Downstairs bathroom

The original first floor bathroom was located in the space we were going to use to expand the kitchen.

Old sink and medicine cabinet

Old sink and medicine cabinet

Original cast-iron claw foot tub

Original cast-iron claw foot tub

We knew we were going to need to move the bathroom.  The new space for the  bathroom would be right next door and would replace a very, very small bedroom and an entrance to the old stair case.  That door in the picture below was the old entrance to the staircase.  It will become a bathroom closet.

Space for new kitchen

Space for new bathroom

The dimensions for this space worked perfectly for the new bathroom.  The staircase to the 2nd floor would be moved the location currently taken by this pair of closets.  We hated taking them down, but it was a necessary sacrifice.

Old closets that had to be removed to make way for the new stairs

Old closets that had to be removed to make way for the new stairs

Those closet doors are going to be re-purposed.  One will be a new doorway for the basement and the top cabinet of one will be used as access doors under the new stair case.

View of bathroom after closets were removed

View of bathroom after closets were removed

The wall was removed opposite of the old doorway to the basement to provide a new entrance to the basement stairs and an additional entrance the to kitchen.  That 2nd entrance to the kitchen was unplanned, but once we had that opening we loved the way it created a quicker and more logical way to get to the bathroom, new stairs to 2nd floor, and playroom.

New bathroom and new entrance to kitchen

The new framing for the bathroom and new hallway to the kitchen

We removed most of the old stairs, but preserved the bottom few.

Most of the staircase is removed

Most of the staircase is removed

They will remain as a part of the bathroom closet.

Remaining stairs become a part of the bathroom closet

Remaining stairs become a part of the bathroom closet

The open area above the stairs was framed out for a new floor and a ceiling for the new bathroom closet.

Standing at the bottom of the old stairs looking through the closet wall and up to master bedroom

Standing at the bottom of the old stairs looking through the closet wall and up to master bedroom

We are going to tile the bathroom floor, so we took the opportunity to remove some of the flooring for the new bathroom to use at the top of the basement stairs (the new entrance to the kitchen).

Removing the floor to donate to the hallway

Removing the floor to donate to the hallway

There was originally a step down to this area at the top of the basement stairs.  We raised that floor height and used the bathroom flooring to blend in with the rest of the house.

New floor at the top of the basement stairs

New floor at the top of the basement stairs (right outside the bathroom)

A salvaged sink will compliment the original clawfoot tub

A salvaged sink will compliment the original clawfoot tub

That bathroom really came to life once we had drywall!

Sink and bathroom closet

Sink and bathroom closet

Looking into the closet

Looking into the closet

The window and built-in cabinet

The window and built-in cabinet

Looking towards the sink and entry door

Looking towards the sink and entry door

We will probably hold off on doing much with the downstairs bathroom now because we are going to tackle the upstairs bathroom first.  This room might be one of the last rooms to be completed.

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