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

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

Yes, GO to the Light!

This full bath reno was in the neat old Tarrytown hood west of downtown — just up the road from the Deep Eddy pool, the original Magnolia Cafe diner, and on a street full of repeatedly renovated 1930s homes with more character than an oscar-winning supporting actor. A three bed two bath split-level stone bungalow, its last makeover was sometime in the 1990s when bought … Continue reading Yes, GO to the Light!

A “Very Brady” Tub Surround Redo

Some folks in the neighborhood had an early ’70s vintage house with a pretty seriously failing tub surround. The house had been flipped and re-sold sometime around 2005 or so, and the tub surround had been redone in the least expensive way possible: Aesthetics aside, a basic 4×4 white ceramic tile tub surround is fine so long as it’s installed with proper waterproofing. Unfortunately, tile … Continue reading A “Very Brady” Tub Surround Redo