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debd 01-18-2010 07:39 PM

enlarging bathroom
 
I have a bathroom with just a toilet and sink with no cabinates. We want to add a shower and some sink cabinetry. Its 46 ins wide, and we can extend it as far as we want. (The toilet and sink are currently against the 46 in wall) What is the best lay out to give us a shower and some cabinetry without getting a cramped feeling. Is a 36 in shower too small? We can move the 46 in wall out a few inches to fit a 48 in shower.

Mop in Hand 01-19-2010 11:54 AM

Without seeing the currant layout your question is too difficult to answer. Many homes have 36" showers. A 46" shower is possible either by building your own and having a shower base built to that custom size. You will have to decide if a few more inches is worth the money spent. It may be cheaper to have a base built than moving walls around.

HomeSurfaces 01-19-2010 12:23 PM

I Agree
 
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Originally Posted by Mop in Hand (Post 385612)
Without seeing the currant layout your question is too difficult to answer. Many homes have 36" showers. A 46" shower is possible either by building your own and having a shower base built to that custom size. You will have to decide if a few more inches is worth the money spent. It may be cheaper to have a base built than moving walls around.

I agree, we need a picture to really get a feel for what the room looks like... I would suggest keeping water lines around the same place to avoid pricey replacement, unless you have already budgeted for that.

cellophane 01-19-2010 12:40 PM

you can also build shelving into your walls between the studs, or if you don't mind cutting and adding in some headers, across multiple studs.

debd 01-19-2010 01:01 PM

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Thanks for trying to help. Here are pictures. We figure we'll have to make the bathroom at least 6 inches wider to accomplish something that doesn't feel cramped. (We just didn't want to mess with the pony wall too.)

The first 3 pictures are of the outside of the bathroom.
First 2 pictures:The outside hallway with the pony wall that will have to be shortened.
Picture 3 shows the door and built in desk that will need to be moved.

Picture 4 is the current 46 in wall with the toilet and sink.

The last 2 pictures show the 2 side walls, next to the toilet and next to the sink.

Our current thought is to push the 'door' wall out 6 inches and put a sink vanity where the current sink and toilet are; put the shower at the other end; and put the toilet next to the shower facing the sink with a short wall behind it for the pipes. And move the door down 2 feet from the sink vanity so it can be opened without someone standing by the sink having to move.
Still not certain how long it will all have to be. I'd appreciate your thoughts. Can this be successfully done? What problems will we encounter. It is on a cement slab (a converted garage so we will have to cut out the cement.)

debd 01-19-2010 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by cellophane (Post 385633)
you can also build shelving into your walls between the studs, or if you don't mind cutting and adding in some headers, across multiple studs.

Yes, we will be using this idea.


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