Reader's Bathrooms: Traci's Perfect Bathroom for the Flu

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Welcome to Traci!

We bought our little Baltimore rowhouse just over a year and a half ago knowing that the bathroom was in big need of a renovation.

The bathroom was even smaller than any i'd ever had in NYC, and needed a complete gutting...

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The oversized apron tub took up more than half the room, the enormous vintage sink overlapped the tub by 7" and because there had been a closet built into the space from the adjoining room (a closet that was too narrow to even fit a hanger mind you) the toilet was set at at diagonal into the sink..

i always joked that it would be the perfect bathroom for the flu... you could do your business on the toilet, get sick in the sink, and then step easily in the tub to wash yourself up. sorry, but it's true.

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did i mention the entire bathroom was covered with marble-laminated masonite, drop ceilings and heat lamps. nice. we removed the drop ceiling when we bought the house which exposed four sets of wires that for the next year would just hang out there waving at you when you took a shower. yikes.

so when i came home one day in january and my husband said he'd gotten motivated to get rid of all the exposed and unused scary wiring in the bathroom i was ecstatic, that is until i went up to change and none of the ceiling lights in the entire second floor were working... apparently someone had routed all the swtich wiring into the bathroom and these few sketchy wires had actually been the hub of electricity. woops.

so in order to run new electric we had to tear out the ceiling in the bathoom, and why would we do that without tearing out the entire thing.... Since it's our only bathroom and we did most of the work ourselves it wasn't going to be easy... but one home loan and two months later we're finally done.

we tore out the closet, rebuilt the floor, moved the plumbing, changed out the sink for a little bitty one pulled out of an old textile factory here in baltimore, installed some ikea kitchen cabinets for storage and straightened the toilet.

we used penny round tile from American Universal (http://www.auc-tile.com) on the floor

and tin panels for the walls from American Tin Ceilings (http://www.americantinceilings.com),

our sink we got through an amazing architectural salvage place here in balitmore, Housewerks ( http://www.housewerksalvage.com).

and there's no way i was losing that tub.

all of our photos can be found up on flickr right over here.

thanks!!

traci

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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