A Niche, Some Studs, and a Step

Well, sometimes contractors get in a hurry and they do stuff wrong.  I’d be willing to say that this occurs on most jobs.  Something is left out or done wrong, then somebody else has to “fix” that mistake.  Yeah, you guessed it.  That happened to us.

Remember our shower alcove in the front bathroom?

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It looked like this last time it made an appearance on the blog.  Everything looks just fine, right?  Wrong.  We forgot to tell the contractors that we had a niche that needed to be installed.  What’s a niche?  A pre-made shelf/cubby that will hold our soap, shampoo, razor, etc.  Do you see a niche anywhere in that picture?  Nope!  That’s because it wasn’t installed.  Oh and another thing.  On the left wall there happen to be two studs behind the hardi backer.  There’s supposed to be 4.  Yeah… another mistake 🙂

J.C. was so aggitated excited about having to take all of that down!  Our tile guy told us that those 2 extra studs HAD to be back there or we would run the risk of our grout cracking almost immediately.  Uhm, no thanks.  We will just take the stuff down and add the extra studs.  And since I’m the queen and I can always sweet talk my way into getting what I want, J.C. put the niche in at the same time.

So now the shower alcove looks more like this:

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Yeah, that black box is where we will put our “stuff”.  You may or may not can tell in this picture but the clear shiny stuff around the box is silicone.  J.C. figured that it couldn’t hurt to put some silicone there to just make sure everything was sealed very well!

This is the tile that will be used as a border in the shower (doubled up) and in the niche.  It’s wrapped in dirty plastic in this picture but it gives you a good idea of what it will look like.

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You know what’s cool?  Even though our front bathroom and master bathroom are (will be) very different, they still “go”… and you know that’s my mantra.  “It doesn’t have to match, it just has to go.”  The tones and textures are the same.  I’m kind of glad it ended up that way.  It wasn’t something that I planned it just happened!

Anyways, two other things also transpired in this little space.  J.C. added the shower drain, which was different than most:

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This shower drain is called a two-piece drain.  Why?  Don’t ask me.  You’ll have me lying 🙂

And we also needed to take care of one more thing.  The shower won’t have a door… it will just be a piece of stationary glass that will go about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way back, kind of like this:

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And do you see that little ledge/step up thingamabob?  Yeah, that will keep the water from coming out of the shower while you are in there getting so fresh and so clean, clean!  And here is what our’s looks like as of now:

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Just so you know, that ledge/step isn’t just sitting there on the floor.  It’s actually (2) 2 x 4s glued together with F26 (really strong construction adhesive).  Then J.C. had to drill holes in the concrete slab and secure the 2 x 4s to the concrete with lag bolts.  Did you get that?  Write that down!  I’m sure you ladies already knew all of that.  I mean, who am I talking to?  A bunch of dummies?  I don’t think so!

It will eventually be tiled with the same tile that’s going on the shower walls and the floor in the bathroom.  I can’t wait for it all to come together!

Even though these parts of renovation aren’t fun or much to look at, they have to happen.  It’s real life stuff folks!  Maybe one of these days you’ll be doing a bathroom renovation and want to convert a tub area to a walk-in shower and come back to this post for reference.  And if not, well that’s okay too!  At least it will be here if you need it…

2 thoughts on “A Niche, Some Studs, and a Step

  1. Lookin’ good!!! Yep, I learned something from reading your blog today:) Yall will be ready to tackle the world or check into the looney farm when you finish this house! Lol. Hopefully, it’ll be very soon that you are living in it. Love ya, mom

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