Monday, August 12, 2013

Bathroom Remodel ( ie.The Saga of the World's Smallest Bathroom, a Rerun)

casual luxury  bathroom

This is a re-post, in honor of my dad.
(Today would have been his 86th birthday.)

Vintage Bathroom traditional bathroom

My dad was always building or re-building something.  The house in which I grew up was pretty much undergoing some form of construction for the entire 18 years I lived there.

Small bath remodel eclectic bathroom

When DL and I purchased our first home here in NC, dad came to visit, tool box in hand.  He and DL tackled a multitude of projects, and DL learned a lot from him.

He would have been a big help with the bathroom remodel.  If he had been alive, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have taken 18 months.

Farmhouse master bath traditional bathroom

Those of you who have seen it, know that my house contains what could be the world's smallest bathroom. By small, I mean that when you sit on the toilet, your knees bump the vanity.
Well, as is the tradition with this house, the world's smallest bathroom has a problem. By problem, I mean the floor was rotted out underneath. That meant ripping up the linoleum. (And by linoleum? I mean the original linoleum. The stuff made with linseed oil.)

So I've been cruising through the home blogs and websites, looking for ideas for updating the world's smallest bathroom. But it's funny...the bathrooms shown on these sites are never small. And some of them are downright....odd.

Take a look at that top pic. The way the door would swing open and immediately to your right is a toilet back in it's own little isolated cubby hole. I like this. It's like a punishment. Or an escape. I can hear it now, "Just for that, you can sit on the toilet, young man!"

The second pic is a little difficult to see, but that bathroom is all white tile and grout. I wonder how many illegal immigrants you would have to have come over every week to clean that sucker?  Not to mention the ten gallon buckets of mildew remover.

The third picture just startles me. I mean...??? This doesn't look like it belongs in someone's real looks like it belongs in a house of ill-repute. If I went into this bathroom, I would immediately start singing. "ROXANNE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT ON THAT RED LIGHT!"

That bottom picture kills me, though. Because nothing says "neighborly" like getting out of the tub, streaming wet, while the folks next door are hosting a garden party, complete with binoculars.  And see that wine bottle on the window sill?  You'd no doubt be so wasted you wouldn't even know that there were 24 pairs of eyes staring at you. 

Back to the drawing board.


Suzan said...

In our house in Seattle, because of the magnificent view, the master bath had no curtains and a huge corner window. I was told it wasn't a problem because of "line of sight" no one below us could see in and there was no one above us. (The house is on a hillside going down to the Puget Sound.) One night, sitting in the jacuzzi in the midst of those corner windows I happened to look out the window. Sure enough, I could see the woman below doing dishes at the kitchen sink. Now if I could see the woman, couldn't someone at their house see me? I was ASSURED not unless I was plastered against the window. (I never had the nerve to try it!!)

Suzy Handgraaf said... certainly would have given all of the guests at the garden party something to talk about and remember forever! lol Happy birthday to your dad. I'm sure you miss him.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think you need to model yours after the third one so that it is actually in a real house.

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

Sweet post Kirby!! A very Happy Birthday to your dad.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So sorry for the loss of your dad Kirby....memories of my dad helping out with our homes are still vivid as yours...In our younger years, I do not know what I would have done without the help of my dad...always lending a hand and teaching us how to "fix things" around the house...Between the talents of you and your hubby, I am sure your bathroom will be wonderful!! Have a great week Kirby!

Jean @ said...

I certainly will be looking at all those online bathroom photos differently now. I always just admired I'll be picking them apart! Happy birthday to your Dad! said...

Nice post Kirby! Happy Birthday to your Dad! laura

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Hope today is a day of sweet memories for you. As for the bathrooms I can see you dancing in any of them!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I would kill for the third bathroom, with frosted glass. Hope your doing okay anniversaries and birthdays can be hard.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad Kirby!!!!
Can't wait to see what you come up with for the world's tiniest bathroom ( although I may come in a close second there )

Art and Sand said...

When I saw the bottle of wine, I thought it was your bathroom. You were fortunate to have a dad who did great work and taught your husband. My dad didn't even screw in lightbulbs (bless his heart).

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I still think I have the tiniest bathroom in the world. If I had that bathroom with all the windows...I'd probably stay in the country.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Well...thank goodness I didn't have to use the tiniest bathroom in the world because with my legs, I would have needed a shoehorn to get out...THAT would have been an embarrassing moment for sure! Whatever you do it will be can't fool me anymore.....

Good Time Charlie said...

I think the bathroom with the red lights and red sink looks like something a bit obscene coming out of the counter. It is funny to me that that pic is followed by the exhibitionist bathroom! I had the same thought about the full view there. Ummm, not for me, I would be so worried about someone strolling by that the whole relaxing bath experience would have been killed before I even touched my big toe to the water.

Lovely memories of your dad. My dad would have been 80 this year. I wish he could have shown my suffering husband how to do some DIY. I grew up with a dad that never hired anyone to do anything around the house. Sometimes that was good, and sometimes that was very bad!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Love it - looks like your world's smallest bathroom and my world's tiniest bathroom need to go head to head in a smack down, drag out fight for the title!

kevin smith said...

Most houses have small bathrooms. Yet, often bathrooms are not seen as a space where one can spend quality time. Thus they are usually just designed to be comfortable and efficient enough.

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