Published 2012-12-23 · By James Bursa
Our first task in October 2011 was making the bathroom usable.
Earlier work had placed the sink and toilet in their final locations, but not plumbed-in. The bath tub was not yet in position.
The outer wall was insulated, but needed closing.
The internal wall between the bathroom and kitchen was open from the bathroom side, revealing original slats.
First we completed the plumbing. Hot and cold water come from below. We added two Ts to each to give 3 outputs: sink with toilet, bathtub, and through the wall to the kitchen.
Flexible copper was used to ease plumbing round the corner leading to the sink. The large white pipe is the drain from the kitchen.
Gas for the kitchen also comes up in the bathroom. We added 3 elbows to lead it through the wall.
Next we cut sheets of Durock cement board as needed and screwed them to the studs to cover the outside wall.
The heavy bathtub was then moved into position on a wheeled dolly, and placed on its feet.
A new mixer tap from eBay provides the shower.
A special film was applied to the window to make it opaque while letting in daylight.
Much work remains but the bathroom is usable.
A plastic sheet protects the unfinished wall from water damage.