Tuesday, January 10, 2017

basement progress - framing a bathroom

It's cold here.  Which means we are inside a LOT... so R has been busy framing in the latest additions- a full bathroom (well, technically I think it's 3/4 since there is no tub) and sauna.  I am already looking forward to spending time in the sauna, because I have been freezing this month. :)

We had the plumber install the drains before the concrete slab was poured.  So that was (mostly) in place when we started.  I wasn't happy with where the shower vent came up, because it made the space for the toilet 12" larger than our architect intended.  I know that a foot doesn't seem like much, but when it means your shower can be extended from 4 feet to 5 feet, without encroaching on the sauna, you ask you husband to jack hammer some concrete.  Guess what, he called some friends over and they did it.  I will be forever grateful!

building on love - new basement bathroom

If you look closely, you can see the toilet rough-in to the right.  They moved the vent closer to the toilet, so that full wall required between the shower and toilet leaves a 3' space for the toilet, and bumps the shower up to a whopping 5 feet (insert Kermit excited arm-flail yell! YAAAY!).  Not to mention the toilet will now be centered in the space.  The mere thought of a toilet sitting randomly in a 4' cubby, completely off center, was giving me chills.  But no more!  This problem was solved by 3 guys and an entire day of jackhammering and mixing concrete.

After the drains were finalized, walls started going up, followed shortly by the plumbing vents and electrical.

 ... keep reading!  there are more pictures.


Bathroom is on the right, ladder is in the shower, and sauna is on the left.

building on love - new basement bathroom
 building on love - new basement bathroom

building on love - new basement bathroom

Here's my giant soap dish and, if you look closely, rough-ins for two shower heads, a traditional wall-mounted and a rainfall.  I found a delta diverter and valve control all in one, and I am excited to see how it looks.  It'll be pretty streamlined and hopefully intuitive for guests.

building on love - new basement bathroom

building on love - new basement bathroom

The view from the toilet.  This will be the vanity location.  You can get a sneak peak of it sitting in the background.  I was looking at all kinds of vanities with open shelving, but ended up going with a more traditional style in rustic birch.

building on love - new basement bathroom
building on love - new basement bathroom

& I will leave you with a close-up of the sauna

building on love - new basement bathroom

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