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How To Change The Classic Linen Closet Into A Shower

How to change the classic linen closet into a shower.

Sure, we see that every day!  We have a storage room, with a powder room attached that services a finished family room.  A linen closet used to be the back wall of the powder room.

So, why not create a new "bedroom" from the storage room, and put a shower there, so we can sell the house with four bedrooms and three and a half full bathrooms!  The bedroom is 8'x8', so it's just right for a child.

Perfect!

First, we need to change the wall in the powder room so it's no longer a closet.  And open a new door into the "bedroom."

Since it's a private bedroom we won't need a swinging door there, just the one to the family room is fine.

Then we need to make a space big enough for one of those classic fiberglass shower stalls.  Be sure we put one in that will service the child that will certainly inhabit the new "bedroom!"  Adult size not needed.  All the new buyers will need is a shower curtain!

We'll take the old linen closet door and simply move it into the new "bedroom."

Perfect!

The laundry room is right there so we can tie into the washing machine drain for the shower.  We have to pick that shower up so a drain will fit, so how should we do that?  Two 90 degree elbows should do it.

Support is needed, so partially securing the stall with some 2x6 boards under there will give us structure and room for the drain.  We can stabilize the whole thing with gobs of foam!   Foam is load bearing, right?

Perfect!

We have to move the dryer vent, and the front hose tubing, even though that will put them over the shower ceiling and inaccessible in the future if someone should ever need to get to them.  Well, no matter.  Who will ever need to get to them?  Oh well, I don't care.   That won't be my problem anyway!

Perfect!

The "bedroom" is going to need a couple of those electrical plug things.

How about slopping one or two into the wall opposite the new shower, oh, about 3' high?

Yep, two should do it.  And look how nicely they fit into the new framing we did on that wall!

Perfect!

Some bookshelves jammed into the rest of the space on the front* wall and wham bam!  We have a bedroom with a full bath!

When I sell the house, just show me the money!

Well, let's all shout out - PERFECT!

My recommendation:  creativity will never cease.  Homeowners who work in construction will always be out there.  They don't need a permit for this stuff because they see it all done and KNOW what they're doing!  The parade of people who think they are adding value to a house will never end, just like clowns getting out of the car at the center ring at the circus!  And I will always have blog post fodder to prove that the aforementioned is true!  Well, all I can say is perfect!

 

The shelves are the front wall of the townhouse.  The receptacles are in the side wall that adjoins the neighbor's townhouse, so there is no junction box.  There is no window, no door to the bathroom, no smoke detector, and no ceiling light.  There is no light or fan for the shower.  There is no HVAC for the "bedroom."  That all might be to code somewhere, but not here.

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • March 29 2016 03:31AM

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Good morning Jay. As Roger Mucci would say, "time for a Dewars"! That would be perfect! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Time for a good laugh, Wayne.  Although my clients weren't laughing...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Oh my! The things people will do is just amazing. Thanks for sharing yet another crazy finding.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

Kat - I think this proud homeowner would beg to differ with the word "crazy."

Says he, winking wildly.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

LOL.  Yes, what a mess.  It looks totally stupid too.

Here, in some towns, there would most likely also be an issue for septic approval if adding a bedroom (assuming it was a family room before).

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 2 years ago

Oh and I'm sure that closet gets lots of light if the door is closed...well until it disintegrates from the water and moisture.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay Markanich . What your bitch, man? Everything looks perfectly fine to me. Standing here in Tennessee, everything looks perfect!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 2 years ago

This is public sewer here, Debbie, not septic.  And it was a storage room/linen closet before, not a family room.  Rules differ in different places though.  If you add a bedroom/bath here or there, there are rules.

Michael - somewhere over the rainbow this is a fine installation!  Not here.  Or where you are!

I wonder how much fit the county would have?  Here or there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

That's about the best example of what you do that I've seen. Classic on the wall outlet!!

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) over 2 years ago

Yeah, they almost got that receptacle flush! A couple more layers of joint compound and voila! I'm a little surprised they plumbed the shower head when a garden hose would have sufficed! 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. I have learned to always seek competent advise. It may be a bit more costly up front, but ultimately it pays.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

¡Gracias, Mi Mimi!

The next post will be about the same house.  I do outside too!

Fred - yea, but at least they pointed the shower head right at the door!

Oh.  Wait...  um, should they have done that?

Sheila - and you are welcome to call me anytime for competent advice.  I do get sarcastic at times though...  Perfect!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Saw one of these one time where there was no waterproof material on the closet/shower.  Just regular old drywall.  It was a mold factory waiting to go into production.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Chris Ann - given your comment, would it surprise you if I said this bathroom "was a mold factory waiting to go into production..."?

Meaning - regular drywall.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

That electrical outlet is a classic.  It looks like the haunted outlet trying to eerily enter the room through the wall. 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

The other one was exactly the same, Stephen.  It pays to be consistent!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Hi Jay - I knew this was going to be a good one from your title. Human ingenuity, and folly, are limitless.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

I agree Dick!  I've been here before, and will probably get to that same install again.

No pun on the in -stall  thing...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Hmmm...that's a new one...had not considered that or seen the change the closet to a shower thing ...you are always showing us creatve remodeling ideas !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

I think the remodeling magazines could use a lot of my information S&D!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

What a nightmare of a "home improvement" job. I wouldn't buy that house unless it came at such a steep discount to allow me to correct all of that mess. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 2 years ago

And that cost would be unknown at the outset Nicole, because you would not know what the county would require you to do!  I got an email this morning from my client, who said they backed off.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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