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Plumbing, Electrical, Floor Prep – An Update on Bathroom Progress

August 27, 2020  —  Written by Chris 

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If it feels like we have 12 projects happening at the same time, that’s not true. It’s probably closer to 15. JK it’s not that bad, but it sure feels like a whirlwind at times! And while things have been progressing in the playroom, homework room, and exterior, major happenings have been… uh… happening, I guess, in our home’s main bathroom. Here’s where we landed last:

Demo done, ready for anything! Particularly, all this:

Lots of changes, but let’s first notice the light. Look at how much natural light is pouring in through the new 6ft wide window, and the three (3!!!) new 5 foot tall windows along the left side of the room. So much light! Here’s a reminder of what we had originally:

Not dark, by any means. But the windows were all blocked by something – not a window you could look out or enjoy. We’re so happy to be adding so much natural light and bringing some of the beautiful trees outside within view.

And for the times the sun isn’t out, we rearranged and added electrical to support the new layout. Cans, sconces, and a fixture TBD above where the tub will be, centered with the back window. Layers of lighting, which is exactly how we like it.

The plumbing took a bit to figure out. It always does when you rearrange the layout in a bathroom. Making sure you have drains where they need to be, with ventilation close by for each one. Calculating the demand your fixtures will create for water flow and pressure, and ensuring you have enough supply coming directly from the manifold (your home’s main water supply hub) so you don’t get a slow trickle in the shower whenever someone decides to wash their hands.

As with our last bathroom, we’re going 100% Kohler on the fixtures in here (they’re just the best, best, best) and we needed to make sure they would have enough pressure to function at their peak. Fortunately for us, our bathroom already had two supply lines coming directly from our manifold, which means great pressure so long as we split it wisely. We used one supply line for our shower fixtures – a shower head, a hand shower, and 4 body sprays – and the other for everything else. That way the shower pressure isn’t affected by anything else happening in the bathroom (hand/face washing, filling the tub, flushing the toilet), and everything else isn’t likely to overlap in a way that will impact water pressure much.

We also added urethane insulation to the outside walls, and under the floor where our bathroom overhangs the front porch. This room hangs over about 3 feet (where the big window is), and has never had any insulation under it! All through the winter, walking into what was then our closet was torture. A thin layer of carpet and subfloor was all that stood between our feet and the icy Idaho winter. Miserable, and something we’re so happy we have the opportunity to make right.

The floor is prepped for tile, the shower pan has been poured, and we’re ready for sheetrock to start hanging tomorrow (fingers crossed)! Hang on tight, because this project is about to kick into gear!

What do you think?

  1. Tineke dutchy says:

    It looks stunning. (like always) Also curious on all dicisions to update an house to modernday standards. So love all the steps your sharing!

    Do you have double insulation, now you are also working on the exteriour? Or did you decide for specific indoor insulation for a reason? Here we are renovating a old Dutch home from 1889 and we can only choose for indoor or outdoor insulation, instead of both or the woodwork would rot or get mold in between. How is that for your home?

  2. Julie S says:

    These are such smart in-the-walls planning decisions! Thank you once again for not merely sharing aesthetically pleasing afters.

  3. Leslie says:

    Since I know you have an appreciation for lighting, can you share more on your lighting plan, can placement, number of can lights needed, type, etc.?

  4. Kris says:

    Where is the water supply for the tub?

  5. Julie says:

    This is really looking so fantastic. I think it would be good to have another plumber come check everything out, just to make sure everything will work and not have any problems in the future. Good luck with the rest of it. I am really excited for you guys.

  6. Julie Rossman says:

    These pictures make me giddy with excitement! I enjoying looking at good framing just as much as I enjoy looking at good tile.

  7. Krista says:

    So exciting! We’re about to embark on a master bath Reno too, and I’m excited to follow along with yours for inspiration! Curious, what trade pours/builds the shower pan for you? Is that the plumbers job or someone else?

  8. Jenna R. says:

    I love following along with all of the logistical aspects of the design – I’m excited to see your bathroom come together! I think it’s going to be beautiful.
    Are y’all planning on doing heated floors like in your last principle bathroom? If not, I was just wondering what the reasoning (aka ‘logistics’, lol) was?

  9. monica says:

    Looks like it is coming along- am sure it is going to be a lovely space!!!!! Wondering what you do with all the waste generated when gutting a space like this, which was perfectly usable, just not to your taste (here and elsewhere in your house)? Were you able to donate vanities, mirrors, tub etc? Were you able to donate all the old windows from the rest of your house or did they end up in the dumpster? In my area of the country (New England) there is a big effort to recycle old building materials- just wondering gif it is the same in other parts of the country?

    • Julia says:

      The only thing that was sent to the dump in this bathroom are old tiles (which broke when taken up) and drywall removed. Mirrors, vanities, mirrors, lights and even the tub were all donated. <3

  10. Cici Haus says:

    Can’t wait to see it come together!

  11. JL says:

    Julia, speaking of projects, would you mind sharing in a separate post your “to do” list in order to meet the end of September deadline you’ve set (similar to what you did for your March deadline)? It’s interesting to see the steps that go into finishing each project; especially for bathrooms. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets a weird satisfaction from crossing off items on the list along with you!!

  12. Katie says:

    I can not wait to see this room come together!!

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