We partnered with Lowe’s once more, however this time we’re reworking our grasp lavatory! In half 1 of this 2-part collection, we’re planning, demolishing, and roughing within the plumbing and electrical.

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The lavatory in our home, just like the mudroom, hasn’t been up to date because it was inbuilt 1983. Normally, that would not be a downside, to replace it, you possibly can simply add some new fixtures and paint the partitions. But this lavatory has a funky structure. There are two showers and if you stroll into the room, you look straight at the bathroom (and anybody who could also be on it). So fairly than simply updating the cosmetics, I’ve determined to fully transform the toilet by altering and simplifying the structure in addition to performing some a lot wanted beautification.

This plan entails eradicating the devoted stand-up bathe at one finish of the room and transferring the bathroom to its extra discrete location. The bathe/tub combo that can also be within the room shall be changed with a extra trendy, tile and glass bathe. And within the awkwardly-large house that the bathroom as soon as occupied will home a soaking tub.

Moving these fixtures additionally means shifting drains and provide traces from beneath the ground. I am fairly lucky that I have entry to those traces from my basement store. So I needed to reroute and exchange among the drain traces to accommodate the brand new rest room place, switching across the bathe, and including the bathtub. While the room was gutted, I additionally wished so as to add some new lighting and a new vent fan. It’s going to be a lot of labor, however we’ll sort out it one piece at a time.

Demolition may be probably the most daunting and/or probably the most enjoyable a part of any transform. Most householders have a pure affinity to smashing holes of their partitions, which is totally comprehensible. But in our case, there are only a few components on this room that want to remain. I poked round earlier than the hammer fell and found that one wall scheduled for elimination was housing some essential vent traces and water provide traces that go to the second ground. I am very glad that I figured that out early so I did not unintentionally smash one thing else in the home.

After that, It was time to interrupt issues. We rigorously eliminated the vainness and counter-top that may finally be reinstalled, Ginny smashed some pointless partitions, and Josh ripped out a bunch of drywall. Most bathe/tub inserts have a lip that’s coated up by drywall, so don’t fret about being cautious to not smash the partitions, it is simpler to only exchange the sheetrock the place vital later.

Once the inserts have been eliminated and the bathroom was taken out, I ripped up the linoleum ground and eliminated the ugly wallpaper. I patched any holes within the partitions that have been staying, however aside from that, we had a clear slate.

I lower out the previous rest room drain pipe (it wasn’t disgusting), the previous bathe drain, and the previous bathe/tub drain and began from scratch. This was a lot of measuring, chopping, and gluing in fittings, however all of them lastly lined up with the holes within the ground.

Disclaimer* if you happen to aren’t completely assured in your electrical skills, rent an electrician!

I ran new traces to 2 packing containers above thew vainness for brand spanking new sconce lighting and in addition went up into the attic and ran new packing containers for 3 extra ceiling lights. Two pendant lights would hag above the bathroom and the bathtub, and I added a moisture-rated, recessed gentle above the bathe. I additionally rigged up a new gentle change and exhaust fan.

Again, we would wish to thank Lowe’s for sponsoring this venture and take a look at Part 2 of the Bathroom Remodel.

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