This complete bathroom remodel worked very well. Being able to start with a clean slate made for a better project. All the plumbing was replaced and now the water is flowing smoothly through all new pipes and fixtures. We built the waterproofing through the whole floor and 3 feet up on the walls. We were also able to install insulation and draft sealing throughout the entire room. This whole room remodel allows homeowners to take advantage of new products available to improve the comfort and efficiency of their homes over the long term.
The shower has several fixtures with volume and temperature control. The plumbing was designed so that both fixtures can operate without a drop in pressure. The hand held shower is mounted on a heavy bar that is anchored to the studs so that it can also be used as a grab bar in the shower. This shows how a bit of planning can go a long way in the final results.
The floor in the shower is a tumbled stone. The small shape of the stones provide a lot of traction in a wet area. They have a similar shape to the subway tiles on the walls but they are on each 1 inch by 2 inches, a mini-subway shape. The small format tiles conform to the slopes in the shower floor. The linear drain system can work with larger piece tiles but the slopes in this shower required tiles sized around 2 inches by 2 inches.
The main floor is a solid body tile with a good slip resistance so it is also safe for wet feet. The heated floor in the main area gets a lot of positive reviews. There is an option to turn it off to save energy; the thermostat is also equipped with a seven day thermostat that can warm the floor before the day starts. We also moved the room heating vent from its original floor location to the wall. The main floor is now a solid waterproof surface.
The shower floor and its surround was built using the Wedi system. This shower system gives us surface that we can tile directly to. The backer is water proof and vapor proof so it can be used to build steam rooms. It also provides some insulation in the floor; directing the heat from the floor in to the room.
The wall color works well with the design. It is a robin’s egg blue that brightens the room and brings in a fresh spring feel. There is only one north facing window in the room but the new lights on two switches provide multiple lighting options in the room.
The homeowners think the room is “Just fantastic.” We are happy with the project also.