Introducing Karin & Jeff's Renovation

Introducing Karin & Jeff's Renovation

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Tess Wilson
Jun 21, 2015

Name: Karin and Jeff
Type of Project: Main Bathroom Remodel
Type of Home: Single-family home built in 1967
Square Footage: 1,800
Years Lived In: 2.5

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Karin and Jeff have a perfectly serviceable main bathroom, but after renovating nearly all of the other rooms in their house, they'd like to give it an upgrade. Join us as they say farewell to cracked tiles, over-shower storage, a dog-scratched and nearly-inaccessible cupboard, and one very snazzy sconce...

Take it away, Karin and Jeff!

Our house was in foreclosure when we bought it and in need of some major work. We have worked our way through remodeling almost the entire house and this bathroom is one of two rooms remaining (the other being the basement laundry). It is our goal to give the room a modern and more open look and make it more functional, but on a budget.
Yuck.
Some of the many cracked tiles.
Corroded plumbing and water damage on the back wall... I'm afraid to see what's behind the vanity.
A very snazzy sconce.
We plan to take the bathroom down to the studs and replace the tired and damaged finishes and inefficient fixtures. The main layout will be preserved with a few tweaks. The vanity, toilet, and tub will all stay in the same place to prevent us from having to relocate plumbing.
Hard to access storage - will be much easier to get to from the hall!
Custom embellishment on lower door compliments of a past foster dog.
There is a long, skinny linen closet that is only accessible when the bathroom door is completely closed (and it lacks functionality in that it's difficult to reach the back of the closet).
Before
After
The plan is to make that storage space open up into the hallway, for a more accessible, usable closet.
The above-shower cupboards.
There are also storage cupboards above the tub that will be removed to add more headroom in the shower (and curtail water damage issues from overspray from the shower head).
This is our last untouched room in the house and we are excited to tackle it! With the exception of installing a tub, we have experience now with all the other required steps (we renovated a 1/2 and tiny 3/4 bath), but I am certain we will uncover surprises and challenges along the way.
Also, this is not a large room and receives no natural light, but I will do my best to photograph it!

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Karin and Jeff's renovation gets underway.


(Images: Karin and Jeff)

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