It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks – in the best way! Our first floor bathroom was finally demolished, Kim’s parents visited for 8 days, and we hosted a fun and packed few days for our friends in town. So admittedly, the timing of this bathroom renovation was less than ideal, but Kim’s parents have seen our home in much greater disarray, and the Petersiks and the Marcums are no strangers to construction! Our contractor had an opening in his schedule the week before All the Visits, so we jumped at the chance and had them get to work. Here’s where we stand now:
Here’s how the bathroom’s looking now:
You can see that the tile work is complete, and we think it’s absolutley stunning! Usually, our contractor will bring our spaces to ‘finish-ready’ condition, meaning that we take over to handle trim, tile, paint, and fixtures after the rough work is done. But with our overflowing plates being full with other projects this time around, we set some extra funds aside and had our contractor and his crew complete the tile, too. It was quite the treat, and we’re happy to say that they did fantastic work!
The niche was originally intended to be located on the back wall of the shower. That wall, however, backs up to the exterior of the house, so squeezing a niche between the studs wasn’t an option. We pivoted and determined that a wide niche set into the plan’s existing ledge bump out was the next best solution. We’ll consider this a happy accident, as the back wall is now tiled floor-to-ceiling without any recesses. The lack of interruption draws the eye up and makes the nearly ten foot tall ceilings feel even taller!
Both the niche, the long ledge above it and the shower curb will receive slabs of quartz that we picked out from the remnant stack at a local fabricator. The color of the stone we chose – a soft grey with veining reminiscent of marble – will play perfectly with the variation in the shower tiles, and it should tie in nicely to the marble vanity top as well! We’re waiting on pins and needles for the call from our fabricator letting us know the slabs are ready for pickup! Our contractor will come back to install the stone, and then the glass fabricator will stop by for shower wall measurements.
It’s rare that we encounter more than one happy accident in the same space. The transom window, however, grew by almost 18″ when we discovered that the existing soffit was unnecessary! With a clever rerouting of the HVAC vent for the bathroom and the workshop behind it, the troublesome soffit is now a distant memory. The transom will also receive a ledge of the same quartz we’re using on the ledge, niche and shower curb. We’re incorporating a small overhang that will act as a small shelf for a couple of happy plants, which will add a nice punch of color to the room. (It’s going to be adorable.)
The same fabricator that will be taking care of the shower wall will also be handling the frosted glass transom window. It’s absolutely amazing how much light is able to pass through the space with the wall now partially open to the workshop! You can see that there’s a small piece of wood trim in the transom, which will eventually be painted white so that it blends away.
The Plumbing Stack
The location of the newly repaired plumbing stack also forced us to alter our plans. We knew we wanted to recess the mirrored medicine cabinet we chose, but the immovable stack sits right behind the new vanity placement. (We should have remembered this from our master bathroom, which sits directly above this one!) The original plan called for the ledge to run wall-to-wall, but our contractor had a great idea; what if we bump the wall out where the mirror would go, which will also act as a feature wall for the vanity? This will make room for the main plumbing stack, give us our recessed mirror and give us an interesting design feature. Kim wasn’t so sure at first, but without another option, we forged ahead, and now we both agree that it looks pretty good! We think it’s going to make even more sense once we add the board and batten.
The bathroom is inching closer to completion! Trim work and board and batten got started over the weekend, and we’ll be moving on to paint soon. The quartz slabs should be ready any day now, then it’ll be time for the glass, and finally, the toilet and vanity connections. We’re thisclose to having a bathroom that functions better than the one it replaced in every way! Patience is tough, but after living with the disfunction of the old bathroom for almost six years, what’s a few more weeks, right?
PS: Our bathroom source list and mood board can be found right here!