Because my husband spoils me, he made it a priority to tackle our first floor bathroom renovation. It is the first major project we've done in the house and the first time we've taken a room down to the studs.
First, a little tour so you can live it with me, this is what the bathroom looked like when we first viewed the house...
It is large with a nice big window. The closet that you see here holds mechanicals that run to the second floor bath room.
To the right of that closet is the toilet and the sink. Yes, you could wash your hands while sitting on the potty, if you were so inclined.
To the right of the toilet was a large-ish closet (for an old farmhouse) tucked under the stairs and the washer/dryer. Prior to moving in we widened the closet to hold our stacked washer/dryer, which freed up quite a bit of floor space. We lived with it this way for almost two years (floral wall paper and cozy toilet/sink arrangement and all) making plans!
We took the entire room down to the studs to be sure the wiring and plumbing were done correctly and to insulate the outside wall.
I can honestly say that when you're hip-deep in lath and plaster you question your sanity and resolve.
We planned a week to complete this project which we knew was ambitious but that's all hubby had off from work. We spent half of it in the demo phase. Lesson learned.
If it weren't for the kids I think we'd have shut and locked the door and left a room filled with lath and plaster.
And the finished product... From the entry doorway looking in... we still have the mechanicals closet but gave it a proper door so I have a bit of storage now as well. The toilet stayed in the same place.
The toilet still to the right of the closet... minus the sink.
And that closet with my stacked washer and dryer tucked under the steps.
Finally, we turned my Great Aunt Dorothy's dresser into a sink.
And one last pic looking back at the entry.
I'll share some later about our budget, my thought process in putting it all together, and the little details. And by special request... the toilet paper holder.