As part of the renovation of a 225-year-old Rhode Island farmhouse, we had to remove an upstairs bathroom's tilting toilet. At first our plan was merely to repair the subfloor and replace the existing vinyl with wood flooring. However, when we dug deeper, we discovered the rot that tipped the toilet was more extensive than we'd thought, and the entire floor would need replacing.

Gutting the 5-foot-by-12-foot bathroom would further strain the budget for this project — but it would also allow us to design a more pleasing and better-functioning space, one that would maintain the simple feel of the house. Our main challenge, aside from budget constraints, would be to make the long, narrow room feel spacious and accommodating.

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