Today we’re breaking down the steps and measurements of the new half bathroom that we’ll be creating at the red house.
It’s been a little quiet on the Red House front as of late, but not to worry! Things are happening behind the scenes. We wrote recently about the first wave of work on this new project and the changes below will accomplish goal #2 – create space for a half bath. Our GC plans to kick off the project in the next couple of weeks and this reconfiguring will be among the first things he tackles!
There was much debate about the possible placement of a half bathroom. We bounced a couple of ideas around with our contractor, including placing it in the large bedroom/bunk room, but that idea went out the window when we decided that a compact laundry closet would be the best fit in that space. With that decision made, it became obvious that the best bet was to locate the new half bath in the ‘extension’ of the existing bathroom, at the foot of the current jetted tub.
We’ll be sharing the ‘official’ mood board for the newly reconfigured full bathroom (above right) shortly, but in the meantime, this is how the structural changes will allow for the new design. We love an efficient use of space and we think this layout will be perfect in relation to the size of the home.
Structural + Mechanical Changes
There are a few major shifts that will allow us to carve out the space necessary for the new half bathroom and create two bathrooms from one:
- Remove jetted tub and frame a wall to create the new bathroom.
- Remove the stand-up shower to make space for the linen closet.
- Move the existing vanity in favor of a standard size tub.
- Create space for a custom vanity where the head of the jetted tub is now.
The major reconfiguring is only possible because the existing bathroom is actually quite large in relation to the square footage of the home. It does, though, feel much smaller than it actually is due to the oversized fixtures and the bump-out for the current bedroom closet. The addition of the new wall and removal of the framed-in shower will give the space a much more open, airy feel with fewer obstacles to design around. We’re confident that this new layout will actually feel larger than the current floorplan!
Once we’ve removed both the oversized tub and large stand-up shower in favor of a tub/shower combo, we’ll have space for the additional half bathroom and we’ll be able to install a substantial linen closet in the space next to the tub! This will provide a huge amount of utility and storage that the room is currently lacking.
You may have also noticed that the shape and size of the main bathroom’s window has shifted. Our goal is to center a large window above the vanity area so that the entire room will look out over the wooded area behind the home. This large window, paired with a big custom vanity with a seating area and a floating mirror will allow Kim to achieve her lifelong dream of doing her makeup in full natural light!
In order to maximize space on the bedroom side, the half bath will get a pocket door that slides in to the right. We’ll also shrink down the current bedroom closet by a few inches to allow for a bit more space in the powder room .
We’re in the process of sourcing all of our plumbing fixtures, doors and windows for the space so our contractor can work as efficiently as possible upon his arrival, which starts in a week!
Things are going to get very real, very soon and we hope you’ll stick around for the adventure. Kim had a strong vision for the bathroom from the very beginning, and all the dominoes fell in such a way that this will be the first room we complete. We can’t wait to take you along!