Finalizing the Primary Bathroom Design, But It’s Hit a Snag!

Hi Everyone,


I admit it.

I’m tired.

However, I found my silverware. It was under the old air conditioner filled with stuff, and when I picked it up, the bottom of that box completely busted open, spilling its contents in the middle of the dusty living room.

The silverware was underneath that, just chillin’ in the next box.

I also found my coffee filters.

This is why this is so difficult. It’s all of the little things heaped onto everything else. I’m a stranger in my own home.

Plus, washing dishes in the bathroom sink seriously sucks.


Sorry for the whine fest.


Every time I feel exhausted, I think of my beautiful kitchen where I was unloading lots of goodies earlier today.


I’ve been working on the primary bathroom design and measuring.

You see, there are “rough measurements” and finished measurements. The difference is about 1/2-3/4″ per vertical surface.


Whatever the reason, there always seems to be less to work with than the drawings indicate.


I did one more design for Brendan. He loves it because it’s easier to build.

bathroom design 12.2, 2023 - current buildThe problem is that the toilet wall at the bottom is six inches shorter than the one shared with the shower.


There’s nothing implicitly wrong with this.


However, it lacks the finesse and charm I’m trying to incorporate. Plus, the design lacks continuity.


stairwell hall - laundry left - renovation update November 6, 2023

Oh, and that dumb beam attached to the wall would show. You can see it next to the shower. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

The green lines represent the wainscoting.



Above, you can see how the architects made the walls the same.  The dotted line represents a header beam across the shower and toilet area. It’s not present in Brendan’s version.

In the meantime, if you missed Thursday’s post, I’ve decided on the side niches without the rear cabinet (Unnecessary) and will show you what I’ve come up with.

the primary bathroom design Dec 2, 2023


Everything but the white ceiling is at 8′-3″.


I don’t know what’s with all the fractions. Maybe the builder will deduct 1.2″ when he’s framing. We needed to lower the 9′-1″ ceiling in the bathroom to 8′-11″ because of a small copper pipe.

The tricky part is the toilet area. I don’t think Brendan has to redo anything, but that closet needs to be smaller. Right now, the rough opening is 20″. We need to lose 6″.


This plan makes sense to me. Actually, I love it. It has everything on my wish list.


  • Charming vanity nook with a console vanity
  • Gorgeous polished nickel faucet
  • wainscoting
  • lovely crown moulding
  • full ceiling height for the open section
  • The crapper is no longer in front of the entrance.
  • Spacious.
  • Hidden storage.
  • And, no freaking doors in the way of anything. Look at that long, beautiful wall!


Ironically, I had made an elevation based on this idea last June.


Shower & Crapper Elevation 6.21.2023
I am sure this is confusing AF. But from left to right, this is the vanity, shower, and crapper in that order, with dividing walls in dark gray. I will have a much better image for Monday.


I’ve spent several hours on this one elevation.


Laurel, why are you still working on the design?


Great question. I’m working on it because it’s being built but not according to the plans, which are off by a few inches here and there. It’s throwing off a crucial element in the primary bathroom design.

The floor space between the shower and wall is 4′-8″, not 4′-10″.  I measured it at least half a dozen times this morning. The two niche walls will take away about eight inches so that we will have an opening of 48″. That’s spacious enough and also cozy enough.


I did two elevations.


The first is only to show the process.


elevation vanity wall #1the primary bathroom design
We can do a very small casing, 2.25″, around the vanity nook, shower, and crapper openings that you can see in light gray above. When I do the shower elevation, this will look a lot better.

elevation vanity wall #2 the primary bathroom design
I will add notes and dimensions for Brendan and Robert. However, in the meantime, the dotted line represents the ceiling height over the vanity.


The part that goes higher is a section view that reveals the higher ceiling in the middle.


The best way to think of it is if you took a giant knife and sliced the room a foot or so in front of the vanity. It doesn’t show any joists or other lumber because that’s necessary for our purposes.

Yes, the sconces have backplates, but the image had them on an angle, so I cut them off. We know they’re there. ;]


The side of the vanity nook is my favorite part.


It shows three panels similar to an embrasure shutter. The center panel has a hidden door that clears the shade.

Okay, I have to end now. I will do the shower and crapper elevation for Monday night.

And then, we’ll finalize the under the stairs closet. That’s when I’ll reveal the bedroom surprise. I did something I didn’t want to do but had no choice.

In the words of Tim Gunn,

“Make it Work!”


But, guess what arrived today?


Wilmette Hardware Cremone Bolts


Renovation goodies - Wilmette Hardware and Orac Decor Mouldings


My Dial soap! lol. And YES, the Cremone Bolts from Wilmette Hardware!!!

More on Monday! We will finalize the primary bathroom design.



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