Waterproofing a Tile Tub Surround

The problem with original 50s bungalows…

… is they often have a long history of bungled reno work. Half-assed previous bathroom renovations can leave a mouldy mess for future homeowners.

In this case, a tub surround that was previously constructed from tile laid on drywall without any waterproofing needed to go. It was literally dissolving.

The fix was a demo to the studs and complete rebuild. The tub itself stayed, with a good quality reglazing. Everything else went, including the window. The renovation included adding a properly installed glass block window (as a nod to the 1950s house vintage).

And for the tile? Gorgeous aqua blue glazed subway with complementary mosaic.

The Planning

SuzBath0_700x400The 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 soon to be demolished tile is you can draw all over it. This really helps to clearly communicate design details to the reno contractors.

The Process

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:

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The Result?

IMAG4728A 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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