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tiling the floor (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mongoct on 12.17.2009 at 12:50 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Time to tile the floor...

ABOVE: Grid layout is for floor tiles, each square is about 12" square. Each square is large enough to fit a 3-by-3 grid of ~4" tiles. Remember, the floor is sloped, so grout joint spacing needs to be adjusted ever-so-slightly to keep straight grout lines on a sloped surface.
The drain cover for the Kerdi Drain is about 4" square, so it matches this tile size quite well.

ABOVE: Ah yes, a fun morning spent with the Felker wet saw...a couple of cups of coffee and a bit of time spent turning big tiles into small tiles.

ABOVE: The 4" field tiles layed out and thinsetted.

ABOVE: Filling the border tiles around the edge of the field of 4-inchers, right in front of the door.

ABOVE: The floor along the opposite (niche) wall. You can see the drain. Sometimes the drain can be set as if it were a whole tile, replacing a single 4" square tile, or four 2" square tiles. For this floor layout I clipped the corners of the four adjacent tiles to fit the drain into the center of those four 4" tiles.

ABOVE: Filling in the remainder of the floor tiles in front of the door opening, as well as the "baseboard", or bottom course of wall tile.

ABOVE: The tiled floor.

ABOVE: The fun part. If you find grouting easy, then your grout is too wet. Too much water in the mix, while making it easy to spread, can lead to a blotchy/uneven final color, a color that dries lighter than the sample strips, and drying cracks, etc.

ABOVE: Done, from the inside looking out.

ABOVE: Done, from the outside looking in.


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RE: Question to tile pros (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: billl on 12.13.2011 at 11:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

Not a pro, but the link below shows how we did it. Beadboard is fairly thin, so we went with bullnose subway wrapped around the edges.

Here is a link that might be useful: my shower


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RE: How Far Should Faucet Go Into Sink (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: EngineerChic on 08.10.2012 at 06:21 am in Bathrooms Forum

We used Kohler Bancroft widespread faucet in out bathroom sinks and it looked HUGE when I took it out of the box. But, it fit great on the sink itself. And its just under 5" from center of base to center of spout.

This will somewhat depend on where the holes are drilled for your sink. And don't forget the water doesn't usually flow straight down but angles toward the user. In my case I took the faucet to the granite showroom and plopped it into their set up to be sure I liked it (very helpful).


clipped on: 08.10.2012 at 11:41 pm    last updated on: 08.10.2012 at 11:41 pm

Tile experts - Help, please! Niche with marble shelf

posted by: tina_ma on 04.04.2012 at 10:02 pm in Bathrooms Forum

My bathroom reno is progressing more slowly than I would like, but that gives me time to do more research on the logistics of installing a marble shelf in the planned shower niche. My inspiration is stacyneill's tall niche on the plumbing wall in her daughter's bathroom, most recently interpreted by kercove. My tub/shower surround is 3x6 subway field tile, and the niche will be 12" wide by 18" tall. My plan is to use marble tile cut to depth for a shelf 6" up from the bottom, and then have a 12" recess just above. My GC's tile guy picked up a Noble niche, the kind with two separate compartments, and a 12" finished interior width. When I asked why, I was told that he was concerned that the tile lining the single cavity box wouldn't be strong enough to hold the weight of the 3/8" marble tile cut to size. I can understand that a 12" wide tile in a 12" wide niche might not be held up by more than the thickness of the subway that will be applied to the side depth, but then I see all the beautiful niches here and wonder how it's done. Are these all made from scratch, or can the single cavity Noble be made to work? I really would like the clean, unbroken look of the field tiles without a row where some of them will have to be trimmed down to accommodate the 2" partition divider on the 2-part niche. I would really appreciate your insights; thanks in advance!


clipped on: 08.07.2012 at 10:23 pm    last updated on: 08.07.2012 at 10:23 pm

How to post photos

posted by: debrak_2008 on 03.13.2012 at 07:37 am in Bathrooms Forum

The following is a link from the kitchen forum on how to post photos.

It is really helpful if photos are posted right in your post. Usually you will get more responses.

Please post if you have other suggestions about photos.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to post photos


clipped on: 08.06.2012 at 10:36 am    last updated on: 08.06.2012 at 10:36 am

suggestions for where to get a custom vanity top?

posted by: mamattorney on 07.11.2012 at 05:10 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I posted a couple of weeks ago about how I want to (mostly) DIY spruce up of my bathroom.

I went to HD today to price out a new vanity top with undermount sink. So the woman punches in some numbers: quartz and granite = @$900. Solid surface (Samsung or Corian) = @$330. Solid surface it is . . . you would think. Then she tells me. Oh sorry - our custom tops have a minimum of $500, we can't do this for you.

What a bummer.

Anyone have any ideas of where I can go to get this fabricated? If HD won't do it, wouldn't a smaller operation DEFINITELY turn me down as too labor intensive for the money?


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Where to buy bathroom faucets/fixtures online?

posted by: colorfast on 02.29.2012 at 12:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi, I had a pretty stressful situation buying my Blanco sink online, but it did work out in the end. Plunging into my bathroom remodel and thinking about buying online because I know there's sales to be had, but I'm a little more skittish than last time.

If you can help with trusted websites to buy any of the following, I'd appreciate it!

Bathroom faucets: any brand, really want durable

Tub/shower combo Faucet and showerhead: need handheld to bathe dog

Toilet: Likely will buy a Kohler Wellworth at HD/Lowe's unless you think I can do better online for $200

Sink basin: Undermount, also likely to buy the Kohler at HD

Worried I may need: New Tub surround (don't want tile)
Depends on plumber

I especially would like to find the faucets and showerhead online; I lucked into a KWC on clearance locally for the kitchen and I really love using it. Thanks again!


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RE: Newest problem: Is there a standard for a handheld shower hei (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: enduring on 08.03.2012 at 09:20 am in Bathrooms Forum

I'd say you have a dangerous situation, having to climb to adjust. If that can't be redone then your extra elbow sounds good to me.

I thought those hand held showers were on a pole. Apparently not all are. If you could get one of those 36" poles to hold your adjustable height shower that would work wouldn't it? I also am a proponent of having that bar be designed to be a grab bar as well. I think some make their shower wall bars dual purpose, but not all. I think Jalco is one that has a grab bar/shower bar. I've added a link to what I am talking about-grab bar/shower bar.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jalco sliding handshower on grab bar.


clipped on: 08.03.2012 at 11:11 am    last updated on: 08.03.2012 at 11:11 am

RE: Looking for DOORLESS Shower Pics!! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: wizardnm on 06.04.2012 at 09:13 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We put in a doorless shower about two years ago. Our GC suggested a skylight in the shower, I wasn't so sure but decided to go for it. Turns out I love it. The bathroom is on the second floor. In the summer, here in Northern Michigan, it feels like you are outside taking a shower.

Because it has two outside walls, I was worried about the cold in the winter, so we ran our hot water heat under the floor and put in a towel warmer. Not cold at all!!!






Planning on gutting my downstairs bath this summer, I'll be asking for ideas soon.



skylight in shower
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Pic of espresso cabinet, carrera, chrome fixtures, memoirs sink

posted by: pps7 on 08.03.2010 at 04:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I can't find the thread where someone was looking at all these components. Here they are together:




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RE: Anyone ever shopped at NC furniture outlets? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: deeinohio on 07.09.2012 at 05:22 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

We have purchased furniture from NC for the past 25 or 30 years, saving a lot of money during that time.

The company we dealt with for many years went out of business, so our last couple of orders (small, less than $3000 each order), I went with Furnitureland South, who was much cheaper than other NC stores I checked. Their service had always been wonderful.

However, we recently priced 4 outdoor chairs and a coffee table with them, and were prepared to order when I decided to check with Lexington Furniture in Lexington, KY. They were $275!!! cheaper for each chair, and $150 less on the table. They were incredibly easy to deal with (I know many on the furniture forum have had satisfactory experiences with them as well) and immediately responsive to any question I had. Our chairs should arrive in a week or so but I don't foresee any problems.

You do have to know what you want, though.


furniture store
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Best and worst decisions you made when renovating

posted by: loves2cook4six on 06.29.2012 at 06:36 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I love these threads because you get so much collective wisdom in them.

The last thread reached it's limit of 150 post

We are starting an emergency bathroom remodel due to a toilet leaking while we were on vacation so I can use all the help we can get.

Right now our masterbath is gutted at the floor level and we are having to make some major decisions with very little time to do research.

So please help us out and tell us what you love, what you wish you'd done differently and what you think was either a waste of money or a really bad decision.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to previous thread


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RE: shower without doors (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: dekeoboe on 07.07.2012 at 11:33 am in Bathrooms Forum

Maybe this picture of my shower when it was being done will help.

The inside dimensions of the shower are 64" x 34.5". The curb is 6" deep. The pony wall is 36" wide and 53" tall. We knew we would need piece of glass on top of the pony wall, but we weren't sure whether we needed a shower door too. So, we put a piece of plexiglass there to figure out whether we would get splashing on the wall in front of the shower opening. It turns out we do get a bit of splashing on the wall, so we may have to go with a door. I guess whether there is always splashing depends on what type of shower heads you use, how tall you are and how much you move during showering.

The plexiglass we have on top of the wall is 31" tall, so that entire wall is 84" tall. We get no splashing on the toilet in front of the pony wall, but it is about a foot taller than your six foot wall would be.


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RE: Looking for DOORLESS Shower Pics!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bill_vincent on 05.31.2012 at 10:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum










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Basic Curbless shower - linear drain - what it looks like?

posted by: elphaba on 07.05.2012 at 01:31 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I've posted this in plumbing but thinking that there may be more responses here. Sorry for the duplication - not expecting engineering solution here but just some idea whether my understanding is way off base or not.


I've tried to make diagram below reflect a 2 inch rise within the shower from wall to wall (in a case where there is no center drain). Sorry if it is hard to see. Hopefully, the general idea is apparent. (Shower will have 3 tiled floor to ceiling walls with 4th wall that includes shower opening (no door) and next to door on same wall will be glass wall adjacent to vanity.)

Looks like linear drain will need to be sized carefully to manage "run off" but technically, are curbless showers built this way (very often)? Would this be wise?

I don't want to overkill if I don't have to with a secondary drain but honestly, this setup I've drawn below seems risky to my non-professional homeowner brain.

And I'm still exploring options with option for regular drain still looking good though the "sleekness" of the linear drain is definitely appealing.

Feedback, anyone?


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