More sewer installation

Connecting our new sewer to the exiting 6 inch line was just the warm-up. We now need to extend the storm and sanitary sewer throughout the basement. It got really interesting in the back, where we have the check valve and connection to all of the basement plumbing.

I had been endlessly pondering about the detailed pipe layout and routing for all of the basement fixtures. I even tried figure it out by drafting it up in SketchUp (a 3D design tool) – to no avail.


I did not feel so bad about it anymore, once my plumbers told me that they only start with a schematic layout – sometimes a sketch on a napkin. The fixture locations (such as the water closet or the shower) don’t change, but how to get the pipes there may.


The exact details are always resolved during installation. Peter, one of the plumbers, said that they always have to adjust based on what they encounter during installation.

He and his colleague Chris appreciated my presence and knowledge of the building plan. This way we were able to resolve all questions on the spot, which made for a smooth and fun installation.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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