After about 6 weeks of tearing stuff apart for mold remediation and waterproofing strategies, it was a very welcome milestone when we could finally
start BUILDING something at last!
First up to bat, in a very long batting order, is the basement bathroom. Our basic plan here is to replace the old moldy, grungy bathroom that had (beside lots and lots of mold) a toilet and a sink, neither of which worked very well, and generally go from the very unfinished, painted concrete floors and cinder block walls to a nicely appointed bathroom with a new shower added.
As a bonus, we decided to add a small sauna in the corner off the bath, which used to be sort of an inefficient storage area, although we won't actually be starting on the sauna build part until much further along in the construction process. I love my saunas, but it is still at the end of the priority & build list.
So the basement bathroom is first on the list, with the aim of getting that bathroom - and the shower in particular - in operation as soon as possible to take some pressure off the upstairs bathroom, since the main bath is in a state of total destruction right now after the mold guys did their thing.
First, here is a view from back near the furnace (visible on the left) looking towards the wall where we will have the bath (on the left) and sauna (on the right). You can also see the framing beginning and the new plumbing running across the ceiling.
The open area on the right in the corner is where the sauna will go, and the framing mainly surrounds the new shower. You can also see the new cement in the floor from re-running new plumbing lines for the toilet and shower. With the plumbing issues we had with the old plumbing being part of the cause of the mold, we weren't going to mess around with reusing that old plumbing. Virtually all of the plumbing to this area and the main bath (directly above) is being completely replaced.
A view from where the sink will be looking into the shower stall. To the left of the shower will be a small entry way going into the sauna. You might notice that the sump pump pit lies exactly in this entry area. I've designed a nice way to keep access to this while hiding it. More on that later in the build.