Saturday, October 9, 2010

Need More Living Space? Cut Your Bathroom In Half!







Huge garden tub
Huge garden tub....aka The Koi Pond. 
Cut your bathroom in half?

Yes!

We found ourselves in a predicament before the birth of our 4th child.  We live in a rather small house and don't have much room to spare. After weighing our options, it was best for us to stay put and somehow try to squeeze in more living area.  My first thought was our master bathroom.


Our master bathroom was a 12 x 14 gargantuan waste of space.  Every time I entered it, I became annoyed at the amount of under utilized space.

It became the target for our remodel....at first, we contemplated tearing it out all together and using it just as a bedroom.  But, after living with one bathroom for just a week - this was deemed unworkable.  (Just how did my parents grow up with larger families and only one bathroom????)

I became convinced that this room could be cut in half for dual use.....a baby's room AND a bathroom.  After much brain racking, my talented hubby found a plan to put this into action.

Pictures prior to remodel:
Double bowl sink
Double bowl sink
Built in shower
Built in shower
toilet
Self-explanatory!


It took a few months of ripping out, re-plumbing, framing, drywalling, mudding, laying flooring and painting - but 36 hours before the arrival of our bundle of joy, the room (or should I say rooms) were completed.  Instead of a monstrous master bath, we now have a little baby room and a smaller bathroom right off of our bedroom.

This added room should give us a few extra years in this house.....


Pictures from our 'new' bathroom:

New built-in shower where the Garden Tub once stood.
New built-in shower where the Garden Tub once stood.
Handmade linen closet
Handmade linen closet




Single bowl sink replaces old   shower
Single bowl sink replaces old  shower
A little cramped, but totally usable!
A little cramped, but totally usable!

 Pictures of our 'new baby's room'


Changing table where the old toilet stood
Changing table where the old toilet stood
Squeezed in a rocking chair between the doorway and closet
Squeezed in a rocking chair between the doorway and closet


High-boy sits where the old double bowl sink stood.
High-boy sits where the old double bowl sink stood.

Baby's crib complete with bedding used by three previous babies!
Baby's crib complete with bedding used by three previous babies!

We've already moved on to stage 2....the removal of the changing table and a soon addition of book shelf....

High-boy takes the place of changing table
High-boy takes the place of changing table
Rocking chair moves next to crib
Rocking chair moves next to crib








1 comment:

  1. What a stupendous idea!!!! I've always thought that these new master baths...that are typically larger than an average bedroom.....are a great waste of space. My least favorite household chore, cleaning a bathroom and to have it 3 times bigger than needed is more cleaning energy than I like :)

    Great job! It looks wonderful!

    God's Blessings

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