In the middle of my small condo bathroom remodel

dsf767January 30, 2014

So, I am in the long overdue process of finishing up the last major remodel in my condo. I have done every other room and have been waiting for this.

It is a hard process because this is the only bathroom in the unit so timing is key. So far the only demo that has been done is stuff we could get out of the way while keeping the bathroom functional for the most part. To add to this I have been getting help so its really only been a weekend project.

Here are some pictures during the demo so you have an Idea of what I am dealing with:

Now this is a bathroom on a budget, all work besides some plumbing (new tub install, new valve) is being done DIY and I have some final decisions.

My main one is to go with a frameless glass shower door or to go with a curved double rod and curtain, right now it has the old school sliding glass doors that are probably 25 years old and they are not anything great, Any one have any experience on how much better they are now?

Also with this being the only bathroom as I mentioned right now the current plan is to finish demo on Friday night, Plumber is coming on Saturday to install the new tub, then Saturday after the plumber is done with the new tub set the new tile floor so it can dry Saturday night. Then Sunday hang all new drywall/cement board and install new toilet and vanity.

So essentially I will be bathroom less for Friday and Saturday, then Sunday I can get it back to a point where its at least usable.

My only question here is regarding the Hardie Backer board in the shower, with everything else that has to get done I probably wont have the time to get the new tie in the shower done until the next weekend. now when I bought the Hardie Board the person I talked so said its totally waterproof so I was hoping that the shower would be safe to use with only the Hardie Board and no tie, what you guys think about this?

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I would not use the shower without the tile installed on it. Until you get the shower tiled I would pretend you are camping and take sponge baths in the sink. :)

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 4:28PM
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You can use the hand held shower without tile, just don't go crazy.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 7:46PM
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Well it was a loooooong weekend but everything went as planned and was accomplished. We ended up stapling the heavy plastic up we had left over from the moisture barrier behind the walls.

Then I used the last of it and fashioned a shower curtain and stapled that to the ceiling. End result is a workable bathroom and some extra spackling to cover up some staple holes next weekend when the shower is tiled.

Totally gutted Saturday morning:

End of the day Saturday progress after plumber done with the new tub and piping rough in, floor 70% done, half the ceiling and part of the wall green board up:

End of Sunday Progress new floor totally in, all green board and Hardie board up, toilet in temporarily (need to take it out again next weekend to do beadboard and floor grouting), and plastic hung:

"Shower Curtain" up:

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 11:12AM
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Nice job. I hope you can continue to post pictures as you make progress. I like the floor tiles!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 12:34PM
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Ok Guys its been a long 3 months but it is finally completed. feels good it was a DIY but it has been a long journey.

This post was edited by dsf767 on Sat, Mar 29, 14 at 23:10

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 8:28PM
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What a great job! DIY'n it is a great feeling and empowering. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 10:18PM
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Thanks, it was a very long road and its the only bathroom in my condo which made it even harder and more drawn out. I am however happy with the results.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 11:11PM
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Congratulations! Turned out very nice!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 6:55AM
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