Unfortunately this is another one of those Before and Afters where some imagination is required. As I have mentioned in previous posts, there was no bathroom downstairs when I bought the house.
When I was considering making an offer on the house last year, I knew that I wanted a bathroom on the first floor somewhere. It ended up working out best putting it adjacent to the kitchen. I messed around with several configurations before deciding on the end result.
When we finally started framing walls back in November/December of last year, I really only had experience watching the framers on my job sites from when I worked as a Commercial Project Manager. My Dad had done his fair share from finishing the basement of their house out in Reisterstown, so he helped me learn quickly. This would be the first room we framed.
My electricians were pretty much itching to put boxes up downstairs so I am unable to find any pictures of the bathroom framed pre-electric rough-in.
I seem to have an obsession with any pictures with this light in them. It is probably because this was the only source of light we had to work with for many, many, months. I remember finally finding the floor lamp from my college apartment and using that on the first floor while I dragged this big buoy like lamp upstairs.
I wish I had some pictures of the inside of the bathroom as we went, but quite frankly it was always too small to really photograph anything of worth. The baseboards finally got finished in the powder room on Sunday.
Enough suspense for a half bath…
I am not entirely happy with the mirror, but it was cheap and will do for now. The paint color is a variation of the shade of the accent wall behind the bar. I ended up liking it alot. The sink is a Kohler pedestal. It was a huge pain to install. A word of advice to anyone considering installing one themselves…you need blocking installed in the wall. This sink mounts in 3 places, one on the floor, and two on the top piece. The two pieces; the actual sink top and the pedestal itself; actually in no way are mechanically fastened to eachother. If I could do it over again, I would have gone with a sink that had a cabinet…or rough-in blocking before the drywall went up. I guess basically unless you would like to cut back drywall and install blocking (or you get lucky and land on two studs) this is probably a sink that you need to plan ahead for…because we wasted alot of time with this one.
The toilet is also a Kohler. Originally I had purchased two identical toilets. The one was broken when we opened the box. The other went in the master bath. It was just as well because inevitably it would have been way too large for the room. It was exchaged for a smaller model and my Dad and I actually set this one ourselves.
Also of note, to cut down on costs, the tile in here is the same as the kitchen floor. We tiled it shortly after finishing the kitchen as we worked our way upstairs. This room was actually easy to grout. Haha. I figured it would be fine as they are very close in proximity and it is a very neutral tile. It could stand to be cleaned up a bit, but it photographs OK! Haha.
Oh and the light fixture…
It is not the one I wanted. The one I wanted was a 2 light version of the master bath light and it was backordered. I think it was back ordered until something like September, so at the time I told them just to send me something similar. It works for now, but looking at this picture it may be a little crooked too…
And again, it will do for now. A half bath on the first floor is better then none!