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Hack 01-09-2008 04:21 PM

"Master" bath remodel.
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I've been posting in other sections based on what I don't know, but I thought I'd start a thread here about my upstairs bathroom remodel.

The house is old (for CA) and there is no Master Bath. There are three bedrooms upstairs that share one bathroom. For a family with children, this would probably be a problem, but we don't have any, so it's not really an issue...except that it's been demolished for the last two months and the wife wants her bathroom back!!!

Here are a few before pictures. This was a pretty simple bathroom. Big Box single vanity, tile floor, shallow short tub with tile surround. We didn't think it fit with the old house, so we decided up remodel.

Hack 01-09-2008 04:29 PM

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With the decision to reno', we had to decide if we were going to pull permits or not. It's basically a remove/replace, but with subtle changes to the plumbing and electrical. We've got a "difficult" neighbor, so we decided to take the high road and ask the City. Of course they said we needed permits...:rolleyes: No big deal. I sketched up the plan, my wife walked it down to the planning dept. and got the permits on the spot.

We started demo the day after we had a family dinner (Nov. 3). Because this is an old house, and this bath was added after the home was built (it was a closet originally), we didn't know what we would find behind the walls or under the floor.

We decided that the boxed in corners needed to be opened up to make the room appear larger than it is. When we broke through the wall on one side, it was clear that there were shelves in there at one time, and there were actually still items on the shelves!

Hack 01-09-2008 04:32 PM

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The "new" tub is a 67" long by 24" deep Cast Iron clawfoot tub. I found it on Craigslist in a nearby town. I need to polish it inside, and it will get a fresh coat of paint on the outside (not yellow). The clawfeet aren't in the picture because they are out to the plating company getting an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish on them.
The tub weighs 300# dry. It will be about 750# full with a person in it.

Hack 01-09-2008 04:36 PM

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I built the custom vanity that will be in the bathroom. It's Philippine Mahogany with a sprayed Poly finish. Two White porcelain bowls are undermounted to a 3/4" White Carrerra Marble slab top. It's 64", 22" deep, and 36" high. Plenty of storage...

Hack 01-09-2008 04:40 PM

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The walls of the room will have 4' tall beadboard panels attached with a cap. I have chosen a layout (after many discussions and polls asking opinions) like this:

Hack 01-09-2008 04:45 PM

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Our inspiration for this bath came from looking through countless magazines of old houses, going on home tours in our town, searching on the internet, and our own personal goals of having a bathroom with TWO sinks, and a tub large enough to take a "real" bath in...Here's what we're aiming for. We can't do a commode with a high tank because it would be in front of the window, so we're recycling ours and putting it back in the room. It's in good shape anyway...

Once I remember to bring the camera in, I'll post some other pictures of the progress, and keep posting until we're done, or until I get banned from this site...:p

inspectorD 01-10-2008 05:50 AM

Looks like a good project. I love the ol clawfoots, plenty of lean back area.
Just make sure the photos have bubblebath and good angles so you can show the cleanliness.:D

Rustedbird 01-10-2008 09:57 AM

That is a beautiful job of cabinet building. Wow.

Hack 01-11-2008 11:01 AM

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Well, we've got all the rock up. We used the new (to me) yellow panels. What a PITA to work with. They're heavy as heck, and they have glass in them, so you should probably wear a mask and long sleeves...:( I'm not a big fan of this stuff...

I hired a guy to smooth out the walls and ceiling. He's charging me $200 for the whole room (I taped and did the first coat of mud).

I was torn about what to do with the very large vent pipe in the room. I thought at first that I'd just leave it exposed and paint it, but it angles up into the wall, which would have made it difficult. I talked with the wife about it, and we decided to box it in. This leaves a small cubby behind the pipe box. The wife wants me to put a small door over the space and she can hide the toilet brush and plunger back there...seems like a good idea...:confused:

ToolGuy 01-11-2008 05:52 PM

Getting rid of that ridge at the bottom of the curved ceiling makes a big difference. In that very first photo my eyes were drawn directly to that ridge, and looked like it was hacked together. Looks a lot cleaner now.

You're doing a real ace of a job there. I thought I had commented about the cabinet earlier, but apparently I didn't hit the submit button hard enough. Anyway, it's way impressive. You must have a really nice work shop setup to produce that kind of quality. I'm green with envy! :D

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