Well.. now you know why this is called a "shotgun bathroom remodel". After looking at different layouts, showers, tile, etc. online (Houzz, Pinterest), it was now time to put it into action.
While this bathroom has served us for almost 6 years, we had realized very early on that the functionality could have been significantly improved for our lifestyle. There are several reasons we knew (or hoped) this day would come and the first reason was the shower. The shower is very cramped and there is no where to put shampoo or soap. Sometimes you would hit your elbow on this little protruding thingy in the wall as you bring your arms down from washing your hair. Only a couple of make-shift "soap/shampoo caddies" could be found given the narrow size options (one I had to turn upside down to actually work.. but it did). The caddies would also rust.. and then you have chunks of rust on the shower floor when they are bumped. The shower door is also very high maintenance with it's brass channels and grooves around the opening.. a popular spot for mold, mildew and general slimy grossness (I don't have the time, nor inclination, to get down on my hands and knees with a toothbrush in order to get the channels clean). Have I mentioned I wasn't a fan of this shower? Here is the shower before we started the demolition (which Steve loved to do):
And here is what the shower looks like today (below). It will be a ceramic tiled walk-in shower. Once the plastic molded shower unit was pulled out, there was a lot more room so we were very excited about that! Our Golden Retriever, Maggie, will also love this new shower. In our old house where we had a ceramic tiled walk-in shower, she used it as her little house. It was quiet and cool... and she laid in there all the time. We're doing this.. for Maggie, you know!
Did I mention how EASY it is to clean a ceramic tiled walk-in shower? If I didn't, it's EASY!
The next item that just wasn't useful to us is this big, beautiful Kohler whirlpool tub. Some people would kill for this tub... we've used it once in almost 6 years. They say if you don't wear certain clothing in a year, you should donate or get rid of it. I think it's time for this bathtub. It takes a long time to fill up with water and because of it's size, takes up a lot of precious floor space that I would rather have for storage. So, out it goes. We will be either selling or donating the tub, toilet and sinks because they are all a matching set of Kohler products that we know weren't cheap. The tub was great for refilling the dog water bowls.. and also for collecting dust. Have you ever swept out or vacuumed your bathtub? I have.
Another thing it was good for was washing/soaking window blinds. Mmmm.... No, I'd still rather have extra storage (something I need and will use).
Any soaking will continue to be done in the hot tub outside in the winter.. or in the standard bathtub upstairs in our guest bathroom. We're making room for a bathroom that will be more functional for us (and, um.. Maggie).
Here are a few "before" and "current" pictures of the bathroom.
|Shower is gone as are the sinks (tub still there covered up with a paint cloth)|
|Down to the studs! Evidence of mice chewing on wires.. not good! Insulation will help that!|
|The closet door opening will move a little more to the left and will be replaced with a pocket door.|