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With the bathroom plumbing roughed in, (you can see the PEX lines going to the shower in the picture above), we can now start closing in the ceiling and walls.The last piece of the ceiling puzzle. This was a challenge because of the multiple angles and curves involved in the shape of our bathroom.Now on to the walls.  But first, Jeff installed soundproofing insulation.

Getting the holes just right for wall penetrations, (outlets, pipes and such), usually takes a lot of careful measuring.  Or this clever trick with a Q-tip and some paint.  A little dab around the edges, press the wall board up against it,

And Voila!

Shower Power

We now have our rough-in electrical done for the master bathroom.This includes the light and vent fan switch locations and outlets. The vent fan is installed in the ceiling. There will be an outlet underneath the sink for a future recirculating pump that will assure instant hot water without wasting water to get it to the fixtures.  Also we will have electric under floor heat. (under the tile).  The Plumber will be coming this thursday to run PEX tubing to where the sink, toilet and shower fixtures will be.Here you can see that the shower is all framed in.  There will also be a bench behind where Jeff is standing.

7/23/24 Update:  After a visit from our friends at Radar Plumbing, we now have all the PEX lines connected to their respective bathroom fixture valves.

In Doors and Outdoors

After numerous coats of Shellac stain, we installed the door to our master bedroom.  Below, we have framed in the “doorway” to the walk-in, walk outdoors shower.  And speaking of outdoors,  we are starting to prepare for external stucco.There are two layers of 1 inch foam on the outside of our retaining walls.  The outer layer, which has been exposed to the elements for several years now, has been held on with rusty wire and lath boards.  Removing all that gives us a layer of “fresh” foam that is well stuck to the concrete underneath.  Here Jeff is meticulously cutting off all the bits of rusty wire.  It is on this inner layer of foam that the stucco will be applied to (over a fiberglass mesh).  It’s exciting to get started on this part of our home project.