, we had to do something. You might have already guessed what we did, considering the current state of our kitchen (or lack thereof). We ripped the whole thing out, tearing down the wall between the vanity and bathroom proper in the process.
Before we did any of that, though, we needed a plan. Here’s the layout as it was before the demo:
You may have noticed the small window over the toilet. With the new layout, the edge of the shower would be smack dab in the middle of the window. So we had no choice but to take it out in the interest of shower space.
The next few steps were like a whirlwind! A new friend came to help out with framing the new shower and closet door. (Thank you, Woody!) Shortly after that, a crew came in to rip up the old carpet and lay down new hardwood floors. (They’re being stained next week! Yay!) A few weeks later, we got our painting clothes on and painted the master bedroom Slate by Restoration Hardware. Once that was done, we hired a professional to come in to paint all of the trim to give it that finished professional look.
After all of that work, here is what the space looks like today:
Since we are already in the space anyway, here’s a shot of the opposite side of the master bedroom:
What used to be a cramped, dull fiberglass shower/tub combo is now framed to be a spacious shower with bench.
What used to be the doorway to the closet is now ready for a good sized vanity with double sinks.
When it comes to fixtures and finishes, we are still in the process of making all of those decisions. However, we do know that we love the tile so much in our hall bathroom, that we are using it in the master bathroom as well.