Having now lived with my new bathroom for a few months. I figured it was time to update on how it is doing. There a few good things… a few iffy things… and a few things still to be completed.
When we bought the house, adding a bathroom in the back hallway was always our dream.
It was just a short hallway with a barely used closet, a door to the outside (hardly ever used) and a weird basement access panel.
We basically just used it for storage – mainly the wrapping paper and gift bags and boxes were stored here. Still haven’t found a good new home for them. For now, they are in the garage.
Our initial dream was a small 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 bathroom, with a stand up corner shower, a toilet and a small sink. Having a clothes chute directly to the basement was also on the list. So… we planned for it when it became necessary to add on to the house in order to care for my mother.
Over time… and with the loss of the initial plumber, and then the contractor… the bathroom evolved into something much cooler than we initially dreamed.
The first change was to take the sink out of the enclosed bathroom area and put it in the hallway, to make room for a bigger shower. Since it was to be visible from the living room, we decided to go unique and put the sink into a roll top desk. It is a furniture piece and some future owner could use it as a bar sink because the drawers and doors lock.
Finding the right sink was a big decision. We finally settled on the clear rectangle one, so you could see the desk…. well… city water is hard and it is covered with water stains. Also, it splatters so much that we put some rocks in to lesson the spatter… well, they just held the spit/soap/toothpaste and started to collect mold. So… most have been removed and you just don’t turn the sink on full. You have to lean down pretty far to spit into the sink and not hit your head on the desk. But… I still love it and think it is really, really cool!!
The ceiling above the sink, is not finished. It needs some molding around it. Not a big deal, but a little detail yet to go.
The other side, also is in need of some molding.
And some repair work from where the first contractor tried to remove bricks for the duct work but made a mess instead. Just needs some mortar or something. It will be fine. Again, just details.
The shower started out being just a small corner shower (in our dream), and then moved to a larger 36 inch square shower… and finally ended up being a full width shower! With tiled walls. The towel hooks on the wall, are perfect and really finish out the usability of the shower. The curtain rod was connected to the ceiling to reduce having to drill into the tile. The only issue, is you really only have about a 3 foot square in front of the toilet to change your clothes. This isn’t a super big deal, I’m just pointing it out. We knew the bathroom was going to be small, so we have taken that in stride.
The toilet fits in nicely. With the pocket door, there is no door in your way either by the toilet or the sink. We were able to used a door that was found in the garage. An over the toilet shelf provides some storage and an outlet allows for phone charging and/or radio noise while showering. We had to have a grinder crock for this bathroom because of the level of the sewer, but so far, no issues. Just an FYI (and maybe TMI) if you are female and visiting, ONLY toilet paper can go down this toilet, no tampons of any sort, they told us the strings get tangled in the grinder things.
The shower… WOW! We did pick very inexpensive and large tiles because the builder said that would be easier to install, especially since some of it would be going over that stone wall. I can see the few areas where the tiles are not even/smooth with each other, but who cares. That doesn’t bother me at all. Adds character. We did put the grab bar in… everyone is getting older.
Another detail that needs finishing… some of the grout has little pockets that need filled. Not a safety or water issue, just an aesthetic that needs finished up. Also, not a huge fan of the the caulking in places, but it will be fine. Who really takes a lot of time to stare at the wall and ceiling?
We have a window in the shower. Whatever. If you take the time to walk around back and look in the window while someone is showering, that is your fault if you are grossed out!! 🙂 The window sill was tiled and a tiled box was installed to hold all those shower essentials. Just FYI, the female showerer only has shampoo, conditioner, and one bottle of soap. Low Maintenance!!
So… only a few things to go to call this room complete!