Before I start talking about the rebuild, as I have mentioned before, we started this project before everyone was locked down due to the pandemic. But we were fortunate to have our free help arrive home just in time to put the bathroom back together.
We had originally thought that we would take our time and do most of the work ourselves, but the urgency to get the family bathroom up and running again when the kids arrived home, meant that we needed additional help.
We were lucky to engage a friend of ours, Dave Havelock of Knightsbridge Construction. Dave was scheduled for surgery that was cancelled due to the pandemic. So it was good timing for all of us, since we needed a contractor and Dave had an opening in his schedule. Since we are close friends with Dave and his family we felt comfortable having him in our home during the pandemic.
The first big task was to install the Schluter Shower System. The #SchluterSystem is a family of products that together, form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. It’s like building blocks for showers. You can buy all of the pieces that you need and assemble them into a watertight system. Since one of the biggest problems with our bathroom was that the shower would not drain properly, this system was the perfect solution.
One of the speciality items that we added was a shelf for toiletries in the shower. The Schluter toiletry shelf fits in between the studs.
During this week, we also looked at lighting for the family bathroom. You may remember that previously, we had four glaring fluorescent bulbs. They shed a lot of light but the colour was harsh and they were really ugly. Hubby removed the fluorescent lights, added three pot lights, then dry walled the entire area.
Once the the three pot lights were in place we were pleased with the results but, the room seemed much darker. So, we decided to add two more pot lights. With the extra pot lights, the room is the perfect amount of lightness.
The pot lights had settings to manage the calvin settings for the type of light you prefer. We set ours to 3500 calvins.
The pot light assembly also came with three different colour rings. I had my mind set on gold rings so I planned to spray the white ones gold. But the black rings seemed perfect with the other pieces that we selected for the family bathroom. So that was an easy win.
We had looked at a number of different options before we chose pot lights, such as mounted above the mirror and ceiling-mounted lights. The space is not huge and we could not find anything small enough that gave off the appropriate amount of space. Everything we looked at seemed to take up too much visual space. We are pleased that the pot lights do not take up much physical or visual space and we are pleased with the quality and amount of light they deliver.
Next we will be installing tiles so all the fun begins. Make sure you come back next week.