Prewar NYC apartment bathroom 1: Finished!

docrckDecember 31, 2012


We finally completed renovation of our two prewar apartment bathrooms in NYC.

Thanks to all the Gardenweb members who offered advice, guidance and ideas. We are most grateful. A special thank you to MongoCT and Bill Vincent who provided a great deal of technical help. It allayed our worries considerably.

Our building was built in 1921 and the bathrooms were last renovated in 1979. We did not move any pipes so the layout is the same as it was in the past.

Here is what we used in the larger of the two bathrooms:
Floor tile: Honed carrera marble basket-weave with bardiglio dots
Wall tile: White subway tile with a gray pencil line
Floor grout: Laticrete permacolor, silver shadow
Wall grout: Laticrete Spectralock Pro, silver shadow
Wall paint: BM, super white
Waterproofing: Hydroban
Robern medicine cabinet MT20D4FBN
Kohler Bellwether tub
Kohler Cimmaron sink
Toto CST744S toilet
Grohe faucet for sink
Hansgrohe Chroma Green showerpipe
Signature Hardware corner rod

Here are a few images of the bath before we renovated:

And here are some images of the renovated bathroom:

Will describe the smaller bath renovation in another post

Thanks again everyone,


This post was edited by docrck on Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 12:32

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docrk, you have to paste the html code, not the image code from photobucket to show your pics. You can edit your post (see the "edit" link to the right of your original post) to remove the links and add the html codes, hit preview and you should see them.

Am anxious to see your bathroom!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 5:02AM
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Nice! Very clean, very appropriate, and the work itself looks to be executed quite well. The niche is very nice. I really like the basketweave.

And "you are welcome" in reply to your thank you. It's always a treat to see these follow-up posts.

Happy New Year!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 10:58AM
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Here is one of the pics. Great choices for your reno!! It will be perfect for another 100 years. We have a very similar bath from the 1920s--timeless look.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 12:17PM
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Thanks for the tip olychick! I edited the post to show the pics.

Thanks Mongoct. Means a lot coming from you. We had a good team of guys and I didn't spare sharing your advice with them frequently! Happy New Year to you too.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 12:35PM
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Looks perfect. Is the shower head at the back of the tub?

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 12:57PM
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Looks great! We're doing something very similar - marble floor, white subway, three sided shower/tub. What are you doing for a shower curtain? Will it wrap around the end of the tub? I saw the rod in one photo but not the other.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 1:01PM
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Thumbs up on both bathrooms! :-) Love the basketweave floor. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 2:19PM
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Thanks everyone! We are so pleased to be done.

Palimpsest, yes the shower head is at the back of the tub.

bumble_doodle, we have an extra long curtain and it does not wrap around. Turns out that while we thought we'd need a wrap around, we actually don't at all. The water from the shower does not splash there at all thankfully.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:46PM
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