Bathrooms Home Improvement

Master Bathroom-Demolition (Part 1 of 3)

Last fall my Wonderful Hubby, a.k.a. the Sports Addict, and I along with our five rugrats bought and moved into a home with three bathrooms including a large master bathroom. For eight months the master bathroom was a wonderful place to “powder our noses”, brush our teeth, shave, and so forth. But every morning for eight months the Sports Addict and I would trot/streak down the upstairs hallway in varying states of attire to the kids bathroom to shower.

Why you ask?

Let me first explain that we love our home. It is truly the house of my dreams. This doesn’t mean it’s perfect, it means it has tons of potential. This was definitely the case with the master bathroom. You see, despite having a spacious layout, and all the other essentials including a jetted tub, our master bathroom was missing a shower.

The Showerless Tub

Yes I do mean one of those thingies that spray water at you. This wouldn’t seem so strange had our house been built in say…1937 when people still took baths as a way to get clean and not just a way to relax with a book and aromatic candles.(I don’t think people really do this either. We all just wish we could.) But our home was built in 1995, a good year for me and a good year for showering.

So why no shower for fifteen years of this home’s life?

That is a question for the original builders and all of its subsequent owners, but my guess is money. About.com estimates the average cost of a bathroom remodel is between $15000 and $18000 across the United States and that is just for a 35-40 square foot bathroom. My master is probably around 75-100 square feet.  Big OUCHIE for the pocketbook.

Back on topic.  So the Sports Addict had been gently suggesting I focus my energy on rigging up some kind of shower for our bathroom since we moved in. After a lot of thought in design and cost I finally came to the conclusion that:

  1. I would have to do it myself if I wanted to get something half decent in our price range (about $1000)
  2. I have expensive taste so my version of half decent is probably more intense than other people’s version of half decent
  3. If you are going to do all the work for half decent you might as well go for AWESOME!!

So with all this knowledge and scanty budget what did I do?

Start rippin’ the walls off baby!!

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The naked tub

I took the sheetrock off the walls around the jetted tub. (They were just painted greenboard.) The above picture was taken after I started putting up the DensShield as the backer for my travertine surround. More on that in the next post.

I decided to keep the jetted tub. It still works well and it would’ve been too much work and a huge waste to remove it. I realize it’s a little unconventional to have a shower over a jetted tub, but it’s also a little unconventional to not have a shower in the master bathroom. And remember—super minimal budget for bathroom redo.

Slightly Frightening Old Faucet

So with the walls torn off, and my bathroom a dusty mess, I took a moment to freak out and then started the reconstruction.  (See Master Bathroom-Reconstruction, the next part in this three part series.)

April

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