Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom:
The Exciting Bits

Renovation Diary

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Name: Faith and Mike
Type of Project: Master Bathroom Creation
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Type of building: 1920s, multi-level, single family home

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.

Last week I showed you the depths of our demolition; we had to go deeper than we expected, tearing out not only the cracked plaster walls and ceilings, but gross old insulation and even the floor joists. Fortunately, that was the worst of it, and now comes the exciting part: new walls! 

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Looking into the bathroom from the bedroom. The shower will be to the left; the sink and vanity to the right. The toilet will be behind the shower. The frame on the left is the setup for a pocket door. 

After the long, wearying, will-this-ever-be-done-so-help-me-God process of DIY demolition, the swiftness with which a good contractor can put up walls is exhilarating and a little humbling. 

New Joists and Subfloor
As you can see in the photos above, our contractor put in the joists and subfloor; this took a couple of days, as they were also working on new joists on the floor below. It took a little longer than he expected, as a junior member of his crew unexpectedly went AWOL and dropped out of sight. 

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This is where the shower will go. 

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The sink area, opposite the shower.

Framing the Windows and Bathroom
After the joists and subfloor, they framed in the bedroom and bathroom windows, and then the bathroom itself. This happened in just a day or two — so swift and satisfying! Framing is the best morale booster stage of a renovation. There's so much more to come, but seeing the solid outlines go up is very reassuring. 

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Looking back into the bedroom from the bathroom.

Changes to the Ceiling
This affected the bedroom more than the bathroom, but as they do rather flow together, I wanted to point out a decision that we made only after opening up the ceiling and tearing out the old plaster. The ceiling of the old porch slopes down rather abruptly, and figuring out how to harmonize this with the higher ceilings of the main house was an early challenge. Our solution was going to be to have a little step-down in the ceiling. 

But once we opened up the ceiling we kind of smacked ourselves on the collective forehead and realized we shouldn't drop the ceiling at all in the old porch. Instead, we would just leave it high and slanted. You can see the basic shape of it in the photo at the top of this post. 

It's a good example of how sometimes key decisions can only be made once you're really into the guts of a renovation, not just looking at plans and drawings. 

Our contractor: Tom Eastwood of Cornerstone Construction
Our architect: Tim Lai 

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #7 of Faith and Mike's Diary.

(Images: Faith Durand)

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