The first up was actually making sure that the sink and toilet fit the space and gave us enough room to sit on the pot. Some of you expressed your desire to have the toilet rotated around (believe me, I did too). But because of existing plumbing and framing work done that was just not in the cards for us. I know, poopy, but hey, I just had to move on. So we drove down to HD and bought the toilet we wanted (an American Standard Champion 4 Max found here on Amazon, but it's way cheaper at HD) and then put it "in place" in the bathroom with the sink
Obviously the sink will be mounted a bit more professionally when the bathroom is done, but we just wanted to get a general idea. We actually had to cut out some of the framing in the wall to get it in (the doorway into the room from the bedroom is taped off with plastic to keep the bedroom from getting crazy dusty) but that's okay because we had to cut it away anyway to accommodate our cubbies anyway.
Chris and I both had a few pretend bathroom experiences. We walked around it, sat down, got up, moved around, etc. to make sure that there really was enough room and that things weren't too tight (if they were we'd get a round front instead of the elongated one to save a few inches). But there actually was plenty of room and it didn't feel cramped one bit. Right Chris?
Once the toilet situation was figured out it was time to move on to the shower
My step dad wrote me an email and pointed out that, DUH! the shower didn't have to be a rectangle. I could make it any shape I wanted. Brilliant! Here is CBH's shower (it has glass now, but this was towards the end of their renovating process and their glass hadn't been installed yet)
Not the best pic I have (bad lighting) but notice the shape? It's a rectangle that cuts across diagonally in the corner. Now, for his shower they did this because they didn't want the corner so far into the room and cramp things, and if we replicated the same shape in our shower we'd be able to bump out both the width and length by a couple of inches (gaining usable space) and then cutting across diagonally at the corner to make way for the door and not have the corner of the shower so far into the room taking up floor space. Hooray!
With this new plan we were able to adjust the width of the shower and make it wider by 5 inches. In such a small space 5 inches makes a big difference
Once that was figured out we started trying to lay out where we wanted the diagonal cut across for the door. We measured the opening in our main bathroom's shower at 25 1/2 inches. We bumped this one up to 26" (I know, huge difference, right?) and brought out the speed square to make sure we got a nice 45 degree angle
And once we had that angle figured out with a width of 26" for the door, the length of the shower was determined to be 49", 8" longer than the previous dimension, but it doesn't cramp the space at all
Here's what it looked like before
Much roomier. Chris and I both "stepped in" and it can comfortably fit two people.
We're unsure if we'll build one, two or no cripple walls on the other two shower walls (probably about 30" tall). If it really saves on glass we'll do it, but both of us would prefer the entire surround to be glass for a more seamless look. I'll get the glass company in here in a week or two to make us a rough estimate to see what plan we should go with. Hopefully it won't be too much to make it all glass vs. cripple wall and glass because I think all glass will look positively divine.
We also had to adjust the niche plan, but that's minor. Chris pointed out to me that the idea for my one niche 20" wide wouldn't work because that's a load bearing wall and to make one wide niche we'd have to put in a header, etc. (duh), so instead we'll just built 2 smaller niches right next to each other in each stud bay. Easy revision.
The last revision to the plan were our cubbies
Because the shower was now wider we had to adjust the placement of the cubbies. We lost 8 inches so I was a little nervous that the cubbies would have to be shrunk down a lot, but instead of making them 10" from the finished wall on the right and the edge of the shower glass on the left, I just made them 4" away
It'll make it feel a little tighter, but storage in here is a must so I'm okay with it.
Now with those revisions made we can actually start moving forward! Which we did last night. After the shower size was figured out, we placed the plumbing and Chris started soldering
Ahhhh, the smell of progress :)