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AppleMac*Fit 01-24-2010 02:56 PM

Bathroom Renovation
 
Although I didn't ask many questions about this bathroom renovation on the forums, it was only because of your nifty "search" feature. The help here on these forums is amazing. Without it, I never would have tried such a project.

At any rate... This remodel is still ongoing, just paused because I had to have some foot surgery. The first phase was in late 2008, we removed the existing plastic tiles that were a combination of glued down and mortared. :laughing:

Before 1
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/...1350c49f3b.jpg
I bet you can't tell what decade this house was built in based on the yellow tiles, can you? :whistling2:

Before 2
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/...538f1a18ac.jpg
There used to be a closet in the bathroom, with door and everything. Really strange. Gotta love the mirrored receptacle and switch covers - it *almost* covers up the fact the bathroom is gross.

We redid the floors last year with 18" square travertine… It was fine for my parents to come out and visit, but still not enough. We also installed a new flat-sided toilet (easy to clean) and a new vanity from Ikea.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2680/...09bd98267c.jpg

Demo - Tub area
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/...059d7dcc5a.jpg
This was harder than I thought it was going to be. The original builders actually did a stucco/concrete wall that they built up. It was really solid and very tough to remove, even with a 5lb sledge hammer.

New Shower Plumbing
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/...da249c2d26.jpg
The $50 PEX tool was worth its wait in Gold, not having to solder or use $5 SharkBite fittings.

Gotta take precautions with the insulation
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/...22781d9d_m.jpg
Still was itchy afterwards. Not good when this is our only bathroom and I was forced to bath in the kitchen sink for 2 weeks. :laughing: My wife's a trooper!

Insulation is up
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/...22db26dea9.jpg
It's now the only insulated room in the house. Thankfully one's bathroom business wont have to be heard by everyone now in our 1100 square-foot house.

AppleMac*Fit 01-24-2010 02:57 PM

Backerboard / Shower Niche installed
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/...3dbbe515f9.jpg
I was going to build a shower niche, but read about these pre-built ones that are already waterproof. It cost $70 at the tile store, but I think it was well worth it.

Redguard - cause I want the project to last (thanks for the help everyone who suggested this stuff)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2716/...aac338db05.jpg

Done
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/...d258b7888a.jpg
Used white subway tiles and blue glass mosaic tiles from Lowe's.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/...ec828af87f.jpg
I added crown moulding for two reasons: (1) It looks nice - especially since we have only 1 bathroom, (2) I suck at drywall. really. I do. Crown moulding does a fantastic job of hiding that awful seam.
I also added two recessed lights, and a dimmable shower recessed light.

Floor/baseboards - obviously kept the same 18" square travertine tiles, but decided to add 4" travertine for the baseboards. It really helps make the bathroom look better over wood baseboards.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2686/...206765c4b5.jpg

Mirror - 5/8" All-thread, 24"x36" mirror glued to a 1/2" plywood piece
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2797/...08fd1f8cac.jpg
My wife and I couldn't fit a mirror to our style. We're kind of eclectic/modern/industrial in our style. If you read Dwell magazine... that is our style. So while at the Hobby store pondering a custom frame for a mirror, we decided to use all-thread. Anyone can feel free to copy our design.

And YES - I know the receptacle near the sink needs to be GFCI. I simply installed that one until the construction was complete.

More pictures… http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebrin...7623275547826/

I still need to do the finishing touches of painting and attempting to fix my bad drywall. I dunno, I may have to hire somebody. Anyone in the Charleston area?

What do you think?

Zel1 01-26-2010 07:35 PM

Nice job! Great transformation and cool idea for the mirror!

AppleMac*Fit 01-26-2010 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Zel1 (Post 389619)
Nice job! Great transformation and cool idea for the mirror!

Thanks! We like the mirror... only one in the world (maybe).

mferguson0414 01-27-2010 06:38 AM

Mirror is awesome, love the subway tiles. Is that the same vanity from earlier pictures that you posted in finished pictures? Where did you get that toilet? I don't know that I have seen one like that at my local big box stores. What was the total time on the reno?

AppleMac*Fit 01-27-2010 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by mferguson0414 (Post 389835)
Mirror is awesome, love the subway tiles. Is that the same vanity from earlier pictures that you posted in finished pictures? Where did you get that toilet? I don't know that I have seen one like that at my local big box stores. What was the total time on the reno?

Yes - that's the same vanity, we just painted it. We bought the toilet from Lowes. It was kind of pricey (I think $200), but it's nice (and easy to clean). Mainly it was purchased for its large footprint. I messed up the travertine floor by cutting a bit too much around the toilet flange and we could see it with our former standard toilet. So a quick look around Lowes revealed the perfect solution to not having to chip out a travertine tile. :thumbup:

Total time was 2 weeks for the second phase (everything but the floors).

jackie treehorn 01-28-2010 10:18 PM

Very nice!! I really like the mirror. *runs to look for dwell magazine*

AppleMac*Fit 01-28-2010 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by jackie treehorn (Post 390854)
Very nice!! I really like the mirror. *runs to look for dwell magazine*

Thanks, Jackie!

Here's the link to Dwell magazine: http://www.dwell.com/

Barnes & Noble has it. My wife and I are not the traditional oak cabinets type of people like our parents were. :no:

jackie treehorn 01-28-2010 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by AppleMac*Fit (Post 390900)
Thanks, Jackie!

Here's the link to Dwell magazine: http://www.dwell.com/

Barnes & Noble has it. My wife and I are not the traditional oak cabinets type of people like our parents were. :no:


I'll have to hit up B&N then for sure!!

sbmfj 02-01-2010 02:33 PM

nice job!!

jackie treehorn 02-01-2010 02:49 PM

I hit up both a barnes and noble and borders for the dwell magazine, no dice :( I have one more place to look and then I'll have to source it online

yummy mummy 02-04-2010 09:32 AM

Wow! Love the new bathroom.
Excellent job.

Love the dark cabinet.

AppleMac*Fit 02-04-2010 10:03 AM

Thanks, YM!

Lots of nice projects on this site. Seems like I spend a lot of time on here just surfing around admiring everyone's work. :laughing:

yummy mummy 02-05-2010 09:19 AM

When I take a break, this is the first place I come to.......

Snav 02-05-2010 09:30 AM

Very nice work!


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