The bathroom attached to the studio, making it a second master suite in a way.

Tub in a Box
Tub in a Box

Mr. Robert Ooms was kind enough to assist in bringing the tub upstairs to the studio bath. (1/12/05)

Tub Framing
Tub Framing

This is the framing for the tub in the studio bathroom. (1/12/05)

Tub Plumbing
Tub Plumbing

The tub pluming consists of the hot/cold water supply, the tub faucet, and the shower head. The pipes are black because they are covered with insulation. The insulation isn't really needed here, but it was left over and I might as well use it.

Drain Hole
Drain Hole

This is the space cut out in the floor to accommodate the drain. The white pipe on the right is the drain (capped off for pressure testing), and the black pipe with silver is a copper supply pipe wrapped with insulation and secured with foil tape. The plywood at the bottom of the hole is the access panel cut into the ceiling of the garage. I filled the space with batt insulation after the drain was tested. (1/12/05)

Garage Access Panel
Garage Access Panel

This is one of four access panels cut into the garage ceiling. This one is for the master shower. There is also one for each of the two tubs, and a fourth that was the existing access area for the space between the ceiling and roof. The original plan was to close this off, but the drywallers cut it in. I decided to leave it there just in case I needed to actually climb in between the floor and ceiling (the other three are too small to climb into). (1/12/05)

Sliding In Tub
Sliding In Tub

The tub is ready to slide into the opening. I installed the drain at this point since it would be much more difficult once the tub is in place. (1/16/05)

Tub Drain Installed
Tub Drain Installed

The tub drain and overflow drain are installed. (1/16/05)

Tub in Place
Tub in Place

I slid the tub in place, resting the back of the tum on a ledge I screwed to the wall studs. (1/16/05)

Wall Shimmed
Wall Shimmed

I nailed shims to the studs so the cement board for the tiles will rest in front of the tub flange rather than bend forward at the bottom of the wall right above the tub. (1/16/05)

Tarpaper
Tarpaper

I stapled some tar paper, left over from the roof, to help waterproof the wall. (1/17/05)

Cement Board
Cement Board

I installed cement board over the studs, shims and tar paper. (1/23/05)

Walls Primed
Walls Primed

I primed the walls and they are ready for a topcoat of a mildew-resistant paint. (1/29/05)

Paint Behind Cabinet
Paint Behind Cabinet

It is easier to paint the wall behind the vanity cabinet before it is installed. The rest of the wall will be painted after the vanity is in place and the tiling is complete so the topcoat is not damaged during construction. (1/29/05)

Cabinet in Place
Cabinet in Place

I placed the cabinet to test the fit. (1/29/05)

Trimming the Cabinet
Trimming the Cabinet

The wall isn't complete plumb, so I placed the cabinet against the wall and scribed a line down the side. I removed excess materialwith a belt sander until the cabinet rested flat against the wall. (1/29/05)

Seams taped
Seams taped

The seams covered with mesh tape. The tape helps to strengthen the thin set mortar that covers the seams. (2/4/05)

Cemented Seams
Cemented Seams

The seams are sealed with thin-set mortar. The thin-set mortar is the same material that is used to attach the tile to the wall. It is used both to seal the joints and to add strength to the wall. (2/5/05)

Tile Layout
Tile Layout

I laied out the tiles to determine where the whole tiles end and the cut tiles begin. The tiles are placed upon a ledge board that is set perfectly level. I added the bottom row after the rest of the tiles are set. Using the ledge board assures the tiles will remain level even if the top of the tub varies slightly. The tiles shouldn't rest directly on the tub anyway since there will be some movement there as water and people enter and exit the tub. (2/5/05)

Back Wall Full Tiles
Back Wall Full Tiles

All of the full tiles for the back wall are now set. The hole at the bottom is for the soap dish. The tiles were centered on the wall, so the cut tiles on either side of the main field are the same size, which makes the wall look more balanced than starting in one corner with full tile and using cut tiles only on one side. (2/6/05)

Sidewall Cut Tile Layout
Sidewall Cut Tile Layout

I measured and cut tile is after the main field is complete. The walls aren't perfectly straight, so each tile is custom cut. Taping the tiles in place until it is cemented assures the tile is installed into the location for which it was cut. (2/11/05)

 
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