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Introducing the New Bath - Pics

posted by: lucycakes on 04.26.2008 at 01:25 am in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks to all of you on the Forum who have generously shared your expertise, ideas and pics.

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clipped on: 04.29.2008 at 12:04 am    last updated on: 04.29.2008 at 12:04 am

Grout v caulk - the basics!

posted by: tartanhabit on 04.08.2008 at 11:56 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm so wound up about this issue because I want to get it right (or rather my contractor to get it right) and it astonishes me to see so many people seem to wrangle over this with their contractors. So, I'd like to get my basics all lined up so that I too can have this conversation if necessary. I know there's lots of previous discussions on this, but like I said ... back to basics:

1. where counter meets backsplash - grout?
2. where tile floor meets wall - ??
3. where tiled shower stall floor meets tiled wall - ??
4. corners of shower walls - grout?

And while we are on tile basics, when do you use sanded v. unsanded grout?

Thanks in advance. I wish I could hire some of the tile experts here and then I wouldn't have that sense of dreaded anticipation that this is all something I should have to worry about ....!

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clipped on: 04.10.2008 at 12:48 am    last updated on: 04.10.2008 at 12:48 am

hand held and rain shower questions

posted by: flseadog on 03.12.2008 at 03:21 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Our post hurricane rebuild continues and everyday we are faced with more decisions and again I hope someone out there can answer questions for me since there is more collective wisdom on this forum than I've found anywhere else.

Subject 1: Rain Showers
1. On another post I read that 9'6" for the height of the shower head would be too high. Since my ceiling is going to be 10' should I get a longer arm (or whatever the correct term is) to bring the rain shower head lower? What would be a good height for this? Is this standard or does it depend on the brand, my water pressure, my preference? Basically I have no preference since I've never used one of these before but all the comments seem so favorable and I'm trying to be open to new ideas.

2. Are rain showers only suitable for showers and not tub/showers? The designer at the plumbing supply looked at me in horror when I asked if this type of shower head could be used in a tub/shower in addition to the hand spray. "Nobody does that," was her comment. The specific tub I was hoping to do this with is the Tea for Two (K-855-R)which is 66" x 36" overall and 45" x 25" at the bottom of the bathing well. Since we can't have a separate shower in the space available I was hoping to liven up the shower experience in this bathroom.

Subject 2: Hand Sprays
1. We have never had an expensive hand spray, only waterpiks installed on the available shower arm. These have worked perfectly fine---cheap and long lasting as well as effective. In the new bathrooms I was thinking of upgrading to the fancy items I've been seeing but as always questions arise. Do the metal sprays really hold up better over time than the plastic sprays? Ususally with the plastic waterpik hose of smooth plastic I just give it a quick wipe with the sponge while cleaning. Is there a problem keeping that metal coil hose clean? (You all are going to think I'm cleaning obsessed but really I'm just efficiency obsessed---maybe lazy but I want things that are low maintenance). This brings me to that slide bar. Do these mechanisms hold up over time? I was thinking that I would prefer one that attaches to the shower arm just like the waterpik and then maybe install another bracket or hook at a lower level for someone who wanted to shower while seated.

2. Again, for that Tea for Two shower/tub combo, if you think the rain shower would not be suitable would a fixed head of some sort at one end and the hand spray at the other end seem like a good idea? I'll have a one foot deep seat/ledge at the spray end that could be used for a seated shower or leg shaving.

Long post but I hope someone can help me. Thanks

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clipped on: 04.08.2008 at 09:55 pm    last updated on: 04.08.2008 at 09:55 pm

Height of Frameless Shower Door? Photos of Shower Stalls.

posted by: ocdmom on 04.08.2008 at 07:59 pm in Bathrooms Forum

What is the proper height -- asthetically for a frameless glass shower enclosure for a 36" x 36" shower stall? The standard for the company I'm using is 72"H anything more than 72"H will be an extra $400. My ceiling height is 8'. Is 2 ft. gap between glass and ceiling ok? Can you show me pictures of your showers with the height included. My bathroom is small 7ft x 7.5 Ft.

Contractor just informed me that we need 3 more BOXES of wall tile. The cost overrun here is getting ridiculous. Remodel is going on 7 weeks and counting...

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clipped on: 04.08.2008 at 09:41 pm    last updated on: 04.08.2008 at 09:42 pm

Modern Bathroom Finished!

posted by: atsmith on 03.29.2008 at 01:41 am in Bathrooms Forum

I was on this forum a bit last spring/summer when designing our bathroom (as I had done with our kitchen 1.5 years before) - it is finally finished and I thought I would share some pics and say thanks for all your advice!

Sorry I don't have great pics -I can't get the lighting right. But we used the Rex Abisko wood look tile and it turned out really great, though it is an espresso brown, not the medium brown you see in some of the pics - I remember some were asking about it a while back. Literally everyone who sees it thinks it is wood, including cleaning people who started using wood products on it until I told them it was very resilient porcelain and that they should clean it well and not be afraid!

Also sorry about the sideways pics - they look right on photobucket, so I don't know why they go back sideways when I paste in the HTML code. . .if it hurts your neck, then tell me how to fix it!

Thanks again,
atsmith

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clipped on: 03.29.2008 at 04:52 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2008 at 04:52 pm

Anyone have/seen a Robern Fairhaven Med. Cabinet?

posted by: smarge on 03.01.2008 at 11:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I can't find any online reviews of this expensive medicine cabinet. I'm willing to pay up for the quality that I know Robern has, but I've seen this cabinet described as being all aluminum construction, but it looks like painted white wood to me, which is what I want.

Also, any opinion as to whether we'd be happy enough with the wall mounted 4" deep cabinet, or should we go with the wall mounted 6" deep version? This is for my son, who will have plenty of vanity storage as well, and no electric inside the med. cabinet.

Thanks for any info!

Here is a link that might be useful: Robern Fairhaven Wall Mount Cabinet

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clipped on: 03.05.2008 at 01:21 pm    last updated on: 03.05.2008 at 01:21 pm

New Master bath

posted by: lara71 on 02.27.2008 at 08:55 am in Bathrooms Forum

Hi all,
I usually post on the decorating forum, although not as often recently. We are in process of adding a much needed second bathroom to our house. We are a family of 5 with 3 girls 2 of which are teenage girls. We used a existing pantry and came into our bedroom 2.5 feet (it's still a large room. Thanks to this forum I went ahead and purchased a toto instead of a kohler, a panasonic whisper warm instead of a nutone. I wouldn't have known any better without this forum and probably would have been unhappy without the product information so thank you guys! I'll post pics as the project progresses.

Now for my question: Has anyone used the teak bath mats on the bottom of their showers? I am having a glass (not totally frameless) shower and no tub and I like the look of this teak bottom instead of my plain shower pan. This is a modern bathroom. Any suggestions? Complaints? I like that they do not do business with Burma and it's supposedly not detrimental to the rainforest.

Here is a link that might be useful: teak bottom

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clipped on: 02.28.2008 at 03:33 pm    last updated on: 02.28.2008 at 03:34 pm

Bathroom Vanities

posted by: cojakmax on 02.27.2008 at 02:02 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are remodeling our whole house including 3 bathrooms. we love the bathroom vanities that stand alone and look like a piece of furniture. Does anybody have any pics of bathroom vanities for a master bath as well as a second bathroom, both single and double sink vanities. Thanks.

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clipped on: 02.28.2008 at 03:19 pm    last updated on: 02.28.2008 at 03:27 pm

Almost finished!

posted by: lbgary on 02.24.2008 at 05:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is more of an experiment in posting photos than anything else, since the room isn't quite finished and I couldn't seem to find a good angle to shoot from, but here goes anyway. Sorry I forgot to rotate the shower image.

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clipped on: 02.26.2008 at 09:44 pm    last updated on: 02.26.2008 at 09:44 pm

solid surface shower pans

posted by: astaw on 02.12.2008 at 06:39 am in Bathrooms Forum

Does anyone have advice about using a solid surface shower pan for a 48"x60" walkin shower? I have researched Transolid, swanstone, royalstone, and onyxcollection. Also i am would like to know if anyone has used granite slab with such a solid stone shower floor. I realize its costly, but I am squeegee challenged. (In fact, we may just use solid surface walls on the 3 sides that have contact with water. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks

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clipped on: 02.22.2008 at 12:04 am    last updated on: 02.22.2008 at 12:04 am

Show me your .masterbath floor

posted by: mollie on 02.20.2008 at 08:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I need a master bath floor. The cabinet will be either white or medium cherry, can decide and haven't picked a shower tile either, any suggestions either for it?

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clipped on: 02.21.2008 at 02:37 pm    last updated on: 02.21.2008 at 02:37 pm

Our completed Master Bath/Dressing Room

posted by: compumom on 03.07.2007 at 07:26 am in Bathrooms Forum

We've just completed an exhausting 11 month addition of a master bathroom and remodel of the existing closet/dressing area/and master bath into one very large closet/dressing area/retreat. I'm posting photos at this early stage so that you can see what we did. I'm very happy with the result, however, as always there are things now that I would do differently. I've not even begun to decorate or accessorize, just moving back in is a monster chore.
The diamond paned windows are integral to the rest of the front of the house and so I had to continue them in the MB as well. One day I'll change the entire house to mullioned which matches the french doors on the rear.
I'm very open to suggestions for window treatments. Privacy is not an issue at all, I just want to soften the look with maybe a cornice box and definitely padded to absorb some of the echo factor in this hard space. Any other decor ideas are welcome too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Eleven months of blood, sweat, tears and many dollars over budget!

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clipped on: 02.13.2008 at 11:07 pm    last updated on: 02.13.2008 at 11:07 pm

What about a 'shower pan' instead of tiled floors?

posted by: caligirl_cottage on 02.09.2008 at 10:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum

All I see these days are fully tiled floors, but they are so cold, hard to clean because of grout lines and the waterproofing is more prone to failure. I'm considering a Kohler shower pan and then just tiling the walls, but will this lower the value of my remodel somehow or look "cheap"? Is there a way to make sure it doesn't look cheap?

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clipped on: 02.10.2008 at 08:47 pm    last updated on: 02.10.2008 at 08:47 pm

How practical are vessel sinks?

posted by: mapletex on 02.04.2008 at 01:02 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I think that vessel sinks are gorgeous, but how practical are they for real life? I would constantly worry about chipping the edges, overflowing, etc. I would never consider using them in a bathroom used by children.

Has anyone regretted their decision to install a vessel sink?

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clipped on: 02.06.2008 at 11:29 am    last updated on: 02.06.2008 at 11:29 am

2nd finished bath: Master bath

posted by: hmsweethm on 01.20.2008 at 12:54 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I just posted our new powder room. Here now is our Master Bath, which is not so big at about 6'10" by 10'4" or so.
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To view more photos, I've put a link to the Photobucket account with pictures of all our baths and kitchen below. There is a list of the different selections on the left hand side.

Here is what we used for the master bath:

Kohler toilet San Raphael
Kohler sinks
Kohler shower fixtures (rain shower head, handheld and regular shower) in Varnished Bronze
Glass doors through Expo Design Center
Tile Casa Dolce Casa porcelain; through Expo Design Center
Arch/niche tile and backsplash mosaic trim travertine from Home Depot
Counters, bench in shower and top of "pony walls at shower Durango travertine stone
Cabinetry custom made locally; cherry w/custom stain
Sink faucets Aqua Brass in antique brass
Towel fixtures from Expo in Antique brass
Radiant heating - Warmly Yours
Vent NuTone w/light
Lighting Restoration Hardware Grafton double sconce in bronze
Paint Benjamin Moore Mocassin

Here is a link that might be useful: Hmsweethm's baths & kitchen

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What are my options for no-tile shower pan?

posted by: tartanhabit on 12.29.2007 at 12:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm researching what my options are for a solid all in one unit shower pan and want to know all the ins and outs.

MATERIALS: What are my choices? Acrylic? Fiberglass? Cast-iron? What's the best way to go? Please could you name some brands for me to look at.

SIZES: Also am I tied into buying pre-set sizes?

Is there such a thing as custom-sized pan to fit my own shower dimensions?

Thanks!

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clipped on: 02.03.2008 at 10:55 am    last updated on: 02.03.2008 at 10:55 am

Master bath

posted by: chiefneil on 10.24.2005 at 08:41 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here's my master bathroom. Everything is duplicated for a "his" and "her" side. "His" side has a vanity, toilet and large walk-in closet (about 9x12), on the other side is "her" vanity, walk-in closet (even bigger than "his"), make-up desk and toilet. You can see that the medicine cabinet has a regular cabinet door instead of a standard mirror door.

Here's a view of the kohler whirlpool tub and DW's vanity. The windows over the tub are glass block and are curved.
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Here's the view standing in the doorway of DW's closet. This is looking towards my closet and vanity. "Her" toilet is immediately the right of where the camera is. My closet is so big I have an ironing board permanently set up inside - you see a bit of it in this picture. The floor is natural-cleft quartzite with a tumbled-marble listelle. Quartzite has a lot of natural color variation, ranging from off-white to grey and brown. Some of it is very sparkly/shimmery from the high quartz content. That's the shower on the right. It also has a curved glass block front. You can see the doorway to "his" toilet just beyond the shower. If you walk in that direction and turn right after the shower, you'll exit the bathroom.

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Here's a closer look at the vanity. They have curved fronts as well - both the cabinet and the marble surface. The marble is giallo anticato and is on the vanities and tub deck.

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Here's DW's make-up table, which is directly opposite from her vanity. It has a small chandelier. In the stock plan for our house this was a linen closet and recessed can light. That's the shower right next to it. There are frameless glass doors on both sides of the shower.

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Here's the shower. Lots of controls going on here. The first column of stuff on the left is a showerhead (all fixtures are kohler) and two body sprays. In the next column are a diverter on top and the temperature and volume controls. The diverter directs water flow between the showerhead, body sprays, and the handheld on the far right. In the next column over are controls for DW's showerhead, which is just to the right. The same listelle from the floor repeats here. There are niches on both sides.

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The shower is tiled to the ceiling.

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clipped on: 01.31.2008 at 03:47 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2008 at 03:48 pm

Master bathroom (lots of pictures)

posted by: annkathryn on 11.13.2007 at 10:51 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I've finally found mirrors and artwork for my master bath, so I can consider it "done". The steam shower is made using starphire glass, granite counter tops are Costa Esmeralda, vanities are from Ronbow, floor and wall tiles are 13x13 porcelain, and lights from Minka Lavery. The feature strip in the shower is made from quartzite mosaics (Casa Dolce Casa). Wall color is BM Adobe Beige. Teak bench is from Smith Hawkin. All fixtures are Hansgrohe in stainless steel.



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clipped on: 01.30.2008 at 03:35 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2008 at 11:11 am

Masterbath, Travertine tile, standing Bali stone

posted by: minnt on 01.27.2008 at 10:22 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are nearly finished with our master bath in our new home. We just have the mirrors to do and one small drawer front. It is exactly what I wanted in a master bath; spa like and very relaxing. I love it!




As you walk in the door, turn left and you see the tub. There is a small heater below the towel bar. The faucet handles to turn on the water to the left of the tub. The spout is in the middle, across from the tub, as well as the control for the tub (American Standard Roman tub faucet AS3901000SN with Handshower Jasmine/Amarillis spout in Satin Nickel).


The tub is a BainUltra, air jet tub. It gives a gentler massage than a water jet tub, like a whirlpool. I like it a lot. The window steams up as soon as I turn the jets on, so we are debating about putting a window cover on.


Opposite the entry door are the sinks and center unit. The door frames the center unit, which has a small light we use as a night light. The mirrors will be built in on either side of the center unit. The sinks are American Standard Morning above counter sinks. The faucets are American Standard (American Standard Single Hole Lav Faucet in Satin Nickel AS3808.101SN)

Turn to the right of the entry door and you see the shower. It is a walk-in shower and will not have a door or curtain. The shower head you see is a massage shower head (Hansgrohe RAINDANCE S 150 AIR 3JET HANDSHOWER 28519821) on a bar (Hansgrohe RAINDANCE UNICA 36" WALLBAR 27598820) to bring it down to the seat level.





You can see the details on my blog.
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clipped on: 01.29.2008 at 04:57 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2008 at 11:11 am