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    Half Bathroom Upgrade

    I took a break from working on the shop and finished up our half bathroom.

    Here is the original half bathroom. The ceiling and walls were painted the same color and both had the faux pattern that we didn't really care for, especially my wife Nichole.




    Nichole painted the ceiling white and walls a sage color. Next I started putting up wainscoting. We left the existing baseboard, scraped the old caulk off and built up from there. You can see the color difference. Things will be painted the same at the end. Paneling adhesive was used and brad nails into studs.


    I mentioned that the sink was going to be a pain to put wainscoting around without removing. My original intent was to leave the sink in place to avoid the plumbing. Nichole was very adamant that the sink should be removed since that would make things easier, and just so happens to be a good time to get a new sink. Looks like there will be some plumbing work in my future. The sink was removed, which greatly simplified putting up the wainscoting. The outlet and switches were a bit of a challenge. The cap on top of the wainscoting was next and went on easily.



    Next was crown moulding. There were some initial hiccups that resulted in me ripping two pieces off the wall in a somewhat destructive fashion, but after diagnosing some jig setup issues things went much better.



    The "double layer" or whatever you call it moulding is used in the main part of the house. We added it to our master bedroom already and the half bath will now match.



    Painting is done by Nichole on the wainscoting, baseboard, cap and crown moulding. She also learned to use painters putty and filled all the nail holes.










    The baseboard and shoe mold had to be notched so the cabinet would sit flush against the wall.




    Sink installed, water lines connected and drainage connected.





    Sink caulked to wall. I have struggled to get decent results with caulk for a while now, I'm getting better, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.









    All done.











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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Looks very nice Jeremy, I'm sure your wife is very happy with it. Gives me some ideas for our bathrooms.
    Experience is a hard teacher; she gives the test first, and the lesson later.

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Looks great - much brighter and appears larger.

    I plan to put a vanity in our "powder room".

    Did you have to apply for a permit to do the plumbing for the sink & taps?

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post

    Did you have to apply for a permit to do the plumbing for the sink & taps?



    I hope youre not serious? Looks really great Jeremy!

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    Did you have to apply for a permit to do the plumbing for the sink & taps?

    I have no idea.

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    No sarcasm detected! ROFL

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Very nice job Jeremy, I'm a huge fan of the look of wainscoting. In our new house, I ordered a PVC wainscoting and had the builder install it in our power room as a test. I plan on putting it in the master bath this winter.

    The sad part of Brogan question is local municipalities overregulate everything, as soon as our warranty on the home is up, I'll be sneaking in replacements (in the middle of the night) for all the low-flow crap required by "law".
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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Very nice, Jeremy. If Mama's happy, everybody is happy.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    I take the points about my comments but just to be clear: https://www.apexnc.org/Faq.aspx?QID=197

    All installations or modifications to electrical, plumbing, or heating or air conditioning systems also require a permit.
    I agree that it's over the top but when it comes to selling, if the purchaser or agent ask the question as to whether any work was carried out without a permit ...

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    I take the points about my comments but just to be clear: https://www.apexnc.org/Faq.aspx?QID=197



    I agree that it's over the top but when it comes to selling, if the purchaser or agent ask the question as to whether any work was carried out without a permit ...
    Im pretty sure changing a faucet does not fall under requiring a permit!

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Oh yes, Chris G is a long time opponent of codes. I think Jeremy was simply "reconnecting" the points from the existing plumbing to the new sink basin so a permit isn't required. However, I wouldn't ask that yes/no question at any building inspection office so just complete the job and ask for forgiveness later, if necessary!

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Oh yes, Chris G is a long time opponent of codes. I think Jeremy was simply "reconnecting" the points from the existing plumbing to the new sink basin so a permit isn't required. However, I wouldn't ask that yes/no question at any building inspection office so just complete the job and ask for forgiveness later, if necessary!
    Not an opponent of codes, just the over application and fear of them. I believe we need them, many people need them, to keep them from doing sketchy work. Too many people believe they need permits to do everything under the sun and think everything ever done in their homes is documented somewhere. Well its not. There are no "as built' drawings of everyones home, especially their electrical and plumbing systems. There MAY be some general info regarding a buildings heated square footage, number of bedrooms and septic system on file somewhere and possibly actual plans, but good luck find much more than that. I f I were adding square footage, requiring electrical expansion and plumbing and the like, I would surely pull permits, but removing a sink and installing a new one? Thats just a ridiculous thought!.

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    However, I wouldn't ask that yes/no question at any building inspection office so just complete the job and ask for forgiveness later, if necessary!
    Exactly how I plan to approach it.
    I'll be past caring (if I'm still around) by the time we come to sell

    Anyway, great job and apologies for dragging the thread OT.

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    Wait!?, What!? There is an overlord telling me what I can and can not do to to my powder room. Big box stores need to put this in there disclaimers before they sell me 2018's designers choice bathroom upgrades. True story, I had a friend who purchased a new home in 2016. I went over there after they settled in, and before we ate dinner I used the powder room to wash my hands. The lady of the house painted the walls a very dark burgundy color. They had one light in there, a very dim cfl. Couldn't see a thing. I asked him about it when I walked back out. He told his wife not to change it and that he had called a electrician to change the bulb per code. I kept my mouth shut and ate my pizza.

    I very much prefer the new look also! Very nice.

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    Re: Half Bathroom Upgrade

    "Big box stores need to put this in there disclaimers before they sell me 2018's designers choice bathroom upgrades."

    <sarcasm>

    I think they should sell permits at the register to shorten the process of applying to the city/county offices.

    </sarcasm>

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