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Old 12-26-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Bathroom Makeover.... My House

hey guys,

I have a bathroom that I want (ok need to) re-do.

the problem is I'm skilled in all plumbing & masonry aspects, but I'm not creative. any "go-to" guides, I can feed dimensions & get ideas?
(& no I don't have the stomach to watch hgtv)
I know enough to "do it up" if I'm going to do it at all. the dbag I bought house from "did" broom 2 years ago. I won't go into detail, but he used silicon instead of tape & mud...... & notched a huge chunk out of my 2x12 to get ptrap in... fortunately I have a hammer swinger to help with that..


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Old 12-26-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hey thanks for the silicone tip, I'm gonna save a ton of time now

BTW..I hope you appreciate those 2x12 floor joists. Most homes in my parts come with 2x8's and if your lucky 2x10's


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Old 12-26-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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Well, not watching HGTV is a big step in the right direction, I have never seen so many asses in one place in my life.

Wish you lived closer to me, I'd drive for three hours and buy you a steak dinner to see drywall seams floated with silicon. I guess once they could not use it for fake boob jobs any more, they had to create a new market niche

Spend some time browsing the stacks of mags at the big boxes for some ideas on the bath. Just depends on the "look" that you like and what your budjet is. Is is amazing how much money you can spend in such a small room.

My bath mantra is to always buy nothing but top quality plumbing fixtures. You will not remember the "great price" you paid for stuff when it all starts to leak two years later, and the finishes are all pitted and tarnished.

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Old 12-26-2007, 06:19 PM   #4
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You can get a lot of ideas from high-end home sales sites and then scale them down to your size/budget. The sites always post pics of the MBath. Ditto on the cheap fixtures, finishes aren't what they used to be.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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Here's a wainscoted and soffitted bead-board, papered, and tiled bath I did about a year or two ago, - - a little different and doesn't break the bank.

Just excuse the window and mirror, - - which the customer didn't want to change.

Anyway, - - you get the idea.

Second pic is one on a similar (but half-bath) note . . .

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Old 12-27-2007, 07:59 AM   #6
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For ideas, besides online, the best place to go is a bathroom showroom. The better ones usually have the "latest and greatest" stuff. And there are tons of ideas. When my wife and I started ours (2 years ago) we went to three different showrooms and within 4 hours had everything planned down to the last detail. She found the fixtures she liked, the tile she liked, hardware, mirrors, etc.

Now, all the stuff sat in the shed or in the shop for most of those two years, but over the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend I gutted the whole room and got most of it done. A little more drywall mudding, painting, and hanging the hardware and it is done. (Much to the relief of my wife....)
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You need to get out and see some old friends,visit the relatives,get to know the neighbors etc. and everywhere you go you need to sit a spell. It also wouldn't hurt tocall in a couple remodel friends for ideas, I'd visit some new home neighborhoods and check out the models, they aren't busy anyway
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:42 PM   #8
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Go to brand new homes that are opened, along with showrooms and online search.

If it is a master bathroom ... spend more on materials. You will get your money back if you sell.

Basically, the fad is bringing your bedroom look, into the bathroom. Or a spa look. This means textured and painted walls ... nice tile shower (or shower/tub area) ... tile floors ... framed mirrors ... nice lights.

Accessories are a big item and can bring a pop. Also, they can bring the color.
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Dream Bath International have all the cool stuff.
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new trends: in-floor heat steam showers, natural stone on floors and walls, higher end plumbing fixtures with body jets, recessed niches in shower, glass tiles for accents.
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Tom, I like that sink! Neat
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I second that for niches in the shower. I put two in my walk-in-shower when I added on to my own house. You can hold everything in the niches and don't need the wire-basket under the showerhead for everything. It makes for a nice "clean" shower. I also give the base of the nice a slight slope away from the wall so water doesn't puddle up and cause water problems.


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