Is your bathtub or shower space smaller than you’d like? Is it messy and unsafe because bars of soap and shampoo bottles are stacked up on the shower floor or bathtub rail? Eliminate these problems during your next bath tub or shower remodeling project by designing in recessed wall niche for your soap and shampoo. Here’s 7 tips to guide you through this process.
Tip 1 – Know the benefits of a wall niche vs. an externally mounted product – Niches built into the wall save space (i.e. they don’t stick out) – a great feature for small stand up showers or tubs. Since they’re incorporated inside the wall they create a cleaner look and help to minimize slippery shower floors or tubs. This dramatically cuts down the risks of injury from a fall (an excellent benefit for aging parents or those with mobility challenges).
Tip 2 – Determine where to locate the shampoo caddie and soap holder – The most common place to locate your soap and shampoo storage is in close proximity to the shower head. The plumbing wall and back walls furthest away from a door or glass walls are chosen most often.
Tip 3 – Identify the right time to install a shower shelf – The best time to add in wall storage compartments is after rough framing during a bath tub or shower remodeling or new construction project. It is not practical to put in a recessed niche by cutting out an existing finished wall surround in a tub or shower space.
Tip 4 – How to build the niche – You can either build your own niche (by framing, covering the space with cement board and then sealing around the seams) or purchase a pre-built waterproof niche made of expanded or extruded polystyrene. A pre-manufactured unit can save labor costs and ensure water does not leak behind the walls.
Tip 5 – Sizing the space – When sizing your bath or shampoo storage area measure the height and number of bottles you want to store at one time. Premade units come in standard sizes – 22″ x 11″, 14″ x 11″ and 6″ x 11″ – to name just a few.
Tip 6 – Determining where to locate the wall niche – Identify the location that can best serve all people who might be using the shower or tub for both the long and short run. For a more accessible and universal design a good location is approximately 48″ above a shower floor. Placing the niche higher will also work (except for small people and those in wheelchairs).
Tip 7 – If confused, get help – Don’t be that stubborn person who doesn’t ask for help. Call a professional bathroom remodeling contractor to guide you through selections, options as well as providing a professional installation.
Now that you’re knowledgeable about these 7 tips to design a recessed wall niche you’re one step closer to creating a safer and more organized bath tub or shower … Read More
Melbourne Central Activities District (CAD) Conservation Study 1985 survey images: approx 1200 Kodak colour negatives:
Melbourne Central Activities District (CAD) Conservation Study 1985 on the main building and this arcade:
`Built as the Athenaeum Club Building (plus ground level shops), it was built in the name of club secretary James H Moorhead, to the design of William Salway and on land leased from W J Lobb. The contractor was J Gillespie of Fitzroy. Occupiers listed in the 1890s directories are limited to the Club (288) and appropriate shop holders, such as tobacconists of hairdressers, filling the 292 Collins Street address. Among them were George Roberts and Montague Levy and, in the late 1890s, the chemist, George Swift, moved from Swanston Street to provide a second retailer at the club entrance. Swift was there into the 1920s, accompanied by Blight & Shannon’s tea rooms, which superseded the various hairdressing businesses at 290. After near 40 years of peaceful club life, John Lobb’s estate sold the building to the Hotham Estate Pty Ltd (1929), commencing a new, comparatively brash existence as leased offices over a ground floor zig-zag Moderne styled arcade. The club sought new premises further east in Collins Street and in its place Block Court housed mainly women’s clothing makers and retailers. Ye Old Dutch Tea & Coffee House was in the basement and the two main shops at the Collins Street arcade entry were Treasure Chest, lingerie, and the Block Bag Shoppe. In the arcade itself were the Nic Nac gift shop, Daddy Long Legs lingerie, Claire the Milliner (with workrooms upstairs), plus the generally French named dressmaking and lingerie firms who populated the four upper floors.
Harry A Norris designed the arcade renovation in 1930 as an annexe to the Block Arcade. Although not the only arcade to be either cut through an old building or built new in the 1930s (see Manchester Unity arcade), this arcade possesses the most integrity to its period and feeds from the distinct character of the adjacent block.’…
`The ground level has been totally refinished in 1930, and takes on this era, except for subsequent alterations. The arcade is finished with brass shopfront joinery, set over terrazzo plinths with ornate jazz moderne fibrous plasterwork in the ceiling. The floor is finished with a terrazzo with geometric border, again in the jazz moderne manner. Off the main Arcade is a minor lift lobby, with original lift door and architrave, with the sign `LIFT’painted in gold outline on a marble board over the head. Above that again is a Tenants’ Directory, again painted on white marble, with a number of faded names attached, as divided into First, Second and Third Floor columns. Adjacent to that is a Buchan marble dado and white marble stair, leading up to the office floors. A faded sign here reads, `LOITERERS AND HAWKERS NOT ALLOWED.’
The Arcade is an impressive example of 1930 French inspired ornamentation, with all aspects generally intact. This extends to a pair of brass framed … Read More