Before & After: Amber's Nod to Vintage Bathroom

Before & After: Amber's Nod to Vintage Bathroom

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Name:
Amber
Location:
Denver, CO
Division:
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
When I bought my house, I knew immediately that the (only) bathroom was going to have to change. I had planned to wait a little while, but when my 100-year-old cast iron plumbing started flooding my basement, I decided it was time to tackle the bathroom.

With the help of a contractor, here's what I did:
- Fully gutted the old bathroom
- Reconfigured the space by closing the original jack-and-jill doors and creating a pocket door where an old built-in cabinet used to be
- Renovated an dresser I found on Craigslist to become the vanity
- Tiled the tub/shower to the ceiling and added dramatic shower curtains
- Installed make-up friendly lighting and a huge tilting mirror
- Added ventilation in the bathroom

The project took 7-weeks and cost about $15,000 (with a large part of the cost coming from replacing all the old cast iron plumbing).
My makeover advice::
Don't ever remodel your ONLY bathroom in the fall in Denver! Apparently, it can start snowing in October. I had a port-o-potty in my backyard for 7-weeks. The week it snowed I thought I was going to totally lose it.

Also, you know what you can't do when it's 14-degrees outside? Operate a tile saw. We were delayed a week because we had to wait for the weather to warm up enough not to freeze the saw.

Other than that, I'd say - put the most effort into space planning. I LOVE the function of my new bathroom, but I fought with the contractors on it and had to really push my vision. I'm so glad I did!
What I love most about my new space::
I absolutely love all the space in my new bathroom. We only added about 9" by taking out the old built-in, but re-configuring the layout makes it feel enormous (for my 90 sq. ft house).

I also love that the bathroom is brand new, but feels like it belongs in my 107-year-old home. I paid attention to every detail, right down to using the old door knobs from the jack-and-jill doors as my towel hooks.
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