Now that we have completed most of the demo on our small bathroom to make it larger, it’s time to figure out our bathroom layout plans.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
Since we have done a lot of demo on the bathroom to recreate a new one, we now discuss the plans we have for it. In addition, in order to expand our tiny bathroom, we also worked on the demo of the small closet next to it. Now we can start fresh with a new bathroom and a much larger one, which is very exciting!
You can also watch a video about this here.
Remember, we are really new at this and actually have never done anything like this before so we are just learning as we go. Nate is putting in all the hard work and labor and I’m just sitting on the side lines telling him what I want or think we should do as I’ve been working a full time job. But, at times, I’m not even sure we can do what we want to. It’s crazy to think of all the changes we made in a short amount of time.
We hope that you enjoy watching us make plans after our DIY bathroom demo. If you are working on similar projects, maybe it will inspire you with ideas as you also try to figure out plans for your own projects. There are endless possibilities of how to tackle these things and we’re hoping that this is helpful as you see us going through the process with very little experience.
AFTER DEMO BATHROOM LAYOUT PLANS
Ok, so this is the water heater in a separate closet that we are expanding to make a part of the bathroom. We can make this closet door area the main door to the bathroom. We need to have a door to the bathroom outside of the main bedroom. I mean, who wants to walk through someone’s private bedroom to get to the one and only bathroom in the house?! This way people can independently go into the bathroom without having to go into the bedroom. That’s what we’re working on right now. We’re still trying to figure it out.
The water heater closet door is really small, but my husband assures me that we can make it larger. And he says it won’t be hard to do. Yes!
Ok, so then we’ll make this a bigger door and it will be our entrance into the bathroom. Where would we put the water heater? We will have to figure that out. Much later we end up getting a tankless water heater and placing it up in the attic. More to come on that adventure so stay tuned!
You can break down all this (speaking of the back wall of the water heater closet) and then leave that wood (pointing to the shiplap wall discovered behind the drywall in the bedroom closet) and then expand the bathroom. Nate agreed and said that’s what he was also thinking. He said from the 2×4 to the right (water heater closet back wall) we tear it out. And this (pointing to the previous bedroom closet area that was torn out) can be a separate area.
Maybe there can be two entrances into the bathroom from the bedroom – one entrance from the previous closet and that can lead to a room with a toilet and sink and the other entrance would be the original one from the bedroom that leads to the main bathroom and/or shower area.
We could either put another door in the middle of the bathroom like a slider between the shower area and then the other area where the toilet and sink would be located. Like one person can use the toilet and wash their hands while the other one in the back could be used for showering. So if you need to go to the bathroom and someone is showering, you don’t need to ask anyone if they need to use the bathroom before you shower as they could access the toilet separate from the shower area. That’s like the craziest coolest concept! At least that’s what we initially thought.
WALKTHROUGH AFTER BATHROOM DEMO
This is the entrance to the bathroom from the laundry area. There’s the water heater and the bathroom. Again, reiterating that we need to break this wall down. The one that separated the bathroom from the water heater closet. This drywall board, dry board, drywall wall. The dry wall wall. Wow, I didn’t even know what drywall was at that time! We need to break that down to expand the bathroom and then take the water heater and move it somewhere else.
MORE BATHROOM LAYOUT PLANS AND IDEAS
We continue our bathroom layout plans after the demo in the next part of the bathroom. There’s this big pipe right here that Nate points out. He is not sure what it is and wonders if it’s the sewage pipe. He assumed it was the sewage, but didn’t know for sure. That thing looks like it’s not going to want to be moved. We found out later that we actually were able to remove it.
Before we found that out though, Nate began to share his ideas and plans with me. “So, what I was thinking was, that’s another reason why I kinda want to keep this wall (connecting to the old closet that was demolished) here.” He said that because we thought we had to work around the pipe.
SPLITTING THE BATHROOM UP INTO TWO ROOMS?
“Where would you have the opening (speaking of the slider opening from the bathroom to the water heater closet area)?” I asked. Nate said, “We want it a little wider so maybe come down here. We’ll frame it in and then have an opening. Then back here could be a bathtub, a really nice bathtub. We could probably even put in a shower and a bathtub if we wanted.” I suggested that we could get our clawfoot tub!
A lot of stuff to figure out still. “If we put the toilet on the other side of the wall, where would the sink go?” I asked another question. Nate responded, “Probably up there too where the toilet would be.” “I thought you wanted the sink to be under the window,” I said. “Umm, no, that was when we were just going to use this room here,” he said. I told Nate that he really need to design this and take some photos. He agreed.
SKETCHING BATHROOM PLANS AFTER DEMO
There’s endless amount of things to do. Nate got a sketchbook so that he could try to plan the bathroom out and actually draw it out. He’s hoping to put different ideas and plans to paper so we can compare them. I’m like yes, now you can really get creative and work on this. It’s almost like we’re starting with a fresh pallet and we can design this place to work for us.
Here is an initial bathroom design sketch that Nate drafted up to get us started on planning out our bathroom renovation. You can see the before sketch at the bottom and after one at the top. We were able to make the bathroom larger by opening up the walls and removing the bedroom closet and water heater closet. And now we can place a bathroom door outside of the bedroom, which was the original goal since the beginning. Woohoo.. so excited about that!
We have come a long way on our bathroom demo!
Thanks for joining us on this journey! We hope that you will find inspiration watching us learn as we go while we’re attempting to renovate and rebuild this old small historic home mostly on our own.
CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS
If you want to see a tour of our small fixer upper after all our initial demo projects and a video we made about our bathroom expansion demo, click on the links below.
SMALL FIXER UPPER | SURPRISING WALKTHROUGH AFTER DEMO
WOW. I feel like I think that every time I read one of your posts. I am so excited to see how this project comes together. Especially because I’m in the middle of a bathroom reno (not as big as yours by any means) and I really want to see how you solve your problems! It’s inspiring.
I’m excited to see how your bathroom reno goes as well! We can learn a lot from your DIY projects. Much more of that ahead as things slowly come together 🥰
I can’t wait to see how it turns out! We are just about to start gutting/redoing the bathroom in our fixer-upper, I’m not sure what our final product with look like yet either, but I am very much looking forward to getting to move the door out of the kitchen!
Oh nice.. another fellow fixer upper owner! Love it! 😍 Door in the bedroom or kitchen for the bathroom – no good. Glad to hear you have a plan to tackle that! I’d love to see how your project turns out as well. Will you share it on your blog?
What a great project. I’ve been wanting to do something similar to our old outdated bathroom. This is great inspiration
Thank you! I hope that you are able to also tackle your bathroom project! It’s amazing to see the outcome of what is possible. Something I never thought could be done without a contractor.
Brad MacAonghais says
Your photography and layout is so awesome, feel like you might end up with your own HGTV show!
Awe, thanks! Wouldn’t that be pretty awesome! 😁
You and Nate seem like such a great team. Keep up the hard work! Looking forward to staying updated!
Thanks! Really appreciate the encouragement as we still have a long ways to go! 🥰