Master Bath Makeover, Part 2
By: Danny Lipford
After gutting the existing master bathroom in his house and installing new drywall and subflooring, Danny and his crew finish up the project with the installation of tile flooring, new cabinets and countertops, a freestanding tub, closet storage, lighting, and more.
V-Groove Wood CeilingTo add style to the vaulted ceiling in the bathroom, V-groove wood boards were installed with a faux beam at the top to allow mounting of the hanging chandelier from Kichler (Barcelona, model 1632TZ). To provide additional lighting, sconces from Kichler (Hanna, model 45068HB) were mounted on the wall.
The ceiling also has a Velux skylight that can be opened by remote control to let fresh air into the room.
Tile Floor and Shower
Before the floor and shower tile were installed, cement backer board was screwed to the plywood subfloor and shower walls. The joints in the backer board were then covered with fiberglass tape, and the shower walls coated with a waterproof sealant.
To make sure the floor of the shower is watertight, a flexible vinyl pan was put down first that extends up the walls behind the backer board. The sloped pan bed was shaped with a trowel from an almost dry mix of Portland cement and sand.
Large 20” square tile were installed in a straight pattern on the bathroom floor and diagonally on the walls of the shower. Mosaic tile resembling river stones were laid on the shower floor, while mosaic glass tile were on the accent wall behind the tub.
To keep the tile shower looking like new, it was treated with Wet & Forget Shower spray to prevent the build-up of soap scum, mold, and mildew.
Cabinets and Countertops
Merillat cabinets with granite countertops (Sienna Bordeaux) and hanging mirrors from Uttermost (Almont, model 08099) were used for the his and her vanities that comprise one wall of the bathroom. A lower section in the center under the decorative glass window from Hy-Lite helped to break up the long expanse.
Undermount white sinks from Lenova (model PU-01-W) and faucets from Moen (Waterhill, model TS418NL) were installed to complete the matching vanities.
The paint color used on the walls of Danny’s master bathroom renovation is matrix by Behr.
Tub and ToiletThe large, freestanding soaking tub from Victoria & Albert (Toulouse, model TOU-N-SW) really makes a bold statement in the bathroom, with the faucet mounted on the mosaic tile wall and the drain concealed by the base of the tub.
The high-tech toilet from Toto (model MS854114SL) has an extra smooth, ionized SanaGloss glaze to keep it clean longer, and a remote controlled heated seat that’s the epitome of luxury.
The his and her closet was enlarged and expanded to include room for shoe shelves as well as hanging racks for clothes and shelves and drawers for storage.
Master Bath Products
Products used in Danny’s master bathroom makeover include:
Other Tips from This Episode
Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
By modifying a 5-gallon plastic bucket, you can turn it into a great work surface that’s perfect for supporting pipe or lumber for cutting. To hold pipe, cut two v-shaped notches, 3” wide by 2½” deep, on opposite sides of the bucket. To hold lumber, cut two 3½” wide by ¾” deep rectangular notches the other sides of the bucket. (Watch Video)
Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Delta Corrente Toilet
The Delta Corrente two-piece, elongated toilet comes with a SmartFit tank to bowl connection and factory installed supply line to reduce the chance of leaks. The 17” high, quick-release seat makes it both easy to use and clean. The Delta Corrente uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush and is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)
Ask Danny Lipford:
Venting Bath Fan in Attic
It’s never a good idea to have a bathroom exhaust fan vent into the attic, since the warm moist air can cause mold and mildew to form which can lead to rot and other problems. The best solution is to vent the fan through the roof using smooth metal pipe to reduce air resistance. (Watch Video)
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