There were a few important aesthetic changes as well.
previously housed a shower, a weirdly thick wall, and a toilet; now it simply houses the shower bench of JP's dreams. (Seriously, he's always wanted a shower bench; I've never had the desire to sit in the shower, so I don't really understand it, but I'm glad he's happy.)
Here's the "after" pictures:
In the laundry room, which continues on behind the bathroom (through the pocket door to the right in the first picture below), there was also a fixing of pipes, a repairing and rebuilding of the soaked laundry room wall, and ripping up of the linoleum in the laundry room and toilet room.
picture of the toilet below because you have NO IDEA what I went through to get it... many weeks, many phone calls, many lost/broken shipped toilet pieces in boxes strewn about my living room. We also had the cabinet built in to house pool accessories like sunscreen and towels, and higher shelves for batteries and light bulbs because they had nowhere else to go.
(Yes, previously this bathroom had two toilets. Now it just has the one back here. It's a few yards longer to walk in the middle of the night, and it's also the one people will use to come in from the pool, but I don't mind walking/sharing in exchange for a much bigger, better shower. Also, the tub in the shower room was weird and it bruised my shins when I walked by. Also also, having a toilet area a bit further away from the main bathroom area is not a terrible thing when you share a bathroom. Not pointing any fingers.)
In progress (so many weeks of progress, thanks to electric/ceiling issues):