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Bathroom

Total bathroom remodel

This bathroom almost whipped me.  I didn’t have a helper this season but this customer was a somewhat disabled Vietnam veteran and had already spent 2 years trying to get this job done and I didn’t want him to wait any longer.  I thought I’d work twice as hard, and I did, and it took twice as long as I expected.  The end result was pretty good but not great.

Everything was moved to create a better floorplan for his needs.  The shower curb was reduced to 3″ to make it easier for him to step over and two assist bars were installed in the shower and one across from the shower to help him maintain his balance.  The one across from the shower will also be used as a towel bar.

The toilet has two fold-down assist bars and a heated seat with cleansing water sprays.

The exhaust fan / light was replaced with a slightly larger unit than previous.  It was near 40 years old and needed replaced, however it turns out the racket it was making was partially due to a birds nest.  Starlings will walk to the end of any cavity they can enter and build a nest.

The shower walls and floor were ceramic tiles over Schluter System substrates.   The frameless shower door was the OVE Sydney 60 and is very nice and very heavy.  It has a large opening and with the assist bars his family thinks he’ll be able to easily get in and out.

The vanity and top are special ordered from Lowes and are excellent quality. 

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom floor and wall tiles

This bathroom received a total make-over.  New floor and wall tiles and everything else.  The new lights required an electrician to move some wires and add another switch, and the new deluxe base cabinets required me to move the supply and drain lines to the sink.  A bifold closet door was replaced with a 6 panel door to match the bathroom door.  We had an issue with the sink in that the material around the drain hole wasn’t formed correctly.  Thankfully, the manufacturer came out and was able to make it right.  Not shown in the photo is a new propane tankless water heater installed in the closet by a plumber, and a new walk-in tub installed by that manufacturer.  The homeowner did an excellent job with the painting.

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom remodel due to a leak in the concrete wall

This bathroom had a crack in the concrete wall behind the shower that water poured through during heavy rains.  I removed the drywall around the shower, detached it from the 2×4 studs, and moved it forward so that the foundation people could make the repairs to the concrete.  When that was done, I put the shower back in position and a bathroom remodel began.   My job was to install a new shower faucet, repair the drywall, and to tile the floor.  Also shown is the orange colored product called Ditra.  The product uncouples the tiles from the concrete thus preventing any cracks in the concrete transferring into the tiles.  The homeowner then completed the job by doing the painting and installing the fixtures.

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom remodel tile job

Bathroom remodel
Bathroom remodel

Like a lot of bathroom remodels, this guest bathroom was a complete tear-out to the studs and build back up from there.  A furnace duct ran along side the tub and that became a nice shelf or place to sit.  The Schluter System was used to form a completely waterproof backing behind the tiles.  A 32×60 Delta 400 deep soak tub from Home Depot was surrounded by 12×12 ceramic tiles.  The customer kept the lavatory base and got a new top and faucet.  Two coats of satin paint finished off this guest bathroom remodel.

 

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Basement remodel Bathroom

Custom shower and bathroom

Black tiles installed using Schluter Sytem in a basement shower

The customers had a vision and I helped it come true.  They did the lay-out for the walls and helped me with the framing and the drywall finishing, plus they had friends do the electric and plumbing.  They also picked out all the tiles and delivered them to the job site.

The tiles were installed using the Schluter System.  The wall tiles are 12×24 installed on Schluter Kerdi, and the shower floor tiles are six sided 2″ mosaics on Kerdi on a drypack mortar base on a concrete slab.  The floor tiles outside of the shower are the same 12×24 tiles installed on Schluter Ditra on a concrete slab.

A tempered glass panel will be installed on the 135 degree curb opening.  The rest of the curb will remain without a door though framing behind the tiles is there should a door be wanted.  Also behind the tiles is wood blocking for hand rails should they ever be needed.

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Bathroom

Leaky toilet results in bathroom repair and remodel.

Old vanity and toilet
Old vanity and toilet
New vanity and low flush toilet
New vanity and low flush toilet

A circle of discolored vinyl flooring growing outward from the toilet signaled a leaky wax ring.  Left alone, the floor would eventually rot away, but fortunately it was caught in time.  The old toilet, vanity, and vinyl were removed.   The problem with the old toilet flange was found and remedied.  A couple shut-off valves were replaced, and a problem with the sink drain where it entered the wall was fixed.  Then new vinyl, vanity and low flush toilet were installed to complete this bathroom repair and remodel.

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Bathroom

Bathroom makeover

New ceramic tiles in a small bathroom.
New ceramic tiles in a small bathroom.

This bathroom was a disaster.  Not only did the toilet leak causing the floor underneath to rot, the owner decided to paint the entire room – including the shower walls – UK blue.  Of course, the paint pulled away from the walls and it became a more of a mess.  We reused the tub, vanity, and toilet and replaced most everything else including the window.  The end result was a nice looking, modern bathroom.

 

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Bathroom

Small bathroom remodel

This bathroom needed a complete remodel.  The porcelain finish on the old iron tub was worn down to rusty metal and the floor was rotting out from under the tiles.  We gutted the floor and walls down to the bare wood, replaced rotted wood where necessary, replaced the tub and vanity with new, and built it back up with new ceramic floor and wall tiles.  The end result was a very nice and clean modern bathroom.

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Old bathroom tiles and rusty tub.
Old bathroom tiles and rusty tub.

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