Saturday, April 21, 2012

The smallest room in the house (part IIII--tub and walls)

Continuing with the bathroom...
The previous shower/tub had the pipes coming out of the floor on the window side of the room. We re-routed them to the other side, and put them in the wall. Rather than metal pipes, we have PEX plastic, which is totally dope. One other thing--see how high that shower head is? Yay! No more stooping in the shower!

The bathtub got installed pretty early in the process. We chose this model for a couple of reasons...First, it fit; second, it had a reasonable step-over height and reasonable depth, a high overflow drain, and a nice flat rim--so, a good soaker if need be. This model is acrylic; the runner-up was iron, which (given our floors) kind of scared us.

With tub and plumbing in place, it was time to put in the drywall...
...and put up the walls of the shower.
The walls are "LivingStone" (TM)(R)(Copyright). Installing them was a bit of art. None of the walls are flat, so it wasn't a matter of just cutting out a rectangle and slapping it in place. The contractor had to make a precise template (he used strips of veneer and hot glue) and cut each piece to spec; you can see the shims he used to get the right space for the silicone sealer, and the corner blocks for holding the corner joints just so. The horizontal band is waiting to be filled...

Continuing with the walls, we wanted some bead-board wainscoting; to get that to fit, I had to do the same business with cutting templates--only a bit more so, since I had lots of plumbing to work around, and (since the walls were 80 year old plaster rather than nice new sheet-rock) they were skewy and screwy, with no right angles anywhere. Also, I ended up using cardboard for my templates, which didn't work as well (lesson learned).With the bead-board cut, the problem was how to attach it to the wall. Liquid nails is the solution, but then the problem is how to press the board up against the wall while the adhesive dries. The solution there is go-bars: giant springs made of wood, pushing against the opposite surface:Next: What's a bathroom without a toilet? And what about the golf balls?

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