Kurt has been spending the last few weeks creating a praise-worthy walk-in shower in the upstairs bathroom.
You remember the old bath tub with the pink plastic tile walls and the tiny walkway? This picture was taken after the sheet rocked column had been removed, so it was even less spacious and bright than it appears here. Ugh. (The new walk-in shower basically encloses the whole back portion of the bathroom that the tub had occupied; roughly four feet wide by five feet deep.)
But after Kurt pulled out the tub, removed the faux tile walls, had the whole room re-plumbed, replaced the spongy portion of the floor, added a bath fan that vented all the way outside and put in new lighting fixtures, it’s now pretty much unrecognizable.
Last week, he built the sloped shower pan with a rubber liner, the soap/shampoo holes, and the curb, then waterproofed the walls with some black rubber-like stuff.
Then he and I spent a few hours in his workshop, picking out the perfect combination of Italian ceramic tiles he has stored there. At one point, I lost track of him among the shelving, but a few minutes later, he reemerged with several boxes of matching tile!
For the floor, we decided to use this 1″ tile (Magica Micela Mosaic) that has five or six different colors.
Then we found some large 10″ x 16″ tiles made by the same company. We picked two primary shades (Queen Red and Keshi Gold) and decided to accent it with a couple of complimentary tiles as part of the randomized pattern.
Once we had picked out all the tile colors and matching grout (Light Buff), Kurt took them over to the White House and got to work. Here are a few of his progress pictures.
When we visited last Saturday, he had only two more rows to complete.
I will be sure to include some final pictures once he has grouted it and added the shower head, control valve, and glass shower door.