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Old 09-01-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Adding built in Shelving/Niche


I am slowly working on remodeling our bathroom.

My wife seen on one of the DIY channels about adding built in shelving/niche into the bathroom wall to accommodate towels and other things. I think its a great idea, but have no idea how to do it. We have the perfect area in our bath. (Where the basement stairs go down) so we don't have to worry about anything being right on the other side of the wall, so we can make it deep.

Anyone done this or know how I should proceed?
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:59 AM   #2
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The simplest way is to frame in the opening--then build a plywood box with shelves attached---slip that into the framed opening--shim to level and nail it in---after you have the drywall installed

trim with casing and there you are.
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In our old house we had an oven stuck in the wall above where the stairway descended. It'd otherwise have been dead space. The important question is whether the wall is carrying any kind of load. If so then you may have to take some extra steps to properly spread the load around the opening you'll be making. You're basically doing the same thing as putting a window into the wall.

Your first step should be to confirm where there's anything in the way. Anything can be moved, but stuff like air conditioning ducts can be a hassle. Same thing with plumbing or electrical wiring.
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The wall we want to use has the electric switch on it, so that would be one thing we need to move, its a small wall only like 4-5 foot wide so we would probably just remove all the drywall on that wall to do this.

How do I check to see if its load bearing or not?
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Post a picture and tell us what is above it----which way the joists above run---where the wall is in relation to the main beam of the house---that sort of information helps---
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