Two Bathrooms in Space Made for One

We're wrapping up the reveal of the Banda Bungalow today and think you'll love this last reveal as much as I do. In case you missed our previous posts, we went over the Exterior Transformation and how we turned this cute little house into a Pretty In Pink showcase, and then covered the 'entertaining' spaces of the house which walked you through the Living Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen transformations. If you didn't get a chance to read those already, just head over to the blog to get caught up.

Before Hallway - Wasted Space #beforeandafter
Before Hallway View from the Back Bedroom

Wasted Space

So now we are down to the bathrooms and bedrooms of this renovation and I hope you'll be amazed at what we were able to come up with. Nothing makes me happier than being able to utilize every single square inch of a house into a functional space which is exactly what we did here. As I mentioned previously, this house was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath with a huge hallway which was completely wasted space. The hallway had a washer/dryer closet to the right and served as the entrance to both the back bedroom and the only bathroom in the house. The tiny bathroom also was set up as a Jack-and-Jill which meant that two of the walls were taken up by doors. While the original plan was to create one great bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a soaker tub (a must according to my client), it felt like we were beating our heads against a wall trying to make it happen.

Banda-Before Bathroom #beforeandafter
Before Bathroom with Original Window Enclosed

Banda-Before Bathroom #beforeandafter
Before Bathroom

The Solution

After countless lay-outs that simply weren't cutting it, we switched our thought process and decided to create two bathrooms in the same space rather than one. If you'll remember from last week's post, the washer and dryer were relocated to the enclosed porch off of the kitchen so they were no longer a factor in this space. This new solution created two things: a private master suite (which is always a bonus), and greater resale value with two full baths for down the road (although my client swears she's here for a while!). It was absolutely the greatest use of this square footage and while it was an added cost on the front end, we both felt like it would be worth it in the end.

Guest Bedroom and Bathroom

Since the back bedroom had two closets, we were able to repurpose the one closest to the dining room by removing the back wall to create an entrance to the bedroom. We also did make the decision to tear out the other closet that was poorly designed and built and turned it around so that the room has a larger feel and you can get a queen size bed to fit. One key trick to making a built-out closet seem original is to make sure the detailed trim is carried out. So in this instance, we used the same door and casing but also made sure to continue the picture molding around the top and the baseboards along the bottom for a cohesive look.

Now that the wall where the bedroom door was previously located was freed up, we had just the right amount of space to create a guest bathroom. We planned this room literally down to the inch so much so that I made the guys bring in a toilet (before drywall was up) to make certain that the door could swing inward and miss the toilet. It's the small things like this that make a difference in a small space and because I'm a visual person, I sometimes have to ask the guys to go the extra mile to make sure we've got it right. The depth of the room is the absolute minimum - 60 inches - which allows for a standard size tub to fit. So the lay-out is simple: (L to R) toilet, custom vanity, tub/shower.

While the shower surround is a great crosshatch pattern of classic subway tiles, the custom vanity really steals the show in this bathroom. My client is a librarian and she wasn't kidding when she said she had a lot of vintage card catalogs (they're all throughout her house). Right from the beginning she said she wanted to use some of the card catalogs to build her bathroom vanities so that's exactly what we did. We were able to add some simple legs to the base of the unit, I added one of my signature cedar countertops, and then we topped it off with a vessel sink and modern faucet. It turned out great if I do say so myself.

Master Suite

Since we were smart about only using what space was absolutely needed for the guest bathroom, all of the remaining hallway space was available to be used in the master bathroom. Remember, we were looking to add both a walk-in shower and a soaker tub along with a standard toilet and another custom vanity. And guess what, everything fit perfectly! We removed the wall that previously housed the hallway entrance which opened up the space but left the other walls and doorway in tact.

We replaced the large window with a smaller one so that we could create the walk-in shower in the same space the tub was in previously. The shower design is once again the crosshatch pattern but this time with black grout and a sliding double glass door which keeps the feel of the room more open.

To the left of the shower is the second custom vanity once again making good use of the card catalogs my client has held onto over the years. I personally call this hoarding but she likes to call it collecting. ;-) This time we left it in it's natural wood state but added sleek legs that accommodate a shelf on the bottom for additional storage. On top we had a piece of quartz cut to size and added another vessel sink and modern faucet to finish off the look. (Hint: In order to minimize costs, we used the same quartz as we did in the kitchen so they could be installed on the same day and cut from the same lot.)

On the far left wall we were able to add a large soaker tub with the faucet handles mounted on the wall. (Hint: Be sure to think through these type of details before plumbing rough-in begin and certainly before the sheetrock goes up.) This was an absolute must-have for my client so much so that she was initially willing to give up the walk-in shower if it meant she had to decide between one or the other. Luckily, she didn't have to make that call. This bathroom was painted a pretty shade of peachy pink - Behr Cockleshell MQ1-31 - and with a few brass accessories, the room was complete.

And because my client has super cool taste, here are a few pictures of her master bedroom.