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The Shower Extension

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Hi friends,

It's been a long time without a report on the progress of the bath. It's coming along nicely, but I haven't had the time to get pictures out of my phone. Ha, I haven't even had the time to sit at my computer to work on anything!

Anyways, I'm so happy to be working here in this bath while learning a whole bunch of stuff! 
So, let me tell you what had happened...

That first
picture is how the bathroom looked after removing the vinyl floor and cleaning all the staples.

I even went to the back part of the shower to see how things looked there. I noticed the diagonal 2 x 4 (picture below) was too close to the wall, it needed to go, so we could move that wall about 16 inches into this unused space.

Well, messing up with the garage roof truss was something I was terrified to do. So, my BIL recommended me these guys he had worked with in the past.

I was glad to give this job to them and as part of the deal, I was going to be their helper, using my own tools during this project.

Here, the measuring on the inside of the bathroom was taking place:

After clearing up that section of wall, this was the view into the garage roof:

All that space looked so appealing! Removing the truss web (the lower diagonal pieces), or moving the load, is something that can be done, but it was way out of my budget. So, I just kept the initial plan of only adding the 16 inches for the bench.

New posts were added...

And the entire bathroom was turned into a workshop!

The new wall was taking shape right here:

The lower part of the old wall was turned into the front part of the sitting bench.

I could have opted for an underneath open bench, but then, the floor had to be extended and in general that would've been lots of extra work.

This next picture shows you the inside of that bench. That's the only extra space I'm gaining for the shower.

Right there where you see the level (picture below), that's the shower niche.
Husky 48" In. Box Level with Plumb Site
Here a closer look:

One of the things I've learned from this project is that you need to have a clear view of what you want in your bathroom or project, from the moment the building process starts. The more prepared you are with all these details, the better it will look in the end.

Here, for the shower niche, I needed to know how deep this niche was going to be in order to build the frame.
I wanted it to be six inches deep. A six inch-wide tile is the one I'm planning on using. It won't need lengthwise cuts.

Now, during this building part, you also need to account for all the layers that will be added... Sheetrock or Durock, thin-set and tile.

The same thing goes for the bench. You need to know what type of tile you're using on the floor. How high that floor is going to be. With those numbers at hand, you can build the frame for the bench at the specific height you want it to be.

Well, the extension was done, the bench was top-off with a piece of plywood. Oh, you also need to know what kind of material you want to use for the bench top. For mine, I'm using a slab of quartz that I bought before hand. The thickness of that product also comes into consideration when trying to come up with the height of that bench.

So, this entire section was kind of ready for walls, but nope. It had to stay like this a little longer while we worked on these problem areas:

Moving the drain towards the center of the shower...

And bringing this pipe in the shower and another in the sink area below the subfloor.

Given that I had never done plumbing work, I extended the contract with my helpers for the building of the shower. An believe me, a HUGE weight had been lifted off my shoulders!

You can check my next post about fixing those trouble areas right HERE.

Check the previous posts:

Bathroom Mood Board

gold, white and black bath makeover

The Bathroom Plan

white bathroom shower

Bathroom Demo 1

How to remove countertop from vanity

Bathroom Demo 2

How to remove a plastic tub and vinyl floor in bathroom

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1 comment :

  1. Wow, that is major construction! I agree with you, planning ahead makes a big difference in the final result. Can’t wait to see your vision come to life.

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