|Could there be any more pink in this room???|
And so the rebuilding process began. Notice my forced smile- this is heavy work! But luckily I have my pink steel-toe construction shoes to keep me stylish.
This took us, no joke, almost 5 months. We worked on it mainly on weekends and also during the Christmas holidays (on Christmas eve, day and new years eve and day we worked on the bathroom!).
Regarding design and layout there were many changes. We removed a linen closet from the hallway and a bedroom closet to expand the bathroom. We installed a separate shower and bathtub, heated floors under the marble tiles, double pedestal sinks, and much more.
|Cement board was placed on the floor- better than plywood for a bathroom because it’s mold resistant.
Click here for detailed installation instructions.
Then the gyprock (plasterboard- walls) was installed and the moldings followed by plaster work. In a bathroom use mold resistant gyp since there is a lot of moisture. Click here for gyp installation instructions and see this site for plastering tips.
|Hard at work sanding the plaster. Notice the forced smile:)|
|We went with the Schluter Shower System, which was actually very easy for DIYers. Very important to properly prepare your shower since it is exposed to water.|
|Notice my pants-I’m just a tad bit messy when tiling the floor:)|
|Tiling the shower. If you are using natural stone you’ll need to rent a wet saw. We rented it at Home Depot.|
The location of the inset is key. In our case, it needed to be lined up with the door and not the center of the room. It honestly took me almost two hours before I placed the first tile since the room isn’t square and the inlay isn’t centered in the room. Tony kept saying “Please, just lay the damn tile!”
|Tip: use thinset that is the same color as the grout that you intend to use. In case it seeps between the tile it won’t show once grouted.|