Who doesn’t love a good before and after story? I know I do! SO… without further ado… and a room at a time… I’ll share with you the details of Heather and Andrew Lynds, Mad River Barn project. It truly is a story! I’ll start with the bathrooms today… My best, Joanne
Here is where it all started…the old bathrooms. Inefficient toilets, outdated and energy sucking fixtures, tired and rotting floors and tub/showers… What to do, what to do…
As we all know, in construction projects, sometimes you don’t know how bad the issues are until you pull the room apart. Heather, Andrew and the building team, Birdseye Builders, reconstructed every single bathroom down to the new studs, flooring and wall systems, new plumbing, efficiency utilities, better ventilating…etc. All the back stuff you never see — but is even more important than the final design (I’ll only say that once!).
Once we all worked on the basic layout together, with the architect, Jim, the construction crew was busy rebuilding and I was busy designing the space, the look and what to do with the stuff that was pulled out.
As you all know, I hate to see anything go to waste, so all the sinks, tubs, lighting fixtures, curtains, rods, towels bars, etc… What we didn’t put back in the project, wood, beams, piping… whatever could be donated was — blankets, curtains, lights, you name it! It was donated to both the Rebuild Center, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. That always feels good!
The wood that was pulled from the building was ready for my vanity idea!
So what do I do — I turn around after donating our sinks, I pick up different recycled sinks at the rebuild center-it took a couple of months of searching to find them all but the price was right — about $5-20 each.
Then I had Andrew and Heather (who busted their butts throughout the project — day and night, working along side the crew) drop off all the metal piping that Andrew found in the woods behind the building, to my neighbors house. I can’t believe he dragged them all out-but once I saw them, I knew we’d use every last piece…starting with the vanities, then working our way to the pub with them.
In comes my talented neighbor and friend, Brett. Honestly, I could not have done this project without him. A trade show and theater booth builder and artist, he was willing to take my crazy drawings and ideas and make the custom salvaged wood vanities happen!
So using the old wood, recycled sink and salvaged piping, he created these amazing masterpieces for each bathroom (12 in all). They have been sealed like crazy for the commercial environment they are in.
Then the shower went in — who doesn’t love the simplicity of subway tiles. Classic!
Then of course, we added the details — more reclaimed vintage barn wood and vintage hooks I picked up at Brimfield Antique Fair.
And for the final touch! A real turkey feeder — turned into a light fixture and made UL certified by Conant Metal and Light. The tile that looks like reclaimed wood came from Best Tile, and the Kohler oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and curtain rod — came from the amazing folks at Lowe’s- who I’ve come to adore! Ohhh… and the toliet paper holder is made from salvaged copper pipes that came out of the building and the trash bucket is an old maple bucket Thanks Susan Teare for taking the AFTER Pictures of the Project.
The mirrors were custom made by Portland Glass (fabulous folks) And of course, the fun ransom style note that tells you if you want to keep your towel to hang it up on the hooks A little humor is important.
Just to remind you what they used to look like. :)