Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bathroom Reno Before/After

Due to popular request:
(this is pretty much stolen from my IRL blog....)


But what was wrong with your old bathroom?

I'll tell you.

Ok, I will admit, the picture doesn't look so bad, right?  Let's look in more detail!

Starting from the top:
  • No insulation.  Not just no insulation, no heating either.  Cold, cold, cold.  See those ugly tiles?  They are freezing!  Also no insulation means hella condensation when someone takes a nice warm shower.  It is flat roof above this room - one would think a little bit of insulation would not go to waste here!
  • Window is old and cold and leaky.  AND - look at it!  It barely opens!  On a hot summer day when you want AIR - well, you can have that little square's worth.  Boourns!
  • No room for fat people.  Like, for reals.  It is quite tight in there.  To give you an idea of space - if I (not even pg me, just regular me) stood between the sink and the wall there, both hips would touch.  Tight!
  • No storage.  Ok, ok, if we hadn't been planning on renovating, we would have put some storage in by now, but for now we still use this (ghetto) plastic bin.  Not super classy.
  • Sink is cracked.  Well, ok.... I suppose that doesn't matter.  But it is SO small.  I dislike pedestal sinks, except in powder rooms.  I wear contacts, you have to put them on the edge of the sink when you put them in!  I need more space, man!
  • Bath tub overflow drain LEAKS.  This isn't ok.  It made rain in our basement.  :(  Sure, it could be fixed.  But it would be quite a tight job next to our toilet with no space back there.  I will be in labour in about ~31 days - I will need a tub to do some of the labouring in!  A nice relaxing tub, which this ain't.  Also, the tub needs re-enamelling.  But whatev, we're getting a soaker tub in the new bathroom.
  • Toilet rocks.  You laugh.  Is true.  Not the good kind of rocks.  The kind you hope doesn't mean there is water damage somewhere.  And feels weird when you're doing your business.  Super hard to fix - the floor is not level back there.  Also there is also some old paint/mud on the tiles back there, so it never looks clean.  Poot.
  • And finally - the floor is ugly.  Not a reason in itself to tear the entire washroom down, but while we're at it, this will be upgraded.

Window is in!  Standing right next to it isn't even cold!  Imagine in summer all the air we can have in the room - woah!  That is some black engineered stone around it.

And our beautiful custom cabinets turned out faboo (they are black wood grain, not sure if it shows up in the photo).  Soon we'll add decorative things to the shelf there.  So much extra storage, we don't know what to do with ourselves!

And our new deep tub - it is still begging me to have a bubble bath in it - soon, soon, my friend.  (Hello, LABOURing in the tub!  Should be ideal for it!)

Our new vanity.  Matches the cabinets above.  That is an IKEA sink, actually.  Just the sink though.  We liked how it has the raised edge in the back, so no worry about grout eventually failing and needing to be redone.  Not shown but turned ON is the pot light we have installed over the sink, to provide a squidge of extra light to do one's makeup.  And you can see the conveniently located plug to power one's hairdryer as well.

Also, checkout the rad faucet!  DH picked it.  Very cool.  We just saw it lying around our contractor's shop, and we were like - "We want that one".

Man, are you seeing all this storage?  We have room for Appleseed's future bath toys x a million!  Wheeeeee!

The above can be titled "View from the commode".  That white slim line thing is our new electric heater.  "Electric heater?"  you ask in a crazed voice.  Yes.  It is fancy and uses less energy than it's other heating friends.  Fanless, so it is more like a radiator.  It has a thermostat so it keeps the room at a constant temp.  Remember, this room had no heating before.  And we tore down the duct that would have come to this neck of the woods by removing the wall downstairs.

An amazing thing - insulated walls, plus heat, plus stronger fan (not shown) - we can shower and the walls are DRY.  Yes, even my super steamy showers!  WOW.  Old bathroom had crying walls at every shower, even DH 's not-super-steamy ones.  Not tested yet is a long luxurious hot bath (will probably have to wait until after Appleseed arrives, I worry about damaging her).

And what is a bathroom/washroom/restroom without a throne?  Shown above is our new one.  So pretty!  Does not rock!  (Found out part of labour will be on the toilet [backwards, lid closed] - we giggled to ourselves thinking of the old one!  That would NOT have been suitable!).  Two buttons for coolness.  No-slam lid.  One piece, for easy cleaning.

Shown in various photos is my dream floor - marble hexagon tiles.  I think they go very well in our 80 year old house.  Black grout - grout (especially floor grout) eventually gets dirty - here, these are now 'pre-dirty', so you won't see how the edges are clean but the center got dirty over the years.  This was our one splurge of the reno.  I love it.  Have best DH ever for letting me get it (helps that the overall bathroom size is small, so even though sq ft cost is high, it is not outrageous).

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