It’s been fun to share the progress on the Flip House with you… Before launching into the completely bathroom I thought I’d give you a little background on the project because of some comments and questions I received on Facebook. We bought this house three months ago. It’s tiny coming in at under 750 square feet. We were approved for a renovation loan from the bank which meant everything we put into that house had to come out of that budget… and we weren’t about to put things on our credit cards to fund this renovation and not have money to pay ourselves back. AJ and I carefully went over our budget at the very beginning of the project and meticulously lined up where the biggest needs were. We knew after fixing up this house it would still be on the very affordable end of the market based off the house size, off-street parking and the neighborhood and so we made our decisions with that in mind.
I figured I’d answer some questions or concerns about the kitchen. We worked with our great builder, Nate, on a bunch of different scenarios for the kitchen, but ultimately made our decision for the kitchen layout based off the existing doors we had to work around and keeping in mind that we needed to leave plenty of room for walkways. Nate made sure he was abiding by building codes with the stove placement. Some of you have asked about a hood for the stove… for an electric stove you don’t need one (we don’t have one in our home), you just need some sort of ventilation and a window (or in our case, a sliding glass door with screen) is included as ventilation. I would have loved to have given more room for the range but in an extremely small space we had to work with what we had, trust me, a measuring tape was brought out and different scenarios were looked at for a peninsula and it just didn’t work with the amount of space that would have been needed to fit the range and allow a wide enough pathway on each side.
All that to say… you may disagree with the choices we made for the bathroom… The bathroom is small and aside from putting an addition onto the home there is no way we could expand it without making the living room feel like a tunnel.
We toyed with the idea of completely switching around the bathroom but plumbing costs were prohibitive and when we started figuring out where the vanity and toilet would go if we moved the tub it didn’t gain a much better layout. We replaced everything in the bathroom except for the tub which we were able to salvage after ripping out the tub surround.
If you follow me on Instagram you saw that we went with a classic white subway tile for the tub. I love it. And here’s the best part for anyone embarking on their own tiling adventure: it now comes in sheets as opposed to single tiles which makes the job a lot easier. Nate (from Boyd Builders and our partner for this project) tackled this for his first tiling experience (normally he’s building or doing gorgeous finish work not taking on projects like this). We bought a basic energy efficient toilet from Home Depot to replace the digusting one that was winterized for months on end.
Here’s the bizarre thing about the bathroom. See that cabinet? The basement door used to be there. But you could only get the basement door open a foot because of the vanity that was in the bathroom… and it was a small vanity. So we drywalled in the basement door and brought the plumbing for the washer and dryer up into a closet in the kitchen for a stackable washer and dryer. We figured the only practical reason someone would be going into the basement that way was to do laundry because there is no way they could even fit a small kitchen chair through the basement door opening. The bathroom really needed extra storage space so Nate built these recessed shelves and we bought a long skinny vanity.
I was in Home Depot for a while researching dimensions on all of their in stock vanities and this one worked out the best. It ended up being $200 and then we purchased a $70 faucet at the Building Supply Outlet, one of my favorite local haunts for great home related purchases. The counter definitely gives you more room than a pedestal sink but the real benefit is the storage under the sink. The sink is almost double the width of the one that was there before but just about the same depth, which is what we needed for the existing layout.