It’s happening, readers. Like, for reals. Our basement bathroom is becoming a thing. Now, before you get your hopes up, this post does not show you a completed bathroom, because it’s not even close to done yet. But it’s getting there, and the process is taking longer than we thought, so it deserves a progress update (or two).
Here’s the “bathroom” as you’ve known it since our basement flooding incident of early 2014:
We got as far as having studs where the walls were going to be, and that was where things sat for the better part of a year.
Simon had a slow January this year and wanted to get going on basement projects, but our funds were feeling a little pinched so close after Christmas, and someone (me!) having laser eye surgery (it ain’t cheap). He finally got cracking at the basement in mid March, and one day I came home to this glorious sight:
Our plumbing is set up and ready to receive our vanity and toilet, which I’m guessing will be one of the last things to go into the room (what do I know, I’m not the one doing any of the work). We picked up a toilet, faucet, and tile from Lowe’s in early February when they were having a DIY Days sale.
We got this throne for $99. !!! It’s a round bowl style, which apparently is less desirable than the elongated bowls that you might have in your solid gold mansion with your gold rocket car parked out front. We have the round style in our upstairs bathroom and I’ve got no complaints. Plus it was $99! Did you know many toilets are significantly more expensive than $100? I was a little surprised when we first went out toilet shopping that the kind of quality and features we wanted were going to cost us upwards of $200. The model we got is high-efficiency with a MAP rating of 1000 (I believe that has some to do with numbers of flushes in its lifetime…? The man at the store said a higher rating was better).
The tile we got is nothing special, it was on clearance and it’s a light grey with slightly darker grey wisps running across it. It cost us $0.99 a square foot, and we only needed about 30 sq ft for the whole bathroom. It was not the beautiful hexigon penny tile I had my eye on, but that would have cost us $400 for the same amount of coverage.
We picked up a cheapo vanity at Rona, as well as a light fixture.
I think it would be fair to say that the theme of our basement bathroom is $99. This vanity also cost us $99, and we already know we like it because it’s the exact same one from our master bedroom ensuite bathroom at our last place. Look familiar?
The faucet we chose was from Lowe’s and I believe we got it on sale for $60 (thanks DIY Days!). None of these pieces have been installed yet, but that will come in good time.
Our tiny little powder room now has a door too:
Simon asked us what kind of door we wanted, and our answer was “the cheapest one”. We originally asked him to hang the door with the hinge on the other side since it’s a tight space and we were concerned it would smack into the vanity. He did, and it was a terrible choice. You had to open the door, weasel in between the wall and the future-vanity, then close door before you could move over to the toilet. He swapped the swing of the door and moved the light switch to the other wall and we’re much happier with the results.
Simon had to do some creative drywalling around the new basement window to accommodate the plumbing from the upstairs bathroom:
The ceiling in the bathroom is going to be a drop panel style, so it will be easy in the future to access all that plumbing if there’s ever an issue. No idea yet what kind of drop panel we will choose, but there are some pretty options available.
This is the mess we need to cover up with some kind of ceiling:
Most recently, Simon has been adding layer after layer of drywall mud to the walls to even out the seams between pieces, and he poured some stuff on the floor to level out the slope before he starts tiling:
And this is where things are right now. I hope the rest of the stuff goes in quickly now that the fiddly behind-the-walls bits are mostly done.
Our involvement in this project will be priming and painting the walls once the taping and mudding is done, and before the tile goes down. Quick, what colour should we choose? You are limited to the colours we’ve already used in the house: