We were presented with a bit of a challenge in the basement bathroom. We asked the builder to take out the linen closet in the bathroom floor plan, opting for a more open space. Unfortunately, there was a large plumbing pipe in the corner we had to work around.
We did not like the builder’s suggestions for remedying the problem, so we designed a solution ourselves. Our concept was a niche for bathroom shelving. We measured and drew up our own plan for it in SketchUp. You can read all about the design and see the niche framed up here. Here are a couple reminder pics of the design and framing.
Now it has drywall. Drywall changes everything. It makes it real. Seeing our design come to life through framing and finally drywall was so rewarding. It is even better than we imagined.
The niche is in the corner of the bathroom, cleverly designed to disguise an inconveniently placed pipe while keeping the bathroom open and spacious.
The niche starts about 18″ off the ground and ends at the same height as the top of the door. It will probably accommodate up to 4 shelves or a few shelves and a towel bar, like depicted in the concept.
The niche will be to the left of the vanity. In this picture you can see the plumbing rough-in for the vanity. The niche is to the left and the door into the bathroom is on the right.
I absolutely cannot wait to add shelves and start styling this space. As anxious as I am to jump to the finish line, I need to remain grounded and remind myself there are a million other things in the bathroom that should come first. We need to purchase and install a vanity and toilet, install flooring, and tile the shower. Those things are probably more important than the fun decor items I will get to add later on.