To the Rescue! DIY Disaster Made Right in a Triple Bathroom / Laundry Reno

DIY Disaster from the previous owner: Duct taped pipes

In the month of July, we basically ate (does sawdust count?), breathed and lived bathroom renovations (and kitchens, but i’ll get to that later). One of the nicest families we have ever met had called us in last minute to look at renovating a laundry room and three bathrooms, which had long been victim to a DIY disaster caused by the previous owners. Duct tape, as they found out, could only hold for so long. The band aid solutions were just not going to cut it anymore, and it was a perfect opportunity to create three fully functional and classically designed bathrooms. Because of the quick start date and tight timeline (exactly 3 weeks), most of the materials used were from Lowes or Home Depot.

Exhibit A: Old Layout- The classic older home layout (40 years+) with a squeezed in ensuite bathroom addition with no place to shower.

The New Layout

Master Ensuite Before (Left): A tiny ensuite with a small pedestal sink.

After: A one piece toilet was installed for easier cleaning, and a new Archer Kohler pedestal sink was installed. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Road (CC-470).

A stand up shower was added to the ensuite with tiles with a band of parquet design accent tiles from Lowes.


Main Bathroom Before (Left): The bathtub (which had previously been leaking to the basement washroom below), had become the shower stall in the ensuite, so a shorter 54″ x 30″ tub (a hard find to come by!) had to be installed to accomodate the smaller space.

After: A warm, family-friendly design with modern clean lines, painted in the cozy shade of Ranchwood (CC-500) by Benjamin Moore. The floors are chocolate brown Blown 16″ x 16″ by Ciot.

To accomodate teeth brushing time for three kids, we designed a custom 66″ shaker-style vanity with quartz countertops and rounded rectangular undermount sinks. The faucets are Mistos by Kohler.


Below: the old shower stall was removed and a one piece toilet was installed by Price Pfister.

Before:The laundry room had poorly done plumbing, and very little storage space.

After: We custom designed shelving and updated all the plumbing.

Basement Bathroom Before: The old bathroom was a mishmash of buttercream slathered Victorian replica porcelain and outdated blue tiles.

After: A 24″ custom but simple shaker door style vanity, which is a pre-curser to the contemporary design.

Before: An awkward dark corner shower, that the family couldn’t use because it would back up on them.

After: A whopping 72″ x 42″ shower base was installed with a custom glass door and wall. A tub filler was installed to wash the kids feet. The washroom is painted in warm and inviting shade, which reminds me of chocolate mouse Benjamin Moore’s Cobblestone (CC-454)

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