I don't have any pretty pictures of the new bathroom yet but good progress is being made.
If you're new to the blog--or need a refresher--this new bathroom is being carved from
space in the center of my house that was a hallway, a closet, the dining room and kitchen.
It's the space outlined in yellow in the floor plan above. I already have a bathroom
on the first floor but by moving it, I can get kitchen that's larger and laid out much better.
The bathroom and pantry (that are highlighted in green) will be demoed in the next phase.
These are the two doors you can see in the photo above.
Here you can see the new floor plan. The new bathroom again is
outlined in yellow. And the space I'll be gaining in the kitchen is in green.
There's still an issue with the plumbing chase to the bathroom upstairs
(just to the left of the kitchen sink in the new floor plan) but
I'll talk about that when we get to it.
So the wall that separates the bathroom from the dining room is the
continuation of a load-breaking wall with a major beam underneath it
in the basement. To get plumbing in and out of the space, the pipes enter
on the floor and then turn into the wall cavity. Some of the plumbing will
be hidden by the bed for the floor tile and the shelf in the vanity table
will hide anything else that protrudes.
The floor was also really out of level with the low point being right
where the sink sits. Before pouring a floor leveler, all the cracks around the edges
of the subfloor and holes where pipes go in and out need to be filled with foam
insulation. With even the tiniest hole or crack and the leveler will leak into the basement.
Here's Sam moving around the floor leveler just after pouring it.
I found this process really scary...but it all held.
While I think of it, three different inspectors had to come to sign off on the job.
One for building, one for electric and one for plumbing. When the plumbing
inspector came early on to see how the project was going, he asked for all
the approval codes for my plumbing fixtures. Remember the toilet that I couldn't
get because it wasn't approved for use in Massachusetts? I guess, every piece of
equipment sold goes through an approval process and has an approval code for the state.
The inspector was saying that a lot of people are buying things on the internet that
aren't approved for use in Massachusetts. I was able to call the store I purchased
all the fixtures from to get the approval codes but it's just a warning about
buying things on the internet if you're doing a project that's being inspected.
To abate any noise coming from the bathroom, we used green glue to apply
the sheetrock on the dining room side of the wall. Once the inspections were
complete, the walls were filled with denim insulation for additional insurance.
There's no telling how well it will work but I'll find out.
And then the walls were closed up. Wonderboard around the tub and
moisture and mildew resistant sheetrock on the walls and ceiling.
The room was about three inches larger than a standard tub so instead
of making the room a little smaller, I opted to fill the space at the back
of the tub to make a little shelf. It's small but I'll cap it with a slightly
larger piece of marble and it will be a great place for a few extra bottles
of shampoo and shower gel for guests.
The horizontal planking will be made from Southern yellow pine.
Sam made me a few samples of moisture resistent MDF with various sliplap joints
but they seemed too smooth. So I opted to use pine so it's texture will show.
And that's where we are today.
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