On our site visit yesterday with Brian the Builder, we ran into a bit of a design issue that just sprouted its ugly head. The plumber on the job brought to our attention that since we don’t have a basement, we will need to install the water meter and main shutoff on the ground floor. By code, it can’t be on the second floor so the utility closet is out. Our second choice would be to put it on the side of the fridge in the back of the house, but that is most likely where we will be hiding our electrical panel and building code doesn’t like lots of water near lots of electric for some reason.
So we don’t have many options left. Brian suggested bringing it up under the stair and hiding it the best we can. I love the open stair and wasn’t crazy about this location, but we quickly came up with a good compromise.
We have been discussing options to add more storage in an affordable manner throughout the home. Once of those ideas was to build a modern IKEA Credenza out of AKURUM upper cabinets just like the one shown in the image below from Apartment Therapy.
This custom credenza could be built for as little as $200 and would add valuable storage to the kitchen/dining area while also providing another surface to display flowers, books, pictures or liquor. The simple, cantilevered design fits our modern and affordable design philosophy to a ‘T’ as well.
So what does this have to do with the water meter you ask? Easy. Instead of locating the water meter under the stair, we simply move it towards the back of the house a few feet beyond the stair into the dining/kitchen area. This allows us to bring the water main out of the slab and directly into the bottom of the credenza where the water meter and main shutoff will be hidden. This takes up one of our storage locations, but solves our ugly water meter issue on the first floor. Hooray teamwork and compromise. See my lovely diagram below illustrating the new setup. We just returned from the site where we confirmed the correct placement and by now, it’s long buried. Feel free to comment on your dislike, but it’s not changing now. Development is fun.
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