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Old 01-24-2010, 02:56 PM   #1
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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.

Before 1

I bet you can't tell what decade this house was built in based on the yellow tiles, can you?

Before 2

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.


Demo - Tub area

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

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

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. My wife's a trooper!

Insulation is up

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.

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Old 01-24-2010, 02:57 PM   #2
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Backerboard / Shower Niche installed

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)


Done

Used white subway tiles and blue glass mosaic tiles from Lowe's.


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.


Mirror - 5/8" All-thread, 24"x36" mirror glued to a 1/2" plywood piece

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?

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Nice job! Great transformation and cool idea for the mirror!
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Nice job! Great transformation and cool idea for the mirror!
Thanks! We like the mirror... only one in the world (maybe).
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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?
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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.

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

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

I'll have to hit up B&N then for sure!!
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nice job!!
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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
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Wow! Love the new bathroom.
Excellent job.

Love the dark cabinet.
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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.
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When I take a break, this is the first place I come to.......
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Very nice work!

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