Bathroom Remodel Guide and Photo Diary
Here’s how the bathroom looked before Steve and the guys got started with the bathroom remodel.
Just about everything had to go- vanity, toilet, tub, fixtures and tile. The only thing the crew salvaged was a portion of the drywall.
You can see in the pictures that the bones of this bathroom were in good shape. There wasn’t any water damage or mold issue. That was a big plus because often you can’t see every aspect of a remodel, and you have to make an educated guess as to the scope of work.
The plumber came in to convert the double sink to a single sink, extend the toilet waste pipe, rough-in the shower controls and connect the new shower pan to the drain.
The homeowners were smart and had the crew add blocking for a grab bar to be installed at a later date (when they need one). To learn more about the ADA guidelines for grab bars, read all the specifications in section 609 from the 2005 standards for buildings and facilities.
In preparation for bathroom tile, the crew glued-n-screwed Fir CDX plywood over the existing sub-floor. They used Fir because it’s more water resistant and is less likely to swell or warp than alternative plywoods. If you’re not familiar with plywood nomenclature, CDX indicates the grade of the front (C), the grade of the back (D), and that the adhesives are water resistant (X).
Next, the electrician completed his job, but he had minimal work to do. All he needed to do was re-route the wiring for the bathroom vent fan, install a recessed light over the shower, and install a new box above the vanity.
Steve hung concrete board on the shower walls. Concrete board is the preferred underlayment for tile because it’s moisture and mold resistant and it bonds well with thin set.
Tiling the Bathroom
Steve brought in Rick Smith and his crew to tile the shower and bathroom floor. These guys have more than 30 years’ experience, and their level of craftsmanship is outstanding. If you’re trying to decide on what tile to use for your remodel, check out the most recent bathroom tile trends as explained by tile expert Phil Green.
Bathroom Vent Fan
At this point, Steve’s crew installed the new bathroom vent fan.
Bypass Shower Doors
Next the guys installed the shower doors.
The homeowners selected a beautiful, custom vanity and granite top from a local distributor (because you won’t find this quality at Big Orange or Big Blue).
After a few final touches (like the mirror, some fixtures and accessories) the bathroom is finished!
Shadowing professional contractors is a big part of what we do at One Project Closer, and we call these articles Pro-Follows. Every Pro-Follow is the result of documenting the work of a pro on an actual job site. View other remodel guides like this bathroom remodel guide.