The problem with original 50s bungalows…
… is they often have a long history of bungled reno work. In this case, a tub surround that was last done sometime in the 1970s. Aside from the questionable move of just tiling around the original window, it was made of tile stuck directly to drywall with no waterproofing. It was now literally dissolving after miraculously lasting so long.
The solution would be a demo to the studs and complete rebuild of the tub surround. The tub itself stayed, with a good quality reglazing. Everything else went, including the window. The rebuild would include a glass block window (as a nod to the 50s) properly installed.
And for the tile? Gorgeous aqua blue glazed subway with complementary mosaic.
The most complicated step was merely deciding the new tub surround layout. With a to-the-studs demo and rebuild, you can do just about anything with the tile design and reframing for niche insets. One of the nice things about tile you’re about to demo, though, is the fact that you can draw all over it. This really helped to visualize how different placements would feel in the space.
After planning the layout and ordering the custom tile, it was demo and rebuild time. The client chose to go with Kerdi for the waterproofing. That would ensure this tile install would be the very last that the house would ever need.
These slideshow pics describe the install process pretty well:
A super waterproofed and easy maintenance tub enclosure that would last the rest of life for the house was the end result. And, most importantly, a super happy client!
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