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Old 03-19-2018, 02:01 PM   #1
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I have a hill to climb here. Attached is a photo of an alcove where I will be putting in a 60 X 36 whirlpool tub. The pony wall on the left is the wet wall. After the tub is in I will drywall the surrounding area with green board and tile up about 12 inches. I plan to take the tile all the way to the door facing and down to the floor. I plan to put baseboard at the floor from the tub to the door facing. My concern is the thickness of the tile will make the baseboard stand proud of the door facing at least 1/4 inch. How would you guys address that? Bevel the end of the baseboard at the door facing? Other ideas? Thanks
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I'd either shim out the door casing a 1/4" or set the tile on top of the baseboard. Or you could skip the base altogether.
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I'd either shim out the door casing a 1/4" or set the tile on top of the baseboard. Or you could skip the base altogether.
Thank you! I hadn't considered not using baseboard. I could just put 1/4 round from the door to the tub. I was stuck on finishing the seam where the tile met the floor.
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To address the original question, yes, bevel the molding, then flat cut the end to where it reveals the 1/4" you need to sit back in the door molding indentation.

But I like Mark's answer and go without the base altogether.
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You can tile the wall first, below the floor tile level but with expansion/shrink space, then finish with floor tiles. Wet saw with sharp blade gives you a good edge and maintain even grout joint. File the cut edge smooth. You should use cement board against the tub. Greenboards will soak up water. Cement board with redguard coats is about the best.
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Slight change in plans. How would it look to set the baseboards at both ends all the way to the tub and end the tile at the baseboard when it comes down? I have now decided not to tile the wall all the way to the door. I plan to bring the tile out to the edge of the pony wall and do the other end out the same distance from the tub. I feel the two ends would look better symmetrical.
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Sounds like a plan.
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Slight change in plans. How would it look to set the baseboards at both ends all the way to the tub and end the tile at the baseboard when it comes down? I have now decided not to tile the wall all the way to the door. I plan to bring the tile out to the edge of the pony wall and do the other end out the same distance from the tub. I feel the two ends would look better symmetrical.
You will be doing the little return on the base?
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You will be doing the little return on the base?
Umm it will dead end against the tub. Where do you think a return should apply?
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Umm it will dead end against the tub. Where do you think a return should apply?
At the end of the tile near the door
And where it ends to cover the edge of the tile at the stub wall.
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At the end of the tile near the door
And where it ends to cover the edge of the tile at the stub wall.
Oh, sorry I wasn't clear. The base will wrap the stub wall from the tub to the vanity (other side) and the base will go from the tub to the door facing. The tile on the door wall (for lack of a better description) will only come out about 4 inches from the tub. I no longer plan to tile that wall all the way to the door.
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Oh, sorry I wasn't clear. The base will wrap the stub wall from the tub to the vanity (other side) and the base will go from the tub to the door facing. The tile on the door wall (for lack of a better description) will only come out about 4 inches from the tub. I no longer plan to tile that wall all the way to the door.
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Tub, tile, baseboard, door

Tub, tile, baseboard with return where it meets tile then door.
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Like so. The tile will come down to the baseboard.
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