Just a quick post to put up some photos of a bath we just completed. This was the home we had a call on over a year ago that prompted the post on “When should you walk away?”.
It turned out to be a nice job and an even nicer client. We completed the powder bath, the kids bath, the master and parts of the kitchen. We also ended up advising the client on many other aspects of the project and I know he is glad to be finished! There were many issues with walking into a job partially done and designed…especially when cabinetry was ordered and sitting in garage! But the client was open to modifications and we took advantage of this in the master. The cabinetry was able to switch to the current wall it is on to make way for a showcase tub right when you walk into the bath through beautiful double doors. We had to eliminate the sit down portion of vanity to make it fit but was well worth it to achieve the final design. Remember this is a remodel! Quite a few existing issues to manage and work around but the final product works very well for this client and he got his wish for a striking master bath!
MMMmmmm. So good I could almost gobble it up!
Gorgeous, Cheryl! I’m bookmarking this for when I get to do my own bath.
Gorgeous as always, Cheryl!
But now I’m dying of curiosity: how did you manage to pass code with that light above the tub?
Sorry – should have clarified more. We couldn’t do it here with earthquake country. They’re pretty strict with 410.4D here….
Thank you! Kelly: we have the same code of course. You might have missed the “remodel” part of this project! There always was a light there but after the job was completed, the homeowner had an electrician install the chandelier and was told of the code violation. The house is older and has many many code violations that are pre existing and not made to comply with current standards. However this would have been nixed for sure if done prior to completing permitting. Many will allow it within reasonable distances of being able to stand and not touch the light with your hand…in a freestanding application where there is no deck. This is, I gather, where the 8ft from the TOP of the tub comes from. Naturally you cannot stand on the edge of this particular tub!
It has nothing to do with earthquakes here, just same NEC code as in your parts. But really, sometimes I think the Government goes to far in its efforts to protect us from ourselves. No code about having a tub close to the edge of a counter…where surely a blow dryer or other electrical device would be easier to accidentally fall into tub than someone trying to “steady themselves” by jumping up and grab a chandelier above for support!!! I mean really? This is what I was told by one inspector when the client demanded to know why they could not have one….or, even better, why is not against code to have a silly step leading up to a 24 in tub deck where if you actually used it upright, you would surely break your neck…my balance was never that good!
Codes are designed to protect us I suppose but sometimes the common sense is lacking.
But that is how we got away with it as you say….just installed after the fact! ( like all the ones you see in magazines too!)
For anyone interested in the chandelier over the tub situation as shown in this pix…below is the text of the NEC code that Kelly and I know by heart. In our case, the homeowner hired an electrician so he took on the responsibility. He is well aware of the code as we told him as well as the electrician. Considering the age of the home this is the least of his concerns in a remodel. The light is on a gfci circuit too. But here is the text of the code:
he National Elecric Code states:
410.4(D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected luminaires (fixtures), hanging luminaires (fixtures), lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the zone directly over the tub or shower stall.
Ahhh, got it. Thanks, Cheryl!
Also, darn! I was hoping it was a cool regional interpretation that’d mean I’d have to pack up and move to Florida…
Beautiful work as always Cheryl – bet you’re happy you didn’t have to walk away after all
Your idea is one of a kind. You deserve a grade more of what you expected.
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