Master Bathroom Day 3&4: Installing Shower Walls and Floor

When I last posted, I had just completed demo on the master bath shower.  The demo revealed that the floor was only 5/8" OSB and because I was planning on putting in a lot of weight in tile and a poured masonry pan, I knew I had to reinforce it. 

This is what it looked like after demo:

And after reinforcing it: 


The next thing I needed to do was add back the knee wall (only this time it would be shorter and narrower):


An unintended consequence of changing the size of that half wall was that it left a scar in the flooring. (you can see how much smaller the knew wall is going to be):  

I popped out that one tile

And luckily the previous owners left an extra box of these tiles in the garage, which will make for a simple replacement:

The last thing I did in this stage of the shower re-build is line the shower pan with roofing paper. This will act as a moisture barrier between the plywood and the sloped mortar floor that will go in next.  

Lastly I stapeled down metal mesh.  This will give the mortar mix something to stick to.

And that is what we are left with.  

The next two days of the project will involve pouring the first layer of a masonry shower pan.  We are getting there little by little. 

Budget for this part of the remodel: $48.71
Plywood (for subfloor): $19.54
2x4s (for knee wall): $9.31
Roofing Paper: $11.71
Metal Mesh: $8.15

Renovation to date total: $48.71
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6 comments:

  1. Kim @ Plumberry PieOctober 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Will you come over and redo my shower too?

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  2. I love reading your step by step progress. I am learning so much from it - more than just a before and after as on many blogs.

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  3. Oh my, Kim! you're almost half done! You're fast! I missed the post before this one, I need to go and check that one too, Great info!

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  4. My husband and I are planning almost the same makeover for our bathroom. Can you share hooow you removed the panals around the bathtub without damaging the drywall? We are afraid we will destroy ours!

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  5. The material behind the marble slabs wasn't drywall, it was greenboard and I did damage it. If you look at the last photo in this post you can see how the liquid nails used to install the slabs tore the top layer of the cement board off: http://www.themoney-pit.com/2012/10/master-bathroom-day-1-demo.html

    Depending on your project and if you use the tub and how much moisture it will be exposed to, I would suggest tearing it down to the studs (like I did in the shower) and installing cement board (the proper substrate for use in a tub/shower.) However, in my next post (http://www.themoney-pit.com/2012/10/master-bathroom-days-8-10-shower-walls.html ) I explain why I didn't replace *my* green board, and what I did to fix the damage.. I will eventually be waterproofing it as well.

    Hope that helps!

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