I’ve barely mentioned anything about my bathroom thus far, so now that it’s almost completely finished I had best get on it. It is located behind the kitchen, adjacent to the pink room and underneath my loft floor. I suppose it’s one of the only things in Little Yellow that’s in the same place as the original Fencl floorplan. It’s a little wider though, and a little shorter I think.
I remember in summers when I was little, my mom would put a galvanized horse trough out in the backyard. We’d fill it with water, and it would be our grand swimming pool. I freakin’ loved that thing. So when it came to building my house, such a horse trough was my first choice over those nifty corner shower units.
It works pretty well actually. I used a clawfoot tub faucet with a shower diverter that I’ve run a copper riser from, so it can be used as a tub too. A 3′ long tub, but a tub nonetheless The faucet also functions as my bathroom sink since I decided not to install a proper one. It had less to do with not wanting a sink, and more to do with spacial issues and being incapable of deciding where to put it. That and the thought of drilling another hole in my floor…Anyway, I honestly don’t miss the sink, it’s pretty tight in there and my tub faucet is just fine.
I made a shower rod out of copper as well (1/2″ held from the wall by brass cup hooks), and hung from it the beautiful yellow curtain my sister and brother (in law) gave me as my housewarming present. Since I could only silicone down the side of the tub that’s facing out, I built a 2x redwood deck around the backside to keep water from getting in there and to have a place to set things.
My toilet is the good old bucket and sawdust type, as by online instructions, with a hexagonal cedar box to make things look a bit more sightly. I haven’t used it yet. I’ll admit I’m a mite afraid of the thing… That box did not want to get made, either. My dad and I aptly named it the hexagonal toilet from hell. Quite apt.
Now, I have no door to this bathroom. It’s one of those things that I really didn’t want to make, and so far I’ve done a great job at continually not making it. It’d be heavy, I don’t know which way it’d swing and it’s too late for a pocket door, so I’ll probably end up with a curtain. With just me living inside, I’m fine with that. I could always build one later if it becomes important.
My aforementioned sister (and lifelong collector of marvelous, often useless things) naturally had a brass porthole mirror lying at the bottom of a bookshelf, which she donated to my cause last week. It’s pretty much awesome, and sits under my bathroom light because it just looks so very nice there I made 2 redwood shelves, put up a little manzanita branch to hold jewelry, and that’s about it.
As a note, my tub is about 3ish inches bigger than my front door is, so in the unfortunate event of its removal, I’ll either have to convince it out the big window or it will be tub sawing time. I’m hoping this tub has a good, long life.