Imagine two teenage daughters sharing a tiny 6’ x 8’ guest bathroom, a single sink and mirror and limited storage for accessories and appliances. They had managed for many years but had finally reached a “tipping point”. Something had to be done! Now present a team of talented builders with a master closet and tell them, “this is where the bathroom should go.” That’s where Better Builders comes in.
This West Seattle family needed a solution to these cramped quarters, and we were chosen to make it happen. The goal was to leave the guest bath for visitors and create a new spacious and more private bathroom for these growing and active girls. This bath needed to include a double sink, medicine cabinets, a vanity with hers-and-hers drawer banks and reflect their individual personalities equally.
This project was challenging from the very beginning as we were tasked with turning a very awkward space into a bathroom. Built in the early 1900’s, this house offered old world charm, as well as the quirks of unlevel floors and ceilings, out of plumb walls, and no square corners.
The room we would transform into the girls’ bathroom started off as the Master bedroom closet, which was accessed both from the hallway and through a pocket door directly into the master bedroom.
On the south wall there was a short section of sloping ceiling, typical of historic homes with gabled roof lines. We were able to incorporate the sloped section of ceiling into the shower, and by framing out a new wall, create both a private toilet and shower space with separation from the main bathroom area. Originally, this room was heated by a vintage steam radiator which we removed to create the shower space. With the original heat source eliminated, we installed an energy efficient and space saving ConvectAir heater.
Transforming a closet into a full bath required opening the floors to tie in all new plumbing. Installing a double sink was a must have for two teens sharing the bathroom. Having a private bathroom water closet with a shower and toilet was also vital.
We gave the family the perfect shared bathroom for two teenagers. The entire house has a muted, beach inspired aesthetic. We brought this theme into the bathroom with “oak” porcelain plank, ash blue ceramic wall tile, and a clean white vanity with quartz countertop. We also added a 3D geometric tile feature in the shower to add visual texture.