Richa Bathroom Renovation – Case Study


bathroom remodelJoseph and Samar Richa own an old colonial farm house that was built before indoor plumbing. They wanted to remove an existing toilet that was in a closet and create a new half bath in another large closet on the first floor and expand their extremely small full bath on the second floor, the main bathroom was so small that the tub was less than 4’ long!

There were some challenges in front of us, the first being where and how are Joseph, Samar and their two children going to shower during the renovation process? Dream Builderz built a temporary shower in the basement for them during construction. The plan was to expand the existing main bathroom by building an addition over the enclosed front porch, creating a room two and a half times bigger with his and hers sinks, full tub with shower; cathedral ceiling with recessed lights and tile flooring. Building the addition was the easy part, from the outside it looks like the new part was always there. The existing floor was 2 ½’ out of level and when we removed the flooring we found that the floor joists were cut almost completely through when indoor plumbing was installed. We also found steel pipes drilled through the floor joists from the first steam heating system. We had to cut out all the piping and reinforce all the floor joists. We also raised the existing floor. The new half bath with pedestal sink was directly below and had similar flooring issues and we brought that floor up to code and installed extra insulation because the floor was above an unheated area. The last thing was the removal of the toilet in the old closet; the patching of the floor and the removal of the temporary shower.

Anthony P. LaPuma

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