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We introduced our plans for the basement bathroom here. After actually tearing the walls out, we found out that Plan A will not work :/ We were planning on having a doorless shower.Like the image below,you would walk past the glass panel to enter the shower from the left.

Shower Layout

After demo, we found that the entire width of the bathroom will be 7 ft, not wide enough for the glass and an entrance.

One to plan Beta.

We considered a two person shower the full width of the room. The door would have this layout.

Custom_Two_Panel_and_Frameless_Glass_Shower_Door_2009_051but the glass estimates (had to be custom at that width) were $1800 to $2100… our entire budget.

We also considered make the bathroom narrower. 5 by 8  is a very standard bathroom size, and that makes the bedroom 12 feet wide. Our new layout for the basement would be this:

Basement layout

But that would make the den cramped,and it’s the most-used room down there.

We decided to frame-in a standard 5 ft shower and leave the 20 inches to the right (next to the toilet) as a small storage area.

Basement bathroom layout

I’d like the storage to look as much like this as possible.

Bathroom Storage

After demo and modifying our plan, it’s time for procurement.

We got the floor tile, shower drain, and grout from the Tile Shop (40% off black Friday sale, yay)  The tile is porcelain 12 x 24  ‘Burma Negro’ at $3.89 a square foot. It was over budget,but it is super awesome. We spent $945 on the tile materials for both the bathroom and mudroom. 1/3 of that will be used in the bathroom. This picture is from the tile installed in a  mudroom at Fat Hydrangea blog with London Fog grout.Burma Negro Tile

We grabbed this sink (complete with faucet) off Craigslist for $100.

Kohler Sink

The mirrors (KOLJA,$20), lighting (BASISK, $20), and glass shelves (BAREN, $30) were picked up at IKEA.basisk-ceiling-track--spotlights__0138856_PE298668_S4

A rain shower head came from a local Homegoods-style store ($30):


And the ceiling light/vent  (Hunter/Ventura Exhaust Bathroom Fan) was $54 from


The shower door was our big-ticket item. We wanted a frameless pivot-door shower. The Dreamline SHDR-20597210S was $776.

Shower Door

Option B (Dreamline SHDR-21587610) was $542 after a handy 10% discount.


We chose the second, which was $542 beans at . We went about 10% over budget for the shower door, but we’re still doing great overall.

We still need the wall tile, shower pan materials, and miscellaneous hooks, plumbing, electrical outlets, etc. The shower pan materials will be at least a hundred dollars over budget, but that’s what that $345 buffer is for 🙂

Item budget spent
shower door 475 542
floor tile 320 285
sink 100 100
plumbing 100 35
ceiling vent 55 55
glass shelves 50 30
Mirrors 45 20
vanity light 30 20
Total 1175 1087
shower surround tile 500
tile materials 155
wall hooks,etc. 50
outlets, light switches, etc. 25
buffer 345
Total 2250

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Our basement is officially gutted.

We’re finishing this floor before we start on the kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs. This way, we can escape the remodel disaster zones and maintain slightly more sanity.

Here is the current layout:

basement layout current

And the intended layout:

New Basement Layout

We’re making some large changes, but we have our reasons 🙂

Reasons 1 & 2: Bedroom-caves

The two rooms down here are pretty useless. They need an egress window to be a legal bedroom.

Bedroom of Cave-ness

The plan is to combine the two rooms into one legal bedroom with a gigantic storage closet. Since we’re turning an upstairs bedroom into the master bath, this will keep our bedroom count at 4.

Reason 3: Terrible bathroom

As we talked about in this post, the bathroom has a terrible layout. Actually, the only thing I like about it is the adorably ugly sink.

Mini Sink

We’ll be removing the space-eating linen closet, and redoing the resulting 7.5 by 8 foot bathroom.

Reason 4: Utility looking room

We’ve introduced this project, also.

Utility Room

We’ll be covering the pipes and wires when possible, and upgrading the floor.

Reason 5: Wandering layout

The basement is currently split with this short hallway.Maze of Doors We’ll be opening the wall up to make the basement feel less cramped and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost in the maze.

Reason 6: It isn’t pretty

Spider Room

Brick linoleum and paneling is not my idea of a good time.

We started demo in the laundry room. Then we scratched our heads a bit about whether we were starting on the laundry room, the bathroom, or the entire basement. The only thing we used on this floor was our 35 year old dryer and it’s slightly younger pal. We decided to gut the whole floor, and hook the new washer and dryer up in their sad little concrete room full of pipes. At this point, that laundry room is frightful looking.Somehow, it looks worse

After making a mess with the laundry room, we realized that step 1 should have been removing all of our stuff. Whoops 🙂 A ton of it is being sold or donated, and we moved everything else upstairs into a spare bedroom. Just emptying out our junk took most of one day. Note to self: have less stuff .

Then we removed bits of the building 🙂  We listed the paneling, carpet, media cabinet and interior doors on Craigslist for free, and it was gone in a weekend. Someone actually paid us $50 for the carpet… even though it was free.

Less basement

Electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures were donated, and we knocked down the hallway wall and  linen closet. The only trash was the carpet pad, some linoleum, broken trim, and the shower.

Voila! Empty(ish) floor.

Empty Basement

After Demo came Discover. The best thing was this linoleum hiding coyly under the bathroom floor.Beatiful vintage find

I think I may keep it.

We also found 29 mice skeletons in one wall. That’s not an exaggeration; we counted. They had a lizard buddy hanging out too.

The less fun discoveries include water :{ Water seeps between the floor & concrete block in the laundry room.  That seam is easily fixed, but both corners of the basement  have seepage through the wall. Shucks

The adhesive on the floor looks like a puddle in that pic, but only the concrete bricks are damp. Coincidentally, that’s exactly where the gutters drain to. Our plan is to improve the gutter drainage, which should fix it. We’ll waterproof the interior corners as a back-up.

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In order to avoid crashing and burning (and also blowing 10k on bath remodel & using too much of our whole-house budget) I want to plan all of our projects before starting.

This plan is for the Basement Bathroom. I call it the Tetris Bathroom. It’s shaped like this;

Current State

Here is the current basement bathroom. This first picture shows all 53 inches of space between the wall and the shower (tiny!)

The bathroom is wrapped around a linen closet (visible in the right side of the pic below). You can see how cramped it makes the entrance. (P.s. I’m standing in the shower for this picture)

The shower stall is a just-okay fiberglass shower. However, the sliding door cannot open very far, and you walk directly into a built-in seat :/

Tucked away behind the linen closet is a storage area. You can’t see it from the entrance of the bathroom.

The current layout:

The problems we want to fix are…

  1. awkward cramped entrance
  2. tight fit into shower
  3. quality of finishes; floor, shower, etc.

The bathroom would be a comfortable 7 by 7.5 foot room if it wasn’t for that linen closet. That’s where the plan comes in.

Future State

I’ve been using Pinterest (surprise!) for inspiration.

In this next picture,  I like how the shower surround blends into the wall to make if feel as large as possible.  I like the floor tile, and that it matches in the shower pan.

In the next photo, the layout is how I want ours. Mirror, pedestal sink, toilet, shelves, and glass shower surround.

The goal layout:

By removing the linen closet and moving the door, we can have a full-depth sink. That sure will be handy, since we already have the sink 😉 I’ll replace the mirror and the light fixture, and use towel hooks instead of rails (less space!).

The toilet (all plumbing locations, for that matter) will stay the same. Glass shelves are going above the toilet for storage and interest. The wood thing isn’t cutting it for me 🙂

I’m also hanging a mirror across the room from the toilet/sink wall. ($10 from IKEA). It’s inexpensive wall art, and it makes the room feel larger. Michael has some plans to replace the current shelving in the storage area with a more built-in look. I would like to have drawer storage in that area, also.

Like this IKEA example, maybe

The linoleum floor will be replaced with tile, and I cannot wait to paint. Cannot. wait. to. paint.

The largest change (and expense) will be the shower. The current fiberglass shower is a good size; 4 by 3 feet, but it feels tiny. We will remove the current enclosure, and build a tile shower with a hinged door. If we hired someone to do the shower, a low price would be $2500. Looks like we’ll be learning to tile 🙂

Here’s a mood board showing what I’m picturing.

The wall color is Salisbury Green by Benjamin Moore. I found it using this awesome blog, that posts examples of paint colors & brands.

Our budget was $2k… but I kept on butting heads with that number while searching for tile. I want to have a 15% buffer… and I couldn’t for $2000. I’ve grudgingly bumped the budget up to $2250.

Item budget
shower surround tile 500
shower door 475
floor tile 320
tile materials 155
sink 100
plumbing 100
vent fan 55
glass shelves 50
wall hooks, etc. 50
Mirrors 45
vanity light 30
outlets, light switches, etc. 25
buffer 345
Total 2250

It’s still very tight. After factoring in the things I’ve already purchased we have:

Item budget spent
sink (Craigslist) 100 100
Vent fan ( 55 54
mirrors (IKEA) 45 20
Vanity light (BASISK, IKEA) 30 30
glass shelves (IKEA) 50 30
Total 280 234
shower surround tile 500
shower door 475
floor tile 320
tile materials 155
plumbing 100
wall hooks, etc. 50
outlets, light switches, etc. 25
buffer 345
Total 2250 2204

Doing good so far! Now I just have to figure out when we’ll actually do this room.

We should finish Phase 1 of the remodel (the super lame, pay the mortgage down to 80% and kill the PMI phase) in June. We’ll replace the exterior windows & doors first… So it may be a while before we start the bathroom. We will take our time finding tile, faucets, etc. and wait for a ridiculously good deal before springing. I’ll aim for Halloween for this project. (So depressingly far off! I’m not patient, lol).

Now we have a budget and a date, let’s see how it goes.

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We have a tiny, tiny sink in the basement bathroom.

It has to be that tiny in order to fit past the awkwardly placed door.

However, once we remodel this bathroom (spoiler alert) that door is going to move about 3 feet farther away from the tiny sink. We’ll still need a narrow sink, but at least we can have a full depth one!

Kohler Bancroft Pedestal Sinks would make a good fit. These are $225, and we could pair it with a Kohler Fairfax faucet ($106) for a good quality, compact sink at $331. That same setup would work perfectly in the half bath that we want to install later. Despite how well pedestal sinks would work, Michael and I don’t like them much, so we wouldn’t spend $662 on them.

Luckily for us, someone listed three of them on Craigslist for $125 each. We landed two for $100 a piece. Here they are in their previous house;

We’re planning to get the basement ready for us to live in while we tear to shreds remodel the upstairs, so the  basement bathroom will be one of our first projects, but we’re still on Phase 1 of the remodel (pay the mortgage down to 80%… boring!) so they’ll be sitting pretty in a shed for a few months. In fact, I shouldn’t even be thinking about this bathroom yet 🙂

However, the sink has kicked me off into full-on planning mode… In fact, the plan (I really want to have a solid plan before kicking off any of these projects) is 90% done. I may have even picked up two mirrors, the vanity light fixture, the new vent fan, and some glass shelves for above the toilet already 🙂

I’ll be back on here with the basement bathroom plan in a few months (or weeks?) when we can legitimately start a new project. Until then, I’ll be agonizing over paint colors.

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