Project in Progress: Oakland Remodel

This post is about a bathroom remodeling which is part of a larger remodeling project to a mid-century house in the Oakland Hills.

The bathroom has a good size, but the fixtures are arranged in a strange way and date to the late 1940’s – and not in a good way. The bathroom had leaks that had to be addressed; it will beĀ gutted.

The design shifts the bathtub to span across the short wall furthest from the door. The toilet remains. The old shower, at some point enclosed and lost as space, is removed and the sink is moved to this location.

An early design rendering showing the reoriented bath tub. The flooring will also face the front of the platform tub.
An early design rendering showing the reoriented bath tub. The flooring will also face the front of the platform tub. Photo copyright 2016, David Locicero, architect.

About three weeks ago, I visited the site and the room had been gutted, moisture damage had been repaired and framing for the new platform tub installed. The owner elected to make the plat form deck smaller, by furring out the wall where the plumbing will be. This means the window will be closer to centered in the tub alcove.

March Construction - North Bath
A construction photo taken about 3 weeks ago. Photo copyright 2016, David Locicero, architect.

Yesterday I visited the site again. You can see that the rough plumbing is complete and the insulation is in. Much of the dry wall is now up as well. We will be using water resistant dry wall in the tub alcove.

April Construction - North Bath
Photo of the tub/shower alcove taken yesterday. Photo copyright 2016, David Locicero, architect.

Other things have been happening on site which are not pictured here: installing a new tankless water heater, installing a gas line for a new gas fire place insert, and reframing another bathroom on site where there was significant water damage to the existing framing.

I spent some time with the owner helping to select paint colors to go with the other finishes in the two bathrooms, and in the kitchen. Work is moving along and we’re trying to keep ahead of the contractor to avoid holding up construction.

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