Before & After: The Renovation Diary Reveal of Karin & Jeff's Bathroom

Before & After: The Renovation Diary Reveal of Karin & Jeff's Bathroom

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Tess Wilson
Sep 1, 2015
Before...

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

Karin and Jeff completed their total bathroom renovation right on schedule, an impressive feat especially considering how fantastic the results are. Let's explore their brand new bathroom!

And, After!

The bathroom is done! Tell us about your new space— have you used it yet? How satisfied are you with the outcome?

Yes! I'm pretty excited to be finished. As I noted before, I actually used the shower a few times as soon as possible — I was anxious to give it a try! It's the main bathroom for guests and centrally located, and so far, I love it! The room feels much larger with the floating vanity, shower tile to the ceiling, and the closet reconfigured to open into the hallway. It's only a tiny closet, but it makes a big difference!
It's hard to tell from this angle, but there's a small gap between the wall and the vanity on the left.
The only thing I don't love is the light fixture over the medicine cabinet. I always have a really hard time finding light fixtures I don't hate (that don't cost an arm and a leg), so I gave up for the time being and went with something very simple and inexpensive. It gets the job done for now and it's not too much to replace if I even find a light that I like that is bright enough to illuminate the whole room (I admit, I will probably never replace it!).
One of my favorite parts of the bathroom - the new tub hardware.
The cabinet doors are gone!
No more moldy caulk and grout!

What is your favorite element of the new bathroom?

Can I only pick one? Probably the shower. I love elongated, stacked, matte tile and the new hardware. I actually used the same tile when we rebuilt the fireplace in our basement and I fell in love with it then and knew I wanted to use it again in this shower. Having the tile go to the ceiling (and not having storage above the shower) makes the room feel so much taller and more open. Everything is gleaming and white and a big improvement over the moldy caulk and cracked, yellowing grout and tile we replaced.
I love these drawers! The are almost the entire depth of the cabinet - so much accessible storage.
The plumbing is configured to fit behind the drawers, to allow for maximum storage. We had to be a little creative to work around the cold water supply.
The outlet in the medicine cabinet for charging electric toothbrushes or shavers.
The hallway without the laundry chute and with the new closet door. I have a new thermostat on my wish list. :)
And even though we technically have less storage now, it's so much more useful. Having all drawers in the vanity, the addition of a medicine cabinet, and an easily accessible linen closet makes for a more efficient use of storage.

Anything else you'd like to add?

While we're technically done for now, there are two more projects we hope to add once the weather warms up. The first is replacing the bathroom fan. It is very old and doesn't work very well. For now, we took out the motor, cleaned and oiled it, and painted the vent cover.

And while we're spending time in the attic, I'd really LOVE to add a tubular skylight to add some natural light into the only room on the main floor without ample natural light. Going on the roof in the wintertime in Minnesota does not seem like a great idea, so we'll definitely have to wait for things to defrost.

(Images and diary text: Karin and Jeff)

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