Over the winter we decided to finally start the remodeling project on our master bathroom. I imagined the project would be finished by now, but we are STILL working on it!
Since this was such a huge project it has taken much longer than we anticipated. (Many, many weekends of work so far.) On the left below is how the bathroom looked in its original state. In an effort to update and lighten up the bathroom, we repainted and replaced the lighting and medicine cabinets. It helped but then we decided to replace the shower….
The tile was SO hard to remove and the shower pan was glued in place with concrete. Very labor intensive! And we found the shower leaked so we need to repair the wall before we retile it.
Then we decided to take out the large soaker tub as well. It was also set in concrete.
Next we removed the tile floor. Of course it was glued with the strongest epoxy ever. The tiles came up in small chunks. And the debris was really heavy!
Once all of the floor tile was removed we were left with the orange sprinkler line above floor level and the old tub plumbing that needed to be moved as well to accommodate the new claw foot tub.
This is how the floor looks now with the sprinkler line below the floor and the plumbing for the new tub in place:
With the plumbing nearing completion we are almost ready to set the shower pan and install the backer board. My husband found this shower pan system online while we were renovating our lake bathroom. It is by Tile Redi and is a light weight fiberglass material that once set into place, can be directly tiled upon. I think this must be a fairly new product because none of our plumbers or contractors knew of it.
Tile Redi also has Redi Niche and Redi Bench to customize your shower. There are different sizes and styles to choose from but we went with a corner bench and a dual compartment niche for shampoo and toiletries. We are putting the niche in the half wall so it is not visible from the rest of the bathroom.
And here is our inspiration photo from Pinterest:
This is how the bathroom looks on the right side of the room now:
And this is the left side: (sigh)
Next up is insulation, backer board, more rough plumbing and tile. Fingers crossed this will be done SOON!