May 26, 2021
It's the fourth week of the One Room Challenge, and again, I want to first thank Linda Weinstein and media partner, Better Homes and Gardens. I'm honored to be a part of this as a featured designer this Spring.
Admittedly, in real time, were are almost finished with the primary bath. This is because we are moving (to Charlotte, North Carolina), so the room had to be finished for sale. It is now under contract, and if all goes as planned, by the last week of the ORC we will be weeks into a lease back period before moving in August. I'll update if anything changes. Cross your fingers.
This week, I'll talk about planning your installation when designing a primary bathroom with a fully gutted room. I'll also talk about a special part of the room that I am particularly excited about. These are the things to think about:
1. Will the layout stay the same, or will you be moving elements around? For our room, the layout is almost the same except we removed some partial walls. If you are moving any walls or removing as we did, make sure those are not load bearing, obviously. The shower is where the shower was, but it is a larger because there was a little alcove in front of it that we made part of the shower. Everything else stayed where it was.
2. Will you be moving any plumbing and electrical? For our room, we needed to move plumbing for the sinks slightly based on the new vanity design, and add spots for vanity lights. We also removed the recessed can that was above the old tub and centered it over the spot for the new tub. The new tub required the drain to be moved slightly and because we added a free standing faucet, that needed to be plumbed as well.
3. What do you need to budget for?
4. The order in which things should be done. In general, this is the order of installation:
As I mentioned, I'd also like to talk about a special part of the design that I'm crazy about, the vanity. I wanted a fluted front, floating vanity. I was looking for vertical lines to contrast the circlular shapes in the room. After looking at tons of finished vanities online, we realized the largest finished size we could obtain in a timely manner was about 72" and it wouldn't be fluted as I was looking for. We also needed about 85" long or more. We could have done two smaller vanities, but I didn't want the gap between the two. Luckily, I was able to find a local carpenter who built a vanity to our specifications. It actually turned out to be less expensive and faster than buying a finished one online.
The new vanity is 85" wide and 24" h. It's fronts are solid fluted hickory. As opposed to glued or nailed on slats, the fronts are solid wood that was routed to create the fluting. There are two deep front drawers, and we included electrical outlets on the sides of the vanity. On the sides, we will also be installing towel rings. Below is the sneakiest peek I can give you without giving away more of the room. It's exactly as planned and I'm pretty gah gah over the results.
Tile shown is from sponsor, The Tile Shop:
Ivory Matte Imperial Hex
Pink Gloss Imperial Hex
Faucet Shown is from Sponsor, Build With Ferguson:
Kohler Purist Faucet
Ginger Jar from sponsor, Ebay In future posts you will see that I got A LOT of vintage and new finishing touches from Ebay, and I couldn't be more impressed. I've been a member of Ebay since 2001... 20 years. I'm kind of a big fan.
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