Let’s talk bathrooms
So we’re still in the trenches of the laundry room construction. Our poor contractor got the mother of all colds and had to miss a few days, which I say fine by me – we’re already battling colds here.
But let’s talk the bathroom. It’s nearly done. And what a nightmare it’s been.
See, to put in the plumbing for the washer and dryer, the floor of the kids’ bathroom had to be cut open. Fine by me, being as the flooring we had was roll out vinyl with nothing but a plywood barrier. Not much in the way of moisture protection, eh?
So here’s the problems we’ve faced over the last few weeks:
1. An important piece of piping broke causing a waterfall in my kitchen. It was by no one’s fault, but it was funny and awful all at the same time.
2. A teeny, tiny washer was missing in one of the pipe connectors, thus causing a slow leak, again, into the kitchen. It was easily fixed, but a minor headache having the water turned off overnight.
3. The vanity I chose from IKEA has drawers. It features a shallow sink, perfect for housing the piping that goes under said sink. But whose pipes are the most inconvenient in the entire world? You betcha. Mine. We had extra pipes for air venting (which apparently is the cheap route, go figure, most everything in our house originally took the cheap route. Yay, Maronda homes!) So the drawers couldn’t close the entire way.
But the contractor kept his cool and simply notched out a small part of the bottom drawer and after a few suggestions from myself (thanks to years of playing Tetris) we were able to rig up everything so that the drawers fit.
4. My house has 20 inches between each stud. Not the typical 16 or 12 inches in most houses. Therefore, less solid wood to attach things to. So that was just annoying when you get designated areas to attach screws to, and instead you have to go six inches off that in the middle of a board. I honestly don’t care since I’ll never see it, but annoying nonetheless.
5. The pipes that were in the way of the drawer were also short. So the contractor had to make extra trips to Lowes.
6. The faucet that I already had and assumed to use on the new sink wasn’t compatible with the new sink. So I had to buy a new faucet. Not awful, but still not something I was expecting to have to spend money on.
See, this is extra time, which eats away at the actual reason he’s here – the laundry room. I’m cool with it all, especially since he does things right and has a major case of OCD, again, something I’m happy with. Still, I feel bad taking a normally simple project and then adding to it. In other words, the vanity.
BUT IT’S IN! It’s beautiful! And aside from the grout for the backsplash and the baseboards that still have to go on, it’s awesome!
I’m so insanely jealous of my kids’ bathroom it’s not right. But at least we have one room in the house that’s all taken care of. It finally has the much needed moisture barrier thanks to cement board and porcelain tile and it has storage. Because four kids in a small bathroom makes for not much room.
The vanity is from IKEA, as is the matching mirror. The backsplash tiles are leftover from our kitchen. We had the perfect amount, so why not use them? I’m most excited about that. The light had to be moved up about a foot and turned upward so now it’s less harsh lighting, too. And since he was taking the time to move the light, I had him swap it out for the one in the master bath because it was prettier and more people will see it. (YES I KNOW HOW VEIN THAT SOUNDS.)
Another shot of the beautiful floors. It’s tile planks to look like hardwood, in walnut.Now all that’s left is for the kids to move in and basically dirty it up. But for now, I’m enjoying it in its almost finished, pure form.