Plumbing the OKC container home

As one might imagine, introducing running water to the OKC container home was a foremost concern on a level equal with introducing electricity. That’s why, as I was fighting through the various headaches of getting power installed, plumbers were also hard at work getting their lines installed.

Through a friend, I was referred to the plumbing services of Fred Kluck. Fred and his son Jackson were able to get started shortly after meeting with me for the initial consultation and review of the plans.

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This plumbing work took place in late July/early August. As with most things on the container home, it was slow going trying to find the right contractor, and scheduling delays also hindered progress to some degree, but that’s to be expected. The bright side is that, once workers have boots on the ground and know what to do, the work gets done quite quickly relative to the planning and hiring.

One thing that only has become apparent recently is that the original blueprints were highly inadequate to accommodate all the various code restrictions and requirements that various trades people would inform me of while onsite. Basically, the layout of the bathroom was completely wrong, but, in the interest of getting the damn thing done, I made compromises to the design in the moment. I didn’t have time to go back to my architect and consult with him about how to accommodate various vents that were complete surprises to me, or how the design of the bathroom counter top/sink should have been revised based on the placement of an eventual pocket door. Sucks, but that’s what they call a learning process. I can’t hold the architect too liable for these oversights;the fine print on the blueprints stipulates that any and all changes made onsite should be brought to him first before any holes are made. I chose to make the holes and sort it out later.

From the outset, I knew there would be mistakes made. Inevitably, when one is so far out of their depth, as I am in this project, mistakes will be the norm. The positive side to having made these mistakes is that I will not make them again, and I can (hopefully) earn some money in the future by consulting with people on how to avoid the same mistakes.


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9 thoughts on “Plumbing the OKC container home”

  1. I cannot tell from the pictures, but I think as long as you have not installed a garbage disposal in the shower (a la Kramer on Seinfeld) you are probably okay.

    1. In some cases, the people I hired DIDN’T know the regulations. Some were fired, some fixed their mistakes after failing inspections, some haven’t had any problems at all. Regardless, still #thankful.

  2. Sorry for the coordination issue. I wish you or he would have called. With such a tiny fixture load, I have thought wet or common venting could work. Or just displacing the single vent laterally past the pocket door in the wall. Run it inside the cabinet. Just my ideas.

    You are now looking at an accordion door, simple curtains, or barn door surface mount door.

    1. Not really your fault. I would’ve loved to have hit you up for advice, but I couldn’t afford it and plus you were pretty busy with the twins.

      I’m not looking at an according door; I’m looking at pocket doors. That’s what I wanted, that’s what I bought. We’ve made it work, it’s just unorthodox and less efficient than a more comprehensive design consideration.

      1. Any oversight at my level is something I would gladly resolve at no time billed. I had thought the line would run under the counter and could even use an air-admittance valve.

        Consider a decorative curtain. Really you don’t need a door there, since it is connected to the single bedroom. Also, a very thin pocket door or barn door made from a lightweight polycarbonate sheet could be cool and very thinly framed. See the bathrooms at Waffle Champion for examples of polycarb. Pretty hot now. This material would go well with the container aesthetic.

        Keep me posted. This is my first container too, and I love to learn!



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