So it’s been a long time since a house update. It is *thisclose* to being completely done. The only thing I have left to paint is the foyer, and the new dining room doors. But the bathroom has been done for a long time! The laundry room got the final touches last weekend, so I thought it was time to post some before/after pictures.
So, our house has only ever had one bathroom. And the laundry room was in there as well. It has worked fine for us, but as the kids are getting older, needing more privacy, needing to do more to get ready, it was getting a little hairy. So we decided with the renovations we were doing, it would be nice to do something about it. The main thing we thought first, was with the dining room addition, we would also create space for a separate laundry room. That in itself was a big deal, but it did nothing to solve the privacy issues. Jake came up with the perfect plan, though. We would put the toilet in a room by itself, with a sink, and then the shower with two more sinks (for getting ready), in another room, with a hallway in-between. We had never seen any other house with anything like it, but it sounded like a good plan….and we have been BLOWN away by what a game changer it has been for our family! It is the perfect solution for having a one bathroom house! 3 people can be brushing teeth at the same time or using a mirror/sink at the same time, and anybody can go to the bathroom while someone is in the shower. Jake did a great job with that plan! And our contractor did an excellent job executing the plan, as well. Now for the fun part- pictures!
Here is the bathroom before:
Really old ceramic tub that had lots of mildew issues….
The door was to the left of the bathtub.
Looking into the bathroom from the kitchen- the tub/toilet on the left, the sink on the right with the laundry closet behind it.
Sink and laundry closet
Sink….the one, really small, really old sink with cracks in it. 🙂 But hey-we made it work for a long time!
Another view of the laundry closet- Jake had done an excellent job with my shelving in there!
And here is the bathroom, AFTER….
This is looking at the new bathroom “hallway” from our kitchen. The toilet room is on the left, the shower room on the right. This also created a space for us to put an antique piece as our linen “closet.”
A closer view of the hallway- each door way has a pocket door.
From the door way of the shower room. There is a pedestal sink on each side of the door, with a built-in medicine cabinet above each. We got the medicine cabinets from Pottery Barn, and we are so glad we invested in them! They are a major space saver, and they hold SO MUCH STUFF.
We also had our contractor put in a window up high, to let in natural light, but high so we don’t have to put curtains over it.
And here is the toilet room- a vanity with storage for the typical bathroom stuff- cleaners, toilet paper, etc., and another medicine cabinet that actually stores our medicine. 🙂
The toilet is actually in the same place it used to be, just turned a different way.
And now for the laundry room! Remember, it used to be IN our bathroom. I have ALWAYS wanted a separate laundry room, but I just assumed I would never have one if we stayed in our house….it may be my favorite part of all the renovations-I certainly spend a lot of time in there!
The laundry room is actually now behind the shower room. Or, if you are in the kitchen, it is to the right of the bathroom hallway.
Jake built me a beautiful new counter top. The antique piece in the corner was a piece of junk when we bought it, but Jake fixed it up and put in on casters, so it can be rolled away from the wall. It is covering the new electrical box. It is the perfect height to hold all my brooms, mops, vacuum, etc.
I am in LOVE with this utility sink-I’ve never had one, and we have already used the FIRE out of that thing!!
Just looking at this picture makes me so happy!
A better picture of the sink.
We already had this old antique counter. It used to house the kids’ art supplies, and it lived in Jake’s office. But now the kids are old enough that the art supplies can live in Josie’s room (another perk of having older kids!), so this got repurposed as storage and counter space for the laundry room.
Another view of the broom closet.
I LOVE this hanging rack Jake built. It makes folding laundry so easy!
This is the access to our new central heat and air unit. Our contractor did a great job making it look nice. 🙂
So there you have it! We are SO pleased with how it all turned out, and are still blown away that we were able to make all these changes to our house to make it so much more usable.