First Time Homeowner 4: Bathroom Remodel
By: Danny Lipford
Our 1940 First Time Homeowner house only has one small bathroom. Since it hadn’t been remodeled in years and was in need of a major update, we decided to give the room a serious makeover.
Our bathroom remodel included:
- Demolition: Remove fixtures, walls, ceiling, and floor to gut the room down to the studs.
- Window: Remove the existing window above the bathtub, and replace it with a smaller one from JELD-WEN Windows & Doors that won’t interfere with the shower surround.
- Doors: Replace the bathroom door and other interior doors in the house with JELD-WEN Craftsman III doors using the Perfect Fit digital template system, available through The Home Depot in select locations, for doors that precisely fit the existing frames.
- Vent Fan: Install a NuTone Ultra Silent bathroom vent fan that’s properly sized to provide enough ventilation for the room.
- Plumbing: Install plumbing for the tub, shower, toilet, and sink.
- Wiring: Rough in wiring for the light, fan, and wall outlets.
- Insulation: Insulate the interior and exterior walls of the bathroom.
- Bathtub: Install Ensemble tub and surround by Sterling.
- Drywall: Install moisture and mold resistant purple drywall on the bathroom walls.
- Vanity and Wall Cabinet: Install Merillat five-drawer bathroom vanity with soft action closing drawers from their Avenue Collection in maple with Chiffon finish and matching wall cabinet.
- Vanity Top and Sink: Install DeNova Natural Quartz countertop and backsplash in Flaxen Fesco and Kohler porcelain undermount sink.
- Tile Floor: Install 13”x 13” Ivory Piazza porcelain floor tiles from Shaw Floors to match the color of the countertop.
- Faucets: Install Fairfax sink faucet and tub faucet in oil-rubbed bronze from Kohler.
- Toilet: Install Rialto one-piece toilet from Kohler.
- Paint: Paint the bathroom walls and trim.
- Door Hardware: Install Schlage interior door handles from their Andover Collection with an aged bronze finish on the bathroom and other interior doors.
- Cabinet Hardware: Install knobs on the vanity and wall cabinet.
- Accessories: Install towel rods and rings and toilet paper holder.
- Mirror: Hang vanity mirror on wall.
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