Laying Out the Bathroom of Your Dreams!
Very few redesign projects are as exciting as a bathroom remodel. There are countless options in front of you, but a contractor with deep supplier relationships and full-time design pros can help you sort through the choices.
Remodel America can walk you through a bathroom renovation planning like no other Charlotte-area remodeling firm. We’ll begin by looking at your existing floor space to see if your bathtub and shower is meeting every need. We make it fun to look at renovation ideas!
Shower enclosures are amazing these days and we have a huge selection of both bathroom tile and vinly flooring to complete the look. Have you seen the latest in shower closures, shower heads? Perhaps you’d be interesting in the new Vitamin-C shower heads, an emerging healthy alternative. We have an entire line of bathroom hot tubs, too.
Restroom Vanities and Countertop Choices
Bathroom vanities are a specialty for us. Available in a wide variety of stunning styles, the cabinets and granite or quartz countertops are more convenient and stronger than ever. Let us demonstrate the options and put together a combination that maximizes what you get from your floor plan.
We also have a beautiful selection of low-slip and no-slip bath stickers, safety grab bars, shower chairs/seats and raised commode seating.
In-Law Additions / Parent Renovation
And if you need a bathroom addition, or even a bedroom addition, to accomodate an aging relative, we can design a renovation in quick order to help you avoid a crisis. Our team is friendly and we face the very same family issues that you do, so your happiness and convenience is important to us.
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Substituting a shower for the bathtub, adding a large mirror, and using a wall-hung sink and toilet all contribute to the spacious feeling.
This big-picture stuff is striking, but it’s the step-by-step details that make it work. We cover the little kernels of information that will help your project go more smoothly and with fewer headaches. You’ll need all your expertise as an experienced do-it-yourselfer because you’ll have to tackle electrical, plumbing, tiling, drywalling, taping and even exterior siding.
In this article, we’ll deal mostly with the nuts and bolts of ripping out existing plumbing and replacing it correctly with new, easily installed PVC piping. Don’t think you need to do the whole job solo if you don’t feel qualified or able to perform all the tasks, especially the plumbing and electrical work.
We special-ordered this Swanstone base from a plumbing fixture supplier along with the wall-hung toilet and sink. Fur out the existing window opening to 2 in. wider and 2-1/2 in. taller than the dimensions of the glass block panel. Tack stop blocks on the inside of the opening to keep the frame flush to the framing.
Assemble the frame, then plumb and square it and nail it into the opening with 8d casing nails, shimming as needed. If not, buy ball valve shutoffs sized to fit your pipes.
Disconnect the trap from the tub, remove any clips, fasteners or screws that hold the tub to the wall, and demolish the old cast iron tub with a sledgehammer.
Turn off the electricity at the main panel and remove light fixtures.
Then rip out the wall finishes and surfaces clean down to the studs and pull out any insulation. If your ceiling is in good shape, use a utility knife to cut the drywall along the edges so the wall materials will separate cleanly from the ceiling.
To size the glass block, remove the trim from the existing window and measure the rough opening.
Subtract 2 in. from the width and the height to allow for the frame, then determine the panel size by counting the number of rows and courses that easily fits into the opening. You’ll need to choose between real mortar grout joints and clear silicone–joined blocks. We chose the silicone system because we liked the clean, uninterrupted look.
Whichever way you go, buy the panel preassembled and banded together as one unit, ready to set into the opening. Remember that it’s easy to make the opening smaller by using furring, but it can be an ugly task to make it bigger. When going with mortar-grouted panels, figure each block is 8 in. wide, then add 1/4 in. to both the total height and width.
If you’re ordering silicone-joined blocks, figure each block at 7-3/4 in. and don’t add the extra 1/4 in. Tap shims between the panel and the frame to hold it evenly spaced on all four sides while injecting the expanding foam.
After the foam cures, cut away any excess and caulk the 1/4-in. Space between the panel and the jamb on the outside of the frame with silicone caulk.
Finish off the trim and siding to match the outside of the house. Converting a bathtub with a conventional window above it to a shower is dicey business, but the result is striking. Order a premade glass block window to fit your existing opening.
Look under “Glass Block” in the Yellow Pages or online to find a supplier. The key to a weatherproof, attractive glass block window both inside and out is to encase it in a custom-built wooden frame with inside dimensions that are 1/2 in. taller and wider than the panel itself. To begin, rip the top and side jambs to the thickness of the wall framing plus the exterior wall sheathing.
The windowsill should also be flush with the interior framing, but hang over the outside sheathing about 1-1/2 in. and have a 5-degree slope toward the outside to help shed water. To keep water from running behind the siding as it drips off the edge, cut a shallow groove (or saw kerf) in the bottom lip. Also, remember to flash behind the trim to keep the window watertight.
Trim the window exterior to match the house, using caulk to seal between the trim and siding. It’s important to set the panel so it protrudes 1/4 in. past the finished tile surface. That way, a bead of caulk can seal the joint between the tile and block to keep water out of the wall cavity.