The following photo gallery shows the resulting remodeling efforts. You can “click” on each photo to enlarge and see any additional information. Further scope details and lessons learned follow below.
- Structural – Removed fur-down ceiling in vanity area resulting in cleaner ceiling look and allowing the room to feel larger. The HVAC duct run was in the fur-down — so new runs were installed in each room (this resulted in better air flow)
- Cabinets – N/A
- Countertops – Replace with “granite” — Santa Cecilia
- Backsplash – 4″ matching countertop
- Electrical – Replace all switches and plugs with Decora™ outlets
- Lighting – Replace florescent strip with cans
- Plumbing – Moved shower valve to opposite side with drain move towards center. Re-used faucet fixtures for vanity.
- Shower — Natural Stone used throughout with 12×12″ tiles installed in both square and diamond patterns. Borders comprised of 1×1″ contrasting natural stone tiles with 2×2″ matching tiles on the floor. Built-in niche to hold shower supplies.
- Shower Enclosure — 3/8″ frame glass with door able to open both in or out, based upon individual preference.
- Walls – Repaired and Re-painted.
- Flooring – Matching 12×12 ceramic tile for both bathing and vanity areas.
- Fur-Down and HVAC — We continue to be surprised by how each builder used the fur-down area for air duct runs. In this case, the register was located in the wall (at the bottom). Duct runs like this are very in-efficient — so the returns were moved to the ceilings with dedicated runs.
- Cold Weather — The shower was located on the second floor over a patio that was not heated or cooled. Before the remodel, pipes froze. Knowing this, PEX piping was used — better able to take cold temperatures with water freezing in the lines — may still freeze, but will not break as easily as copper. In addition, extra insulation was added under the shower.