Basement Reno: Week 12

We’re in the home stretch of the renovation! Our contractor was here all week 12 and lots got done. Most notably the egress window! The window was cut out of the foundation, and a well dug the first week of the project. That means it has sat there for 11 weeks untouched. Most of the time covered by a too small piece of plywood. We are ecstatic to have a proper well in!

Day 64: No work, except for me painting trim until my hand is numb.

Day 65: Contractor installs steel egress well. Installs all door knobs. Installs cement board window jamb for shower window.

Installs sliding doors to utility room.

Plumber starts to install toilet and sink faucet.

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Day 66: Plumber finishes installing the toilet, faucet and shower.

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Contractor finishes egress window. Fills bottom of well with pea gravel. Back fills around well with dirt. Trims out window.

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Egress window outside

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and from the inside

Contractor tiles shower window.

Day 67: Contractor grouts shower window.

Day 68: No work.

Over the long weekend, I primed and painted all the baseboards and door trim. I’m trying to get anything that will come in contact with the carpet painted before carpet install this week.

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An Unexpected Bathroom Update

When doing a large renovation, such as our basement, there is often extra “add-on” work. Usually something fun like redoing some flooring or something functional like adding air conditioning. It’s the classic “Well while we have the walls open…”

We had planned things out pretty intensely and were not expecting any add-on work. But when it came time to move the plumbing drains for the upstairs bathroom we discovered the old lead drain for the sink was draining into the toilet drain arm. The drain to the sink would need to be redone to meet modern code and it could not be fully accessed from the basement below. Our options were to cut a hole in our upstairs bedroom wall to access the drain from behind, or cut into the tiled wall in the upstairs bathroom and access it from the front. I chose the later because I have always wanted to put a true vanity in the bathroom instead of the over sized pedestal sink. I figured the vanity would cover the smallish hole the plumber needed to drop the old pipe down and pass a new PVC pipe up.

So I bought my 23 5/8″ wide Lillangen vanity from Ikea put ‘er together and was well on my way to floating vanity bliss. When it came time to do the plumbing, my contractor grabbed his grinder to grind out the hole. Again I’m thinking a smallish hole. He asks the size of my new vanity I say 24″. And what did he do, he went and cut a 24″ wide, 30″ tall hole in my wall.

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Lots of holes in the walls and the old pedestal sink

Now that there was no wall to use some toggle bolts to secure my floating vanity I decided she needed some legs. Not being a fan of the metal base Ikea sells I decided to make my own. So I grabbed the necessary tools: Miter saw, Kreg Jig, semi-willing husband, and got to work. I designed up a simple base and we got to work.

In the end we used a single select pine 2x2x8, some scrap 2×4’s, and lots of screws. Final cost being around $15. After we assembled it, I sanded it, primed it, and painted it with some BM Advance paint in Super white I had left over from the kitchen cabinets.

custom lillangen base

Then we did some major MacGyver-ing with 2×4’s, 1×4’s and shims to have a couple attachment points for the vanity to the single wall stud.

Ikea lillangen sink

The Ikea plumbing actually worked out beautifully. The faucet connections were the same as our previous Kohler faucet. And the Ikea drain system (the topic of many online horror stories) actually went together really easily with a 1 1/2″ to 1 1/4″ reducer from Ace Hardware.

Ikea lillangen sink and dalskar faucet

The cabinet and sink are only 16″ deep which makes the bathroom feel much bigger. I really love the trough sink and single handle faucet. I think the base actually makes the modern vanity blend in with the rest of the house better than having the cabinet float 5″ off the floor. Sometimes everything just works out.

Ikea lillangen

I’m hoping to add some pretty chrome pulls or knobs to the cabinet doors, but in the mean time I couldn’t be happier with our unexpected update.

Details:

Cabinet: Ikea Lillangen 2 door cabinet

Sink: Ikea Lillangen

Faucet: Ikea Dalskar

Basement Reno: Week 9

There was lots of progress last week. Bathroom tile was completed, doors were installed, and most of the new windows were installed.

Day 46: Contractor finishes laying floor tile. Grouts both shower and floor.

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Day 47: No work.

I do some drywall patching in the bathroom. Then another coat of PVA primer, followed with two coats of eggshell finish paint in the same color as the rest of the basement (Martha Stewart Popcorn from HD).

Day 48: All the doors and windows are delivered! Doors are installed.

Day 49: The rest of the doors are installed. First window is installed.

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Day 50: More windows installed. All the trim is delivered.

Things are really starting to take shape and there’s a rumor that we might get electrical installed and hooked up this week.

Basement Reno: Week 8

Tile and paint went in last week and things are really starting to come together, which is good because we’re at the two month mark!

Day 40: No work. We decide on a paint color: Popcorn by Martha Stewart. Same color we used in the laundry room. It’s basically white with a touch of gray and brown to soften it. Go to Home Depot and get 6 gallons color matched to the chip I still have since Martha’s paints are no longer available at the depot. Get all 6 gallons home and realize that the color is not even close, more like a pale khaki color.

Day 41: Contractor replaces super crappy cement board job. Takes him all day but now we have nice plumb and square walls for the shower!

cementboardwk8We go to Home Depot to try and return the paint. They agree it’s not a good color match and will refund our money. Super awesome paint guy mixes us new paint using the proper formula.

Day 42: Contractor starts putting up 3×6 subway tile on the shower surround. Pours a layer of self leveler on floor.

Day 43: Contractor finishes shower surround tile. Pours another layer of self leveler. Installs decoupling membrane for heated floor.

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*Shower tile is stock Daltile subway tile from Home Depot.

membranewk8Day 44: Contractor installs heated floor (this Ditra heat system by Schluter Ditra). Starts installing floor tile.

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*Floor tile is these Style Selections Leonia Silver 6×24 planks from Lowes.

Day 45: After painting every night, we finish the first coat of paint. Build Ikea Godmorgon vanity (happy to report we’re still married).

Tile should be finished and grouted this week and the vanity installed. Hopefully the contractor has enough time to squeeze door and window install in there as well!

Basement Bathroom Ideas

Our basement renovation is set to begin in February. That gives me almost 4 months to obsess over all the details and the room I am currently obsessing over the most: the bathroom.

First we needed a layout. We knew we wanted access to the bathroom from the front bedroom but also liked the access from the family room so we decided on a Jack and Jill type bathroom with two entrances. This made the layout a little more tricky but we came up with something we think will work great.

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The shower will be on the exterior wall with the window in it. Directly across from the shower will be the vanity. I think the vanity mirror being directly across from the window will reflect light nicely. The toilet will be on the same wall as the shower. There will be a full length wall in between the two; giving the toilet its own private space.

For the design of the basement we are thinking simple and modern with rustic touches: white walls and pale floors with dark metals and warm wood. I want the bathroom to blend nicely with that design but also be pretty timeless.

Basement Bathroom

rejuvenation thurman wall sconce / west elm modern towel rack / ikea gray linen curtain / schoolhouse electric cast iron wall hook / ikea godmorgon vanity with odensvik sink / ikea dalskar faucet / serena and lily stool / white subway tile / ikea stabekk mirror / schoolhouse electric restroom sign / lowes leonia silver glazed porcelian floor tile

The tiles we chose set a nice neutral base for the bathroom. The shower wall tile will be classic 3×6 white subway tile. Simple white ceramic subway tile fits with the 1920s house and our budget. For the floor we are going with large 12×24 porcelain tiles in a striated gray pattern from Lowes. They are also a great price and the pale gray should give a little contrast to the white wall tiles while still being light (this is a basement after all). I plan to use pale gray grout for both the floor and the walls.

We already bought the vanity thanks to an Ikea sale. It provides a ton of storage and the high gloss white finish should reflect light and blend with the rest of the bathroom. The Odensvik sink is nice white ceramic and the 48″ vanity gives of the option of one sink or two. Right now we think we will stick with one sink but that is not set in stone.

I like the simple and clean base we set for the bathroom with the tile and vanity but I want to add some wood and dark metal elements to keep the bathroom from looking too sterile. These are also things that we can easily switch out if our style changes.

This wood mirror from Ikea is a good size and the round shape is a nice change with all the squares in the bathroom.

I think we might splurge a little on the lights and get some from Rejuvenation or Schoolhouse Electric. Whatever we choose it will be a dark bronze with a nice light filtering opal shade.

I like using hooks for towels and these cast iron hooks from Schoolhouse Electric would give some nice contrast all the white.

The teak stool could be used in the shower and gives some warmth and character. The wood and white towel rack from West Elm would be a great place to put clothes or extra towels.

I like the idea of using a linen curtain for the shower curtain. The Aina curtains from Ikea come in a nice pale gray linen and might be a great option.

As far as fixtures go: we plan to use this enameled cast iron shower pan from Kohler. We love our cast iron sink in the kitchen, and this shower base is simple and solid. No grout to clean!

For the toilet I am very fond of skirted toilets. So much easier to clean and they look nicer to me. I really like this American Standard model at Lowes.

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That’s the basic plan for the bathroom. I am so excited to see all these ideas come to life. Only four more months…