Planning for Plumbing

A part of building a new house is planning ahead. With construction timelines and scheduling of trades, there are key times where certain people have to come in and prepare or do certain tasks, sometimes so the next trade can come in, and sometimes for themselves when they come back later. Now that we're finished with waterproofing the crawl space and the floor framing is complete. It's time to schedule the plumber to come back in. He's actually been prepping since before we poured the concrete as sleeves were cast to feed both utilities and plumbing from underneath the house. One of the benefits of our high finished floor and taller crawl space is that the plumber has much more room to work with. I'm sure he also appreciates the waterproof membrane as opposed to just dirt or even a rat slab.

See those black PVC pipes sticking above the floor framing? We have plumbing!

See those black PVC pipes sticking above the floor framing? We have plumbing!

A closer view of the black PVC pipes being put in for the sewer lines. The room you see here is the bathroom.

A closer view of the black PVC pipes being put in for the sewer lines. The room you see here is the bathroom.

Keep in mind this is a new, albeit very small, "house", and while I've never shown a site plan, this new structure sits in the very rear of the property while the main house sits closer to the street. It's quite a long lot. All the sewer pipes will collect at one spot in the crawl space before existing the structure underneath the foundation. Eventually, we'll trench the driveway to the front of the property where a new sewer main tie in will be made. 

Here is the exit point for our sewer line. What you can't see, is the foundation to the right. The green sleeve was put in before the concrete stem walls were poured. Our crawl space membrane is collecting a lot of dirt and dust but this will all be covered in the coming weeks it's kind of cool to be able to see it now.

Here is the exit point for our sewer line. What you can't see, is the foundation to the right. The green sleeve was put in before the concrete stem walls were poured. Our crawl space membrane is collecting a lot of dirt and dust but this will all be covered in the coming weeks it's kind of cool to be able to see it now.

It's neat to be able to see all these things that eventually get covered up and you never really think about again, until you encounter problems. 

The bathroom. Yes, there is only one full bathroom in the whole "house."

The bathroom. Yes, there is only one full bathroom in the whole "house."

For instance, the picture above is our one and only bathroom in the "house." You can understand why I continue to put that word in quotation marks. This is the only full bathroom in the house, however there is an additional powder room. Starting with the black pipe all the way at the top of the picture, is the bathtub vent and drain. Coming down and to the left is the toilet vent, followed by the toilet drain slightly further into the bathroom itself. The bathroom is minimal size. From the exterior wall to the left, it's roughly 5' wide, to the double floor joists on the right. Further to the bottom of the picture (perhaps covered by the caption text) is the sink drain. 

While on the topic of plumbing and the bathroom, I might add a little on our design process. Originally, this was the master bathroom with access only from the "master" bedroom. In addition to this, we had my "dream bathroom" that consisted of a powder room neighbored by a shower room. Since I haven't taken a bath in my house in over 10 years, I figured it would be useful to have a shower closet. It was going to have a linear drain, curb-less entry, and even a skylight... Somewhere along the line, "we" "value engineered" the shower out and only kept the powder room. In turn, we wanted guests sleeping over to be able to take a shower in the bathtub, so we migrated the bathroom entry to the hallway instead of a private access from the master bedroom. 

Wow, a lot of "quotes," in today's post. While I showed the black PVC lines and talked specifically about those, in tomorrow's post, I'll talk about the copper lines and water supply. Cheers!