The first thing I/we did was pull a few sheets of the paneling down. When I was interviewing contractors (more on that later) a few plaster repair guys came over to assess the situation. After checking a few random walls, it was determined they weren’t in terrible shape. Once I closed on the house, I went to work on all the paneling in the dining room. That is when I made the first, old house, discovery and simultaneously had my “uh oh, the plan isn’t going to work anymore” realization.
My brother recommended I call Robyn Thomas with Robyn Thomas Architecture here in Norfolk to get a recommendation for a contractor. On top of a few names, Robyn came over, took measurements and helped me formulate a plan to re-do the bathroom downstairs and the entire second floor. We thought this wall had been added with the full bath downstairs. Wrong!
It was original (see where the trim used to be?) and only the opening had been framed in to allow more room for the bathroom fixtures. This changed my whole thought process! Mind blown. The original plan had been to modify the full bath to a half bath and enter from the kitchen. As shown in the plan below.
But isn’t the sight line from the front windows, through the living room, to the back of the dining room lovely? I definitely want to keep the original symmetry and forgo the awkward jog that the new bath would have created.
So where does the new bathroom go? How to make it fit?
This is when having a brother that is patient and kind and also an architect becomes very useful :) I can make crazy drawings and call him and talk his ear off and point to things in photos and he will help.
To be fair, this (very rough) sketch was done before I had my beautiful drawings from Robyn. I’m still playing around with possibilities but I think I’m getting close to a final decision. I love this tiny bath that I found on Houzz. I think it will work within the space along the back wall. Now you’ll enter off the dining room rather than the kitchen. But hopefully the wall will provide a sense of separation and make it feel like you aren’t walking straight from the dining room table to the bathroom. Right?
Tiny but functional for a powder room. The folks from JL Interior Design were awesome and answered my question with super speed the other night about the door swing. It swings out in their case because they modified a closet. Perfect. Now to check with the professionals to make sure it will work. Stay tuned.