While there are other things completed on the addition/construction, I am just going to focus on the bathroom today.
First, remember that it started out as a hallway with a small closet:
Then it got torn apart and plumbing had to be added:
The unused back door was turned into a window, a shower was added, and a wall for a pocket door.
This is only partly what we originally envisioned. Initially, we thought we could get a shower, sink and toilet all within the 5 ft by 6 ft space. However, the more we thought about it, that seemed really, really, small. We didn’t want to just make it a powder bath because the point was to have a shower for our master bedroom on this level so we did not have to share with the kids and/or my mother.
OK… so then the plan changed … we would have a 36 inch square shower and toilet within the space and put a sink on the outside of the official “bathroom.” That seemed to be a good plan.
Because of the level of the floor in relation to the sewer, we ended up having to have a grinder crock – a self contained unit that sits below in the basement and all the water/waste goes into it (gets ground up, if need be) and then pumped up into the sewer line.
When my original contractor and builder walked off the job in December, our plans came to a halt… but maybe that was a good thing! The new builder, along with the plumber, questioned why we were doing a 36″ shower and would only have about a 20 inch space to squeeze into it. Why didn’t we do a full width shower? 5 ft wide by 36 in. Huh? Hadn’t thought of that. The only problem… it would mean I would lose my clothes chute… but… a huge shower??? Worth it.
So… now we have to find a shower surround that size… (and return the one we had already purchased)… guess what!? They don’t make shower surrounds that size that would have easily gone into that space and worked for us. The problem being all the white brick and how we would work with it/around it.
So… the builder suggested we use tile and grout. Huh! Why not. It actually ended up being not that much more expensive in the long run.
The floor got repaired in order to receive the toilet.
But what about the sink. The sink is going to be visible from the bedroom and the living room. I don’t want it to just look like a regular old bathroom sink. What could I do to make it look more like a piece of furniture? I’ve seen sinks in dressers on HGTV. Hmmm… not really my thing. What could I find to put a sink it? What about a desk? Just any old desk? What about a roll top desk? Then I could hide the sink if I wanted to. But they are expensive… where can I find one that I can put a hole in and a sink on? I start scouring Craigslist and the Habitat Restore. I finally found one, a decent size, and solid enough and at a price I was willing to pay. We have always wanted a roll top desk but never really had the space for one as a desk. Why not use it as a sink?
I coated the desk with a marine sealer to make the surface more water safe.
We measured and re-measured and made sure that the wall for the pocket door was in just the right place.
Remember when I did a survey on what sink bowl to get? I settled on the clear glass rectangle one with a waterfall faucet.
A ring towel rack on the front where the handle for the drawer was. The drawer is no longer. The back middle panel is moved up to hide the pipes. The left side cabinet locks, the lower right drawer locks, the roll top locks…. not something we will utilize but when we are dead and the kids sell the house, someone else might use it for a bar sink (or something) and be able to lock up alcohol.
The sink is in place. The water splashes as it goes into the bowl because it hits right on the drain. I added some river rocks to reduce the splashing. If anyone remembers, my second choice for a sink was one that looked like a rock. So, I guess I got the best of both this way!!
Electricity has been added on the right side. I still need to find a mirror for over it.
You can see the pocket door in that photo as well. I need to clean it up a bit more, but it was a door that was found in the garage when we bought this house.
Trim around the pocket door still needs to be completed as well.
The toilet is in place now! I will get an over the toilet shelf for some storage.
The tile is pretty amazing. It goes almost all the way around the bathroom.
The shower is awesome!
It is 5 ft long and 3 ft wide. The shower rod is up high! We have been creative and got some supports that come down from the ceiling for it. That eliminated the need to drill into the tile to secure it. I will get the shower curtain up tomorrow.
There are a few spots that need a bit of grout filled in for aesthetics. Also, there needs to be some caulking around the front of the shower pan.
My bathroom is fully functional, even though there are a few things that need finished.
No longer a hallway that just collected crap in it… now it is a bathroom you can crap in!