One of my big beefs with Flippers, and homeowners who do their own work, is the bathroom that is placed with the shower/tub hardware against a wall.
They pick out these fiberglass shower surrounds and then make it impossible to get to any hardware because of a foundation wall right behind.
Well, fortunately this builder has heard my complaints.
Here is a bathroom with the hardware side NOT right against the foundation wall.
From this photo it looks like there is great access to the shower hardware.
That gap is only 8".
I could barely extend my (big gun) arm back there to touch the plumbing, much less do work on it!
And there was not enough room for the insulators to put insulation on that foundation wall!
Another problem - the other side you are looking at through this gap will be a family room and that will be the corner with the TV and built-in shelving. So there will be no access from there.
And this side, from which the photo is snapped, is the corner of a basement bathroom/au pair suite. I guess there's access, through what will be drywall, but only 8"!
The shower surround is indeed fiberglass, so to do work from the bathroom side necessitates ripping that out.
Overall, while not the best way to install a bathroom, at least there is minimal access.
And I do know a couple of Boy Scouts who might be able to squeeze in there with some tools!
My recommendation: on any construction, but especially new, thinking ahead is very important. Will someone ever need to get to that shower hardware in the future? Who knows, but if so, it is best to have the space to be able to do it! Once again, space becomes the final frontier!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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