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Question DetailsAsked on 11/6/2013

How do I find someone to help me reengineer a space for improved functionality and utility?

I have a utility room (with washer, dryer, freezer, cabinetry) off a hallway on the main floor. The hallway also has two small closets and a half bath coming off of it. I want to consider converting the half bath to a full bath by adding a shower. I need advice on how to best reengineer this entire space to fit our needs. There are lots of walls and doors and it's not very efficient.

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We've done stuff like that twice now in the last few years. One key thing is to take very careful measurements and draw it out on your PC, and also on some graph paper. Get a sense of the space and sketch out some rough ideas.

At some point, you'll need to bite the bullet and gut the area so that you REALLY know exactly what you are dealing with. How the floor joists work and where you will need to plumb your sanitary 3" drain can really affect exactly what your plan can really be. If you are serious about doing this project soon, it could be well worth it to do the gut after the holidays are over, and then some things will really become a lot more obvious once you can see everything.

A small bathroom doesn't have to be a detractor. It can be AMAZING. The key is finding the right design for the space and making the most out of materials for huge impact and value. I recommend using really nice tiles, either natural stone or some of the new top notch large format ceramic/porceleins. They do NOT have to be expensive. The Tile Shop has some great stuff. Travertine Group in Tampa has amazing natural stone for the money. I'm also a big fan of linear drains - so that you can use large format tiles on the shower floor (single pitch).

Here are some links to help you with ideas. Take your time and PLAN it out. Toss ideas around with your better half. You really don't need a pro - just get a real understanding of the space, and review different ideas for the right feel for YOU.

Good luck!


Answered 7 years ago by Jefferson


Jefferson's suggestion was very good - I would recommend using graph paper to lay it out to scale - 1 inch per foot is commonly convenient - and make paper cutouts to scale of appliances, shower, toilet, vanity, etc, etc and move them around to see what fits well where. Also make cutouts 3 feet round (scaled down) to represent you as you move around - 2 feet you can slip through but 3 feet is about what you need carrying clothing, towels, etc without banging your elbows.

If you feel you need professional help, this is where a remodel Architect comes in - both with respect to helping plan the flow and functionality, and also in assessing which walls are structural and which are non-structural and can be readily moved. If you do decide to do a major layout remodel you are probably going to need an architect anyway, so getting him/her involved early on can be helpful.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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