It was a big week in the bathroom progress and, not surprisingly, we ran into more than a few hurdles in the process. This is no surprise: This old house is anything but square and level. This caused a rather significant issue when the contractor was setting the shower pan because they had to futz around with it for quite some time. We went with a low-profile plain shower pan. There is only about an inch difference in height between it and the finished floor so it’s very unobtrusive and I didn’t feel like fussing with a custom mudded and tiled shower pan.
Then it came time to level the floor, which was out a full two inches from one end of the bathroom to the other, just 9 feet away. Our poor tile guy (the husband of one of my best friends, who has done all of the tile work in our house) spent seven hours just leveling the floor and incorporating the heated floor cables (an add-on that I couldn’t have cared less about but Mr. Much More Patient really wanted). He was here until 11:30 one night!
|To accommodate the amount we had to bring the floor up to level it, we fashioned a ramp to meet up with the hallway.|
Leveling the floor meant we had a decision to make about how to make the transition to the hallway, because of course the “high” side of the floor was the end by the hallway. We decided to create a mini ramp with two pieces of tile.
|The floor in progress. It took much longer to level it than it did to tile it.|
And then the floor tile went in. Bestill my heart. I was very selective about how the pieces should be laid out (although a couple snuck in places I wouldn’t have chosen, but it’s fine). Originally I was planning a herring bone layout in this room, but I was afraid that the striped marble tiles in the small room would be way too busy in a traditional herringbone layout. So I decided to have them set in the same pattern but perpendicular and parallel to the walls, rather than angled to the walls. Somehow it calmed the design to me.
I sealed all the tiles ahead of time with the sealer our tile guy recommends and I’ll give the entire floor another coat after the grout is completely dry.
I can’t tell you how much I love this floor. When I found the tile I knew right away that I’d do whatever it took to have it and although I’ve had a little pushback on it from some people, I think it’s fabulous.
|Yes, I love it.|
What is most amazing thus far in this renovation is the difference that pulling out the shower insert made. I thought this was a small bathroom. Suddenly with a full height ceiling in the shower and the additional 6 inches we gained width wise (enough to accommodate a 66-inch by 36-inch shower base), the room looks huge. Even without anything on the walls in the shower, it looks so much bigger. I never expected that.
|The room looks so much bigger with the shower insert removed.|
We’ll see what surprises the coming week brings.