Lather, Rinse, Repeat

The ceiling in the kitchen is now down and 2nd dumpster gone.  It’s hard to believe that we have hauled a total of 40 cubic yards of demolition materials out of that house!  It won’t be long now before we pull building, plumbing and electrical permits and put this house back together again.  This means it’s decision time for a number of rooms’ designs.  Let’s take a look at where we’re at with our bathroom.

Out with the old, in with the new. This photo was taken about a week ago, where the bathroom once was. Pretty much a blank slate.

The bathroom is off of the kitchen, a situation common for houses built during that era.  We are leaving it there, but expanding it from it’s former 4.5′ wide x 6′ deep dimensions out to nearly 7′ wide by 9′ deep.  Here’s what we’re working with:

Before: bathroom and kitchen

The situation with the bathroom door nearly in the path of the door to the porch door was definitely a problem.  And while I liked the idea of the area south of the bathroom being a “dining area,” it was an easy decision to let it go when I realized that the bathroom was currently smaller than the first apartment I rented post-college (a 500 sq ft efficiency).  Then there was the acquisition of the new bathroom fixtures.  Our clawfoot tub is 5 ft long and 2.5 ft wide, or 45% of the square footage of the original space.  So here’s the new plan:

After: the new bathroom design

We are moving the entrance to the bathroom to the south wall, allowing us to move the east wall over a few inches.  This changes the entire orientation of the bathroom, but still keeps all of the plumbing on one wall, for ease of installation later.  And there’s enough clearance in front of the toilet and sink to meet code requirements.  Yes, we are taking space away from the kitchen and dining area, but there is still more than enough space for a very nice sized kitchen.  Additionally, I kind of like the idea of having a hallway-like space leading from the kitchen to the living room.  What do you think?


About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on April 13, 2011, in Design, House, Renovation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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