Demo’ing the Hall Bathroom

There’s something fun about completely taking a room down to the original studs and starting over. That’s certainly the story of demo’ing the hall bathroom.  It was interesting to say the least, and because of everything we uncovered during demo, the design/ layout plan for the room changed.

Introducing The Willow House by The Wood Grain Cottage

With one of the weirdest layouts in the house (actually, every bathroom in this house had the oddest layout), everything about this hall bathroom had us wanting to pull out what was previously installed. We both agreed there was no way we could possibly go to all the work, or demo everything out, to put it back in the same bad layout. Especially when we discovered yet another water leak around the tub with sub-flooring so rotted it was a wonder part of the ridiculously heavy cast iron tub hadn’t fallen through to the basement. 

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

As soon as we pulled the tub out, we discovered why there was a leak in the first place… all the plumbing was loose and leaking, for who knows how long. New sub-flooring was definitely required. 

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

We also discovered that the other shower wall had mold, so that wall came out too…

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

A majority of the tile was already cracked and ready to pop up from the water leak, so it came up easily. 

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the tile was gone, we pulled out the old shower wall separating that, and the toilet…

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, we pulled out the old linen closet, which was key to opening up the room…

Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage
Demo'ing The Hall Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

With an empty room, we started working on the new layout. We went through every possible option. We taped off shapes, we measured and we measured again. Here’s the layout before…

The Hall Bathroom Design Plan by The Wood Grain Cottage

And here’s what we changed it to after demo…

The Hall Bathroom Design Plan by The Wood Grain Cottage

(Please note, those aren’t to scale, just a rough drawing to show the layout change.)

Moving things around drastically made the room feel bigger. Instead of walking straight into the shower wall, you walk into a spacious bathroom. We were able to bring in a larger vanity (47″, rather than the previous 36″), still have a linen closet, and create a larger space for the toilet rather than the tiny hole is was previously in. Everything about this new design works so much better. It’s also much prettier to walk by and see into with the different layout. 

With the new floorplan in place, we started ordering all the materials and met with the subcontractors to go over the new design. It’s been so fun to see the progress happening… 

10 Comments

  1. Happy New Year.. You two are doing an amazing job together. Terrific progress. Take a quick break now and then, this us not a marathon just a series of sprints. Much love and happiness. So glad you are back with all of us!

  2. Wouldn’t you want a half privacy wall or screen of some sort between the toilet & vanity? I would hate the the lack of privacy if someone accidentally opened the door. I think the old layout offered more privacy personally…

    1. We actually really like the way the room opened up by changing the layout. It was very needed. Before, the toilet was in a dark hole and it was one of the first things you saw when you walked in. Now, it’s partially blocked from view by the vanity. This bathroom is also pretty small, so there’s really no way to have it in it’s own private area, unfortunately. We love the fact that we can now have a larger vanity though!

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