While our kitchen progress seems verrrrrry slow (it took over two months to go from demo to our new walls) there is a pretty good reason: we’ve been held up by working on turning a closet into a bathroom. Literally. Crazy, right? We are certifiable. But this old closet will one day be our new master bathroom:
Our master bedroom has two closets in it. One, we just revamped and turned into our official master closet (I am still so in love with this space, I totally go in my closet for no reason other than just to look at it). The other closet has been ignored for the past four years of living in this house. But no more.
We’ve long wanted to convert this closet into a bathroom but knew we’d need to take out a bunch of the kitchen before we even knew if a bathroom would be possible (most of the closet/bathroom is above the kitchen). So once we opened up and moved our kitchen walls, we called out our favorite plumber and had him assess the project and give us a bid for running all the plumbing and drain pipes to/from that room. We knew this was our one and only chance to create a master bathroom and thought it would be short-sighted to skip the project (for time and money reasons) when we knew we’d regret it down the road. Right now we’ve got a family bathroom, and while it works great for two adults and two kiddos, there will be a day where our kids become teenagers and we all would like a little more privacy. There also will be a day where we want to sell this house and we expect a future buyer would love to have a master bathroom. So we went for it.
Like our master closet, this closet has the same super sloped ceiling. But it is a little bigger and has a few feet of higher ceilings. So three ceilings really – a few feet of high ceiling, a foot and a half of okay-height ceiling, and then lots of feet of a sloped ceiling – all three shown here:
To accommodate the ceiling situation, we really needed to put all of the bathroom stuff in the full-height area of the closet. So we came up with a design for the new bathroom (sooo not to scale, folks):
We are putting in a 42″x48″ shower, a 48″ vanity, and a toilet. While we wanted double sinks, there just wasn’t enough room. But I found a great solution with this Duravit single sink that has two faucets and one drain:
We will also use the slope-ceiling portion of the closet for lots o’ storage. I have no idea how I will build it out yet – I figure we should focus on getting a functional bathroom first. But maybe something like how I used Ikea furniture to create built-in storage in our master closet?
The night before the plumbers came, we did a massive clean-out of this closet and it ended up looking like this (dude, I took these “before” photos exhausted and like at midnight, so deal):
We have one little wall which we still need to remove to fit the toilet. It isn’t structural, just a pain in the butt.
And here’s looking back at the amazingly sloped ceiling, as if you were standing in the spot of the future toilet.
With permit in hand, the plumbers went to work and installed copper plumbing and cast iron drain pipes (less noise for our kitchen with cast iron).
We can see it taking shape! All the pipes run down through our kitchen ceiling and walls, so all kitchen work was halted while this was happening:
We are super excited to have this bathroom although we sure would like to get our kitchen done as a first priority. So it may be that this bathroom sits like this for quite a while. But in the meantime, I’m plotting how it will look when finished, maybe black and white like our closet? Painted wood floors (’cause you know I love ’em)? Plank walls? Or maybe a bright-colored vanity? So fun to start the planning now we know this bathroom is happening!