6 Year Bathroom Renovation
Six years. That is how long we have been waiting to renovate our main floor bathroom. It was actually first on our list to do when we moved in over half a decade ago, but as many homeowners find out, what we WANT to do doesn’t always line up with what we NEED to do. After a contaminated well, fixing a leaky roof TWICE, having to redo all of our eavestroughs, fixing the crumbling brick and dangerous front steps, replacing our furnace, fixing a massive plumbing issue, and replacing all our windows...the time had finally come! Bathroom renovation time.
The house we live in has a very 70s vibe. Lots of wood, dated paint colours, and toilets that don’t flush well. We didn’t want to fully remove the cottage vibe we have, but we also knew we needed to update the bathroom to better accommodate our family.
The tub we had before was an old jetted tub (with jets that didn’t work) and it took up so much space. Almost half the bathroom footprint was TUB. We wanted to keep a bathtub since our kids are still small, but we knew we needed something that was smaller and allowed for more space in the cramped bathroom. When we found American Standard’s Princeton® Americast® 60 x 30-Inch Integral Apron Bathtub paired with their Townsend Tub and Shower Trim Kit, we knew that we were going to have more space for a double vanity.
Our original vanity wasn’t small, but it was a pretty large waste of space, so we wanted to have two sinks, one for each of our daughters! Looking through paint swatches we went back and forth on the colour, but finally settled on Symphony Blue by Benjamin Moore. Our custom vanity fits two of the beautiful American Standard Townsend Above Counter sinks, and was made by B&D Woodworking in Guelph, Ontario.
We chose chrome handles to match the American Standard Townsend Widespread Bathroom faucets we had selected. Once we had the sinks, the faucets, the vanity, and the tub all picked out, we knew we wanted to go with a grey and white theme for the rest of the bathroom. We went to The Home Depot to select bathroom tiles in-store, selecting a white marble style tile for the bath tub surround, and then a light grey tile that looks like wood planks for the floor.
Another issue with our house is that certain things were built a bit strangely to begin with, so rather than having space for a more common toilet with a 12” rough-in, we need one with a 10” rough-in. Thankfully, American Standard offers toilets with a variety of rough-in sizes, and their Cadet 3 FloWise Toilet fit perfectly in the space, leaving enough room to even add in some shelves beside it!
We still have some decisions to make - where to put the toilet roll holder, where to hang towel hooks, and finding a shower curtain, but for now we are sitting back and admiring our new main floor bathroom.
We are so thankful to MBM Contracting for completing our bathroom renovation, and to American Standard for the amazing products that used to transform our space. What do you think of our remodeled bathroom? Let me know in the comments!
Tub/Shower Trim: Townsend Tub and Shower Trim Kit with Rain Showerhead