There is nothing I do not hate about the hall bathroom. It was the one thing that made me think twice about this house. Here is a photo I took the first time we looked at the house:
The room is small to start with. And made even smaller with the sink and toilet on opposite walls. Apparently this didn’t bother the previous owners—since they managed to squeeze in a coat rack for their towels.
The bathroom’s layout was a really poor design. The sink and toilet were on opposite walls.
My drawing makes it look like there is plenty of room to walk around. But it’s just bad art. Here is a better idea of how little room there was:
With the original layout, the doorway prevented us from moving the sink over next to the toilet. And the plumbing prevented us from moving the toilet next to the sink.
We had two options. The first was to leave the sink and toilet on opposite walls. Actually, this was never an option, but Paul campaigned for it anyway. I pretended to listen to him and nodded like I might consider it.
The second option was for us (Paul) to move the doorway. Which is what we (me) decided to do.
Here’s the view from the hallway, before:
After… Magic, eh?
April 12, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
Victoria I have been contemplating whether I should tell you I love you. I kept reading your blog and in my head I have just been like, “she is hilarious, so witty and awesome, I love her. Why do I have to live in TX, we could have been buddies” Then I told myself, that I sound more than a little stalkerish. Then I read another posting and I loved you more. Then I read your awesomely authentic post about Christmas craft blogging with an ulterior purpose and for the first time ever I subscribed to email updates for a blog. Not because you have great taste and obsess over faucets and toilets, but because your voice is so clear and humorous and I always laugh, smile or feel like I have gained ammunition against my DIY hating husband. I couldn’t believe there were no postings on your first blog I decided to read from the beginning and I found a safe place to say I love you. Your blog is awesome, you are my favorite.
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
April 13, 2013 @ 8:40 am
I read this yesterday… and I thought that if I waited to answer you, I would think of some way to explain how this is the best thing anyone has ever said to me… Ever, ever, ever… And how I may have it tattooed on my back.
Then the day got away from me, and it was time to go to Elvis Fest… which, really? I cannot wait to tell you about. In short—it was beyond awesome.
THANK you for finding me… there is something strangely satisfying in having a total stranger “get” you.
November 24, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
And I say ditto to what Bergies Girl said. I do enjoy and have started at the beginning too. It’ll be a fun read. You go!
May 16, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
Hm. Who’da thunk you couldn’t just switch the hinges and knobs and inside door frame doodad to make the door open the other direction? Certainly not me. It’s a good thing your husband has superpowers; I totally would have messed that up, because my husband wouldn’t have allowed it, so I would have done it myself, and then he would shake his head at me and laugh as I begged him to fix it the way I wanted it. BTW I echo BergiesGirl’s sentiments… except I don’t mind that I’m being stalkerish and I promise to only online stalk you.
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
May 17, 2013 @ 6:07 pm
Now that I’ve seen your house, I’m the one who will be doing the stalking…
If I made the door-moving seem that simple? I didn’t explain it right… it was a lot of work (that I was not involved in, other than to hold stuff in place) so, is easy for me to say, oh just move this here or there, and then presto!!
June 27, 2013 @ 9:02 pm
I just saw the mirror….I have a 10 ft tall one that everyone gushes over and I love…and when I saw yours, all I could saw was “Holy F..”! Gorgeous! I love it and I was on the edge of my seat to see it, reading your blog (which I just came across on facebook) 🙂 Now I’m going to go peruse Craigslist!
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
June 28, 2013 @ 11:48 am
I’m pretty sure CL is seeing a bump in traffic from everyone going to look for the next kingdom!!
Jealous you have room for 10′!!
August 22, 2016 @ 10:47 am
Just found you via Facebook due to Elvis. You have my deepest sympathy, I know the loss you feel. I had my dog Samantha (Sam) for 18 years. It was like losing a child. But we persevere and come out the other side stronger. Any way, I am starting out at the beginning so I can indulge in all of my renovation fantasies thru you. My partner and I love renos and construction in general.
October 20, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
Thank You for being the voice of my people- or IDK, it just may be the two of us. But, from antique dental chairs on my front porch to the old veterinarian’s table we have as our kitchen island (not to mention the old industrial sock knitting machine I just found on CL that weighs like 200lbs and will be wired with a 25wt bulb- making it the weight to light output ratio ridiculously unjustifiable ) I feel like we would get a long just fine.
Paul seems to speak my old man’s grunts and groans onto dutiful getter language too. And for that, we are blessed- and entertained. I am not sure that you have yet publicly admitted to the act of befriending a gal based on the fact that her husband is huge and could prolly help you move that yet unknown giant heavy thing, but between you and me – I bet you have done it too.
I value the fact that you too carry internal knowledge that the time/space continuum of houses and vehicles bends to the will of the universe if it really wants us to have something giant and fancy!
Thanks for writing your adventures down- I cant ever seem to do that part, but know that in TN you have a tribe-mate and she slings coffee outside of Nashville and fills her home and shop with troll fueled ideas, CL finds and insanely heavy fancy things that the universe drops in front of her! Happy for your life and blogging adventures!!
January 14, 2017 @ 1:40 pm
Oh wow, I just found your site from a facebook link. I thought oh no here we go with the annoying click bait things but I had to see your mirror. I’m glad it turned out to be a blog instead. I will have to live vicariously through you and your adventures as me and my hubby are both disabled. If we weren’t I would have found a way to do exactly what you’re doing at some point in our life. My son and his wife bought a 1914 house and we were helping them redo some things there but the wiring had never been redone and yep it caught fire inside the walls one day and all our hard work went up in smoke…sigh. Anyway I love your humor and am over here chuckling away and telling my hubby bits here and there. He seems to have Paul’s demeanor and is not wholly engaged in the humor like I am. I have though at times gotten some things from craigslist and free sites and talked him into going with me to fetch them and they were always heavier than I imagined. I had to go back to the beginning of your adventure after reading about your kingdom mirror. He is, thankfully doing some remodeling on our present home but we’re trying to keep it fairly easy.
March 28, 2021 @ 1:23 pm
Dear V.E.B., what a fantastic idea to move the door!! My husband and I are struggling with a new bathroom layout in our 1925 home. One of the windows was concealed by the previous owners using a shower insert…we didn’t even know that until after we moved into the house and was walking around the outside and saw the window in question…well, with a question, which was WTF? I don’t think there’s any way around that window and we would love to reveal it, and I don’t know if moving the door will allow for other options, but it’s brilliant, THANK YOU!!!