After years of living in the suburbs, we finally sold our house. We had hoped to move full time to our beloved beach house but it is too far to commute. We looked for options closer to work but nothing made sense until we found a tiny 672 square foot 1926 cottage in a small historical town – we had found a city house that seemed like our beach house. So we have begun yet another renovation and I hope to share our journey of 2 tiny houses as we make them our homes.
Before we bought our tiny cottage…
Painted the craftsman door and starting on trim…
We have been so busy preparing our house to sell that I have neglected the blog. I’m thrilled to write we are purchasing a 1926 cottage on the banks of the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon. This will be an exciting journey as we restore and bring back to life this adorable tiny home. Please watch for posts as we begin!
The demolition of the bathroom started on July 7, 2014 and began as a simple project to replace the old cast iron bath tub with a shower and tile. What it became was a complete removal of walls and the subfloor. Such is the case with a 100 year old beach house.
Rebuilding everything became the smart move as we now have a spa-like bathroom with all new electrical, lights, plumbing, fixtures, walls and floor. The thing I am most proud of in this project is that we did EVERYTHING ourselves. No contractors or handyman. It tooks us 9 months to the day as we hammered in the last piece of hardwood flooring on April 8, 2015.
I am also pleased that we salvaged or up cycled the tub, tile, lights, flooring, vanity, mirror, sink & faucet. The toilet, shower pan, tub & shower faucet and bead board were all new. With our labor and salvaged materials, the total budget was right under $2,500 for finished project.
The goal of the remodel was to upgrade the quality of the bathroom as well as create a space that could have existed in 1915 when the house was built. We used a salvaged clawfoot tub from the tear down of a 1920s house, subway tile, Douglas fir for the ceiling & vanity top, bead board walls to create the era or reference existing details in the house. We used a salvaged map of nearby Willapa Bay that was pinned to the wall when we bought the house as art work.
Here is a photo journey of our beach bathroom remodel with a before, during and final product. Thanks for sharing this journey with us- it’s been one of the most satisfying projects we have ever done and the first from design, to complete tear down to rebuild.
The Final Bathroom Reveal
On July 7, 2014 we started the demolition of our beach bathroom. On April 8, 2015, my husband installed the final piece of Hickory hardwood on the floor, completing our 9 month journey to completely transform our bathroom and utility room into a gorgeous spa like bathroom. We need to reinstall the clawfoot tub and put things back to take the ultimate before and after pictures but we are so happy to be finished and proud we did every bit of the work ourselves including construction of floor and walls, plumbing and electric. Big reveal coming soon!