Concrete Floor for my Bathroom
First home purchased a few months ago and its now the bathrooms turn to be revamped. But shoestring is the budget. The space is small but the flooring has rotted, buckled, tile wall within the tub is crumbling down, 1914 this place was built. The bathroom needs to be fully gutted, including the flooring and flooring base. Walls ripped out, replaced with sheet rock etc. Full on sledge hammer demolition then start over from ground up scenario. Luckily were talking a very small room tho.
That being said...tile and installation is no longer inexpensive and even if it were, am interested in something more unique. Concrete has been on my mind as of late and far less expensive than tiling. Specially if most work is DIY. Tub is going perma and to be replaced with a self enclosed steam shower that alleviates the need for water proofing the ceiling, walls, etc. Saving a ton of money too.
Walls im just gonna sheet rock and paint. Concrete floor is what I am wanting to do, possibly a colored style like seen all over HDTV and DIY shows, sites etc. I am totally green to all this but have learned a crap load in the few short months ive been at it. But in the areas of concrete, tile, counter tops etc. Bathroom is square space and given the substrate is going to be ripped out and replaced it could be retro fitted as such to support the weight of proposed concrete floor.
Question is to all this.... having seen several similar flooring solutions on HDTV and Bathtastic, frame the space so to create a "mold" so to speak, mix and poor the concrete, use the pie server thingy to smooth out bumps, bubbles etc, let it cure for a week or whatever, and BAM new floor, seal it, then continue with the rest of the updates.
Am I fooling myself into thinking it cant THAT tough of a project to successfully pull off? Am I better to hire someone privy to concrete n stuff and pay the extra or ?????
Or have any of you a different solution for the floor that would still follow a modern, industrial, almost commercial even look?