We felt like there was some wasted space along the wall adjacent to the linen closet in the original layout.
I also really didn’t like the lack of counter space in the original layout. In our Cincinnati house, we had a vanity a similar size, and I always felt like it was too small. So going into this renovation, we were determined not to end up with the same problem in this bathroom.
Original plumbing location
We talked about a lot of different options. Well, moving plumbing sounds like it would be expensive – and it definitely is! We also realized that under the original bathroom floor, there was a thick layer of concrete. It was just too expensive to move any plumbing.
We settled on putting the new tub, sink and toilet where they were in the original bathroom. However, this didn’t solve the counter space issue.
In thinking about the linen closet, we weren’t sure that we really needed all that storage space. We didn’t have one in our Cincinnati house (because we took it out in a renovation to make that bathroom bigger), and really, we never missed it. We kept extra toiletries in the vanity cabinet and kept extra towels in a guest bedroom closet. Plus, in this house, our powder room downstairs had a huge closet, so we figured we could keep cleaning supplies there. Do you have a linen closet? Could you live without it?
If we were willing to forgo the linen closet, we could put a second vanity along that wall. Instead of giving up all of that space where the linen closet was, we gave up only the bottom half.
In the top half, we decided to put in shelves and nice baskets for storage. With these shelves and two vanities, we felt like we had a lot of storage for a relatively small bathroom.
How many vanities? How many sinks?
So we had two vanities. But we decided not to go with two sinks – but to keep just one in sink, in the original vanity. I know everyone wants two sinks – at least that’s what every buyer on House Hunters is always saying. But I thought putting a sink in the second vanity would defeat the whole purpose of putting the second vanity in to gain more counter space.
With the room we had, each vanity would have to be 32 inches wide. Putting a sink in takes up about 14 inches at its widest point, meaning there is about 9 inches on each size of the sink. That didn’t sound like a lot of extra counter space to me.
So we didn’t go with the second sink. Just extra counter space. And honestly, I love it!
With the layout decided on, we were ready to pick out flooring, vanities, sinks, faucets, towel bars, shower tile, a tub, baskets for our new linen closet shelves … all fun stuff!
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