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Our bathroom remodel

Monday, December 24, 2012

We had a goal to remodel our 7 x 8 bathroom, to make it safer and also appear larger. I believe we have transformed our bathroom into a beautiful calming space with elements that enhance and make the bathroom seem larger. Several have asked to see the photos and so here, as promised, is our bathroom.

Our bathroom remodel is a modern classic look via a transitional style. Using the Kohler Devonshire toilet & sink as our starting point we attempted to blend this classic/ traditional Old world look with the modern features of the shower hence this is a transitional style blending the classic/ traditional style with the modern/ contemporary styles together. After saying all THAT what we really did was make it like we wanted it because it is important to like what you use daily and not be bothered with what someone in the future will like.

The primary emphasis on the remodel was for health benefits. It includes utilizing several materials, such as wood, marble, ceramic and porcelain. It also includes fixtures such as a walk-in shower that has two shower heads with multiple positions. ADA handicap bars in the shower & bathroom. Comfort height toilet for comfortable seating with reduced water flow (that works) as well as the added feature of self-closing seat! One feature you cannot see is the foam insulation that was put between the outer walls of the bathroom to impede mold and mildew as well as better insulation.

In our small bathroom enlarging our window or adding another window for light was not an option and so we utilized light colors and mirrors to reflect natural light. Since we could not enlarge the room it made sense to utilize and open the space as much as possible. This was done by opening one’s view with the clear glass shower doors that extend your view all the way to the ceiling! This opens about 3 feet of space in the bathroom. We also painted the bathroom and linen closet doors and new baseboard trim white to add light, blend the styles together and have the different aspects of the room work together.

We added the Devonshire pedestal sink to easily allow a walker or wheel chair to gain access to the bathroom. While this is a pedestal sink it is deeper than our original sink and with the new faucet it very easy to operate. Since we removed the sink cabinet, we added a built-in flush mounted mirrored medicine chest for the cotton balls, q-tips, tooth paste, shaver, etc we use daily. This flush mounted mirrored medicine chest is the perfect light-reflecting piece for a small bathroom. It adds space and storage too! We also mounted the electric toothbrush at the side of the sink.

We wanted lots of light since we have a lot of gray days and not only the weather but also bad lighting can make a room seem small & dreary. With the new light fixtures mounted above the sink there is more light while using less wattage and we have taken care of that issue nicely. We used brushed nickel/ satin finish stainless for fixtures throughout.

The style also includes moisture loving plants as part of the décor and functionality of the bathroom as well as a special shower mat that absorbs moisture and allows for safe footing in the bathroom. Towels and blankets made from willow are being added as others wear out. A new larger and quieter exhaust fan and light help to vent moisture from the room.

We painted the linen closet inside and out to brighten and the bathroom floor now continues into the linen closet.

So with out beautiful tile bed in the shower of several shades of tan, the shower walls of white ceramic tile that casts a pink hue to the room, the light brown porcelain floor tiles and the dark veined marble accent pieces with matching pencil in the shower area, I am quite please with what we have accomplished.

Cream colored towel sets and dark brown sets were purchased to compliment the new colors in the bathroom as well as a new floor mat in cocoa and the tan colored foam shower mat for safety. I even found a lovely wooden wastebasket!

The final piece I hope is to find a working louvered shutter for the bottom half of the window…if that doesn’t happen soon I will put a 1” wood shutter on the wall to match the oak trim of the window.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OFFICIALOLDY 12/29/2013 9:30AM

    I loved your blog! We, too, are remodeling our very small master bath. The bath/shower has been inoperable for too many years. My husband has taken the floor and walls down to the studs. At this point we have insulation in the outer wall and a sub-floor down; next step appears to be roughing the plumbing back in. I liked your 'bathroom blog' so much, I think I will start my own. Terrific job on yours!

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TEALHAWK 1/2/2013 2:10PM

  great job! looks nice. We will be doing whole house remodeling. After 31 years and the 4 houses we have lived in, we have have had nothing but white walls. After our wood stove smoked us out real bad, now hubby says it is time for some colored walls, so yeah! We can have walls with color on them. our kitchen is already looking different. We put up blue/and grayish tiles up and some have stainless steel on them too.

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NERAUS 12/30/2012 9:27AM

    It looks great. Nice job.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/25/2012 5:07PM

    emoticon Very nice! ............. great transformation and much thought ............ love the sink too! (U will enjoy!)

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NISSANGIRL 12/25/2012 2:32PM

    Looks beautiful! great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 12/25/2012 1:15PM

    Very nice! We want to change over to a walk in shower too thanks for the ideas...enjoy! And Merry Christmas!

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DEE107 12/25/2012 12:06AM

    very nice love it thanks for sharing

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SIMPLY4DHEART 12/24/2012 7:35PM

    Oh that is awesome Dusty, just in time for Christmas. Wow, it's amazing how much a remodel can do, even in small spaces. I enjoyed seeing images of this remodel. emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 12/24/2012 5:58PM

    It looks great, Dusty.

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OTEN36 12/24/2012 5:37PM

    Great Job!
Bathroom remodels are the scariest.
Such small spaces yet so important.
Merry Christmas
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