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Old 02-01-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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This project began the week after Christmas, me and my fiancÚ took a week off of work and attempted our version of Renovation Realities.

The idea was to gut the room, rebuild the shower, insulate, and have it done in a week. Yeah who were we kidding. A month and a half later it is still not complete but it is functional. This is our only bathroom.

Starting with the before of course.
This was after I pulled up the vinyl 12x12. Ugly wall tile, boxed in shower and hidden toilet.








Oh and the various surface mold issues



Beginning of demo:
Removing Tile:


Removing Tub/Shower Surround and divider wall:


Oh and little bit of mold behind the surround


Who doesn't like a little plaster and lathe


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Keep at it mate, it,ll look brilliant when finished! Are you keeping all of your previous bathroom furniture ect?

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Once all the plaster and lathe was removed we discovered that our main stack was rusted out.


We always had a slight sewer smell in the basement but thought it was just the sewer line on the road outside. (city living, old pipes)
After a lengthy conversation with the fiance we decided the main stack was over my head and with the risk of not having working plumbing if I break something on New Years Eve weekend. We got a plumbing who was able to replace the stack from the basement to the room above the bathroom.
Everything they took out:


So after everything was inspected and approved I was finally able to start rebuilding.
Built a bump out around the 4 inch stack, floor to ceiling:

Repaired floor under toilet, previous water damage destroyed floor and sub floor. New 3/4 OSB to match old t and g floor, and then 1/2 hardibacker for eventual tile.


Life got a little better once the drywall started going up:
All the drywall was 1/2 Mold and Moisture Resistant



Also got the hardi up for the new shower tile.
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Nice!
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So after a few days of joint compound and sanding sessions after work, it was primed. Then I started on the shower:
Tile finished with my dog's inspection.

New shower rod, reused the facet and control since I just bought it last year.



Cheap clear shower curtain for now until we get colors.
Light color tile was bought at a reuse/savage place, here in Pittsburgh http://www.constructionjunction.org/
We had just enough to do the entire wall and paid about a 1/3 of the cost.


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Are you keeping all of your previous bathroom furniture ect?
We replaced the toilet since it was about 20 years old, kept the tub since it is cast iron and cleaned up well. We will refinish it in the summer when we can vent the house. Will be replacing the sink but keeping the wall vanity. Trying to keep costs down as much as possible.
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Why are there different tiles on the wall adjacent to your plumbing wall?
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Very nice, looking good. Were they able to pull the stack from the bathroom, or did they need to cut access above and below?
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Why are there different tiles on the wall adjacent to your plumbing wall?
Decided to do accent wall with tile, something different. Fiance liked the idea.

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Very nice, looking good. Were they able to pull the stack from the bathroom, or did they need to cut access above and below?
We already had the room gutted, plus I already had the room above it opened when I was looking to fit it myself, basement is unfinished. Basiclly I did all the work openning the walls before they came.
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Finally have a floor after a three week break.

First we decided to splurge and do the in floor heating. The blue wire corrected before I titled.





Cutting the half circles was a pain, I messed up one side but it was covered by the toilet.


Thermostat for the floor, tested and it works! Floor is nice and toasty instead of ice cold.



To do punch list: Paint, Vanity, Sink, cabinet and shelving above toilet, towel racks.
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I have the same situation... only one bathroom in the house and I'd like to gut the whole thing and replace the tub/toilet/vanity. I'm curious... how did you coordinate removing/replacing fixtures with minimal downtime?
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I have the same situation... only one bathroom in the house and I'd like to gut the whole thing and replace the tub/toilet/vanity. I'm curious... how did you coordinate removing/replacing fixtures with minimal downtime?
The toliet was only out of service for about 10 hours when they replaced the main stack. When I put the tile down I did it sections, made sure I had all the parts and plan, plan plan. The shower was out of service for about two weeks, luckily my mother only lives a half mile away. It was an inconvenience but we worked around it. Still don't have a sink but hey that's why we have a kitchen sink. Plan for the worse but you probably could do most of it in a long, stinky weekend. - that is if you don't have to replace the stack and call a plumber.
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Looking good.
I may opt to do the Heated Floor myself once I replace the Joists below the 1st Floor Bath, or the 2nd Floor Bath.
I am still open to doing a few ideas as I am still gutting the House.
One was to double up the floor joists on the Bathroom areas and maybe lay marble or something heavy.

Keep up the work, especially if you finish the basement and add a 1/2 bath.
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I'm going to gut a remodel an upstairs bathroom in the near future, similarly sized to yours but no plaster and lathe to deal with.

Do you no about how much your entire heated underlayment setup ran? I would love to add something similar...
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I got the system from HD. I know there are more expensive, probably even better systems out there. It seemed to get good reviews on their site.

Mat: I only needed the 6ft but they make various sizes at different price points.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...5#BVRRWidgetID

Control:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

IMO it has been working well. However since I installed it we haven't had really cold weather to really give it a real test. Could be a little warmer but I haven't had a chance to customize the programs yet.

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