Before & After: Elizabeth's Beautified Basement Bathroom

Before & After: Elizabeth's Beautified Basement Bathroom

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Elizabeth Killingsworth
Washington, DC
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Our basement bathroom was a disaster. There water damage, terrible lighting, the tile was falling off of the walls, the tub was stained and nicked, and there was no storage.

We wanted guests to be able to stay in the suite without the bathroom threatening to fall apart on them! So, we took it down to the brick, sealed the outer wall, and started from scratch.

It turns out, this was a much bigger task than anticipated. We had not one, but two ceilings AND two layers of flooring to remove, surprisingly dangerously placed electrical wiring, and mildew in all of the half-rotted walls. We were able to salvage exactly two things: the sink and the toilet.

From there, we started to rebuild. First, we traded the tub for a shower and shelving. Then, since the floor is so small, we made it the accent using this deep blue penny tile. Finally, we upgraded to a pocket door and were able to frost the glass of a salvaged fifteen pane door. It's perfect!
My makeover advice::
Find a contractor you actually trust. I went with a handyman/contractor I have used before for smaller projects and knew wasn't going to surprise me with huge cost changes. Sure enough, he came in under budget and, as you can see, did really stunning work. Not having to constantly worry about what my contractor was doing freed me up to spend an absurd amount of energy on picking out the tile and finishings, which was so much more fun than arguing over exactly how much pouring a concrete base for the shower floor should cost.
What I love most about my new space::
The floor tile! I am still obsessed with it nearly a year after finishing the project. Every time I see it, it makes me smile.
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