|Project by reedwood||posted 11-20-2011 06:40 PM||2800 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
This client came to me with a challenge – take a very rough drawing of his ideas and make it work.
At first, I immediately thought, no shower door in that small of a space? I don’t think so.
Make a circular shower soffit and threshold? – why? ....never done it before.
And, make a whirlpool base with a SOLID WOOD TOP that extends into the shower as a seat! – No way.
He also wanted to move the shower and relocate the toilet almost 5 feet to the left, across 4 – 16’ 2×10 floor joists above the living room, which is always a challenge.
So, we came up with a plan to completely gut everything down to the framing and reinforce the joists with 3/4” plywood glued and nailed on each side with staggered joints to support the new soaking tub and relocated toilet.
Then, we took his “drawing” and transfered it to the new subfloor to get a better visual on how the shower size effects the over spray and made the obvious adjustments, considering there is no door.
I struggled with the idea of a wood top for the tub that extends into the shower. How would it drain? How can I make it so it won’t expand and crack? What kind of wood and finish? And, how much is it going to cost?
He was dead set on this wood top at first, and I couldn’t talk him out of it.
I think he had a vision of a mahogany chris craft boat in his bathroom. Sometimes, timing is everything, so I put it aside and concentrated on the rest of the project. The top would be the last thing to install anyway.
The glass topped double sink vanity was perfect for this metropolitan look. It was made of dark stained cherry with natural maple, clear coated for the dovetailed drawers and inside the cabinet.
Even though the legs were only 6” tall, he didn’t want to have the copper supply lines show underneath. The problem was, that is an outside wall – no plumbing supply lines allowed. So, we padded the whole wall 1”, increased the insulation and created a drywall chase so they were protected. It was a lot of work but we had the wall open already to rework the plumbing so it made sense.
“ya might as well…….” How often do we say that? Ha!
The shower niche is always an issue. Where is the best place to put it based on pre-existing conditions (studs, plumbing) and make it work perfectly with the tile layout. The extra thick sill that extends beyond the opening was his idea. We continued that look behind the soaking tub which was a nice choice.
Well, the day finally came where we needed to make a decision about the tub top.
Considering what the teak seat in my own shower looks like, and, I was going to have to do any repairs to this massive, moving wooden maintenence nightmare, I gently pushed him in to making the top out of solid stone to match the tile floor.
Having an estimate for the solid wood top that was twice as expensive as stone and had no warrantee helped him decide too. The wood top would have looked very cool for a while but he says he is really happy with His choice. So am I.
If I had walked away from this project because of a crazy drawing, I would have missed out on a cool experience to do something different that came out nice enough to post here.
Even better, he also hired me to remodel his kitchen which is now close to being finished.
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.