running the plumbing

David will now show you how we’re getting closer to having a bathroom downstairs…

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Things are really moving along down here. Once the bathroom framing was done, the plumber came in and ran all-new plastic pipe…

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Rather than the traditional branch-style method of piping, with one shut-off for the whole house and individual shut-offs near some fixtures (but not usually all fixtures), we opted to have a manifold (think breaker panel for water) with all the piping in a home-run configuration. This means every fixture has its very own feed direct from the manifold and its very own shut-off…

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Each of those little red and blue circles down the sides of the manifold is a shut-off. Eventually they’ll get labels so we know which is which.

There was just a sliver of space between our old, floor-mount toilet and the shower, so we’re going with wall-hung to gain some space back. That’s the precursor to our new Duravit wall-hung toilet on the left — its slim Gerberit tank (jah, German) hides away inside the wall framing…

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The sink faucet rough-in with drain below is on the right.

For the faucet above the sink, we also chose wall-mounted. You can’t resist playing with it when you open the box, it’s so cool….

playing with the sink and faucet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern. Simple. Not a bunch of fuss.

Then there’s the shower. Remember what it used to look like? Now we’re going for a much more minimal look. No more tub and the shower will have a partial glass wall with an open doorway for stepping in.

Brook wants a teak grid in the shower, so we went with this for the floor below it…

shower pan by Maax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shower pan will save us big over having to create a tile shower floor. Comes already sloped for drainage…

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The plan is that the removable teak grid will sit inside the pan and look somewhat like this…

shower with teak floor, cary bernstein architect | houzz.com

shower with teak floor, cary bernstein architect | houzz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, that’s pretty much the same idea we’re using for the glass wall, too. Should look very swank when it’s all said and done. Speaking of which, I should probably get it said and done right now!

 

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3 Responses to “running the plumbing”

  1. Graham says:

    You guys take showers??…

  2. Brook says:

    aspirational showers.

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