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xcntryskiing 09-24-2012 04:54 PM

4.5 ft x 9 ft bathroom remodel = HELP!
the door swings in to the 4.5' portion of things right into the oversized sink and cabinet... there is CARPET on the floor!!! The walk-in 4.5' x 4' shower is old small tiles and the floor is sinking and SUPER cold in the winter. The ceiling in the shower is lower than the ceiling in the rest of the bathroom... We are prepared to hire a plumber to help us remodel the bathroom and we are thinking of adding radiant floors to keep our feet from freezing in the winter... We are on a budget! Who isn't these days... I am planning a trip to IKEA to get a new sink and cabinet base that is smaller, functional and attractive... Just trying to figure out ... what is the best flooring in such a small bathroom that is covered in steam when you are done showering... it is running down the walls... surprised there is no noticable mold!
So... The IDEAL flooring for a small bathroom, easiest to clean and maintain material to rebuild the walk-in shower and what about radiant floors?
I am sure there are more questions that I should be asking... I just have NO idea what they are... we have never done this before...

Thank you all for your time!

joecaption 09-24-2012 07:23 PM

Post a picture.
Sure sound like a total gut the studs to me.
You have to have a bathroom vent put in.
Tile would work for the floors.

mae-ling 09-24-2012 08:24 PM

post picture and drawing of the floor plan if you can

xcntryskiing 09-24-2012 08:26 PM

the best pics I can get in this really small bathroom
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Here goes a try at posting pictures... this is not an easy room to get a good pic...

xcntryskiing 09-24-2012 08:30 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1016684)
You have to have a bathroom vent put in.

There is a vent in the bathroom... we don't run it when we are in there because it makes it so cold...

NewHomeDIYGuy 09-26-2012 10:34 AM

Based on the first post I was expecting a lot worse. First things.. if you take hot showers and there's moisture sticking to the walls, turn the fan on, and leave it on. I understand it makes it colder, but you need to evacuate the moisture in the room, and the only way that's going to happen is by turning the fan on, and perhaps leaving the door open (so the moisture has somewhere else to go).

Second, if the floor is "sinking," you got serious problems, and the only way to find out what's wrong with it is to get everything out of the area where the floor is "sinking" (like the vanity, toilet, etc), and rip up the flooring. Take pictures as you take things off layer by layer and people can help you diagnose the problem. Is there water leaking to the floor below or anything else you see? Long story short you might need to reinforce the subfloor and then you can go about installing tile/your flooring of choice. Think about your layout, as I'm sure there's some reason as to why you have a lower ceiling in the shower. Is there a stairwell or something that needs the extra overhead space, or perhaps ducting for ur hvac system, etc. Good luck.

xcntryskiing 09-26-2012 11:29 AM

The house has 3 bathrooms... all three of the showers have this 'bulkhead' going on... and I am not seeing any reason for it being there... I had a contractor come and look at things and he said that they just made them lower back in the day in hopes to keep more heat in the shower (but for some reason there does not seem to be ANY insulation in the floor of the shower and hot water pools on the floor and it is FREEZING cold in seconds! Open the shower door and you can feel cold air blowing past you!!!) it is a problem when my 6'4" 15 year old has to duck down to get into the shower... and an expense :(

We will be going up into the attic this weekend to pull back the insulation above the two showers in our upstairs and proceed with ripping things out... we also found mold behind the shower in my son's bathroom :eek: so just taking out the 'bulkhead' is now going to be removing all of the tile around his tub and replacing the surround to get rid of the mold:thumbdown:

Trying to figure out if we should scale back our plans to better fit our budget but these things just really need to get done to make our house more enjoyable and healthier AND economical to live in... we have lived here for 2 1/2 years and we have had a list of things that we would like to be different... had expected my husband to get raises these past two years BUT that has not happened... this is the first time in his 20 years woriking there that he has not gotten a raise-all because of the economy-AND there is no raise expected in 2013 either... but enough of my whining... Thank God he has a job!!!

Right now... I need to get back to finishing our chicken coop so that we can have some happy chickens to give us yummy backyard eggs and chicken and dumplings this winter! Then back to getting things lined out inside the house...

Did I mention that we have estimates for new windows and exterior doors in the house and new laminate floors through the rest of the house to get rid of the carpet in hopes of helping my son's allergies! That is going to cost us... and then getting these two bathrooms in working order and mold free.... I wish there were more jobs around this area, I would get one!

drtbk4ever 09-26-2012 12:54 PM

Please tell us where you are located and keep us posted on your progress.

xcntryskiing 09-26-2012 01:17 PM

Location is Rigby Idaho... and currently I think I am out of my mind :wallbash:

So many projects... so little time and money... We were doing the Dave Ramsey thing... trying to pay off our debt... AND not adding anymore debt... but we are in a place that really requires a home equity loan to get these things done to make this house easier to live in...selling is not an option as the houses are not moving around here...

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