I’m up in beautiful Nelson, BC, for family business, so progress on the laneway is going on without me.
Gratuitous Nelson beauty shot here:
Before I left town DH and I went with our designer, Laurel, for a visit with Ardele at Splashes to choose our plumbing choices for the laneway home. We have a pretty good idea what we wanted, but Laurel and Ardele were able to help us choose the models that will grace our bathroom and kitchen.
Laurel and Angelito explained to us that the installations go into the laneway home in decreasing size of installation. First the sewer connections and drain pipes, about 5 cm or 2 inches to 10 cm or 4 inches. Then the water supply, about 5 cm to 10 cm. Then when the framing is done, the plumber will put in the connections for our shower, bathroon and kitchen sink, dishwasher, etc. so even though the fixtures won’t be installed until much later, we have to choose the fixtures now so the proper connections are put in the right places.
For instance, in addition to our lovely big square rain shower head in the shower, we also want a smaller hand-held shower to be able to quickly rinse off. If we left that decision to the end of the build, it would mean either ripping out drywall to install, or giving up that idea altogether. We also HAVE TO HAVE a double sink in the kitchen, even though space is tight. That’s another decision that has to be made at this stage.
We’re keeping a square, clean look for the bath, sleek chrome fixtures and a skirted toilet. The kitchen fixtures are also very simple, with a stainless steel finish.
Here’s a shot of the framing continuing. It was taken last Thursday, just one day after the previous shots. You can really see the shape of the building. That’s the laneway door to the left, the bathroom window has not been cut out yet, and the garage is to the right.
When I get back to town later this week I will be rushing over to see what progress has been made. Stay tuned for further developments!