Going to the Bathroom Down Under : BEFORE
Australians don’t get too excited. This post isn’t about you.
It’s about our bathroom in the basement. We have one. And last summer we fixed it up. I forgot to tell you all about it. Lately I’ve had bathrooms on the brain (more on that soon). And then I thought – whoa there smelly nelly I gotta do one loo at a time. So before we get all plan-y with a different bathroom…let’s talk about the one that was essential to my sister’s wedding. (for those of you just joining us, my baby sis got married at our house last September and a bathroom always helps when you have over a hundred people chugging water to beat the Georgia heat.)
As you can see on the floorplan, the basement bathroom is near the back doors that lead into the backyard. Since we were having a short part of the reception INSIDE the house we absolutely needed a bathroom. In fact, it probably would have been helpful to have two but everyone was
drunk chill enough to wait in line. It’s the door on the right if you wanted to know
Plus, we were also going to have my brother Timmy and my brother Brad & his wife Tara stay with us in the basement (that’s not counting my sister, my father in law & his wife, my two nephews and a neice who were all upstairs with us) so we absolutely needed an additional shower. But the basement bathroom was sorely lacking…well, everything….everything but tile that is. It had plenty of that.
Yup – the entire bathroom was tiled. Even the ceiling. And thankfully it was also plumbed. So the time&money-suck of plumbing didn’t have to happen. It just needed fixtures and a flushable toilet.
I mean. We are rednecks but we are a dash more classy than saying to all our guests - “Hey you, gotta pee? Well, let me show you our hole…”. Just a dash
We are fans of Kohler toilets. Big fat flush-happy fans. And so we rolled into Lowe’s and pulled out a pretty new toilet to take home. We also picked out a nice new vanity that looked beautiful and thought – yup, we are awesome. and practically done with this bathroom.
And we brought it home…punch drunk happy with our new purchases and discovered that our faux-DIY-confidence was shortlived.
The toilet didn’t fit. The vanity top clashed with the tile undertones.
And we realized that very important step of ‘measuring’ would have come in handy.
Apparently all toilets have what is called a ‘rough in’ measurement. It’s the measurement from the back of the toilet to the center of the hole where the you-know-what goes down. Most of the toilets you see on the shelves of your local home improvement stores have a 12 inch rough in.
Now if your home was built with one wall put on the outside of a ‘line’ instead of the inside of that ‘line’ – you might end up with a 9.5 inch rough. Inconvenient. And a pretty costly wall. So instead of using a standard toilet, we had to special order a toilet that had a 10 inch rough in…and PRAY that it would be just small enough to squeeze into our space while still getting a good seal. Nobody wants the bathroom flooding during a wedding afterall.
Ever forget to measure something only to find out that it was crucial to the project? Or maybe you bought a vanity that clashed with your tile? Or perhaps you are just still laughing about the photoshopped box in the Lowe’s cart