Tub Surround Replacing

Here is a description of a full bath renovation that included just about every challenge that replacing a tub surround could offer. Everything was gutted to the studs. The tub was replaced. The plumbing was replaced. A window and exhaust fan was added, along with a new vanity and all new wiring/switching. The flooring was redone on slab. And finally, the new tub surround was natural marble. These are all challenges. Read on to see how they’re overcome! Continue reading Tub Surround Replacing

Custom Shower Upgrade: part II

This is the second of a two-part custom shower renovation project description. If you’d like to get all the background, then just click back to “Custom Shower Upgrade: part I“ Step FIVE: Tile Install! Finally, the actual tile work starts. This would be “step one” for a more traditional tile install tradesperson. With me, folks get the value added of a one stop shop for … Continue reading Custom Shower Upgrade: part II

Custom Shower Upgrade: part I

This project started as a challenge to fix a three decade old custom shower with some cool Miami Vice features like a glass block wall and wall-mounted water jets. Unfortunately, the shower also had some not so cool ‘features’ like grungy and uneven floor tile and not so well done tile stripe accentss: But most importantly, the shower was leaking from the base and sending … Continue reading Custom Shower Upgrade: part I

Space-Age Tub Surround

This project was an update to a backyard rental house turned Austin-style stand alone tiny home. The structure started out as a detached garage built in the 1960s when this particular Austin neighborhood was not even technically inside the Austin city limits, and was converted into a ‘mother-in-law’ -type backyard living space around 1980 or so. In subsequent decades as home values along the West … Continue reading Space-Age Tub Surround