Bathroom Remodel - Need some opinions!

KatyGFebruary 23, 2014

My husband & I have decided it is officially time to take on our master bathroom... When we bought our house a year & a half ago, it was one of the main things we knew we'd have to redo. It's a bit outdated & the layout is pretty bizarre.

The plan is pretty simple (I think...)
There's double folding doors that open to our bedroom. I want to replace that with one normal door. It'll add a little (not much, but useful) wall space to our bedroom & I just don't like the double doors.

We're going to replace the vanity, countertop, & mirror (& take out the pink tile). I also want to take out the little dividing wall & sliding pocket-like door to the left of the sink. It won't completely open the bathroom, but I think it will be a good step in the right direction. The major question here is what we want to put in. The current counter is 58". If we take out the 2 ft wall, there will still be the corner of the vanity to walk around. We could put in a 60" base, which would come right to where the wall ends now. We could also put in a 48" base & have a little bit of extra room there, but I'm afraid it would look funny to not use that whole wall space?

I'd love to replace the shower with a corner shower unit & remove the other wall there that breaks up the bathroom. However, the plumbing appears to be in that wall & I'm afraid moving a wall of plumbing is more than we want to bite off... At this point, we've decided to leave the shower as is, although I may replace the door.

We're also planning to replace the funny little tiny toilet. It's shorter than a standard toilet & irritating. With the planned changes, it'll still be in the corner, but there will be about a 3' wall (+ the edge of the new vanity if we go with the 60" base) instead of 5' to the the left of the toilet if you're sitting on it.

We're also going to replace the floor, & do other minor things like repairing or replacing some areas of drywall, etc.

I will say that this is NOT our long-term home; more than likely we'll be putting it on the market in the next couple years. We bought this foreclosed house for next to nothing as a "fixer upper" that we could learn on (it'll be paid off in the next year or two, & we've only been it for 18 months so far). As a result, we're not looking to make this bathroom totally amazing, but rather to make it more attractive when we do sell our house &, quite simply, learn about bathroom remodeling.

So I guess the question is, will our planned changes actually help it out? We don't have the flexibility to expand the bathroom in any way, so we're trying to make the best of what we have... Are there any better ideas than what I've proposed? & what size sink base? Any feedback, ideas, or suggestions that you might have are appreciated!

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I couldn't figure out how to attach more than one picture to my original posting, so I'll attach them all separately

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 7:01PM
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You can walk through the bathroom to the back of our kitchen through this door.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 7:03PM
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This is taken from back hallway in the opposite direction.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 7:04PM
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The tiny toilet in a corner...

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 7:06PM
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Can you post a layout drawing with dimensions? That will help us better help you.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 10:13PM
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Yes, I asked my husband to make a layout with dimensions & he "hadn't gotten around to it" last night. When I measured this morning to make it myself, I answered one of my own questions though.

The current sink area is only 54", not 58" like my husband had thought. Therefore, we are definitely going with the 48" vanity as opposed to the 60". My plan (as you can see in the image) is to put the vanity in the corner to allow as much walking space as possible. My husband was asking about centering the vanity on the 58" wall, leaving 5" on either side. Is there a "right" way to do this?

(The image on the left is the current floor layout. The right is the changes I'm hoping to make, unless I find a better idea! The blue dashed lines are doors.)

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:21AM
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There really isn't a "right" way to do the vanity (hugging the right wall, or centered). I personally like it centered, but the way you've shown it certainly isn't "wrong".

Are you definitely leaving the toilet, sink and shower in their current locations?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 12:30PM
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My husband & I have discussed the potential for shifting things a few times (like flipping the sink & shower, etc), but the conversation has always ended in us deciding that it wouldn't make a whole lot of difference in the grand scheme of things, but it would cost more & be much more labor intensive. However, that conclusion was always based on neither of us knowing much about bathroom renovation and just doing some preliminary research.
I'm most defintely open to suggestions that WOULD make a big difference, or wouldn't really cost all that much more, but would be an improvement. I guess it really comes to getting the best bang for our buck/time; we're ok doing some small things to improve it for cheaper, or doing more, if we can justify spending more for the end result.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 1:12PM
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is the 2nd door required, as in there is no bathroom that you can access on the other side of the house (kitchen)? If not I suggest you remove the door and drywall up the opening. Then you could turn the toilet facing the other wall and possibly make the shower a little larger.

Move the vanity to where the shower is. Move the shower to where the vanity is (can be larger/longer on one side rather than square) and move the door opening to the left. You will have to add waterproofing to the new shower wall but you should have accessible plumbing pipes in both walls to make this change.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 2:07PM
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if you HAVE to retain both door openings, suggest pocket doors to reduce door swing and save space.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:01AM
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I like the drawing on the right. It does require an electrical switch move.
Open space. Tile the floor with big tiles on the diagonal.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:21AM
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