Master Bath Renovation, Part One

When we purchased this house we knew that gutting the master bath for a complete renovation was going to be a priority. This was a really dated bathroom from the early 90s and we had a sense that things probably were no longer functioning properly.  The tile in front of the shower had been patched, indicating the shower pan had leaked at some point.  One of the vanity faucet handles was hanging on by a thread.  We knew that this type of renovation would not be a DIY type project.  We could have done some of it ourselves, but we don’t move pipes or electrical (yet) and I have never tiled over sub-floor.  These and a few other factors determined that this was best left to a professional.  When we moved into the house we took one shower before we realized it was still leaking!  So much for the patch job that had been done.  We decided that we would shower somewhere else since sooner or later the bathroom would be completely out of commission.  I was certainly hoping for sooner rather than later!

Since we were so new to the area I got referrals from a couple new neighbors and our real estate agent.  We got our bids and made our decision.  I felt really comfortable with one person in particular and we really appreciated the way he bid out the project, leaving out many of the materials so I could source them myself and find the best deals.  We tried to act pretty quickly on this right after we moved in, but we still had to wait over a month for him to start due to his current projects.


The lighting is bad in these before pics, so it is hard to see, but the originally white countertops had yellowed.  I think they were Corian, but I have never seen Corian do that before.  You can see the patched tile on the right.


The shower had dual shower heads and was totally enclosed in glass for a steam shower effect but no steam controls.  The seal was so tight on the glass you could not hear the person talking on the other side.


Here you can see how well the tile on the tub deck was holding up.


Changing the layout of the bathroom wasn’t feasible due to due to door and window placement, but the shower size would likely change a bit and we wouldn’t be replacing the large corner jetted tub.  The vanity locations remain but the vanity seat will go, which will allow for my vanity to be standard height.  I have never been comfortable sitting for makeup or hair.  At this point I could not wait for demo to begin.




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