Category Archives: Bathroom

Waterproofing the Shower Pans

A year ago we had Schluter shower pans installed in both the conservatory and master bathrooms.

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

The plan is to have curbless showers so the subfloor was built up to meet the level of the shower pans. (Our bathroom progress is here.)

The waterproof membrane is like non-woven paper.

The waterproof membrane is like non-woven paper.

Yesterday the team of 2 came back to waterproof these pans with Kerdi by Schluter.

Pre-mixed thinset is used to hold the waterproofing in place.

Pre-mixed thinset is used to hold the waterproofing in place.

First they put down thin set as the adhesive for the Kerdi which is flexible like paper.

Thin set is troweled wherever the Kerdi is going to be applied.

Thin set is troweled wherever the Kerdi is going to be applied.

It went up the wall about 10 inches.

Because the shower pans are beveled toward the drain the edges sat slightly above the floor.

Because the shower pans are beveled toward the drain the edges sat slightly above the floor and needed to be leveled.

Any difference in height between the shower and bathroom floor was leveled with extra thinset.

The difference in levels (most noticed on the right side of the photo) has been leveled out.

The difference in levels (most noticed on the right side of the photo) has been leveled out.

The waterproofing came out into the room about 2 feet since we’re not planning to have curbs on the shower.

I fairly sure the bench in the shower is supposed to be waterproofed.

I’m fairly sure the bench in the shower is supposed to be waterproofed.

A different kind of membrane was supposed to be used to go up and over the seat. When I got home from work the seats had not been finished.  I’ll be contacting the installer because he also has our drains which are not supposed to be installed until the tiling begins.

The conservatory bathroom is much smaller than the master bath.

The conservatory bathroom is much smaller than the master bath.

This must set for at least 24-hours and even then we shouldn’t walk on it since any small hole could ultimately cause a leak.

The master shower waterproofing comes out onto the floor of the bathroom.

The master shower waterproofing comes out onto the floor of the bathroom.

I asked the installer to give us a proposal for the tiling itemized by floor and walls. (We’ve purchased the tile.)

Next step: floor tile.

Have you tiled a room? If so, what is something one should absolutely not forget?

Let’s Get Back to Renovating

Over a year ago our renovation under contract officially ended. We knew before we started that there would still be more (major) items to finish in the house.

The Glade in 2011

The Glade in 2011

The Glade after the additions and external enhancements.

The Glade after the additions and external enhancements.

Among the rooms that needed finishing (laundry, conservatory master closet, conservatory bathroom, master bathroom) I decided bathrooms would be the first order of business (no pun intended).

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

The floors in the other rooms depended on the bathroom floors for a smooth transition and having additional bathrooms would be a true convenience.

Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.

Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.

Instead of focusing on one then the other, we are finishing the bathrooms in tandem after the rough-in:

  1. Drywall the room.
  2. Install shower pan.

    Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.

    Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.

  3. Install cement board in shower stall.

    This installation was heavy and intricate.

    This installation was heavy and intricate.

  4. Install sub-floor up to shower pan level.
  5. Paint room — ceiling and walls.

    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.

    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.

  6. Install some lighting fixtures.

    Master bath dressing table light.

    Master bath dressing table light.

  7. Install waterproofing in showers.
  8. Tile floor.

    Conservatory floor tile -- white on white basketweave.

    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

  9. Tile shower.

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile

  10. Build/install vanity.

    The Brinkley Demilune vanity

    The Brinkley Demilune vanity

  11. Install toilet.

    We're looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what's a bathroom without a toilet?

    We’re looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what’s a bathroom without a toilet?

  12. Hang lighting fixtures.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.

  13. Install plumbing fixtures.

    Moen Banbury times two for the master bath.

    Moen Banbury times two for the master bath.

  14. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Number 2 above was accomplished July 26th of last year (2014) and we have finally reserved a date (next Wednesday) with the installer to finish the job (#7) so we can start tiling. (That’s right, over a year later.)

The second floor addition from the inside at the end of 2013 when it was just being framed. We've made progress, n'est-ce pas?

The second floor addition from the inside at the end of 2013 when it was just being framed. We’ve made progress, n’est-ce pas?

When #7 is finished we’ll be halfway through the list. (I can hear you laughing.)

I may need to get a tile saw.

I may need to get a tile saw.

Numbers 8 and 9 above might do us in.

What sidetracks you?

Froggie Hooking

Back in March I hung a grouping of iron frogs on the wall in the conservatory bathroom near where the toilet is slated to go.

Looking from the shower through the bathroom into the conservatory.

Looking from the shower through the bathroom into the conservatory before the door was installed.

I hadn’t hung it well and, at the time, even thought it wouldn’t be a convenient place to hang things — towels and robes — I hung it there anyway.

The conservatory bathroom door opens into the conservatory, away from the bathroom.

The conservatory bathroom door opens into the conservatory, away from the bathroom.

As I was thinking about hanging hooks in the upstairs bathroom I got the notion that hooks on the back of the door would be welcome. (We didn’t have doors back in March.)

The conservatory bathroom door is  a 36

The conservatory bathroom door is a 36″ wide traditional 6-panel door.

The conservatory bathroom door is a full 3 feet wide.

I made pilot holes with a small nail and inserted small (so they would go through to the other side) screws to hold the hooks.

I made pilot holes with a small nail and inserted small (so they wouldn’t go through to the other side) screws into the pressed paper door.

I measured the eye-level rail for the support screws and screwed them into the pressed paper product door. (Ick — one day I might get a REAL door.)

The hooks are large enough for a robe or towel, even a backbrush or loofah.

The hooks are large enough for a robe or towel, even a backbrush or loofah.

The door still needs to be painted as do all the interior doors in the house.  When I decide on a final color I’ll need to remove this rack of hooks to paint.

Come on -- let's get this project finished.

Come on — let’s get this project finished.

Until that time it’s useful.

One of these two walls which already need touch-up paint will get a cabinet or art.

One of these two bathroom walls which already need touch-up paint will get a cabinet or art.

After the toilet is installed we’ll need a cabinet or some art for the bare walls.

Do you move stuff around even after you’ve made holes in the wall?

Now to Choose the Bathroom Sink Faucets

We had determined during our trip to France in 2011 that we really enjoyed high arced faucets.

The tall spigot in our Paris apartment.

The tall spigot in our Paris apartment.

Both sinks in our flat in le Marais were vessel sinks with tall spigots.

Our kitchen faucets are tall.

Our kitchen faucets are tall — this one at the prep sink is 2 inches shorter than the one at the wash-up sink.

We used tall faucets in the kitchen.

The conservatory sink faucet.

The conservatory sink faucet.

We also picked a tallish faucet from Ikea for the conservatory bathroom.

The Pottery Barn high arc faucet has a modern vibe and costs $549.

The Pottery Barn high arc faucet has a modern vibe and costs $549.

But in the master bathroom, while I want a high arc I also want a more traditional style rather than modern.

The beautiful faucet at Restoration Hardware is tres cher.

The beautiful faucet at Restoration Hardware is tres cher.

I checked out Restoration Hardware which has a model called 1940 Fleetwood for a mere $985 and I need two. Fahgeddaboudit.

Delta Lorraine -- $139.

Delta Lorraine — $139.

Kohler Elliston -- $159.

Kohler Elliston — $159.

Grohe's Wexford -- $199.

Grohe’s Wexford — $199.

I took a look-only trip to Lowes and found a few attractive models which made me realize the taller the better.

Delta Kinley -- $149.

Delta Kinley — $149. (6 inches tall)

Moen Banbury -- $119 in chrome, $139 in satin nickel.

Moen Banbury — $119 in chrome, $139 in satin nickel. (8.5 inches tall)

Then I did the same look-only tour through Home Depot. Actually 10 inches seems to be optimum.

The advantage of buying from Home Depot is easy returns.

The advantage of buying from Home Depot is easy returns.

When I looked on the Home Depot website (which actually has additional products than are found in the store) I found a tall — 10-inch arc — model with a vintage style for a reasonable price of $190.

The only question I have: has anyone heard about Kingston Brass? The reviews seem bad indeed. But hopeful.

Bought the Sinks

I’ve been procrastinating over buying a vanity for the master bathroom for a number of reasons:

  1. the floor is not yet tiled,
  2. the vent on the floor makes a toe-kick style necessary (unless we decide to remove the whole thing like we did in the conservatory bathroom),
  3. needed to decide on a style and color,
  4. needed to determine the optimum size.
PB Sale was worth a look.

PB Sale was worth a look.

Then I received an email in my inbox from Pottery Barn allowing an extra 15% discount on clearance items. I took a look at the double-sink vanities.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The Brinkley Demilune console is priced with the countertop and sinks. It goes all the way to the floor and I’m sure we can cut an opening in the base for the air vent.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

I had my choice of white or espresso and, after confabbing with Charlie, picked the espresso. (No, I’m not planning to paint it! Not at this juncture anyway.)

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

Its 72-inch length should fit very well under the bathroom window.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

At 21.25 inches deep it is narrower than standard vanities which should give us a little more wiggle room. (We chose an even narrower sink for the conservatory bathroom.)

It should look something like this.

It should look something like this. The window doesn’t leave much room for mirrors and we’ll have 2 pendant lights hanging over the area.

Finally I like the 36-inch height which is taller than our other bathroom sinks over which we must hunch.  Tired of hunching; would like to stand tall when using the bathroom sink.

I like that it sort of goes with our antiques bombe chests we're using as side tables in the master bedroom.

I like that it sort of goes with our antique bombe chests we’re using as side tables in the master bedroom.

Final price with shipping, taxes, discount:  $2477.74

Next item: Get faucets.

I was not perked nor paid to write this article.

What one item do you need in your ideal bathroom?

Final Quote Challenge — #3

I’ve been nominated by The Project Patrol to give a favorite quote 3 days in a row. Today I’m presenting my third and final quotation in The Quote Challenge.

This is not my normal graphic but you get the picture.

This has been a philosophical challenge.

Over the recent past as a society we’ve seen so much unspeakable behavior that it’s difficult to believe people can forgive in such a magnanimous fashion as has happened in Charleston, South Carolina.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Knowing that forgiveness saves the heart of the forgiver from being broken doesn’t necessarily make forgiveness easier, just imperative.

We're waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we've been storing in the dining room.

We’re waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we’ve been storing in the dining room.

The rain yesterday didn’t allow for much renovation work so Charlie and I worked on a few small repairs before attending a surprise 90th birthday for a relative.

It took every method know to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie's persistence with a snake on a power drill to free the drain.

It took every method known to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie’s persistence with a snake on a power drill that freed the drain.

Clearing the totally stopped bathtub. AGAIN!

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

I cannot wait until one of our new bathrooms are useable.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

And our monster coffee grinder needed a small machine screw to hold together the chute where the newly-ground coffee comes out.

The screw on one side of the grinder's cleaning chute was missing.

The screw on one side of the grinder’s cleaning chute was missing.

Lack of connection on one side has been putting undue strain on the other side.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

Now it’s fixed.

Do you forgive easily?

Hardiebackering the Shower Controls

We have two different control handle configurations on our new showers and both need to have Hardie backer applied to the walls.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master shower has a double control for the shower head and the spray with a triangular plastic piece covering the pipes.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The conservatory shower has a more typical round black plastic covering.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered in the master shower.

Charlie asked our contractor how to deal with the Hardie backer in these two instances.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

He said the black plastic pieces are just place holders for the actual mechanism so remove them and cut holes to accommodate what remains.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

I hope this will work.

What are you looking forward to this summer?