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Commented on Dec 27, 2011
I have a few things I resolve to do this year. Since this is going to be the second year
living in our first house (purchased it in March) and this year was spent realizing and purchasing the things "we never knew we needed until we needed them" like a lawn mower...and a shovel for snow... and a watering hose for flower beds (Ha!) it is all about organization! I want to organize my crazy utility/storage room and my even CRAZIER garage!
My husband and I are going to be tackling our bathroom reno first (for those who have been following my questions, kitchen is winning out for next year, bathroom is going to start the
year off; thank you for your help!) and I came across this picture on Pinterest and was curious if it was something we could do ourselves.
I love the idea of the inset in the bathroom. Not necessarily the entire length of the wall, but potentially the length of our vanity, which is 30". I know that there is an inset behind our bathroom mirror that we've yet to close off (from a medicine cabinet that the previous owners actually covered up with another giant medicine cabinet that was 36" long and was not set inside the wall). So I know that we could potentially do an inset as long as 16" in between our studs (we have studs every 16" // house built in 1950). But would it be possible to run it as long as 30" if we cut into the studs? I am unsure how that would affect the integrity of the wall and the overall structure of the house, which is why we're waiting. I also do not know if I should be hiring a contractor for this. We'd like to save as much money as possible, as we're pretty big DIYers.
Thank you for your help! Photos are attached.
Commented on Dec 20, 2011
@BeckySue - we do not want to extend it to the entire length of the wall. We only want it to
go the 30" from the edges of the vanity. The glass shelf isn't an option; it was there when we first moved in (see MLS listing photo) and I ripped that out the same day of closing. It was hideous and doesn't work in the space. We've got a lot going on in the bathroom when it's all said and done; installation of a different window that will allow us to move the tub to the far edge of the wall instead of on the length of the room. We'll be adding so much extra space by doing that and have a contractor already lined up.
@Shella -- you have a FABULOUS idea!! That could really make it unique by essentially creating little "cubbies" or whathaveyou. Thanks for the tip!
We're wanting to do a complete gut job, but we're not sure how we're going to be able to maximize the potential of the space due to the door placements. There is one pocket door on the
east side of the room (on the 8'4" wall) going to the living/dining room area. The second door is on the north wall (10'6") that leads to the small functioning landing that goes to the garage and also is the landing for the stairs to the half-finished basement.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how we could maximize the space in this kitchen? We're still in the very early stages of planning, so everything is fair game. I just would love to get some usable counter space and maximize its potential. The current, outdated kitchen makes me crazy. 2D floor plan and 3D renderings attached. Thanks in advance!
PS: There is a sink directly under the window (for some reason it did not render) and the appliances are matching in dimensions only, not our actual appliances (I wish).
Commented on Nov 03, 2011
@Yamini, thank you for the plans! This is something that definitely is doable if we were able
to remove the wall for it not being a load bearing wall. The TV currently sits on that wall now in the living room, but could easily be moved atop the mantle of the fireplace. The plan drawing really helped with the visualization of it; thank you!
@Tim, thanks for the input! I really appreciate it!!