The bathroom is our focus for the next few weeks - we have to get it into living shape to move in! If we could reconfigure the bathroom ideally, I think it would be like this:
Things I love about this design:
- Big shower with glass so you can easily steam
- Window ledge for plants or 900 bottles of conditioner
- Extended vanity with enough space to put cosmetics / candle / life
- Medicine cabinet storage to keep things away
- Wide marble tile on wall in the shower
I love a nice big shower stall with a super useful shelf. However, we have been told by multiple people that stripping out a bathtub is a huge mistake (for re-sale value). Eventually we want to put in a master bath with a shower, so we should probably keep the bathtub in.
And, if we keep the bathtub in, we will probably keep that cast iron beast in there to save money and preserve the heritage of the house. But, we have to make the bathtub (and the whole bathroom) more functional!
OK, this one is not so bad. I love the tile and the weird shelf is helpful, but where is the shower curtain?
This looks like a bathroom only used for soaking with a book while gazing at the Eiffel Tower. Super great for Paris, not so great for us!
This one is slightly more practical - it has a shower curtain - but one that takes up a huge amount of the tub space.
On a different note - I love the bold tile on the floor and the simple tile on the walls - super gorgeous and fun for a small space. I think it's a lot of look for us, but still really beautiful.
I like this one because of the super useful lip - but again no shower curtain?
How do people shower?
But here is my dream bathroom for that space:
Things I LOVE about this:
- Glass framing so no shower curtain
- Seat / ledge for extra space built right in
- Window ledge for a plant
- Super clean look even though it has a bathtub
- Good placement with the toilet so the room feels bigger than it is
- Build in shelf for shampoo
- Subway tile surround is clean and simple
We'll see! I don't know what we're going to do with that clawfoot tub...
We are in the final count down to move into our house!
We are basically planning on living in a construction zone, but as long as we have one dedicated, clean space and a serviceable bathroom, we will be ok. However, our bathroom leaves a lot to be desired..
When we bought this house we loved the floors but they turned out to be disappointingly thin and in bad shape. Then we pulled up the carpets upstairs and found this super thick pine. We found the same downstairs!! . . . . . . . #renovation #americanfours
#carpet stripping - two different sets of tacks and 100 year old nails! . . . . . . . #renovation #americanfoursquare #beforeandafter #design #interiordesign #inspo #homedecor #diy #homeimprovement #goals #fixerupper #thisoldhouse #moneypit #dream #remod
Closing up after a long #weekend of #work ! . . . . . . . #renovation #americanfoursquare #beforeandafter #design #interiordesign #inspo #homedecor #diy #homeimprovement #goals #fixerupper #thisoldhouse #moneypit #dream #remodel #construction #build #re
View from under the 100 year old #stairs! Lots of love (and repairs) have worn these down! . . . . . . . #renovation #americanfoursquare #beforeandafter #design #interiordesign #inspo #homedecor #diy #homeimprovement #goals #fixerupper #thisoldhouse #mon
Presto chango! Ripping out sad #carpet and finding #wood ! Weird painted wood but wood none the less! Do we refinish and preserve? #thisoldhouse #renovation #moneypit #2ndandocean #newjersey #house #americanfoursquare
Time to tear it all up! S loves to open up walls to understand how all the ducting works, and so we can see what is inside. We are a little concerned that the wall between the living room and dining room (the green one) may be load bearing. There are also some seriously old boards in there, so we will likely just modify any ducting and wiring, then close it back up.
The dining room (the green room) has a really strange material on the walls, but it looks fairly new (probably from the 80s) with textured plaster. The wide bead board is very cool and we will probably recreate it once we seal the house up.
You can also see the water damage we mentioned in the last post - directly underneath the shower.
I can't help but think that they ceilings look a little bowed...
And here is some ducting - really, really weird. I'm a little concerned that this is asbestos so we are going to bring in a professional to remediate. It's not worth it.
And yes - we are wearing masks to do this work!
Day 1 of having the house, we have been wondering about these beams. What are they doing? Are they structural?
If they are real, we definitely want to keep them (and refinish), but our suspicion is that they are a sweet architectural detail added later.
It would be really weird for such heavy beams to be on a first floor, especially in construction likes this.
Also, when you're on the top floor.. it doesn't really feel that sturdy. I'm not sure if that is good or bad!
We also have a total cool dropped ceiling in the dining room (jk, it's weird) that we are looking to raise. Our ceilings are 8 feet so any inches we can claw back are welcome!
When we bought the house, we hoped we could take them down. They look like basic office ceiling tiles, so why not just rip it down?
BOOM! What IS this?
Furring strips (we think) with staples. They're not load bearing, so we can take them down. Lucky us... there was also SURPRISE water damage!