Back in August I helped to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen which was improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that I made the design decisions but we used a contractor to make the improvements.
The bathroom was a dungeon which needed a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture. We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.
When the vanity was removed we were happy to find that the walls had been tiled all the way to the floor. A GFI outlet was installed on the right-hand wall (so the dangerous extension cord from the medicine cabinet would be unnecessary in the future).
However the left part of the wall had been cutout where the stairwell ceiling had to be accommodated.
The contractor told me that the vanity he ordered wouldn’t fit. Since the vanity and sink were destined to be in a three-sided niche I suggested he take it apart and use only the facing piece. Ultimately the new vanity was partially dismantled to allow it to squeeze into the space and the sink-top was trimmed.
New lights were put above the fluorescent tubes on the medicine cabinet.
And a new exhaust fan was vented to the outside. (The old fan vented into the very shallow attic.)
Now the bathroom is not only more functional but also safer.
Have you taken recent safety precautions?