Monday, March 15, 2010

It's Begun! Bathroom Remodel Part 1 - Pocket Door

10 months or so ago I posted about our desire to redo our master bathroom and I'm happy to say that we've (or rather, Matt) started it! After we went to Bedford Springs resort last May we both really wanted to rip out our builder's basic bath and remake it to our taste. Here's some pictures that we're drawing inspiration from:

Guest bath at Bedford Springs Resort

Featured bath from TOH September 2006

Victorian-style vanity from I have no idea where

The first step in this process is the 'water closet' or the toilet 'room'. This is a dark little room with nothing in it but a light fixture and the toilet. Seriously. The floor plan (below, I had to reverse it to give you our 'as built' plan) shows a window and a linen closet in this room, as well as a swinging door. We only had the door, which would completely block access to any storage cabinet. I also just noticed, the toilet in the plan was toward the inside of the house. Ours in on the outside wall; consequently, sometimes in the winter when it's really cold and windy the pipes freeze and it won't flush. Lovely. (The shower drain also freezes, we are really looking forward to fixing THAT problem!)
Home of future pocket door

Home of future window

Home of future storage cabinet

Some pictures of the rest of the bathroom - our eventual goal is to replace the tile, install a tile shower, replace the vanity, lighting, etc.

Saturday morning Matt removed the original door to the water closet & cut into the drywall to install the pocket door kit. Pocket doors are SO under utilized. I know they're a pain for builders to install, but they save so much space! Anyway.

New header and studs installed.
The door (10-light french door!) is currently being painted,
hopefully for installation by this weekend.

And of course, no project is complete without small people watching and 'helping'. Or in this case, seeing how tall Sarah is :)

I can't tell you how excited I am that this project has actually been started! We've been talking about it for almost a year, and it will probably take that long to get finished, but I'm ok with that as long as there's somewhat steady progress. I've discovered this weekend, much to Matt's dismay, that I really really really like tearing apart the house and changing it :) Now to figure out how to make some money doing that...


  1. How exciting! Sounds like some major changes going on!! I can't wait to see the progress!

    I too am just starting a bathroom redo! Mine on a smaller scale and a $150.00 budget! I've got the 'new' vanity from Craigslist...and that's it so far. I've got to clean it to take a before picture! Ha!

  2. Your bathroom looks neat even before the re-do! I love the inspiration pics. I can't wait to see it done!
    My inlaws have a water closet, I LOVE that thing. I just wanna go in there and sit and do nothing. Not even go to the bathroom, you know, just hide and stuff. :)

  3. I'm in the midst of bathroom renos as well. Only we have 3 bathrooms to do - but none of them are very big. We've only just started and I'm already ready for it to be done! :)

  4. Oh, how exciting! I was nervous at the last picture...I thought there was a haircut in the works.

  5. Looks great so far! I have a renovation to do as well, however my potty is much smaller. I'm just going to toss in a grenade and start over.

  6. Jen, I can't wait to see your finished remodel. So exciting!!!

  7. Cannot wait to see the progress. So exciting!

  8. How exciting! We can never rip anything out of our house because my husband wouldn't know how to fix it.

    We call people....

  9. That is so exciting! A pocket door is such a great idea in that space! I don't know why they put real doors in those little toilet rooms. We have one too with a real door.

    I can't wait to see the remodel as it unfolds! Good luck!


  10. I'm so excited for you! I get "stuck" with home remodelling because I think it will cost to much of money we don't have, or I have no idea what I want to it must be very exciting for you to finally make the first step....big high 5!! I am hoping I will be inspired and get unstuck!

  11. How do you do it all? I do well to make sure my 4 kids are fed and have clean clothes to wear. I am so impressed that you and your hubby are remodeling. Looks like it going to be beautiful! Love that last picture of the kids!

  12. The anticipation and planning are my FAVORITE parts - how fun!

  13. I was following your posts this weekend on FB. I love what you're doing with the bathroom!!! I really love the color on the walls. I can't wait to see the final project!

    Are you ready for the NM DVD release this Friday?! :)

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  14. Ooooh, how fun! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

    Oh and P.S. Do you really need ALL that toilet paper in your bathroom? :)


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