October 15, 2012

The Bathroom Renovation - part 1 (plans)

So as you know, our bathroom is in the works.  Well. "in the works" really looks like this:


Let me give you a quick update.  One day we noticed some water damage on the wall next to the shower.  We knew there was a leak and figured we'd have to take out the bottom tile and drain pan in the shower and fix out.  No biggie.  We had to do that at our last house.

We thought we'd take the chance to put in new doors since these were looking bad and they were the only thing in the bathroom that wasn't updated.  (Warning: This documentary involves a lot of nasty nighttime cell phone pics.)


When we started taking out the lower tiles we realized the past owner had tiled over existing tile in the bathroom.  Really?  We knew that wasn't going to work and that we were going to have to remove ALL the tile.  Ugh.




We spent a lot of nights chiseling it out.  The boys helped haul out a little of the tile in the beginning.  They thought it was fun.  I enjoyed the demo process myself.


The more we removed the more moisture we realized there was.  It was between all the tiles.  My dad came and ripped out the final layer of cement.  I rented an air hammer and he hammered out the cement at the bottom of the shower.  


Even after removing the cement and the drain pan, the plywood flooring underneath was drenched.  It continued under the flooring and under the tub as well.  At this point we decided to get the tub out.  It's a jetted tub that has never even worked and we needed to get under it anyhow.


My husband spend Saturday morning removing the floor tiles, but it's still not all done.  We also have to replace the floor boards where they've rotted and see if the damage went much deeper.  There is some slight water damage visible on the ceiling of the garage, which is under the shower.

So, I thought I'd share some inspiration and plans.  This is what I'd like to have happen, but we'll have to see how it all goes in the end.  I'm really excited to get things rolling, but a little frustrated because I wanted to spend these funds on a new furnace.  But, since we've had to rip everything out I want to re-do it right.  We plan to live here forever and I don't want to re-do it twice.

For the shower, I'm in love with a pale gray subway glass tile like this one.  I think bathrooms are tricky because tile isn't something you can easily switch out and it's hard to find something truly timeless.  Everything is dated and eventually everything is outdated.  So, I'm picking something hip and pretty, but still a bit neutral. 


 I love the pale aqua tile even more, but I think it will be even more dated, so it's out.


For the floor I want to find a family-friendly version of this hexagon tile.  This one is marble, which apparently you have to seal a lot and I don't want maintenance. I love the vintage feel of the hexagon tile, but with an updated feel.  I'm hunting for something similar at a good price.


I'd like to do a freestanding soaker tub like this.  I went to a plumbing wholesale store and they were way too expensive, but I've found some for 1/3 the price on overstock.  Plus, if I use a discount code that would help.  By doing a tub like this we don't have to spend the money on tile to tile around the tub.  We can put the money into the tub and just drywall the walls.  I could even put in curtains, which the room has never had.  There wasn't room with the tub all boxed in.


And ideally, I'd like the shower to have clean glass doors like this, but ours is smaller and there wouldn't be a ledge between the tub and shower.


And there you have it.  I'm not sure how long all of this will take, but I know it'll be worth it when it's all done.

I'll keep you posted.  Thanks for stopping by.

32 comments:

  1. Wow. That is a ton of work. I hope it all comes together quickly and snag free for you!

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  2. Wow, can't believe the tiles over tiles! Sounds like you caught it just in time before the bath went through the garage ceiling! We re did our bathroom from scratch a few years ago and it turned out really well. We bought lots of stuff from eBay and discount outlets, made a plan and went for it! Your new bathroom will be beautiful. xx

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  3. It stinks you have to do it, but I will bet it will look great! I love Before and After (and during!) pictures, can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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  4. I'm sorry that you don't get the furnace you want. Good luck with all of the renovations! I hope things go well for you.

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  5. Really? Who tiles over existing tile? People are so weird!!!!

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  6. Oh man, we were there not that long ago. Water damage in our kitchen from our only full bath. Here's our story and reno: http://littleredwoods.blogspot.com/2012/05/oh-you-have-no-idea.html Good luck! What you're going for looks gorgeous!

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  7. What a nightmare! I am so sorry you have to deal with that! I hope it all works out! I love all of the inspiration photos. I love the gray subway tile and those hexagon tiles! Fabulous!

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  8. Oh dear. Why on earth would they tile over tile? But our old owners painted over lacquered wood doors with no prep, so now the paint is peeling and we get to sand everything before repainting. Uck. I am also planning our bathroom redo as well, and I'm nervous we'll find water damage like you guys did. I agree with you on the tile thing. I am also trying to find something timeless. We'll probably go with something white with a row at the top or something in black. (I do like the aqua as well, but agree with you on the aging out thing!)

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  9. Ugh, think happy thoughts. I hope you've found the worst of it and can start the "fun" part soon. I like the glass subway tile idea!

    Jess

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  10. I have a headache just thinking about all the work ahead of you!

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  11. Have you thought about doing an accent stripe of the aqua and using the grey for the rest? like waist or shoulder high stripe maybe 3 tiles wide?
    I think that would be really pretty and still timeless.

    I actually LOVE the look of the old school 50s subway tile bathrooms in crazy colors like pink and black or aqua....I see older homes with the bathrooms and kitchens completely renoed with cheap home depot/ikea stuff and it makes me want to cry!
    Someday I'm going to find my vintage kitchen and bathroomed home!

    I love the hex tiles too. I'm sure you can find them non-marble somewhere!
    I like the tiny black and white ones myself....growing up in chicago all the older homes had the black and white hex tile in the bathrooms :)

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  12. Love your plans! You should check out the tile Thrifty Decor Chic used in her laundry room (I'd give you a link, but I'm on my phone). She used a hexagonal white tile with gray grout and it looks amazing. The blogger at Hooked on Houses did the same type of tile (i think she got it at lowes) but used black grout and regretted that color choice. But she does link to the tile. Have fun with all the details!

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    1. I used the same tile as Thrifty Decor Chic with gray grout when we built three years ago. I LOVE them! In one bathroom we did all white, in another it has a border with black. Love them both and it's holding up great!

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  13. When I was picking out showers, I made a point to my husband that there has to be some small ledge in the shower to put my foot on while shaving. Maybe you don't shave, or maybe not in the shower, but I thought I would throw that out there just in case.

    I have seen tiny step-stools in showers, but your space looks kinda small for that.

    I love your inspiration pictures. Especially the gray subway tile. We have a ton of tile in our master bath but it won't be in the shower - I hate dirty grout, lol.

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  14. We have added a bathroom to a house, and updated 3 others in the course of our marriage. (I won't speak of the unexpected full kitchen remodels...) *laughing* It was always on a budget and what we could find locally so as to not add shipping costs. Crazy how your tastes quickly change in the process of it all!

    Go with a frosted or textured glass for the shower. *chuckle* From my experience - the clear glass looks wonderful for oh about 2.7 weeks and then you realize that cleaning the glass every morning after everyone is done is kind of a pain - and its bigger than a mirror and more glass than a sliding door. And the daily sprays/mists to keep showers clean that you spray daily - well they must work somewhere. But they did not work with my shower and the water we had.

    You have to admit - isn't it nice to make something yours, and nice and just enjoyable to use when its all said and done?

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  15. We had a similar situation, but with carpet and subflooring. We were new homeowners and couldn't afford a demo so a few months in we put down some peel and stick tile to hold us over until we could afford a new bathroom. Plus we couldn't stand the carpeted bathroom. We pulled up two layers of carpet, the original pad crumbled into dust when we removed it. When we did have contractor come in later he found 3 layers of subfloor - new was put over the existing rotting ones and our pink insulation was black. After the demo my husband's asthma improved significantly!

    Subway tile is so classic! If you want to stay away from color go with white, but I agree some accent tiles for color would be safe. I wanted the little hexagons when I remodeled but couldn't find ones in our budget. Lowe's out by me now carries them, as well as a larger hexagon with small squares as accents.

    Another idea which I wanted to do, but again not in the budget at the time - tile either 1/2 or 3/4 up from the floor, then paint the remaining wall. That is another way you could stay classic but also get your splash of color and stay trendy. :)

    Good luck! Lots to think about!

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  16. I have the original 1910 tiny tile in my kids bathroom and it is perfect there. The charcoal grout is grippy and never looks dirty

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  17. What a huge undertaking, but at least you guys are smart enough to do it right the first time! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  18. Our setup was just like yours, but we ripped out the tub and made it a big shower instead. Now we are waiting on glass! We went with white subway tile and dark gray floor tile. Then we have a built in nook/shelf that goes along the whole wall, and we used the floor tile on the back of it for an accent.

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  19. Bathroom ideas look beautiful. Just a thought about the bathtub, we have a claw foot which is sweet and romantic but a huge pain in the neck as far as water pooling. With no lip on the soaker tub and that little space around the bottom edge of it, it looks like it could be another water nightmare. Especially with two little boys who will think it is the new swimming pool:) Hope you find something that you love ! LT

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  20. Make sure when you paint, that you prime first! The guy who did my bathroom (he was a tile guy) didn't prime and all the paint would peel because of the steam.

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  21. That is a huge mess to find behind your walls!! i am so in love with the grey subway tile. It is beautiful!! and i love the flooring ideas you have. Good luck!!

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  22. They gray tiles are so pretty, I love everything you have your eye on! Good luck :)

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  23. We are going through some water damage ourselves. I am pretty positive your homeowners insurance will pay for that. Maybe you can still get your furnace. I've learned so so much dealing with ours and would be happy to pass on some tips! If you decide to go that route let me know.

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  24. I could have sworn you were talking about my ensuite bathroom throughout this whole post! (Minus the tub, I wish we had room for one!) We had some water damage and took out the shower, ended up taking out the whole bathroom once we saw the mould and rot. It needed to be done anyway, but we weren't planning on it quite yet. We had to replace everything, including some floor joists. The new bathroom will be grey tile as well with a clear glass shower door and I debated about aqua tile! I can't wait to see your finished product, I am sure it will give me some inspiration! Good luck, I hope you don't find more damage!

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  25. Ok, I have a question, I have the same issue, we have a leak in our shower too. I haven't even began to touch it with all that is going on right now, just not using that shower. Is there any danger working around that mold? I'm just wondering, I am betting you'be looked into it. I can't decide if this is a job I can do or have to hire someone. I know how to tile, just afraid if it becomes more than that. I don't think I have a leek just have an issue with water getting behind tile where grout has eroded.

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  26. The grey subway tiles are outstanding. Love!! Also love the herringbone floor tiles in the last pic.

    We have plans to do our ensuite with a bath and shower combined "wet area". Love the frameless shower screen. Such a clean modern look. With a freestanding tub you are ticking all my boxes.

    It is absolutely worth all the effort you put into the initial waterproofing. Nothing is worse than fixing up past mistakes!

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  27. A friend did their house reno about 10 years ago. They chose small dark grey tiles for the shower walls, with a wood cabinet, elevated off the floor, high enough to easily sweep and wash floors underneath, with a white free standing hand basin ontop. The accessories change colors according to fashion, and the bathroom has stayed looking trendy year in year out. They included a niche set into the shower for shampoos and accessories. I know you will end up with a fabulous bathroom, and it seems to be a common problem with bathrooms not being built to scratch. My brother had a builder build his place, when they added a second storey some time later, they pulled out the bathroom to put a the staircase in and discovered that the floor of the shower was close to collapsing with the water damage underneath. They had done their research when choosing the builder and paid a premium to have him, you just never know when someone else does the work.

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  28. where did you find good prices on a tub like the one you pictured? we are looking for one right now. -thanks

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  29. Do you know the origin of that last photo? I'd be interested to find out the source of the taupe-y wall tile and mosaic floor tile. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry, I don't have the source on that one, but I believe I saw it on Houzz.

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