Lower level bath
Unfortunately, the entire lower level in this home was destroyed by water damage and all the flooring, soft goods, and drywall had to be removed. The drain lines for the lower level had to be replaced and the concrete repaired prior to us finishing any room. This bathroom was always a catch all with fiberglass drop ceiling, poor lighting, questionable storage, and sub-par fixtures.
Our solution was to open up the space without changing the actual footprint of the bathroom. We removed the drop ceiling and installed a drywall ceiling and soffit to hide plumbing and venting. We added more ceiling lights, including one over the shower, and a new vanity light. We installed longer wood plank flooring staggered every 10” to make the room feel bigger. We also used the same plank flooring inside the shower with an accent panel of coordinating subway tile installed as a herringbone pattern.
With white plumbing fixtures and oil rubbed bronze accents, we were able to brighten up the entire room, make it feel spacious, and allow for considerably more storage for towels. Because this is a lower level guest bath, the owner didn’t want installed cabinets, opting instead for an open, clean look.
Lower level craft room
During that time of damage from the water, the homeowner realized she wanted a creative space, where she could do sewing, paper crafts, photography and any other endeavor that required using up a lot of space. He agreed, but wanted a door on the room so it could be closed at the end of the day.
The result was turning a bedroom into a craft room, complete with storage, window bench for reading, bookcases for display shelves, a white board and a cork board for ideas and sketches, and a large flat table for fabrics and scrapbooking.
With waterproof carpet, a waterproof carpet pad (just in case the unthinkable would happen again), warmer toned cabinets, and lighter counters to easily see all those little items, plus tons of new light fixtures, this craft area has turned into a space the owner uses almost daily.
While this guest bath was very functional, it also was a bit dated and lacked storage. Our main challenge was to open up the visual footprint of the bathroom without changing the walls or plumbing location.
Solution? Remove the fiberglass tub, replace with a deeper soaking tub surrounded by slate tile with an accent border. Open a glass panel in the wall at the foot of the shower to allow more light into the shower area. And, increase the vanity size by sliding the sink to the far end of the vanity and adding shallow storage for the remainder of the vanity, providing a more open walkway, plenty of counter room, and an increase in storage.
The result is a very rich, warm, colored bathroom, now with plenty of walkway and storage, as well as the spaciousness the bath needed. With new light fixtures, the glass in the wall and a full-length mirror, the bath received a much needed space expansion, without changing the exterior walls. Warm toned cabinets, slate tile, a glass and slate accent, and rich wall color make for a nice, inviting space for guests.
what we did
- Remodel of Lower level bath
- Lower level craft room
- Guest bathroom.