This was a quick renovation last week to make a bathroom–specifically the shower–more accessible to a family member who could no longer get in and out of the bathtub unassisted. We started demolition on Monday, and finished the whole thing on Friday.
Here’s what we did:
- Removed the existing bathtub and TWO layers of tile on the walls.
- Built a new shower pan and threshold that is much easier to step into and out of.
- Changed out the shower valve (brand new one that has no bathtub outlet)
- Installed concrete composite backer board on the wall (sturdier than drywall, better for waterlogged areas)
- Installed wood-look body tile on the walls with a small mosaic band, and a larger matching mosaic on the floor.
- Installed new shower head with hand sprayer.
UPDATE! Here’s what the homeowner had to say:
“Thank you, Stevan Buren Roofing, Windows, & Flooring, for transforming an unusable tub/shower into a beautiful walk-in shower! The one previously usable shower is so small that it is uncomfortable, especially for a disabled family member. With our new walk-in shower, not only are the rest of us so much more comfortable, but she can sit down on a shower chair without her feet being up against the wall. As a bonus, it’s so much easier to help her get in and out. Everyone who worked on this project from start to finish has been wonderful, and the cost was more reasonable than we expected. Thank you for making this part of our lives easier.”
We didn’t get a good ‘before’ picture, but here’s a pic showing a layer of tile under a layer of tile! It’s always an adventure doing demolition in older homes.