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What to do with a 74 year old bathroom

mlwoodland's picture

Need help with a major bathroom reno. Purchased this old home a month ago, and our first priority was upgrading the electrical from 60amp to 240, and removing all the old and hazardous wiring! Took awhile to find a good electrician and then for them to have the time, but that'll be finished this week. This bathroom now needs to go - desperately need a shower! We need to do as much of the reno ourselves as we can (the electrical upgrade was understandably expensive). To start, we'll tear out the tub and demo the 3/4 wall that sits between the bathroom and small room off the bathroom that didn't seem to serve a purpose. We wanted a double vanity but even a small-ish one will only fit on the same wall as the shower and I'm concerned that will look weird. We also want to tile the shower ourselves and maybe do a small glass partition (to separate the toilet) but otherwise leave it open - not even sure this is feasible! We also priced in-floor heating and it was reasonably priced, but again uncertain of doing this ourselves. After weeks of having plumbers cancel on us because they're too busy, we *may* have found one who's coming to look and quote us on moving the plumbing for the vanity and also convert tub to shower. Any advice appreciated!!Bathroom - from the door into the separate roomBathroom - from the door into the separate roomImageImageSmall room off bathroomSmall room off bathroomBathroom - looking into other small roomBathroom - looking into other small room

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Jay Mari's picture
Jay Mari

It seems that you have to widen the space in your bathroom to make more organized. 

peppersummers's picture

Hi,Wow, thumbs up that you're going to do most of the reno..This Bathroom Storage Tricks might help you.  ---------------DIY Home Renovation Tips

spersaud's picture

Hi, mlwoodland! Exciting that you're doing a bathroom reno. I'm not sure about installing heated flooring yourself, but I've heard lots about Nuheat:

In this online TV episode Cameron re-did a small bathroom and the glass-enclosed shower made the space seem roomier:

This video also has tips on tiling a backsplash:

Be sure to look at our Bathroom Design & Decorating Guide for more inspiration and planning tips!

Ali Kutlu's picture
Ali Kutlu

It would be nice to see a floor plan or dimensions of the rooms... My first advice would be removing radiator and installing heated you planned already... I would hang on glass seperation, just live with your bathroom few weeks and see how it can install glass anytime...

dytecture's picture

Hi mlwoodland, it's not completely clear just looking at the pictures.  Seems like there's a small room right beside the sink on the right when you open the door, where is the other small room with the ironing board located ?

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