Reader Renovations Vol. 71 – Small Bathroom

by Prince Of Petworth June 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm 22 Comments




Ed. Note: If you have any renovation projects you’d be willing to share (bathrooms, kitchens, landscaping, anything at all) please send a few before and after photos with a bit of detail like cost, products used etc. via email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks to a reader for sharing his small bathroom renovation completed last week:

“The total cost of the project was about 11k but that included much more than a typical small bathroom renovation…It included replacing all of the galvanized plumbing, adding a skylight, moving a door opening, removing a closet, moving a radiator, rearranging and replacing the vanity, toilet and tub, and tiling. The layout before was terrible, so all the fixtures needed to be moved. One of the bedrooms had a closet that cut into the bathroom space, so that had to be removed and repaired in order to make the bathroom into a more usable rectangular shape (unfortunately someone lost a closet in their bedroom, but it had to be done to have a decent bathroom layout). It took about a month to complete.”

More renovated photos after the jump.




  • Props for bold wall colors.

    • dcreal

      I actually think the red wall detracts from the feeling of having just been renovated. Otherwise I like it and it’s refreshing to have a brand new everything bathroom.

  • JS

    Who was the contractor?

  • Anonymous

    very tasteful and demure.

  • looks great!

  • MPinDC

    This looks great – did you keep original floor tile? The floor looks similar to what I had in my 1936 bathroom until just recently. Did you notice a change in your water pressure when you replaced the pipes?

    • houseintherear

      I put that tile into my new-ish bathroom. It’s timeless, IMO, which is why I chose it. They have it in various colors at the Depot and Lowes.

  • Anonymous

    The choice of fixtures and furniture strikes me as a few years old but props on the skylight and enlarging the bathroom.
    One question: does the bedroom still have another closet or did it lose its only closet? If it were the latter, you’d be losing a legal bedroom.

    • Rob

      The closet was taken from the bedroom and added space to the bathroom, it was a very poor layout before and was impossible to open the door while using the sink. In terms of fixtures, they are all home depot/lowes and the toilet is actually a few years old

      • Anonymous

        Ouch. Do you have any possibility to add a built-in closet elsewhere in that room? A room without a closet cannot be counted as a bedroom legally, and it will probably hurt your property value.

        • Anonymous

          This is untrue. http://blog.wethmangroup.com/2010/04/09/bedrooms-defined/ outlines the requirements pretty well. Closets are nice, but the legal requirements for a bedroom include only its size and various aspects of its windows and other entrances/exits.

        • Rob

          The bedroom had 2 small closets before, so now its down to 1…although both were not very big…lots of houses on the block with the exact same layout have added a larger closet to the bedroom.

  • Emilie504

    Very nice!

  • h st ll

    Other than the tub color, I like the before more.

    And this is coming from someone who’s entire first floor and all hallways upstairs is blood red. No offense. Skylights are dope though.

  • I wish that I remembered to take before photos before these sorts of projects! We just renovated our bathroom ourselves (ripping out everything – none of it original to the house following a 70’s/80’s makeover at some point) and it is finally done. It was so much work, but is now beautiful and by far the best money/time I’ve ever spent. I must have photos of the beige/brass monstrosity somewhere…

  • JinDC

    I did very similar in our bathroom – same layout…I did white subway tiles all the way up with a black border and did the wall insert with two cut outs for more storage. looks great! good job!

  • Anon

    Who was your contractor? I’d love to do some work on my small bathroom (replace tub with a shower, which will entail moving the pipes as the showerhead/drain are awkwardly-placed, and re-tile the floor).

  • Formerly Broken jaw

    Very nice! I also have a black and white bath although I went with a Tiffany blue paint color and black and white framed photo prints. Recently I saw a black and white bath with a black toilet set cover–way cool! I’m thinking of doing it!

  • jumpingjack

    I love the red! I had that color as an accent wall in the living room in my old place. I got so many compliments on it.

  • textdoc

    I really like the black and white, and the plain white subway tiles.
    I’m not quite as keen on the wall of red, but it’s still a huge improvement over the ’70s gold tub/mirror and patterned white/’70s-gold tiles.

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like you got a lot done for a reasonable price. And you have a functional bathroom now.

    I like your choice of classic tiles for the floor and wall. Though I’d have continued the wall tiling to half-height (just above sink top height) on the wall with the sink and toilet as well, as that makes it easier to clean. I also would have installed a pedestal sink (or potentially wall-hung one, but I love pedestals) to make for more of a sense of spaciousness (you can see more floor space, and there’s less to bump into – that vanity really crowds the space, coming out to the doorway molding as it does.) I never miss the storage of vanities, maybe because I’ve lived in older houses and never have had them. I’d also have installed either a thin, or a recessed into the wall, medicine cabinet over the sink – it isn’t clear from the photos if that’s a cabinet or just a mirror. Oh, and in my opinion, the red wall detracts from the classic styling you used.


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