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Joined: Oct 22 2005

I'm considering changing the master bath and am wondering if anyone has attempted to remove the wall between the vanity and the room with the toilet/shower? I'd like to make the space larger, but need to figure out how to maintain privacy on the side facing the rest of the house.

Joined: Apr 2 2003

Do you have an idea of the plan number for your home? If not, can you give a bit more a description of the layout so that others can recognize the plan?

If our tract is any indication, there were several different plans used in your tract. Not to mention that those plans were probably different from plans used in other tracts. You are more likely to get a constructive response to your query if others can identify your layout.

Just a thought.

eichfan at rawbw dot com

Joined: Mar 16 2005

Here are some things I would look out for:

(1) Does the wall have a header beam going through - - the beam (about 6x4 or 8x4) has to stay and if the wall & supporting 2x4 are removed, it will need additional support at both ends of the new span. Since it does look like a large span, you won't need a post in the middle.

(2) Do you know if any electric wiring and/or water pipes are running through the wall. If yes, you will have the build a overhead bridge to hide the re-routes.

(3) How many roof layers do you have?? I have 3 (T&G & 2 Foams) -- that's a lot of weight so you want to compensate for any upright 2x4 that are removed.

Joined: Jun 19 2003

We remodeled our master bath by removing the wall between the vanity and the shower. It has made a tremendous difference in space. Regarding privacy, we added a pocket door (which did require rerouting of electrical wiring but it was not difficult). It is so spacious now compared to what it once was. If you would like to see a picture of the final product please let me know.

Joined: Apr 2 2003


Perhaps you would consider posting a picture of your bathroom remodel to the picture gallery--I'm sure it would benefit many who are contemplating changes.


eichfan at rawbw dot com

Joined: Aug 30 2003

In my plan, a 1959 A. Quincy Jones 1224R model, there is a short wall with door separating the master bath vanity/sink from the shower/toilet area. I am just beginning a major remodel, and will be completely removing that wall, adding a window above the vanity, and putting in a metal framed glass door into the side of the shower that will open to the outside. I am also removing the stub walls that separate the walkin closet from the vanity/sink area.

All this will make the master bathroom feel much bigger. It will also make it a "one-person" bathroom instead of a 2-person. But that is a small price to pay.

So blow your walls out!

1959 A. Quincy Jones atrium model in The Highlands, San Mateo

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