Summer went too fast. And the bathroom infrastructure went really slow.
But, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s finally there! So now, even though Doug hates when I set timelines with the full force of his soul, I’m now dreaming of taking a bubble bath in a clawfoot tub in my dream home by Christmas. It’s going to happen.
Hopefully Santa brings lots of bubble bath soap and bath soak stuff. But not bath salts, because Heaven’s to Betsy, we don’t want to scratch the bottom of the tub.
But now it’s fall, and we’re spending most of our time with these crazy kiddos. This is a really fun band this year, you guys.
The bathroom? Here’s where we are at the end of August.
We sent the tub out to to get re-glazed. Here’s the before….
And the after. OH MY WORD. I am so excited.
Because the tub wasn’t in the bathroom when we wanted this done, it was done at the shop. When it came back, we just put it in the Entrance Hall out of the way. It looks pretty great by the stairwell!
Meanwhile, Doug was back in the Pit of Despair, working on the plumbing and the floor.
The Bathroom, in real life right now.
Wait. Wrong picture. Here we go:
We’re making the room a wet room, so the floor has to be slightly sloped to a drain that will be under / behind the tub. To do that, Doug built long, itty-bitty ramps to go under the sub floor.
He used a separate board to create a jig to make sure each ramp would be at the same angle.
Check it out – it’s super long!
You can see the angle much better when it’s against the dark porch floor.
These were put on top of the floor joists, so the subfloor will tilt towards the drain ever-so-slightly. You can also see all the plumbing work Doug has done. Everything had to be moved or replaced – it’s a HUGE project!
We also framed in the niche for the shower / tub area. Above it, we added electrical for a sconce that will be in the study on the other wall. Huge Pro Tip: When your walls are open, don’t just think about the room they’re in – think about the rooms on the other side. Add insulation, electrical, secret passages, trap doors, whatever you need.
Oh yeah, and use a shampoo or body wash bottle to gauge the high of your niche shelves!
We also framed in for the gigantic mother-of-all medicine cabinets. Henceforth to be known as the Apothecary Cabinet, because “Medicine Cabinet” is just too trite.
Plumbing and Rubble.
AND WE HAVE SUB FLOOR! This is that shining light I was telling you about. I can see the space becoming a room. And that’s really exciting!
We put blocking in the walls to add support for things like towel bars, shelves, and the sink. Ad added bonus is using those holes to add a little insulation where needed.
There’s the floor drain for the wet room. I’ll explain this more in detail as it becomes a move involved process.
Sink and toilet plumbing. It’s amazing how low the sink feels when the room is now 10″ tall.
And the clawfoot tub plumbing. Doug’s mathematical ability to put a hole in the middle of a sheet of subfloor in the exact right spot is astounding!
I know I’ll be even more excited when the tile is in, but this is SO EXCITING RIGHT NOW!
So, what’s next, besides the marching band season?
- Adding the waterproofing membrane to the floor.
- Having drywall put up over the plaster (I know, I know. But I wanted to save the original walls and wallpaper, and this was the best way to to that).
- Building out the Apothecary Cabinet
- Finding time to decorate the house to welcome 1,500 kids to our street for Halloween.
We’re really excited that we’re to this point, since it took so long to get here. I know that even though our time is going to become limited with band, it’s going to feel like things are moving quicker since the infrastructure is done!