Building the skeleton of the bathroom

March 1, 2022

The wooden shower was one of my favorite features of my van. The space in the van was very limited, so I always had to move the wooden toilet out of the bathroom cabin before taking a shower. Luckily the truck offered much more space, so I envisioned a bathroom cabin that would provide enough space for taking a shower next to a permanently installed toilet. As usual, I sketched the rough vision in my head on a piece of wood to get a better idea of what I wanted to build: A small bathroom cabin measuring about 75cm x 98cm x 195cm.

Sketch of the bathroom

Installing fans for better ventilation

The fans that I installed into the shower of my van had proven to be very useful to dry the shower after using it, so I wanted to install a similar system into the shower of the truck. In addition to a big and powerful fan for the shower cabin, I also bought a small and quiet fan for the toilet that was meant to run permanently.

After cutting holes into the walls, I built mounts that perfectly matched the size of the fans.

Wooden mount holding the fan

I wrapped the mounts into insulation material to avoid the humid air flowing through tiny cracks into the wall behind the vapor barrier.

Insulated mount for the fan

I hermetical mounted the small fan on the bottom for the toilet,

Small fan for the toilet mounted into the wall

and the big one on the top to suck for the entire shower cabin.

Big fan for the shower mounted into the wall

Once the fans were mounted and wired up, I could attach the wall panels.

Wall cladding for the bathroom

Building the skeleton of the bathroom cabin

Similar to how I built the wardrobe, I also used dowels to connect the wooden slats with each other.

Building the frame with dowels

Once all the slats were cut to size and properly mounted together, I built the ceiling of the shower.

Preparing the roof of the bathroom cabin

After mounting the ceiling, the whole construction became more stable and I could get a first impression of the space available in my future bathroom: the toilet on the right and the area for showering on the left:

Scaffold of the bathroom without walls

Before carrying the construction into the truck, I attached the inner walls made out of 4mm Birch plywood.

Attaching the walls to the scaffold of the bathroom

The skeleton of the bathroom was very light and ready to get installed!

Installing the skeleton

Luckily, it nicely fit through the backdoor of the cabin.

Putting the scaffold of the bathroom into the truck

After turning it around a few times, the scaffold of the bathroom was finally installed at its proper position.

Final scaffold of the bathroom installed into the cabin

I could definitely feel the difference to the shower in my van: there was more headroom and enough space for a fixed toilet that I wouldn’t have to remove while taking a shower. I liked it!