Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

It’s been a little while since we did a remodeling update! We finished up the foundation work and our garage late in the fall (and then we welcomed our beautiful baby boy, Owen, in December) and now we’re gearing up for the rest of our remodel. The plan is to add on a second story with a master bedroom suite and an en suite bedroom for the boys and then we’re going to remodel the kitchen and downstairs as well. Oh, and we’re planning on living in our house for the most part. Going to be an adventure, for sure!

So as we were finishing up the garage, it came to our attention that the stairs going into the garage are too narrow and they aren’t up to code. In order to pass our final inspection on the garage, we needed to move an entire wall over 6 inches. That same wall runs up next to our stairs and is also part of our bathroom shower. The shower we have is so small (I barely fit in there when I was pregnant) and the shower pan had started leaking, so it seemed like a great opportunity to go ahead and remodel the bathroom.

 Before Photo of our bathroom when we bought our house.

Before Photo of our bathroom when we bought our house.

Designing this bathroom presented a couple of challenges. Ideally, we would have put the shower on the wall with the window pictured above, but that wall is on the front of the house, so in the end we opted not to so that we could keep that window larger for the house’s curb appeal.  With keeping the galley layout and the fact that we were pushing the wall back 6 inches, which actually made the bathroom smaller, we knew we were going to have pretty limited space to work with.

It’s also the first room we’ve really remodeled in this house, and we haven’t picked out finishes for the rest of the house yet. So it kind of felt like this is setting the tone for everything. (Which is a lot of pressure for a hall bath!) I wouldn’t want to finish our addition and then feel like this bathroom doesn’t fit with everything else.

Here is some of the inspiration we started with:

 I mean this is a 12th century poet's villa in the South of France, but I love all the natural textures and the mix of gray and warm tones. (  via Remodelista )

I mean this is a 12th century poet's villa in the South of France, but I love all the natural textures and the mix of gray and warm tones. (via Remodelista)

 Love the wood accents and the mixed metal finishes here. ( Above: By  Jenna Sue Design )

Love the wood accents and the mixed metal finishes here. (Above: By Jenna Sue Design)

 ( via Pinterest)

(via Pinterest)

We decided to go with a fairly neutral color palette with warm grays and natural tones accented with wood. We had a custom vanity built that’s open underneath to help the bathroom feel a bit bigger than it is and custom shelving built for storage. We also decided to do a walk-in shower rather than a shower/tub combo since this will be more of a guest bathroom down the road.

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Stay tuned to see how everything turns out when it's done!