Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bathroom Update

The bathroom is coming along. We have developed a plan to make a regular door and jamb work, so the pocketdoor problem has gone away (though the plan is not implemented yet, so there is still plenty of time for things to go awry). The room is fully dried in, as evidenced by several rains and no late night trips for the drip pan. So that's good news.

Now it's just constant decision-making. How many sconce lights? What height for the chandelier? Which lights on which switch? How far from the sidewall to place the toilet? What distance off the vanity for the outlets? Shower drain in the center or to the front? Center plumbing based on pan curb or not? Decorative tile accents or no? Bullnose wrapping the wall end, or just sheetrock? How large for the shower niches? Separate handshower or incorporated showerhead? 30" or 32" entrance door? Bath fan vented to the right or the left? HVAC duct turned horizontal or vertical? What size crown molding? Window casing mitered or built up with stool and apron?

It never ends, and I feel rather incapable of the task at times. I am a very visual person, and I have to mock things up. The problem is, I often have to make decisions now for something that is coming later. For example, the plumbers are coming tomorrow to rough in all the drains and supply lines. So I have to know where the tub is going. But since it's centered just in front of the window, I have to decide now about trim to know how much space to leave. That's just a tiny example, but it's the one I'm dealing with right now. Or will be as soon as I finish this post and get back to work!


  1. I've been anxious to see some pictures of the new room...when you have more time, of course. :)

  2. All the progress has been the functional but unattractive stuff. We just have subfloor and roughed in electrical to this point. And because they have to keep fixing and changing things, it often looks like a step back instead of moving forward! I just saw the old pocket door frame come down the stairs, so now there's not even a doorway. But hopefully they'll get it taken care of today and we can get past that problem. I'll try to get some photos after the plumber is done roughing in.

  3. Just make it simple and do the porta-potty. They are popular and you can move them where you need them. Plus they come in a variety of styles and colors. We think they clean them weekly. ( Ha! Ha! ) We love you guys hate your having those problems.

  4. Porta Potty sounds great at this point. You know exactly what you're getting! I was just asking Jeff if he thought this whole thing was worth it. I know we have to do the electrical and insulation to make the upstairs liveable, and we can't be trooping downstairs in the middle of the night for the only bathroom. But I surely wish I could go back and at least plan this all over.

    From now on, if Jeff and I can't do it ourselves, we decided it doesn't need to be done. It's just too stressful watching over someone else and dealing with their mistakes. I'd rather just deal with my own!