My spouse and I are in are early 60's and want to live in our small Cape Cod style house well into retirement. Our only full bath is small (6' 7 1/2”W x 7'10 1/2”L). We are concerned about bathing safely in our later years, and we will be unable to use the tub; however the tub has to stay due to resale issues. We need to put in a walk-in shower stall and will have to enlarge the bathroom.
The bathroom has a tiny sink/vanity area and no counter space. Storage in both the bathroom and master bedroom is insufficient, and things get lost in the corners of the closets. The placement of the plumbing by the toilet limits what we can do with the bathroom, due to the toilet vent stack. The wall behind the toilet can't be moved.
The layout of the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are awkward, and we anticipate that in order to give us the larger bathroom that we need, the new layout could affect the second bedroom and even the third bedroom. The bedrooms all need to have closet space.
We want a workable floor plan for the bedrooms and bath, a 3D rendering and design ideas that we can use to renovate the space ourselves. We expect that the new design of the bathroom could change the entire layout of the second floor. We will most likely contract the plumbing out and plan on replacing all the bathroom fixtures. We like the look of stone in the bathroom, a glass shower stall with a low threshold, and earth tones. Our style is casual and our house has a 1930-1940 farmhouse feel.
BATHROOM: Need walk-in shower with a built-in bench; and better storage for linens, toiletries and cleaning products. Need better place for hanging towels instead of on the back of the bathroom door. Want sit-down area for make-up and drying hair. Need to keep the window accessible so we can open and close the window easily. Bathroom has a sloping ceiling; ceilings are 90" but are 72" at their shortest point. Cannot move the wall behind the toilet due to the vent stack, but can move the back wall of the closet into the master bedroom.
MASTER BEDROOM: The current closet is inefficient with double sliding doors, would prefer two separate closets. Can get rid of the long bureau (60"w x 19"d x 34" h) in master bedroom and create alternative storage to compensate. We have purchased a new mini-split heating/cooling unit. The placement will be on the wall of the master bedroom and needs to be incorporated in the final design. The unit is 34”w x 11”h x 7 1/2”d. We will eventually replace the carpets with hardwood flooring. We have a queen size bed with a flat-screen TV, which is up against the bathroom wall.
OTHER INFORMATION: Floor joists run perpendicular to the back yard wall. We are do-it-yourselfers and want to find cost-efficient ways to accomplish this project, but do plan on replacing the tub, toilet and sink. Windows are to remain where they are. Most of the closets on this floor are inadequate.
The design should work for experienced DIYers. We would like to minimize moving plumbing lines. Design must be accessible for elders. We will do the work in stages. Products will have to be easy maintenance.
i. We would like a layout and 3-D design:
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION-ELEVATION VIEW(S) : Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS (where relevant)