$14k - Completed DIY Bathroom Remodel

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  1. DougB

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    That turned out really nice ! :)

    Nice pictures too.
    Thanks for sharing this.
     
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    You should be proud of that...
     
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    way to go Minnesota.....a cozy basement retreat..14K sounds fair for a tight budget diy project..
     
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    There are a lot of premium products in that install, and the price reflects that. Had it been contracted out, the price would have been considerably higher (at least double, and probably more). He did a professional level job on it. Lots of research into it, and it paid off.
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Whats the circular white grill for Doug. Never seen one like that at that elevation before. Is it some kind of body warmer?
     
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    It's a shower drying fan. It's not a vented - it just circulates the air - dries the shower in an hour - virtually no mold. I put them on a timer.

    In previous bathrooms I made these using FanTech axial fans - and put the grill in the ceiling. But I couldn't put the grill in this ceiling - cause we have hot water hydronic heat in the ceilings.

    This fan is high up - on the wall in the hall - the 4" duct is a dryer duct.

    http://www.tjernlund.com/sure-dry-systems.htm
     
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    Thanks Terry, RedShoe, Jim, John. From demo to completion it was about 14 months.

    This took a lot longer than I planned. What I underestimated was that of the 350 sq/ft of 12" wall tile - that there are really 10 walls - which made for a lot of cuts. Also my wife wanted that decorative mosaic strip - which made for even more cuts. I bet I cut 30% of the tile. Unlike floor tile where you can lay it out, with the wall tile, I had to cut as I went. It's really a two man job. So I wound up doing - 12 to 15 sq/ft every Saturday & Sunday. The Ardex X77 is a real nice thinset.

    I spent a lot of time measuring for the lighting / mirror / wall hung vanity - there's no room for adjustment. That wall hung vanity was also a pain - I had to put it together to figure out where the plumbing connections should be.

    I shimmed the studs to make them flat. Considering what a PITA that was - I think you could mud the walls in the same (or less time) and have them perfectly flat.

    We have had good sucess with Grohe products - but they have horrible documentation - 2 point type - pictures the size of a matchbook, same instructions for different products, and when you're on step 6, they say go to step 9 o_O If I were a plumber - I'd add a couple hrs just to install that stuff.

    Hope these notes helps some other DIY'er!
     
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    I've had success from Grohe to get them to send me a PDF of some instructions. That way, you can blow them up to any size you want. If you have a place to store them, you can put a lot more of the documentation in one place (say a DVD-ROM or similar) with less clutter.
     
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    Thanks Doug. Great project.

    I think the grill needs to be custom. Can you make a new grill cover out of a scrap tile?

    Maybe cut some slots in.... Drill some holes (maybe at upward angle making them ovals).

    I think the white grill at that elevation takes away from the look of your great tile job. I would make a new grate or grill. Maybe spray paint it a colour closer to the tile....

    Maybe the folks at the Designer Drains can make one for you. Custom Baby.

    I think you need to throw another $150.00 at this job. Then your done done.
     
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    [QUOTE="We have had good sucess with Grohe products - but they have horrible documentation - 2 point type - pictures the size of a matchbook, same instructions for different products, and when you're on step 6, they say go to step 9 o_O If I were a plumber - I'd add a couple hrs just to install that stuff."[/QUOTE]

    Yep! Grohe and HansGrohe take time and time. I hate their instructions.
     
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    Funny Terry.

    So true. Dornbracht the same. No words. Just a tiny line drawing showing every possible part.
     
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    I don't like the grill either. I was going to look for a 4" nickel or brushed stainless. You have any sources of supply?
     
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    You have a nice bathroom there , Doug . Great job !

    I would recommend you something chromed for that environment -- grill replacement -- , maybe something custom .

    The easiest way would be just to chrome the plastic grill you have in there . Not sure how long it will last , but will definitely make it look nicer . :)
     
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    http://www.designerdrains.com

    I would check these guys out. Lots of nice custom stuff there.

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    1/3 Basement finish. 1/4bath steam room combo, completed in phases over the span of 8 months. 2013 thru now.! The client just now is doing the painting (as i do grout maintanence) in he shower that's has been well used for 6 months now and functioning quite well! although i should have used epoxy grout ( note to self)

    ..... The jobs almost but never done!!! and came in at close to 30K with the homeowner acting as general but not hands on per say.......very budget minded. 6K plumbing, 12K custom steam shower and a lot of good materials 3K framing/planning, 3K electrical and the rest being materials.

    just a pricing expample for folks in this locale to base from.


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