||07-29-2009 03:00 PM
How To Raise the Floor in 2nd Story Bathroom
Hi all, I've read many posts and responses to try and prepare myself for a hellacious bathroom remodel project in a house built around 1920. Everything is torn down to the studs, just some flooring left to go. Being an old house, I've been told my 8" floor joists aren't uncommon, but will make running new plumbing very interesting. Since fitting all new drain pipe in the existing joist space will be difficult, to say the least, my wonderful boyfriend has the genius idea we should raise the floor. I agree we need to scab on more joists since they notched the existing for the old lead plumbing, but does anyone have pictures of how a raised floor will look? I'm having a hard time picturing a decent looking rise without it appearing like a small step up into a room, which is what it would be. We have the clearance to do this and still have 8' ceilings, but every time I picture the awesomeness the bathroom will be after all the new fixtures, tile and window go in, my mind's eye still draws down to the step going up into the bathroom. Any alternatives??????