Vanity and shower enclosure for the OKC container home

The bathroom has been one of the slowest areas of the OKC container home to come together. It’s a very important room in any house, but it has a lot of moving parts, so to speak, and all of those parts need to match somewhat from a design standpoint, and they also need to meet code requirements to pass inspection.

Had I the whole thing to do again, I would have turned the entire layout of the bathroom 90 degrees counter-clockwise. The current layout created some tricky decisions with regard to meeting code, such as the clearance needed on other side of the toilet and the distance of the vanity from the shower curb. The placement of the drains is also less than ideal, but accommodations had to be made to allow space in the walls for the pocket doors to slide. That’s why the pipes run underneath the vanity instead of inside the walls.

Further, the placement of the sink drain is completely off, but that’s what happens when you’re making decisions on the fly with plumbers who’re in a hurry to make their holes and move on to the next job.

At any rate, it’s turning out to be a pretty sweet bathroom, I think, and everything works great. There’s still a bit of cosmetic work to do around the walls at the top of the shower tile (which you can’t see in the pics below), and I still need a mirror, which I think will be a medicine cabinet with built-in LEDs and its own independent switch.

Special shout out to BL3 plumbing. They’re fast, friendly and affordable, and I could not have completed the bathroom build without them. Also, another big thank you to Tom’s Custom Shower Doors.

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Installing the toilet was easy enough. It’s a Water Sense-rated dual-flush model, and actually the cheapest one at Home Depot at $88. It would’ve been nice to have a black toilet, but black ones are outrageously expensive.
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The vanity needed to be no deeper than 12″ to meet code requirements with regard to distance from the shower curb. So, I wound up using hanging cabinets mounted on this footer, which was simply a box made from 2x10s.

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Here’s Morgan Brown of HB Contractors cutting out a hole in the cabinet’s top to allow for the placement of the sink. We actually could’ve cut out a bigger section and avoided the guesswork, but we wanted to maintain the structural integrity of the cabinet as much as possible.

Here's a view of the cabinet unit I chose. I removed the doors for staining and to protect them while other work continued, such as painting the footer black.
Here’s a view of the cabinet unit I chose. I removed the doors for staining and to protect them while other work continued, such as painting the footer black.
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Here’s Morgan Brown of HB Contractors cutting out a hole in the cabinet’s top to allow for the placement of the sink. We actually could’ve cut out a bigger section and avoided the guesswork, but we wanted to maintain the structural integrity of the cabinet as much as possible.
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When I ordered the sink from Amazon, I also purchased the drain kit that other customers had bought. This turned out to be wise, as the plumber needed at least part of it to piece together the rest of the drain system.
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Next it was on to the sink/faucet for the vanity. The basin is only 9″ in diameter and was actually designed for use in a boat. The water from the faucet falls perfectly into the middle of the drain.
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The counter top I chose was a quartz remnant from Builder’s Warehouse. As with the kitchen counter top, you kinda have to go with the flow when it comes to the color of the remnant that fits, but I thought the white-on-white turned out pretty nice.
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After the cabinet doors were stained, the whole thing just kinda came together at once. I still need to paint the side of the cabinet black, add a small towel rack and install a mirror though…
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Here’s Tom’s son from Tom’s Custom Shower Doors in OKC installing the end panel of my shower enclosure.
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After about an hour, the whole thing was finished. Works perfectly, too.

Kitchen comes together at the OKC container home

Pretty much concurrent with the work for the shower, work progressed on the kitchen as well. The base cabinets had already been installed, but I still needed a counter top, a sink to go in it, a fridge, a pantry and a hanging cupboard.

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Here you can see the kitchen cabinets as they appeared after installation. Doors removed for staining. Notice the Heatworks1 instant hot water heated installed on the sidewall of the cabinet, under where the sink will go. This comes into play later.

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For the base cabinets, I chose a stain color called driftwood from Home Depot and applied it using a brush, then further textured the stain by running a ragged piece of plastic over the freshly applied coat of stain. The end result creates striations throughout the stained surfaces (hard to see in pic; I need to get close-ups…).

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Storage

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Morgan installs a hanging cupboard above where the counter top will go.

I honestly don’t do a lot of cooking, and so I don’t have a lot of cooking supplies, flatware and related kitchen trappings. I only have two bowls, four plates, four forks, spoons and knives, two tall glasses, two short glasses, four shot glasses, one metal pot and one small frying pan. Between the base cabinets and this hanging cupboard, I should have more than enough space for my current kitchen plus the counter top appliances (burner, toaster over, coffee machine) that I’ll eventually want to get.

Counter top

In the interest of saving on material waste and also conserving a few dollars in the process, I went to Builders Warehouse in search of a remnant to use as my kitchen counter top. They have a kinda weird policy where if you buy a full new slab from the, they won’t do any fabrication on it (won’t cut holes, trim to fit or polish). If you buy a remnant, however, they will do whatever you want. So I was in luck when I found a remnant that was barely over the dimensions I needed. I also selected a shallow sink designed for an RV and, with sink and granite remnant in their hands, they trimmed it to fit, cut out the required hole and polished the raw edges after about a week after items were purchased.

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Morgan lays down adhesive, which will permanently affix the counter to the cabinets.

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We lifted the heavy granite remnant into place and admired my new kitchen counter top. It would remain clamped overnight to encourage the bonding process. Going the remnant route definitely has its advantages with regard to the fabrication of a counter top that fits your needs, but it also helps if one isn’t too picky about the color or style of the granite, because finding a remnant that meets both practical and aesthetic constraints for a job would be quite difficult, I imagine. So, I wasn’t too picky going into my remnant hunt; I just wanted something close to the size I needed. Waste not, want not.

Kitchen sink

Now that we had a counter top, I could call the plumbers and have them install the kitchen sink up to code specifications. Of course, I had fired the original plumbers, but the tile guy had a recommendation that worked out really well: E3B Plumbing (inexplicably, I CANNOT find a link for these guys, so maybe I have the name wrong … ?). These guys have a central dispatch and uniforms, which speaks to their size and professionalism. They sent out two plumbers to install my sink on the same day I contacted them, and those guys were finished in about two hours.

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Consulting instructions for the faucet.
Consulting instructions for the faucet.

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And so, with the addition of a faucet, fridge and pantry unit, the kitchen really kinda came together all at once. The fridge I chose was a Danby apartment-sized fridge, which is Energy Star-rated and matched the look and feel of other design elements of the container. It works really well and is very quiet.

OKC container home kitchen