August 9, 2022

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A Washer and Dryer Prompts a Toilet Rework

 A rest room will get a design and sq. footage overhaul

Undertaking: Broaden a rest room so as to add a washer and dryer 

Earlier than: Ashleigh and Jonathan have been renting an residence within the Monetary District of Manhattan whereas leasing out their very own home in New Jersey, once they determined they’d slightly personal their on a regular basis residence. The couple offered their place throughout the river with the intention of shopping for an residence in New York Metropolis. 

They discovered a 953-square-foot studio loft in DUMBO, Brooklyn, which was initially constructed as a cleaning soap manufacturing unit in 1904. For the reason that place didn’t come outfitted with a laundry hook up, they’d deliberate to have one put in so as to add a washer and dryer to their toilet. Sadly, the couple didn’t notice what that improve would contain. “We had no concept that this subsequent step would essentially require renovation, nonetheless, we fell in love with the residence, and found out a technique to make it work,” Ashleigh shared. 

Natural wood flooring in a gray room leading to white bathroom before renovation
Beige wall tiles with white sink and vanity with white shower curtains before renovationAfter: The couple posted their renovation venture to Sweeten, with the plan to extend the toilet’s sq. footage by taking area from a close-by alcove.  Stylistically, the duo determined to maintain it fairly easy, but in addition honor the commercial vibes of the constructing and the residence. They have been matched with a common contractor, who Sweeten shared was already engaged on one other venture in the identical constructing. “That was a big think about us deciding to go together with him for the renovation,” Ashleigh mentioned. 

Navy blue paint and white subway tiles and brass fittings over white bathtub after renovationWhite subway tiles and blue paint in bathroom and laundry niche with washer dryer after renovationFrom the onset, the contractor knew timing was tight—for the reason that couple needed to be out of their rental within the Monetary District by a non-negotiable deadline. “Proper off the bat, he advised us to solely contemplate objects that have been in inventory and never particular order in order that we may keep away from pointless delays, which positively guided us down a considerably restricted path when deciding on tile, fixtures, and so on. He was additionally very useful in making design ideas, corresponding to what course the herringbone tile needs to be put in, what number of recessed lights we would have liked, door/molding selections, and so on,” Ashleigh shared. 

The house owner’s first resolution? The unfinished wooden vainness with a Carrara marble high. From there, they selected the aged brass and gunmetal fixtures, basic white subway tiles, and navy paint for the partitions. 

As soon as their contractor filed the mandatory plumbing and electrical permits, all they might do, construction-wise, was wait. “He assured us that he was doing every little thing he may to make this occur and stayed in fixed communication, retaining us knowledgeable on how issues have been progressing with our permits, in addition to letting us know when he wanted sure objects for set up,” Ashleigh mentioned. As soon as they got here via, he had a month lower than deliberate to finish the venture—however all-in-all the renovation wrapped up simply two days delayed. 

washer and dryer in bathroomThis wasn’t precisely Ashleigh and Jonathan’s first renovation—however their first with a licensed common contractor. “His expertise and experience helped information us via the method,” Ashleigh mentioned. Sweeten reached out in the course of the course of and supplied help, however the couple famous they really didn’t want any additional assist and that every little thing was shifting alongside.

“We completely love our new toilet. Given the restricted area, it fits our wants and elegance completely. We’ve lived with and with out a washer/dryer and far choose life with one, so the truth that we may remedy that drawback with the residence makes it infinitely extra livable for us.” Ashleigh mentioned.


Bonus: Their Sweeten contractor additionally constructed a walk-in closet out of the remaining alcove area. 

Model finds: Ground in herringbone basalt mosaic; partitions and bathe in Nori Gloss 3×6” white ceramic subway tile: Full Tile. Spray jet showerhead; classic cross-handle balanced strain bathtub and bathe valve; trim set with tub spout in aged brass; early twentieth century mercantile powder washstand with Carrara marble vainness high; classic cross-handle 8” widespread faucet in aged brass; Edison glass inline double sconce in gunmetal bronze, early twentieth century mercantile 84” cupboard: Restoration {Hardware}. Wall paint in Hale Navy, #HC-154: Benjamin Moore. Two-piece elongated chair, dual-flush rest room, #MW4463056CUMFGA#01: Home equipment Connection. Frontloading W1 washer and T1 heat-pump tumble dryer: Home equipment Connection.

Take a look at one other renovation the place including laundry was a fundamental precedence.

Sweeten handpicks one of the best common contractors to match every venture’s location, price range, and scope, serving to till venture completion. Comply with the weblog, Sweeten Tales, for renovation concepts and inspiration and once you’re able to renovate, begin your renovation on Sweeten.