Nov 14, 2013

Final Bath Reveal! - Part 6

Thank you for sticking with me until the end of our renovation series! It took several months of brainstorming, planning, and problem solving before work began. We started demo on July 3rd and the painting was completed as the final step on September 4th...two months! Not bad for starting from scratch. Be sure to check out all of the details in previous posts. Here are final photos of our completed space. Just photos. All source list details are below. 



{Source List}


Showerhead and thermostatic valve trim {Delta Cassidy Shower Trim in Chrome}

Cabinets/Drawers/Corner Utility Storage
{Martha Stewart Cabinets; Dunemere style; Picket Fence color}

Cabinet Hardware {RH Lugarno Pull & RH Hanson Knob}


Freestanding Tub {Victoria + Albert 'Roxburgh'}

Curtains {Ballard Design Madeline Striped Panel}

Providers who contributed include:

Other posts of this renovation series:

Nov 13, 2013

Clawfoot Tub & Vanity - Part 5

Today I am sharing our installation of the bath vanity, countertop, and freestanding clawfoot tub. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the final reveal of our new master bathroom!

I planned and purchased our vanity cabinets through Home Depot. We chose the Martha Stewart line, cabinet and drawer style is Dunemere, and in Picket Fence white color. The vanity is a laminate wrapped finish so it will hold up well to moisture in the space. The vanity includes two 24 inch sink base cabinets, two pull-out spice racks {used for hair product, lotion, etc}, and a center 18 inch, 3-drawer base. I love the pull-out racks! It's a fun and different solution for storage after losing the counter tower storage from the previous vanity

We also have a small 'niche' like space tucked away. Before there were open shelves that were extremely cluttered looking. We store first aid, meds, toilet paper, and towels in this area. I chose to replace with closed cabinet storage and open shelving below for neatly folded towels and linens. This is again the Dunemere line, but labeled a 'Utility Cabinet' in their catalog. This is three separate units stacked and installed. My Mom and I then added some trim at the top from scrap to make it look a bit more finished. 


The adjoining bedroom was a crazy mess during the reno! Pay no attention {ha}!

LOVE how everything is coming together here!

We then chose vanity lights and mirrors from Restoration Hardware. Tomorrow's post will have the whole look shown. Here is a progress pic after lighting installed by ME!

For the countertop, we landed on Corian solid surface material in 'Witch Hazel.' I wanted to mimic the travertine look of the shower without using actual travertine stone, which is porous and fragile. We paired the counter with rectangular Kohler 'Ladena' sinks and Kohler 'Margaux' faucets in chrome. While the counter was being installed, I snuck in to take a peek at the progress. It took my breath away! I was so giddy that it absolutely completed the vanity area into a clean and gorgeous space!

Now onto the tub details! My husband has always wanted a freestanding tub...he actually enjoys taking more baths than I do. In this home, we finally had the freedom to add it to the room. We chose a Victoria + Albert 'Roxburgh' tub with lion cast feet. It is made of 'Englishcast stone resin and gives a lovely look of porcelain, but lightweight. You can read more about the advantages of Englishcast materials here. The tub filler {faucet} is California Faucet 'Balboa' in chrome. 

It fits the space perfectly...especially after excavating the green acrylic surround and ledge area that was dead space. The area is now open, airy, and perfect for soaking!

Tomorrow is the FINAL installment of the master bath renovation series. Get ready for some lovely photos!

Nov 12, 2013

Bath Heated Tile Floor - Part 4

More bath! I thought about condensing the steps we took to complete the master bath reno, but decided to give each a full post. A lot of pics to share and I want to share details for anyone on the verge of renovating their own space.

Today is about tiling the floor...the WARM tile floor. We {aka: my mom} installed the heat coil and flooring ourselves after the space and subfloor was prepped with concrete board by the contractor. I knew I wanted to spend a little more of the budget and time on the heating coil that was installed below the tile. The master bath was before always chilly and I really wanted it to be a {literally} cozy space.

After a lot of research, I decided to use ThermoSoft Heating Coil for the reno. It was more affordable, offered great customer service, straight forward installation, and my mom was familiar with the product from a previous project.

We began by planning our layout for the heat coil. It was then taped in place to the subfloor. A thin layer of thinset {or mortar} was applied to keep the coil in place and to protect the wires as we overlaid the tile floor. There was quite a lot of electrical work involved. I learned a lot and even wired the coil to the thermostat that controls the heating element!


This is my amazing Mom! She can move mountains and anything else you need done along the way. She's an artist, quilter, handy-woman, tile layer, wallpaper/paint expert...and the list goes on. She loves a challenge and will see it through. She was my confidant throughout this project and it would NOT have been completed without her. Thank you Mom for all of your help, wisdom, work LABOR, and for sharing your talents!


After the heat coil was set, it was left alone to dry. We then began the daunting task of laying 'hardwood look' plank tile. The reasonably priced tile was purchased at Lowe's and laid using a 3/32 inch grout line. The tile continued from the bath into the closet for a very seamless look. The heat coil was only installed in the bathroom, however. It was very challenging to lay the tile over the uneven heat coil. 


 Mom 'buttering' tile during installation. We marked out guidelines to keep everything straight and even. Harder than it looks!

Closet space during installation {left} and floor finished before grout applied {right}.

 This is my Dad...also absolutely talented and amazing. He is a doctor, woodworker, handyman, firearm and hunting guru, and teacher! Together he and my mom conquer the unimaginable...projects, home building, renovations...and they do it all from imagination. I envy the creativity and the drive to accomplish good, honest work. This is my Dad helping to install chair rail trim to help prepare the space for tile behind the tub area. It was a last minute realization that it needed to be installed asap. He forfeited his afternoon off from work and drove an hour to rescue us with his talent. Thank you Dad!!

 Chair rail installed and GORGEOUS!


After tile was finished, the wires from the heat coil needed to be fed up through the wall to the thermostat that controls the heating element. Very similar to a home thermostat, but senses heating wire temp rather than ambient air temperature. 

I decided to install on my own. After a quick call to Dad {for electrical advice}, I ran the power wire and heat sensor wires {through conduit} from the floor baseboard area into the remodel box. I then wired to the thermostat and voila! It worked..and it heats...and it is absolutely wonderful every time we step foot into the bathroom!!

Space finished with grout. Again, we chose PowerGrout in 'Coffee' color.

Tub space after perfect chair rail by Dad and wall tile installed by my Mom. Looks perfect!


 Tomorrow will be about the vanity, counter, and clawfoot tub. And then, final reveal!

Nov 11, 2013

Bath Shower Reno - Part 3

I hope you have enjoyed our journey of the master bath renovation so far! After the demo and prep work was completed, it was time for the shower to be tiled. We chose a mix of travertine mosaic used as an accent wall and ceramic 18 inch tile to match. A 2x2 inch ceramic tile {that was included in the collection} was used on the floor. Be sure to look at the end of the final 'after' post for a source list of products used.

{Travertine Mosaic and Ceramic 2x2}

Concrete board installed flush with drywall edges. Shower mud pan poured, sloped over waterproof liner. Concrete board seams mudded and everything waterproofed before tile.


Shower niche on inside of the new partition wall gives plenty of hidden storage!
{Top and bottom niches are 16in square; Middle niche 16in x 6in}


Tile installation before grout.




We used PowerGrout for this project. It was a breeze to use and has great benefits. No need for sealing, stain proof, and no effervescence {white, cloudy hazze}. It was definitely worth using.

Glass enclosure added last. Still waiting on shower head and valve trim to be installed. We also included two body sprays that turn on/off at the spray head. They are wonderful! 

Finished 'after' photos will be posted very soon. More to come in Part 4 with details on our heated, tile floor!!