Hello again, I’m making good progress on my basement bathroom renovation and now its time for concrete!
Once all my plumbing was done and tested properly I covered it completely in the pea gravel that I had originally removed. I filled it right up to the the bottom of the existing floor, compacting it in layers to prevent settling and than I laid poly down on to top to act as a barrier between the gravel and the floor.
Hauling the bags of concrete from home depot to my home was a pain and I was pretty sore after!. After I got it home I was luckily enough to be able to borrow a concrete mixer which made the concrete mixing a breeze, It took about 6 bags and a hour of work to get it poured and smoothed out to the original level of the old concrete.
Now came my next challenge, Uneven flooring! When i originally started the renovation I knew they had raised the floor using a false floor but at the time i didn’t know why. I came up with two ideas 1) they raised it so that the cold wouldn’t transfer from the concrete or 2) the floor slopes down towards the floor drain going into the laundry room. I am leaning more towards number two which brought me to my new problem, which is leveling out the concrete.
For this I used self leveling mix which is actually really fun and easy to use, I placed the corner of a four foot level on the high part of the floor adjusting it till the reading was level. Once I found the level i measured the distance, marked the height difference on the 2×4 as a reference and mixed the self leveling mix to the manufacturers directions. I poured it at the high spots letting it settle to the low parts and once it was at the marks i knew it was level. After it was poured i flared out the edges to take away the ridge.
Time to install the door, now I’m not a carpenter so I know I haven’t done this 100% correctly but it works. On the left side of the door you can see where the pocket for the sliding door used to be,this was the original entrance to my bathroom. It has been framed in with 2×4’s so that i have something to screw into when i put up the drywall, you can also see my new linen closet starting to come together. Now i know that most builders will frame, drywall, than install the door and i guess this is to prevent the door from being damaged. Well i guess i got impatient and really wanted to see the door in place! I framed the door opening making sure it was slightly bigger than the door frame itself so that i could adjust the door level and square. I pre drilled holes with a countersink in the door frame so that it wouldn’t crack, put the door in place using a four foot level to level it square adjusting it as needed. Once the door is set where it needs to be and the door opens/shuts properly, I used drywall screws to fasten the door in place.