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Master Bath Project Episode 5

In our last episode we were getting ready to do some drywall. We will get around to it, but first a couple of things. Wasted space drives me nuts. Short Drive, Never Mind. The client is a fan of storage also. See the Walk In Closet Project.

The Makeup Counter
The back wall of the shower is 48” wide giving us this deep hole. About 28” between the shower and the bedroom wall. Now we knew that we were only going to put in a 20” deep counter, which would leave about 20 or so inches of dead space behind that wall. Notice that on the bedroom wall beyond the pocket door frame there is a 22” space between the corner and the next stud. We decided to put a cabinet in that wall facing into the bedroom.

So we went to the home improvement store and picked up a ready made cabinet. Cut a hole in the bedroom wall…

And installed the cabinet

Meanwhile back in the bathroom, we framed up the new back wall, including blocking for the surface mounted mirror, the romex for the mirror light, and the pocket for the small medicine cabinet. Here we needed to dry fit our surface mirror to determine it’s center visually as the right side has the door of the medicine cabinet sticking out 3/4”. The devil is in the details, between a good project and one not so good.

We then insulated the whole thing. In this case the insulation is more for sound control that it’s insulation value.

That doesn’t hurt either.

We then went forward and began drywalling this area. We will be insulating every wall we opened. Some fiberglass and some foam board. On the right side of this photo you can see where we are beginning to insulate the shower area.

The foam board is used over the exterior brick wall whose ‘studs’ are 2×2”s.

We are doing only a partial drywall as we are waiting for the solid surface guys to show up for measurements, which is why the shower area is not getting drywalled now.

Remodeling Construction Notes

Bathrooms are one of the nosiest rooms in your house, and are usually next to the quietest rooms, your bedrooms. Insulating the walls is only a few bucks and the sound dampening effects make it worth the investment. Bathrooms are hard surfaces which bounce sounds everywhere. Anywhere you can break up the paths with pony walls, corners, or sound absorbing materials ,(keeping in mind the humidity) will pay you back in a quiet environment.