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Showing posts from January, 2013

Master Bathroom Finished

I normally do before and after photos when I finish a room.  But the master bathroom was never a bathroom before.  It was just space that we stole from the end of the bedroom.  So really the best I can do is offer you this as a before picture. Drumroll please... View from the master bedroom


Instead of a whirlpool I installed an extra-deep tub.

Vanity -
 Since Luke is a foot taller than I am I chose a pivoting mirror so it would work for either of us.

Tile floor Floor thermostat
 This makes three bathrooms I've built in the last year.  It also means I am done with bathrooms, at least until we buy another house.  I would love to take a week off from the house and get rested but there's just no time.  I finished the bathroom last night, this afternoon I'm starting the laundry room; that's all the break I get.

Master Bath - Part 3

I'm not on vacation any more and I've had the flu so progress on the bathroom has slowed.  On Saturday I spent four hours cleaning the shower tile and prepping for grout.  The mosaic tile looks great, but it has a lot of joints to be cleaned before grouting.  After what seemed like an eternity of cleaning I finally grouted the shower.    I love how the white grout ties the blocky tiles together and really defines the edges of the mosaic tile. I lost several days to the flu but by Thursday I was recovered enough to run the wire to the tile heater.

 And on Friday night I tiled the floor.

I am hoping to finish the bathroom over the weekend.  If all goes as planned I will be able to post finished pictures next week.  In the mean time, here's how to efficiently store cats using old tile boxes.

Master Bath - Part 2

In order to keep bathroom progress from stalling I arranged to have six days off over the holiday.  It was wonderfully relaxing and made a huge difference in how the bathroom looks.
 First I conscripted Luke to help me install the new bathtub.  Since his alternative was to work on his thesis it was not hard to get him to work for me for a few hours.  We managed to get the tub into the room and turned the proper direction without incident.  In order to keep the bottom of the tub rock solid I poured a bed of mortar that we set it into.  Just a tip for installation - put plastic on the floor before pouring the mortar.  The people that replace the tub in sixty years will thank you.

After the tub was in place I put up the rest of the vapor barrier and hung the drywall.  I purchased the mold-resistant drywall from a different source and was glad to see it was lavender instead of smurf blue.  I'm also getting pretty good at hanging drywall by myself.  I don't know if that's a go…