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Bathroom remodel !!!

boysx3boysx3 4993 replies174 threads Senior Member
We are about to embark on remodeling the master bath of the condo we just bought!

Any and all advice needed.

We are removing the large tub and surrounding deck (we are NOT bath people) with a luxurious shower. We are seeking opinions on marble or ceramic or glass tile for the shower (especially as to maintenance), and advice on shower heads. We like very strong flow.

Anything we should consider? Anything we should watch out for?

TIA!
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  • 1moremom1moremom 3871 replies96 threads Senior Member
    We've remodeled two baths with limestone tile. The guest bath has a tub/shower and we used 1 inch square tile. The master is a shower only (formerly a tub/shower) and tiled in 6 inch tile, set on the diagonal, with a border of the smaller tile. Both are beautiful; maintenance is minimal. Some things we did that I recommend-- a seat in the shower, a hand shower, a built-in niche for shampoo, etc.
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    ^^ +1 to the a seat in the shower, a hand shower, a built-in niche for shampoo, etc

    Tempered glass shower enclosure/doors look great, but can be higher maintenance to keep spotless looking. If you aren't fussy about water spots, then no worries!


    You don't mention the climate in your project. If it has a cold season, then a heated toilet seat w washlet is heaven. If you have experienced these in Japan, you will have found religion! We have them installed in our cold clime home, with the washlet feature.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/04/toto_washlet_s350e_the_incredible_japanese_wonder_toilet_that_will_change.html
    Our friends who have stayed in our home have all been born again and go back to install these units in their own home.

    In another home years ago, we installed a separate bidet and now wish we had simply installed the washlet/heated toilet seat.


    We recently installed a heated mirror set into the tile of our shower wall, for shaving. Because it is heated, it doesn't fog. We also installed a radiant floor heating system.


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  • 1moremom1moremom 3871 replies96 threads Senior Member
    We have radiant floor in our whole house but friends who remodeled their bath recently installed it under the tile flooring. It is wired with a timer so they can sleep in a cool room and still have a warm bathroom floor when they get up in the morning. Genius.

    We squeegee our glass shower doors after use to keep them clear. (They are frameless so it is quick and easy.) We looked at other glass choices, e.g. seeded glass, which were beautiful and wouldn't show water spots, but wanted to see our tile.

    Do you know about Houzz.com? I'm sure there are a lot of beautiful baths there. (I call it house porn.)
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  • mathmommathmom 32552 replies159 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    I like a walk-in shower because I find doors fussy. You have to have the space. Make sure your floor tile is not slippery when wet. Someone installed a tile in our kitchen that I have nearly killed myself on numerous times. In general, I think you should get the tile that will make you happy. The last bathroom I did in our house, I fell in love with a border made of squares of seaglass alternating with little chrome accents. I installed it with a simple subway tile. That bathroom makes me happy every day.
    edited April 2014
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  • eyemamomeyemamom 5428 replies79 threads Senior Member
    We're adding a bathroom in our basement. I really dislike tile in showers so we're doing a solid surface or corian. We're also doing open glass because I don't like the look of the framed sliding doors.

    I second the radiant floors. We're also going to do a rain shower and install it on the ceiling. You can take out the limiter, that's what we did with all of ours.
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    "house porn", lol...

    More on the Japanese toilet seats. It's telling that in the midst of the nationwide electricity shortage stemming from the closure of all the nuclear power plants, following the 2011 catastrophic earthquake/tsunami, the Japanese refused to turn off their high-tech toilets.




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  • SilpatSilpat 1289 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Yes to all of the above! During our remodel, we had the shower rebuilt using the Kerdi shower system (a Schluter product) to guaranty we'd never again have any leaks. Over the Kerdi, we used 12"X24" porcelain tile on the walls and 6"X6" porcelain tile on the floor for both low maintenance and looks. Ours is from Crossville tile company in TN. I had the shower drain pipe increased from 2" to 3", which may be overkill but I hate when showers don't drain quickly.

    We have multiple shower heads and I insisted on separate supply lines and valves so I can set each one to the desired pressure and temperature. For example, I may want the water for the Grohe jumbo rain shower to be a bit cooler and only at half pressure while at the same time the water from the massage jet sprayer is hot and at full force. The shower is about 6'X6' and has double clear glass frameless doors.

    In the water closet we have an Inax advanced washlet seat on a Toto toilet. Even in the deep south, that warm seat is nice at 3:00 a.m. in the middle of winter. The other functions were welcome when we did colonoscopy prep, too. (Sorry if that's TMI.)

    My dh loves our heated bathroom floor. We keep the furnace heat turned down in the winter, especially at night, so having the floor heat on a timer makes a big difference in the morning. I insisted on toe kick vents beneath our sinks for the HVAC and that feels good in both cold and hot weather. In the water closet, the vent was moved from the floor to the wall just above the baseboard so I no longer worry about overflows or even mopping. Just outside the shower we placed a Panasonic Whisper Warm vent/heater. We run the heater while we shower in the cooler months, then turn it to exhaust once we're dressed to clear any excess moisture from the air. Both this fan and the water closet exhaust fan are on countdown timers.

    There are motion sensor light controls on the bathroom entry fixture, the water closet light and our closet lights. The entry light also has a dimmer, as do the recessed lights over the tub.

    We only had one recessed niche built into the shower for shampoo and stuff. It's taller than it needs to be and it would be more useful to have two smaller ones. Not a big deal, but something I'll remember next time. Dh is happy with our tile, but next time I will select a smaller tile for the shower floor. I could have gotten a small hexagon tile in the same porcelain line and it may be better for slip resistance. He hasn't had any trouble, but I've had to reach for the grab bar a couple of times to keep from slipping.

    In addition to Houzz, GardenWeb's forums may also give you some great ideas.
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  • thumper1thumper1 75565 replies3312 threads Senior Member
    We will get radiant floor heating, and a vanity that is taller. And a toilet that is higher. We have a seat in our current shower...and honestly, we never use it!
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  • SilpatSilpat 1289 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Thumper1, I didn't want a seat but dh thought I needed one. Instead, I bought a small teak bench. So far the only thing it's been used for is to hold extra shampoo & body wash. Whenever we sell, I'll remove the bench (if not before then.)
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  • 1moremom1moremom 3871 replies96 threads Senior Member
    Mostly I use the seat to put my foot on when I shave my legs.

    I have a slatted teak mat on the floor of my pool shower. I like the both the smell and the way it feels under my feet. I also think I would like the feel of this--
    http://www.houzz.com/photos/139201/Queen-Anne-Second-Story-Addition-and-Remodel-contemporary-bathroom-seattle
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  • travelnuttravelnut 1969 replies15 threads Senior Member
    Just redid master bath, adding a 3x6' shower. Didn't build in a seat (in part due to configuration logistics), but knew there was room for a free standing seat. Until I broke my leg, never sat in shower. Now need stability of seat. I would say that showers are better standing up, unless you have to sit. In that case, the likelihood that any permanently installed seat would have met my disability needs is zero. Additionally, it would have used up space better devoted to the sturdy, extra long chair that allowed me to never have to stand in the shower and yet reach the hand held shower. Just one perspective.

    Agree with others about adding niches (which can include option of division with shelves), higher vanity and higher toilet. In addition to the shower, my favorite part of the bathroom is a 32" wide bank of drawers (different depths) built in between the 2 sink vanities. The storage is ample and the top drawer is not deep, holds all necessary daily make up, creams, etc and lets me get everything done quickly with no counter clutter ever. I devote the deep bottom drawer to towel storage, and 2 other drawers to general storage. Above this bank of drawers on the counter, but half as deep is a tall, narrow cabinet with lots of built in outlets for hair dryer, toothbrushes, shavers, etc. It all comes out as needed and is hidden the rest of the time. I love it. The room has a restful vibe with clear surfaces.
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  • FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 3047 replies45 threads Senior Member
    Do you like clean? If so, this may not be an issue. But before you put in a tile shower, talk with people who have done that and ask them how it is to clean. In particular, find those who have gone from solid surface (like fiberglass) to tile.

    My neighborhood was built in the late 80s when fiberglass was the thing. As the neighbors have upgraded to tile, there is a lot of talk about the additional effort to clean the shower. This also applies to clear shower doors vs. textured shower doors.

    I'm all about making my life easy, so we when redid out bathrooms, we kept the fiberglass shower. It was in excellent shape, no one but us sees it, and we don't care about resale. We do our house to please us.

    We did replace our cultured marble countertop with Quartz. Love that!
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  • dadxdadx 2643 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Consider adding multiple shower heads or pressure nozzles to the shower. They can each have their own control so that you can select one or all of them.
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  • boysx3boysx3 4993 replies174 threads Senior Member
    I am reading all your ideas....thank you!

    And I am becoming addicted to all forms of house porn. But the choices are overwhelming.
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  • lizardlizard 3311 replies99 threads Senior Member
    Opposite your toilet seat, install a mount or gizmo stand of some kind to hold your tablet or iPad so you can watch while sitting on your new Japanese command commode.
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  • SilpatSilpat 1289 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Lizard, alternatively you could use an adjustable floor stand for your iPad. (I'm guessing you were kidding, but if one has IBD then such things can really be helpful.)
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13512 replies110 threads Senior Member
    DH has had four requests for our bathroom reno:
    1) Japanese toilet (he had tried them out on his Far Eastern travels)
    2) heated towel rack
    3) bench in the oversized shower
    4) safe place to place books/Kindle (I have a small Ikea bookcase in the bathroom currently.)
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  • dragonmomdragonmom 5931 replies154 threads Senior Member
    Look into epoxy grout. I wanted it, contractor had never used it, didn't like it and did a cruddy job, but in four years we have had zero mildew or upkeep on our grout. Seriously, I clean the shower with a weekly (or less, or much much less) spritz of Scrubbing Bubbles and that's it. Before we fought the black and pink spots regularly.
    Regular grout is porous and mold spores lodge in the little pockets. The high tech grouts are non-porous and there's nowhere for the mold to hide.
    Wish I had insisted on the electric outlet so a Japanese command console could be considered in the future.....
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  • MommaJMommaJ 5580 replies189 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    Our master bath is in desperate need of a makeover, and I would love to replace the standard tub and square shower stall with a spacious shower, but I'm concerned that having no tub in the master will be a negative when it comes to selling the house. OP, you aren't worried about that? Is it considered adequate these days to have the just one tub in the house, one that's located in the bathroom that serves the other bedrooms?
    edited April 2014
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  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap 11539 replies251 threads Senior Member
    Oh shoot! JUST regrouted the shower and retiled the floor!
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