A Master Bath Renovation – The Framing Stage
The rough framing stage is where we begin to see the shape of the new space forming. Witnessing the two-dimensional floor plan come to life in three dimensions helps you better visualize the layout of the space, how the traffic flows and the volume it occupies.
This is also the time to scrutinize those framing details, rough-in plumbing and electrical layouts – to ensure everything is exactly where you expect them to be. It is more cost effective to make changes now, rather than later after all walls are closed over.
Here is an ideal example:
Due to an onsite shear wall issue, the newly framed windows’ rough openings decreased in size where the spaces between each window increased. Being disappointed and extremely underwhelmed we immediately regrouped with the contractor on site, weighed our options and within 30 minutes resolved the issue by extending the header, re-spaced the existing rough openings and added one more window into the mix. I call this an “Onsite Gift”. (Check in next week to see these framing changes)
New concrete was poured – enlarging the width of the shower (from 3’-0”) to 3’-6” wide x 7’-0” long with a 10” deep step down into the shower from each side. This new width was a critical measurement in allowing for a massage table to fit within this space.
Another view from “his” side – the enlarged shower stall, window wall and vanity area.
When it comes time for your own home renovation project, make sure all trades follow your documented floor plans or else they will “take liberties” in making decisions for you. In this case these pony walls, which divide the WC from the vanities, were initially framed 8” too high. (in this photo) This is why site meetings are imperative to ensure every “documented” design detail is executed according to plan.
The wall separating the shower from the “his and her” vanities required just enough height on each side to allow for the medicine cabinets, plumbing and suspended mirrors. Fortunately we ended up with an interesting detail within the center of the wall for an open shelf and more natural light to flood through the vanity space. Another “Onsite Gift”.
To Be Continued…
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.