That one time we made a shower…

Construct, Design, Homestead, Interior, Repurpose / Thursday, June 9th, 2016

We have two bathrooms in the house. One has a sink, toilet, shower, washer and dryer, and the hot water heater + tank. As you can imagine it is a little busy and crowded in there. It is right off the kitchen so it’s not really rivate. There was also an issue with the shower head being too short. I am 5’4″ and I had to bend my knees to get the top of my head wet. It’s like on the movie “Elf” when Buddy is bathing in the elf shower, but he is human size and he pretty much just splashes water on himself.

The other bathroom has the norm–a sink, toilet, counter space and a bathtub. This bathroom is in the hallway away from visitors eyes and a much more logical idea for our main bathroom.

We had one small problem, there was no shower or place to install a shower head. My simple suggestion was to fix this problem. I didn’t care how it was done, I just wanted a shower in our main bathroom. The only requirement was, “This has got to be cheap or free.” Doesn’t make things so easy, huh?

As you have seen before, Evan is pretty handy with creating something out of nothing so the wheels started turning. He wanted to make it from pipe. Again, if you haven’t seen his amazing pipe light fixture, you have to check it out. I agreed and let him do the designing.

SIDE NOTE: We plan to demo this entire bathroom in the future so it can accommodate kids, guests, and family. We will have our own master bath on the opposite side of the house, taking in the garage. So, this shower head fiasco is a temporary fix.

So there you have it. We used pipe cut from Lowe’s and the shower head was ordered from Overstock. Is it perfect? No. At the time, we didn’t have the funds to start demo in this bathroom so this happened instead. Almost a year later, I’m still satisfied with it. It’s starting to rust a little due to our water being so “hard”. Thankfully, full demolition of this space isn’t too far away.

Here are a few things that I took away from this project. 1. There are no rules. Don’t give yourself rules to your house. If you think about it and want to do it, do it. Don’t let other’s “well, I don’t know about that”s get in your way. When we tried to explain this concept to some people, they couldn’t visualize it so to them, it was going to fail…or look like sh..garbage. 2. Get creative. I had no idea how this was going to work and I came to the conclusion that I was just going to have to live like Buddy the Elf for awhile, but Evan’s creativity pulled through. 3. Keep improving. No matter what it is, just keep trying to better it. My “it” is my house and my home improvement skills. I am constantly looking for ways to improve my methods and widen my creative thinking. Evan helps me with this. Our minds are so different sometimes that it seems like we are speaking different languages. I may not understand his idea because he can’t put it on paper for me to see. He may not understand my idea because I can’t explain it in detail for him. We are just different, but that’s okay.