Once you have met with our designer and have created a 3D rendering of your dream bathroom, we will then move on to the construction process. Our designer will communicate with our team contractor to fill them in on the scope of the work and let them know when to order all the finishes and the material.
We will need to know if you would like the bathroom layout reconfigured or rearranged. This layout is something that can be shown on your 3D rendering, helping you really imagine how the finished project will look. Many times we end up moving around your toilet and vanity to use the space to its full potential. It is best to know this before a job begins so that the appropriate areas are demo out or not.
Another part of the design that the contractor will need to know is all of the tile layout and elevation drawing. This is when the designer lets the contractor know what the pattern will look like and how far the tile goes. Most of the time it’s recommended that we tile all the way up to the ceiling in your shower or tub just prevent any type of mold or sheetrock damage due to moisture.
What Stay & What Goes-
When doing your demo the first thing that we have to consider is protecting all the flooring inside the house. We like to make sure we can close off rooms when possible to reduce the amount of dust collecting in nondemoed areas. We also need to know what we taking out of your bathroom. It could be a complete gut renovation or could be just updates of all the finishes inside the bathroom. When doing the demo, we pay special attention to pipe locations in hopes to reduce the chances of any cracks or breaks.
Many times, we find that there are some beams or studs that may be rotten and we might have to replace them so that your bathroom is functional and safe moving forward. We would hate to install brand new tile and then couple years down the road the wall starts to crack. Another very common damage in a bathroom is from water. We often see this on the subfloor under the sink and near the toilet flange. For the repair, we would cut that out and repair that with brand new subfloor so that it is structurally sound.
Close It Up
Before installing any cement board in the shower walls, we will first need to frame out a niche for your soap and shampoo. There are many different niche style you can go with. This is to be planned before a project begins in order to make it watertight and look like it belongs with space. We always recommend for the homeowner to build a niche because their functional and add some architectural design.
To add to the functionality of your shower, we recommend that you install some sort of seat or bench in your shower. We use a local granite company that hand makes our seats out of two inch stone. They are very durable and can add to your style no matter what it may be. When installing a seat, we make sure to set it into our framing at least an inch to make sure the seat is secured. We will then put mud around the seams to be sure that it’s nicely cemented. Benches work with a similar process. Sometimes, the bench is wide enough that we will need to put in a leg support in order to keep the same durable as a corner seat. Many times the bench will run along the back wall and the leg will sit on our curb.
We use half-inch cement board on all of our shower walls. It is very important that there is no give to it which could cause it to crack. If this step is not install properly, it could cost you the entire project by causing the tile to crack and some cases even fall of the wall. We make sure that when installing cement board, we screwed off at every 6 inches. It is pertinent to make sure that seams meet, this will help with making the shower watertight and also glue together the cement boards as a whole.
Water proofing your shower walls and your bathroom floor is the most essential step during during the construction process. Too many times we see this step skipped by other contractors in our trade. Grout lines are not impervious and they still allow water to seep through ever so slightly. Also, cement board is not waterproof. Over time it will take on water and after a couple of years, it could start to grow mold. We use watertight membrane paint to cover over surfaces before we do the tiling.
It is always helpful to have the printout of your 3D rendering right there with you as you’re doing the work. We always recommend tiling the shower first before tiling the bathroom floor. This way as you are tiling the shower, you limit the risk of damaging the floor. When doing the walls, we want to make sure that they are level if they are not, this will throw off all your grout lines and make the design look off.
When tiling your bathroom floor, we always recommend that you install the full pieces of tile in the shower and biggest areas of the floor in the bathroom. It takes a bit of planning prior to actually installing the tile to figure out your pattern and layout. If you do end up with small cutoffs, we like to lay them underneath the toilet and the vanity. Putting large pieces of tile at the entrance will help to make sure that you have solid pieces of tile on your biggest traffic area.
Just about every single bathroom that we do, our homeowners find unique accent tile that they would like to have incorporated into the design. There are so many beautiful tile designs and patterns that can fit any style and design. We always encourage use of mosaic tile on the floor inside the shower due to the slope of the drain.
Ordering the glass door typically takes 4 to 5 weeks to come in and there is absolutely no room for error. Shower doors have to be exact, if you do not order the right door and you’re off by a couple of fractions of an inch the door will not work. This simple mistake can set projects back weeks. For this, communication between designer and client is key when discussing dimensions of the bathroom.
When installing the toilet you need to make sure that you put in a proper wax seal to prevent any water from coming through. To set the toilet you simply need to use provided bolts that attach to the flange. Once the toilet is set, we also like to put a bead of silicone around the base to prevent any water going in. This will eliminate any mold that grows underneath there.
When installing your vanity, we want to make sure that it is level and is attached to the framing behind the sheetrock. It is important once the vanity is set, to give it time to settle so your vanity is secure with everyday wear and tare. You do not want to bump it with your hip make the vanity fall off the wall.
The most basic trim job that we do is new baseboard and casing around your doors and windows. We never recommend the homeowners to try to salvage the old trim. You just invested all this time and money into this bathroom renovation, and that should include fresh, new trim as well.
Choosing the paint for your bathroom is the finishing touch on your bathroom design. The right paint color can tie the whole bathroom together, even complimenting fixtures and other pieces in the bathroom. We have seen some beautiful bathrooms ruined with wrong color choices.