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16 August 2011

Bathroom Remodel Pt. 1

You know sometimes, when you've got a nasty job you need to do but really don't want to, it's better to just jump in one day and get started. Well, Lu and I have this bathroom that is badly in need of upgrading. It looked like this.
Aqua-ish 4 inch tiles. A vanity 7 times bigger than is needed (seriously, when you sit on the can your knees hit the thing). Linoleum that was outdated in the 50's and is coming up at the edges. Something had to be done.

Yes, yes he's cute and improves any room he's in just by dint of his preciousness but we needed something just a bit more concrete.

Enter The Destructor. Three of the four walls in this bathroom are masonry. They were part of the original construction and were once outside walls. All but one are now interior walls. The tile job was interesting. This was done before the invention of concrete backer board. What they did was to nail metal mesh to the wall and apply a layer of concrete. It's very much like a stucco scratch coat. They then tiled as they went. It comes off only with difficulty. With most of it I had to painfully chip away the tile to expose the concrete behind.

Once I got enough chipped away I could get in behind the backer and start prying it off. In a shower of ceramic chips and concrete dust I might add.

Once enough was peeled away chunks could be removed. See the nice linoleum behind the concrete backer? Ugh.

I measured the backer/tile combo at just a hair under one inch. Consider the following.
The bathroom is 5' x 8'9" to the actual walls (not the tile). That's 60 inches x 105 inches. That gives us 6300 sq. inches or 43.75 sq. ft.
Take off 2 inches from both measurements for 58 x 103 inches. That's 5974 sq. inches or 41.48 sq. ft.
Just by removing the tile and backer I added 2 1/4 sq. feet to the floor plan. I love math.

Ok, tile and backer are down. Note the pockmarks in the walls. That's where they nailed up the metal mesh. It's ok around the tub, because we'll be tiling there, but the rest of the walls need to be repaired, scraped, sanded and prepped for texture and paint.

Most of the floor is out as well. I did have some help there.
 It's Small Black Dog to the rescue! I'm helping Daddy.

We tiled yesterday. Today it's grout and floor/wall surface prep. After prep we do texture, paint and then floor. We've picked out a nice, small vanity and some new lighting. Of course the light switch is behind the door and will have to be moved. Sheesh!

So how was your weekend? More pics as we progress.


jon spencer said...

Do a amazon search for sawzaill scraper blades, for removing the tile and other assorted stuff stuck to a flat surface.
I have used them and they work and not just for tile.

Keads said...

I am stunned! Fantastic demo job. I also note the light fixture with the 110 outlet in it, that helps date it for sure!

Uh, I sorta cleaned some brass, and uh, went to the range and uh, LOOK A SQUIRREL!

Six said...

Thanks for that tip Jon. Those look awesome. I wish I'd had them earlier but I still have a lot of work to do. I fould a seller and ordered some. I'll post later hoiw they work.

Thanks Keads. Yep, there's lots and lots of those old 110 outlets in this house. That's one of my big jobs, rewiring.
Hey, I'm going to the range in the next couple of days. I'm going to test shoot into something I'll post about later. Should be fun.

LauraB said...

You guys are crazy!! I can't get Trooper to mount a decent light in the garage (not to mention organize it.) But I don't think we'll be able to avoid the exterior painting in a month...sigh...

You guys are amazing - can't wait to see the final views!

Six said...

Thanks Laura. I hope it turns out as well as the california bathroom but no guarantees. I'll have another post up in a day or so but it's definitely a long term project.

DirtCrashr said...

OMG - that looks like an awful amount of awful work! I'll stick to drywall and paint!

Six said...

Thanks DirtCrashr. Thankfully, this should be the last bathroom I have to redo. Knock on wood.