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Old 11-19-2013, 09:22 PM   #46
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That one section with the lights looks really good....

One question....how do you like the shower floor tile you used? I've heard that because of all the grout, it's hard to keep clean.
Thanks for the compliment. Those stones are nice. It brings texture to the room being very linear and sharp. I plan on sealing it to help maintain its shape. With so much more grout visible preventative plan is prudent also the fact that its grey really helps. Ill post what I use to seal.

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:59 AM   #47
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This thread was fun---turned out great---I like your design ideas, the bath has some personality---Mike----
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It wasn't that bad. Take into account that this was the first time doing this and the first time using Schluter so the first wall was methodical. Otherwise the kerdi went on pretty easy. Thank you for the compliment. I'm actually shocked, surprised and proud of the work I've accomplished. As for the nook I wanted to put one in or at least a small bench but there was no room. I had 1 inch behind the durock. 2 months this took me......and my body took a beating everyday :-\
I see thanks, maybe I'll consider that vs. the plastic sheeting next go around, we'll see. Nice design as others said! I'm sure that accent wall wasn't cheap with all those sheets, but looks gorgeous! I love the river rock and different stone floor in your shower, perhaps in our next house.

That's the same feeling I had after I finished my first couple projects. Ah makes sense about the nook should've figured there wasn't the space. I give a lot of credit to the people who do this day in and day out, as opposed to a 9-5 type desk job.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #49
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This thread was fun---turned out great---I like your design ideas, the bath has some personality---Mike----

Thank you and in the end, with all of this said and done, it was fun. All the trips to HD and Lowes.....all the random trips for random tools..... But this was such a learning process.

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I see thanks, maybe I'll consider that vs. the plastic sheeting next go around, we'll see. Nice design as others said! I'm sure that accent wall wasn't cheap with all those sheets, but looks gorgeous! I love the river rock and different stone floor in your shower, perhaps in our next house.

That's the same feeling I had after I finished my first couple projects. Ah makes sense about the nook should've figured there wasn't the space. I give a lot of credit to the people who do this day in and day out, as opposed to a 9-5 type desk job.
Well that accent wall was suppose to be cheap..... That was initially only planned for the ledge part but we decided as we were at the store to do the whole wall (wife's idea). She gets the credit for that idea and I get the $550 bill.
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Pics of final work. Awaiting shower doors but that's 2 weeks
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #51
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Oh and that vent fan was was fun
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I've pretty much done all I could on my part. This was originally planned to be a $2000 project. As it was, plans change and somewhere in the middle, we decided to say "f***it" and went with what we thought looked and functioned best regardless. Now the final tally looks like it's sitting closer to $4500 (that shower door....)
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Well that accent wall was suppose to be cheap..... That was initially only planned for the ledge part but we decided as we were at the store to do the whole wall (wife's idea). She gets the credit for that idea and I get the $550 bill.
Haha it's worth it. If you don't plan on moving anytime soon you can look at it everyday and admire it. I did a similar design but on a much smaller wall so I know it wasn't cheap..

I love the design, very nice and clean. I know you may have your heart set on the doors you got but there are some very reasonable shower doors that are a fraction of the price of the real frameless shower doors. They sell them at the big box stores. Just figured I'd mention it in case you didn't see them. Of course they aren't as nice, but can't beat em for the money (~$300+).
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Haha it's worth it. If you don't plan on moving anytime soon you can look at it everyday and admire it. I did a similar design but on a much smaller wall so I know it wasn't cheap..

I love the design, very nice and clean. I know you may have your heart set on the doors you got but there are some very reasonable shower doors that are a fraction of the price of the real frameless shower doors. They sell them at the big box stores. Just figured I'd mention it in case you didn't see them. Of course they aren't as nice, but can't beat em for the money (~$300+).
I saw those and they were nice but since this is going to be the main guest bath we decided to go bite the bullet and put up the serenity doors. It really finishes off the room well and it will last forever.

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This is what's going up for $1200.
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Looking back at my experience, the 2 months spent on this project was grueling and all consuming. Every free time I had was spent either working on the project or thinking about the project. And although this job blew way past my initial budget, I feel it was well worth it. Some parts of this project I thought would be difficult was easier then expected and other parts I dismissed as nothing turned out to be a bear (with the exception of the fan which I suspected would be difficult and fulfilled all of my dread!) Here are somethings that I learned from this experience:

1) Organization is key and having things ready at an appropriate time like a conveyor line is crucial for curtailing that timeline. Of course, knowing what you're going to need is half the battle.

2) Garbage removal is half the battle. I started this thing picturing all the new things that were going in and never thought about all the old stuff coming out essentially creating a pile of garbage. Demoing and keeping the area clean and organized is a job in itself.

3) Skim coating sucks. It sucks a minimum of 3 times upwards of 5 times.

4) Having the satisfaction of knowing that this bathroom will last as long as I want it to is comforting. That shower is going to be so water tight.....
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The sealer I'm going to try out is this one. Had it at HD and no idea if it's good or not.
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So I tried the sealer yesterday. That was much easier on the stone floor because everything was natural rock. I basically dumped a bunch on the floor and spread it out.cleaned up the excess and now it is sealed properly. I don't know how long it will last but only time will tell.I did all water test and it seems to bead nicely.

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