Renovation Plans - New baths from old, other minor stuff
August 3, 2015 10:25 AM - BoerumHillScott
Funny looking back out our old posts. Well, those plans are long dead, but time to get serious about our new plans.

I think we have most of the big stuff mapped out. We talked to an architect, and while she does not have the time to do the job, she gave some advice while confirming our basic ideas we have are good.

Now it's time to find an architect, finalize thing, and move forward.

Edited by BoerumHillScott at August 3, 2015 1:22 PM

August 3, 2015 10:28 AM - BoerumHillScott
Here is the current overview of work to be done:

First Floor (entry only) :
- New Paint, including stairway.

Second Floor:
- New paint throughout, including stairway.

- Demo and rebuild shared pantry cabinet/bathroom cabinet, reducing width 6 inches to make additional room for refrigerator.
- Add water line for refrigerator.
- New kitchen countertops, cabinet doors, appliances, sink. Keep all appliances in same locations.
- Add garbage disposal to kitchen sink.
- New tile floors
- New tile backsplash

Third Floor:
- New paint throughout.
- Remove carpet throughout.

- Existing 12’7” x 7’9”. East wall: Laundry (gas, external vented), tub/shower combo, toilet. West wall: 2 sink vanity, storage shelves. Vented fan. Various light circuits. All to be removed.
- Build wall, creating a 7’0” x 7’9” North bathroom with stacked laundry, toilet, shower, and single sink vanity, and 5’0 x 7’9 South bathroom with toilet and double sink vanity. Keep existing external walls and door openings.

New North Bathroom:
- Tile floor with electric radiant heat.
- Painted walls.
- Stackable washer/dryer space on East wall. Use existing gas line and vent? Move water hookups and drain.
- Toilet on east wall.
- Single Sink Vanity on west well 31”.
- Built in shower 34” x 48” at southwest corner. Glass walls/door. Plumbing on south wall. Tile floor. Tile walls.
- Wall-mount Lighting over vanity.
- Ceiling-mount light/exhaust fan.
- Ceiling-mount light in shower.
- Wall outlet above vanity.
- Wall outlet behind/below toilet (for future bidet seat)

New South Bathroom:
- Tile floor with electric radiant heat.
- Painted walls.
- Toilet on east wall (existing toilet location).
- Double sink vanity on North wall 60”
- Wall-mount Lighting over vanity.
- Ceiling-mount light/exhaust fan.
- 2x Wall outlet above vanity.
- Wall outlet behind/below toilet (for future bidet seat)

Master Bedroom.
- Remove existing ceiling light. Install ceiling fan in alternate location.
- Reinforce floor near east wall for 500 pound, 80 gallon claw foot tub
- Center-draining claw foot tub with wall-mount faucet.
- Tile Floor
- East wall tiled, other walls painted

2nd bedroom:
- Remove existing ceiling light. Install ceiling fan in alternate location.

Hall, 2nd bedroom, 3rd bedroom:
- Install wood floors: 3.75” prefinished, Tongue-and-groove.
Edited by BoerumHillScott at August 3, 2015 1:10 PM
August 3, 2015 11:00 AM - Deleted
scott this is for the coop you are buying? i am confused.
August 3, 2015 12:43 PM - BoerumHillScott
This is for the house we are moving into, where RC's mom lives now.
RC's mom is moving into the Coop we are buying, with zero renovations.
August 3, 2015 1:14 PM - rf
Could you please fix that double n in the title, Scott? It is driving me crazy.

Signed, compulsive speller.
August 3, 2015 1:19 PM - Deleted
i see.
August 3, 2015 7:20 PM - ilovestoops
Ya'll don't need grab bars now, but you might someday. I strongly recommend having blocking installed in the bathroom walls everywhere that you think you might want a grab bar some day. I had them installed, although when I was your age, I never thought I would need them. They really, really make a difference.

It's great that the existing bathroom is double the typical size so that you can make 2 bathrooms in the same area. No tub or shower in the south bathroom but a tub in the bedroom? How exotic! Be sure there's a lock on the BR door!

August 3, 2015 7:42 PM - Partridge
Sounds wonderful and not overly ambitious. The only thing I'd like to try to talk you guys out of is pre-finished wood flooring. I'm not a fan. Never looks "real".
August 3, 2015 8:14 PM - BoerumHillScott
I did not even know you could buy wood not per-finished. Well, I guess I knew, but I don't think I have ever seen it for sale.

I'm not talking about laminate or other engineered wood, just wood that already has been stained and sealed.
August 3, 2015 8:28 PM - Partridge
Yes, I know that's what you meant. There is no good reason to use it. I don't think it is cheaper or better wearing. I have installed several wood floors using raw wood. You have better control over the stain and finish techniques. Also can add a couple extra coats of varnish if desired.

It is nearly impossible to install a pre-finished floor without some mishaps. Also, they often have a slight beveled edge that makes them look fake and collect dust.

Go to Premium Wood Flooring in north slope/Sunset. Check prices for planks only. Ask your contractor and architect about it.

I have 4" white oak of a mid-quality grade. The better the grade, the more even and consistent the grain. Low grade is wavier in patterning, color changes and full of knots which can be easily filled. Finest grades have narrow, straight grain, consistent in color and have no knots.
August 4, 2015 7:53 AM - petebklyn
or Verrazano ....I used them for the oak floor on upstairs. I would also be leery of pre-finished flooring.
and if you do decide on the pre-finished ---- best to make sure no bevel or micro-bevel.