Bathroom Measurements: What the plumber will need to know.
February 26, 2018
I’m getting for a new project to start. This project is an entire basement redevelopment that includes a bathroom. As I prepare for this renovation to start, I am also getting ready for the trades to come in during their scheduled dates and times. When it’s time for the plumber to arrive, they will need to know a number of things prior to starting. So what are those bathroom measurements that they will need?
Before I discuss bathroom measurements, I do wish to point out that the design of the space needs to be completed in order to provide these measurements. The design is essential to ensuring all of the products that are going in the space will fit and work! Here is the birds eye view of the bathroom/laundry room space that will be created. The existing furnace room is also located right by this bathroom (and is shown in the image below).
Vanity: Bathroom measurements
It will be important for the plumber to know where the vanity is going to be placed and where the sink(s) are going to be in order for him to do his rough ins. For this bathroom, I am using a 60″ custom vanity that has one side that will be sitting against the wall. Why is that important to know that the vanity will be sitting against one wall? The cabinet will have to have a filler on that side which will add to the length of the cabinet. So really, the cabinet actually isn’t 60″. It’s more like 62″.
For this particular vanity, there will be 2 undermount sinks. This particular vanity has two, 24″ sink base cabinets and one, 12″ cabinet in between with drawers. This is the conceptual design of the vanity:
I like to have the following ready for the plumber so there is no questions as to where things go:
As you can see, I have specified the distance from the wall where the rough in plumbing needs to be for both faucets.
Shower: Bathroom Measurements
If you have a shower or bath, it is also super important to have these bathroom measurements all figured out prior to the plumber arriving. Here is a conceptual design of the shower that will be installed in this bathroom:
For the plumber, they will need to know where the drain is located. This is why the bath or shower base needs to be onsite when the rough ins start. The plumber is also going to need to know where the faucet is going to be (and what kind). The valve for the faucet gets installed at this stage so either your plumber needs to know which brand you are using for the faucet or you need to have it onsite at this time as well.
Here is what I am leaving my plumber so there are no questions:
Toilet: Bathroom Measurements
The plumber will need to know where you wish to have the toilet placed in your bathroom. This goes back to the importance of having a design plan in place. I also like to have the toilet specifications in my renovation binder so the plumber can see what is planned to go into the space.
As you can see, you simple don’t just call a plumber in to carry out and complete rough ins without giving them any direction. A good relationship with a plumber is to ensure you have your shit together (sorry – I couldn’t resist). The more prepared you are, the more proactive you are, the less stress with dealing with questions being thrown your way with answers that are expected to be answered right away.
Next week, I’m going to be talking about the pretty: faucets! I hope you stay tuned.
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