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Downstairs Bathroom Remodel

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Original BathroomI’m still trying to find some progress pictures but here is the run down on the main floor bathroom remodel. When we first moved into the house, the mainfloor bathroom confused me. The toilet sat up on a raised platform, the sewer vent pipe was exposed, the layout was wrong, no outlets, etc. I can only speculate about the bathroom but I assume it was a “Oh shit we forgot a bathroom on the mainfloor” or the guy was just getting lazy (we’ve been told the original owner built the place himself). The first picture is from the RMLS listing of the house.


They dressed it up as much as they could when the house was on the market. The box was the biggest thing that got to me. Why was the toilet raised up on a box? Did they have trouble getting sewer grade? We wanted to tile the bathroom (pictured above is some fake vinyl tile) but the box would prove to be an issue.

I don’t know what it is but all the good progress pictures I take disappear from the camera. I can assume they are probably often deleted in a fury of trying to snap a cute picture of my daughter when she is sleeping with one of the cats.

We ended up breaking out the toilet platform which oddly enough was not needed. We then jackhammered up the floor to move the toilet a couple inches back and to the left. You may wonder if those few inches made a difference. The answer is yes. Have you ever seen a toilet with a nice 4 inch gap behind the toilet. It looks weird. And in this tiny bathroom it makes a huge difference. At the same time we relocated the sink to the same wall as the toilet.

After the sewer work, we repoured the floor. I pulled the drywall off (seriously some of the poorest mud work I have seen). Wired the room up for outlets, can lights, new fan, etc. While I had the drywall off, I noticed a lot of decay in the headers which ended up being a powder post beetle. After replacing the wood and spraying down for the critters. We drywalled up the room, painted, laid the tile and mounted the fixtures.

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Written by eod

May 13th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Posted in Bathroom Remodel