Discussion in 'General Home Improvement Discussion' started by Gary, Dec 30, 2016.
Well, looks like you'be reached the point of no return...
Yes, yes I have. No more procrastinating.
Still in demo mode. This isn't as much fun as it was 30 years ago.
I'm glad no one was in that bathroom when the tornado did the damage.
As for the leaking water supply line, I think they have better supply hoses that are supposed to be leak-proof.
Looks like a lot of work.
I love the door trim with bullseye plinth blocks. The vanity is awesome! I also like the wooden shelves. It's a shame wood is not a good option next to tubs because I've seen photos where instead of tile, they had wood paneling that looked nice (but probably had issues in the long run). Although, I suppose it could be marine sealed and the wood could allow hidden access panels to the tub.
Some examples pulled from the 'net (but imagine it with the wood tone to match your vanity)
I wish I could find the photo again of the one someone posted on another forum (not related to this one) when they were asking for help on planning a bathroom. It looked good.
One nice thing about the wood paneling is the storage capacity. You could have a hidden storage compartment for cleaning supplies.
Do you plan to use the same color & size tiles? Or would you want to go with maybe some larger porcelain tiles which would have fewer grout lines? I'm not big on tiles, but I think larger tiles look better. The ones in the top photo look nice- I like how they are laid out as sort of diamond instead of square, but that would probably be a pain to do.
What do you think of something like this? (to keep sort of the green color but have a less slippery surface-- not sure how it would be to clean) . Or have you considered LVT that looks like real tile?
Those look pretty nice Zannej. We plan to keep the vanity. Just replacing the fiberglass shower w/a curbless tile shower and new tile on the walls & floor. We have 1'x2' rectified porcelain tile. I got most of the old stuff torn out today. I was happy to find the subfloor was still O.K. when I removed the underlayment. There's a little water damage in the shower, but I have to take that out anyway for the curbless shower. So, no bad surprises. Got a couple little things to finish up and then it'll be time to start putting it back together.
I am glad you are keeping the vanity. It looks great!
What is "rectified" porcelain tile?
I'm also glad to hear the subfloor is OK. One less thing to worry about is always good.
I know I mentioned wood on a tub could lead to water damage of the wood, but I do wonder if it would be cheaper & look better to do marine sealed wood panels in a color that would match the vanity. Less prep for tile on the side, less tile needed, plus they could disguise the access panel & allow you to mess with the plumbing and jet controls underneath. You could probably do it so it looks like multiple panels but have one long piece that can detach so you could get in there to work on stuff. Or just multiple panels that can open or be detached. Maybe have some sort of lip or overhang that would prevent water from dripping directly on to the wood. I hope that makes sense. If you do tile on top around the tub, you could have it overhang slightly & create a bullnose so it won't be a sharp edge when getting in and out.
Color isn't quite right, but imagine something like this just on the side for access.
Have you ever been to John Bridge's forum? Rather than link the photos, there's a thread where someone did what I'm talking about https://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=80004
The wood panels on side with tile on top. There's another picture of a job someone did that is similar, but I think a bullnose would be more comfortable on the legs when getting in and out.
(I'm bored & can't sleep bc a skunk sprayed outside & the smell is keeping me awake).
The wood panels would be a lot more work, especially since the tub cabinet is built for tile. I have a wood insert that sets in the existing opening as an access panel to get to the plumbing. I was planning to make a removable tile-in panel, but I'm not sure about that yet. It would be easier to just put the wood insert back in.
"Rectified" is tile that has had the edges ground to make the tiles uniform in size. Makes it a little easier to get a narrower grout line.
Ah, now I see. The wood panel looks nice. I wonder if you can find tiles similar in color to the wood so it blends in a little more. I actually like how the existing tile was done, but the white obviously makes the wood panel stand out more.
The tile is a medium tan/brown, sort of a stone look. We've been slowly collecting parts N' pieces. We've had the shower door and shower head stored upstairs for nearly 2 years. The project has been on and off the priority list a few times, but we're past the procrastination stage now. We have most of the finishing material on site, just have the odds & ends left to pick up as the project moves along. The main thing we need now is time. This is typically my slow time at work, so hopefully we can get it back together sooner rather than later.
This type of work isn't as fun as it was 30 or so years ago.
My aunt Sandy once told me that when she was younger & didn't have the income she had all of these plans for renovating her house but when she finally had the income to easily afford it, she no longer cared about renovating. LOL.
But, obviously this is about repairs. Btw, HomeDepot is having a big sale on their bathroom products right now. They have whole faucet sets complete with valves & other stuff. So if there's anything you are missing, you might want to check it out. https://www.homedepot.com/b/Bath/Special-Values/N-5yc1vZbzb3Z6
I really need to stop procrastinating on getting things fixed. It's now been over 10 years since I started working on my bathroom.
I'm making a little progress on the bathroom project. Demolition is done and most of the small things that make for slow progress are done, like re-routing water lines, vent pipe, electrical, etc. Last night I planed down a couple studs to get the walls flat, started installing Durock® and then ran out of gas for the day. We're supposed to get a few sub 0°f for high days this week, so I may be able to hibernate from work and make some progress.
Looking good, Gary! More progress than I've made on my renos. LOL. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.
Making a little more progress. With the hot tub and a curbless shower, I decided to waterproof the whole room. I have a couple little things to do, then it's time to figure the tile layout and start putting them down.
I know that is just the waterproofing, but I like that shade of blue.
It's looking good!
I'm still trying to get the motivation to get under the house and look for shutoffs for the shower I'm going to remove. I hope there are shutoffs under there. But I have to get under on the opposite side of the house and crawl all the way over.
Got a start on the tile back in the corner. Back to the real job for awhile now though. Might get a little done at night here and there.
Looks good! I like the huge tiles.I bet they were heavy though.
Thanks Zannej. Got a bit more done today, fitting it in around the work schedule when I can.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out & trying to take inspiration from it to get stuff done in my own house.
Got a little further yesterday. Slowly but surely, one tile at a time. This tile is a little thicker than what I took out, so I used the multi tool to trim the hot tub by about 1/8". Little nerve racking, no room for an "ooops cut" but it worked and they slid right in place, I really like that handy little tool.
I have to go back to work on signs for a little while. Good time to do the hydro test. The curbless shower holds around 8 gal. Tomorrow I'll go down in the crawl space and look for wet spots. It would be nice if that turned out to be a dry experience . Then just before I tile the floor and bottom row on the walls, I'll give it one last coat of Hydro Seal.
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