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enduring
8 years ago

From this:

To this:

My vision
I wanted to blend this bathroom with the kitchen remodel that was done in the summer of 2011. I wanted a nice area for guest to use when visiting. Our other BR is at the other end of the house so not a great choice for guest. I wanted something soothing and “lovely”. I wanted some luxurious aspects to the room too. Overall, with the kitchen and with the BR, there was this theme I had in mind to keep the style of the original build. My Bathroom is a shed roof constructed addition, built on to the house in 1930 or so, when the house got moved from town to the farm. It’s a tiny house. The BR walls still had the original plaster embossed 4x4 tile look wainscot that the plasterer did. So I wanted to keep that style - but make it real tile. I realize having the bathroom off of the kitchen is not a desirable location and I could have closed the door and created a new one on the porch, but I chose to keep the original door location. My sister was surprised. I was originally going to take out the tub and put my W/D in there, but my DS was so sentimental about the room and taking baths there when a (dirty) little guy, that I kept the tub in the plans, scratching the W/D. I wanted to keep the BR looking somewhat similar in cabinet make and style as the kitchen, except painted cabinetry. I had in mind who I wanted to make my cabinets too. I saw some of his work and was impressed. And finally, I wanted to make more soapstone counters ☺ which ended up turning into a sink because I could be assured of a larger sink and still fit my constraint of 18” depth vanity.

So my vision didn't evolve in isolation. I took into account the history of the farm, house, family, function, friends, local craftspeople, and my design.

Function
There were functional issues I wanted to improve upon, and some functional aspects I wanted to keep. I wanted to move the toilet out from behind the door so that the door didn’t bang into the rim each time it was opened. I was surprised that the toilet tolerated this treatment over the years. I wanted a somewhat accessible bathroom in case a wheel chair or walker was in the future. I planned the layout to meet ideal spacing for the most part. That was why I needed the 18” deep vanity and the round bowl toilet that I chose. I selected the tub to be low enough to get dogs and kids in and out of. Storage was a premium and I added roll out shelving and a pull out upper, in a small tower. These new cabinets replicate what was already there, but are new and with more style and function. I may not be able to cram as much junk into the cabinets with the roll outs, but what is there is accessible. I don’t need all that extra stuff anyway. I drew multiple floor plans, measuring everything to be sure the small space could work with my vision. Once I found my measurements I could start the selection of elements to fill the room.

The room was totally gutted down to the studs. All the electrical replaced and all the plumbing taken out and replaced. I kept the flooring and subflooring because the wood was in such good shape and it was probably old growth timber, nice tight grain. Can't beat that. We added 2x8 joist (DH did :) to strengthen the floor for stone tile. I prepped the floor for the self leveling compound to a T as instructed by Bill V.

To add the element of luxury, I put in radiant floor heating. I used a high-end tub filler with shower wand, and matching high-end wall mounted faucet. There is LED lighting under the vanity shelf and behind the mirror for night lighting. I used a marble listello to give some style to the wainscot. And of course my SS sink with the wonderfully lovely vanity base that Brett made for me. Oh, I can’t forget that I put in the slate floor in a herringbone pattern to add another style element. Remembering how Angie DIY cut all her tiles for her kitchen, I cut my 12x12 tiles down for herringbone. Thanks to Mongo for helping me on the layout and the tile cutting equation.

DIY
This was a DIY project except for the plumbing and the electrical. All of the heavy stuff got delegated to DH and DS, with me being the boss :) Of course if something needed problem solving, DH stepped up and helped me. Although, he did not help me with the grunting, I mean grouting. He just stayed in his office and periodically asked if I was ok. He has farmed all his life and in a previous life was an aerospace engineer out of college as well as a stint in the army. I used his smarts to help me along the way. I used the remodel forum a lot to figure out how work with the joist/flooring support to ready it for stone. Brickeyee, Renovator8, Worthy, sombreuil_mongrel (aka Casey) helped a lot with that one. Someone commented that it was one of the most over thought floors on the forum in a long time. Mongo and Bill V. helped with both the floor and the tiling. Mongo really explains things well, beyond tile. I went over Stacyneil’s thread about self leveling compound with a fine toothed comb. The JB forum was a lot of help too! I ran by my Ditra issues both here and on JB. Regarding the dry wall Brickeyee was very helpful. He coached me through it all. I had a big hole in my ceiling too that I fixed with the remodel forum’s help.

One benefit of taking a year, is that it gave me time to really think about things before committing to them. Since I have never done this before it was so helpful to have the time to learn. The down side with taking a year is that it gives you time to change your mind on finishes too many times, and end up with not only chrome, but polished nickel, polished stainless steel, worn pewter, and natural iron in the mix! Oh well, it will give it a layered look, right?

One last point, I messed with my Photobucket account last month and all of my old posts no longer have images attached to them !!! :( I will add a few from those old post to show some of the process and progress along the way.

Products
1. Fan, PANASONIC FAN FV-15VQ5

2. Lights, Norwell, Emily sconce 100watts each, chrome

3. Window, Windsor Windows

4. Tub Filler & Hand Shower, wall mounted, chrome, Hansgrohe Axor Montreux with handheld shower

5. Faucet, Hansgrohe Axor Montreux wall mount chrome with cross handles

6. Tub, Kohler Bellwether 837, white cast iron

7. Tub drain, Kohler K-T37397-CP PureFlo™ Victorian Push Button bath drain trim

8. Floor, special order black slate from Home Depot in 12x12 gauged.

9. Floor heating system, 240 volt Warm Wire by Sun Touch; wire system with thermostat and 2 temp probes (one not hooked up but in the electrical box in case the other fails)

10. Tile underlayment, Ditra over the ply that Bill Vincent specifies in his FAQ site.

11. Thin set, Ditra-Set un-modified, for the floor; Hydroment Single-Flex for the walls, modified.

12. Wall tiles:
a. 4x4 white ceramic tiles that I got off of Craigslist

b.listello is “Hampton” marble mosaic from The Tile Shop (I cut it apart because the spacing was not good and some of the tiles where different sizes so where culled)

c. Crown, Johnson Tile that I got off of Craigs List. When I ran out was able to locate them at Best Tile in Syracuse, NY.

d. Base board tile from The Tile Shop.

13. Grout and caulk, Laticrete caulk to match the grout. Spectralock epoxy grout in Silver Shadow for the walls. Platinum and Silver Shadow 3:1 ratio for the floor.

14. Moisture barrier for tub walls, HydroBan

15. Paint, all Benjamin Moore, except lacquer, which was colored to BM colors
a. Bath and Spa for the walls in Bunny Gray

b. Vanity is ML Campbell lacquer, colored to BM “Thundercloud Gray", #2124-40
c. Cabinets, ML Campbell lacquer colored to "Distant Gray" #2124-70
d. Casement around door and window, BM Super White
e. Painted Pine standing cupboard, BM misty gray 2124-60

16. Built-in Cabinets and Vanity, Brett Arganbright, proprietor of River Valley Woodcraft.

17. Sink, Soapstone remnant that I got from Bertini’s Tile and Marble.

18. Counters, Soapstone remnant that I got from Bertini’s Tile and Marble.

19. Toilet, Toto Promenade, round front, ADA height.

20. Toilet seat, Inax Advanced Toilet Seat L-series (round) CW-W130-LU

21. Grab bars, Kohler (?model) 24” and 18” at tub in polished stainless steel. 24” is used as towel bar.

22. Hardware
a. Amerock knobs on vanity and tub cabinet in worn nickel (pewter color)

b. Emtec door hinges (black) and lever handle (Napoli in silver patina on bathroom side and black on kitchen side)

c. Rockler hinges for painted pine cupboard, 3/8'' Inset Partial Wrap Hinges - Oil Rubbed Bronze, 3 pair

d. HD Martha Stewart knobs (black?) x 2, on painted pine cupboard

e. Towel bar on vanity, Baldwin in chrome that I cut down to 13 or 14 inchs.

CLICK on the image and it will take you to Photobucket where the images are shown in a "story board" format that Photobucket has created. I will try this technique and if things don't work out, I will post a few pictures.

edited 4-6-13 to correct the floor warming wire product name to Sun Touch.

This post was edited by enduring on Mon, Apr 8, 13 at 22:09

Comments (56)

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Hemera, you should be able to click on the image that I posted and be taken to Photobucket where I have an album created. Have you tried that?

    Raehelen, here is a floor plan of my drawing. The room is 9.5'x6.5' -The vanity is 36"x18" - The toilet is a round front toilet so that I could get lots of room between the toilet and the vanity for a wheel chair, etc between the fixtures. One draw back to having the vanity across from the toilet is that the sink is out of reach and this is new for me. I had not thought of the functional issue that presents, but I have always lived with a sink within reaching distance from the sitting position. I can kind of reach the tub faucet though. I do really like the advanced toilet seat, I always feel so clean :) Really like the tub cabinet next to the toilet, it is a mini supply station. If the cabinet didn't have a door on it the toilet could have been set a bit closer to the tub so that I could reach the faucet better. As it is, the toilet sets about 16" from the tank side, to the face of the cabinet.

    Olychick, thank you so much! You know I am a BIG fan or your bathroom. I am going to recreate a rendition of you vanity cabinet layout in my other bathroom that I am just going to get started. Stay tuned to the BR forum as I post a question regarding your set up.

  • rjr220
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I've seen DIY, but a DIY soapstone sink? You are awesome, and so is your bathroom! Fabulous job -- my husband has been talking about backlit mirrors and I can't to show him your album.

    Lovely lovely lovely! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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  • treasuretheday
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Enduring, thanks so much for the detailed info on how you backlit your mirror. I think it adds such a nice touch to your already beautiful room.

  • ontariomom
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I love the soapstone everything and the night lighting is awesome. I'm going back for more peeks for sure. It will help as we finish our new baths. Thanks for all the detail!!

    Carol

  • raehelen
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Lost my post. (HOpe it doesn't end up posting 2X). Yes, looks like our bathrooms are very close to the same size. Mine is 6 and 1/2 feet wide, and 10'3" long. My door opens into the bottom right hand corner next to where your vanity is. I will probably be picking your brain to help me with mine. We will be gutting the Main literally the day the Master is finished, as DH has to re-route all the major plumbing lines, so hopefully both BR's will only be out of commission a day or two.

    I have one question right now though. What are you using to generate your floor plans? Did you buy some software?

  • sparklebread
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Your bathroom is amazing! I am a big herringbone fan, so I have a special fondness for that awesome floor. Your sink and vanity are to die for and I am astonished at how you remembered all the details. Can't wait to see your next project!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    rjr220, Thanks and glad you can use the information. I was hoping that I had a bit more light coming out from behind the mirror. BTW in the daylight you can't hardly see the light emission from the mirror or the vanity.

    treasuretheday, glad to be of help to you :) You have been so generous with your feedback to GW members, it is my pleasure to provide you with the details.

    OntarioMom, I am so glad you find the information helpful. The soapstone is so pretty, just the way it is. I did not sand it beyond a 120 grit. I like it this way. Last year before I actually started building the sink, I had all intensions of oiling it. But as I started working with it I just could cover the softness of the color transitions. And the color is spectacular with my mirror and vanity. I just don't like the scones so much :( But they'll do for now and sometimes I don't notice that I don't like them:)

    raehelen, yes I was wondering about that too. But, lol, you posted on the Bathroom reveal thread that hobokenkitchen started a few weeks ago. And that is where I replied. I had to look in my "trash" to figure out were my reply to your went. So look there and all will be revealed.

    sparklebread, thank you very much for the complements especially the one about my memory;) Yes, i'm a big fan of herringbone too. I may just do it again in my next bathroom project that I am working up the gumption to start.

  • cat_mom
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

    (love the frog, too!)

  • mabeldingeldine_gw
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Jaw-droppingly beautiful and functional. The perfect marriage of form follows function in gorgeous fashion.

    Can I come and visit?

    Mabel

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thank you both for your kind words, thanks so much for looking and sharing your thoughts with me.

    Cat_mom, I love that frog too. He sat for years in the dining room by the clock, they both came from my DH's DA (dear aunt) after she past away. Now he has is spot in a nice shady bathroom and feels more at home in the spa like atmosphere.

    Mabeldingeldine, of course you can come and visit :) I think you would like what else I have up my sleeve. Yesterday I took some pictures of the old granary that is on the farm. I have wanted to make it a place for guest or a quiet summer studio. I will post a few picts, I know its off topic, (thats how I ended up with too many metals in my BR) I have a location too for the building. Tell me what you think. I want to post it over on the remodel forum or, I think there might be a small house forum. I will have to take a look:
    I think the building is probably 8x10'. Isn't the sky beautiful!



    And this would have to come with (thats paint droppings and not bird droppings):

    And put it over there someplace along the windbreak. It is north of the barn which is north of our house. So the site is a ways off and secluded:

  • lillo
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Hi enduring , I am in the process of buying all what I need for my bathroom redo in a couple of weeks. I love the way you laid your floors with grey and sliver grout. I am going whith white marble , that I still need to find . I want white marble with just a grey pattern in it , not grey marble as most is . The only one I found is calcata , which is outrageously expensive . I got an air tub Bain ultra and I am going with the same faucet the axor Montreux , but the deck mount version . Where did you buy yours ? The least expensive one I found is from quality bah for 789.00 . I have a separate shower , and am using the axor Montreux shower system with a rain can , hand held shower with bar and 2 body sprays. I am going with a toto toilet too , but the drake 2. I like yours , is it the soirée . I'll check it before ordering . I am going to buy most of my blumbing from plumb tile , they have the best prices. I hope their products and service are good too. I am crossing my fingers. Do you like your faucets ? I am going with this model because of the spout reach , because the tub has a rim , and I don't want to put the faucet entering the tub or on the other side ( too far to reach ) . You dd a great job on your bathroom , I hope mine turns out nice too.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thank you Lillo for your complements. You will like the Montreux I believe, I really like mine. The wall mount sink faucet has an adjustable spout. I fell in love with this line early on in my remodel. I decided that getting them was my splurge. I knew that my sink was going to be irregular because it is hand made. So I thought the adjustable sink spout would make placing the water fall over the drain hole easy. It is dead center :) The tub filler is very nice too. This is not our primary bathing bathroom, but I used it almost exclusively for the kids when they were small. I wished I could have bought the matching towel bars, but the bar for the vanity would have been too long. I also knew that I wanted grab bars at the tub for safety and Hansgrohe doesn't make a grab bar.

    I got my tub filler on Ebay, and the sink faucet from an online site, but I can't remember which one. I went with chrome because the tub filler on Ebay was chrome and the price was right.

    My toilet is the Toto Promenade. I needed the old fashioned look. My next bathroom project I'll go with a more sleek model I think. The toilet works great. The Drake 2 is reportedly a wonderful toilet. My plumber swears by the Drake.

    Have fun with your remodel and I hope to get to see the finished project :)

  • Pipdog
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    enduring, you are an inspiration. You've created such a beautiful space. It's been fun to read about the transformation and I am beyond impressed that the sink in particular was DIYed. You are very talented! I hope you enjoy your new space for many years to come.

  • azmom
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Hello enduring,

    Your bathroom is fantastic! From design, implementation, application to your reveal, every aspect is fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing the information and experience, as well as showing us the right approach we should take while planning for remodeling.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Pipdog, thank you so much. I am a great admirer of your bathroom remodels! I am so happy that you are liking what I did. I have been enjoying my bathroom very much.

    Azmom, I am humbled by your statements. I am very pleased to hear your comments related to inclusiveness and connectedness. That is very much my intention in what I try to do, not only in the remodel but in life in general; I might often fall short. May we all aspire to better lives.

  • shanghaimom
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Enduring, I love, love, love your bathroom. The floor tile-sublime. The sink-so original, and such a perfect fit for a "sophisticated farm" look. I also love your night lighting! Great idea that I may have to figure out a way to replicate.

    And DIY?? That's the craaaaazy part. I so admire how you dove in and figured it all out. It is beautiful.

  • VictoriaElizabeth
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Your sink. Your sink. Your sink. Your sink. Your sink. Your sink.

    Did I mention your sink?
    Beautiful and unique bath!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Shanghaimom, Thank you for the love and complements! Did you read my explanation on how I mounted the back lighting on the post dated April 5 at 2205? With this project, it was fun to do "the figuring" but oh, I got tired of "the doing". I am so glad its done. But with all my complaining about the project, to myself and family, I have already drawn up most of the plans for the next and only other bathroom in the house. I have arranged a dumpster for Thursday, and plumber too, to start the demo in two days.

    VictoriaElizabeth, well well well, its the esteemed creator and owner of that beautiful victorian bathroom and terrific blog. Thank you so much for fancying my sink. I have to tell you that I have enjoyed your posts on GW and your blog. Your home is lovely. I had so much fun reading on your blog about the trip you took with your friend some years back. That was SUCH a charming story. You are a very good and entertaining writer.

  • sochi
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I thought I had already posted, but it is worth saying again: fabulous bathroom! I just love it. Enjoy! My favourites bits are the vanity (of course) and the floors. I love herringbone patterns!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Sochi, thanks so much. I have so appreciated your support in this project. I've admired all your projects and I'm honored to hear your comments.

    I am now off to another bathroom project - and I've got plans:)

  • mabeldingeldine_gw
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Enduring, I love the granary project! That is a great way to re-use the building, and create a great place for art making, meditation, yoga, reading, or just hanging (hiding!) out. That fieldstone step in the front of it is wonderful!!

    Will you add some windows? Will it be 3-season or will you insulate? I can see one of those tiny pot-bellied stoves in there in my minds eye, and a comfy chair with a footstool.

    What a great project! Will this be before or after your next (cannot imagine!) bathroom project? I will look for it on the other forums. And believe me, I just might come and visit. Not this summer, but maybe next. We are still recovering from our 8 week road trip out west last summer, but are already talking about the next one! Of course, you are always welcome here in Maine!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Mabeldingeline, Hi there. Yes I think windows are in order. But I had the plumber out today and the pumbing in the second bath is now OUT. The walls are exposed behind the old 1970's tub surround and it's not good. This was a project that probably should have taken place 10 years ago. Oh well. Once the plaster comes off I will know better what is underneath.

    The Granary will have to what.

    I bought remnant soapstone again today. After a few weeks trying to find a narrow farm house sink that would fit my planned new remodel, I am going to build another sink. The stone is very somber. I have a lead on some Calcutta that will be cut soon and there may be remnants of that left over for a counter. I might have to scrounge a bit to get the right combo of somber ss sink and countertop. I've been drawing my stuff up for the last 3 weeks. I think I want a simple Japanese look. I can kind of see it.

  • KevinMP
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Enduring, you should watch the Bronson Pinchot Project episodes on the elf house he created, it'd be very helpful to you if you end up doing what you suggest with that granary.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thanks Kevin, but what is a Bronson Pinchot Project (I live in a cave:) Tell me more. I'll google it.

  • KevinMP
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    It's on the DIY Network. Remember Perfect Strangers? He's Balki, and he's started an architectural salvage remodeling show based on his Greek revival house in central Pennsylvania.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Kevin, I looked him up on DIY but couldn't find the elf house. It linked 14 short videos to my search, though after I watched 4, that I thought might relate, nothing did. I don't have cable, nor does he look familiar (not much for TV). But the shorts were entertaining. I can see why it is popular.

    I will want to post this grainary (how we spell it in the midwest) project on the small house forum &/or the remodel forum.

  • angie_diy
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Oh, enduring!! What can I say? It is so lovely. What a transformation. Each element is so lovely in and of itself -- AND yet somehow the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I love the herringbone floor. (Thanks for the shout-out, by the way.) And ditto VictoriaElizabeth -- the sink the sink the sink! I adore the joinery, and I adore the subtle design!

    It is all so beautiful. Congrats!

  • janesylvia
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Wow! So beautiful. I can't believe it's a DIY project. You did a wonderful job, enduring. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thanks Angie I am so happy that you've seen this. I owe you a big THANK YOU! for helping me get the courage up to do the sink. And when you asked if I was going to make another one I thought you were crazy. But, the bathroom wasn't done and I was really feeling overwhelmed with the project. I started drawing up plans for the next bathroom before I finished. I surprised myself. Since I couldn't find a sink that I liked for my needs, I decided I am going to do it again. I have the stone on my patio. It is another remnant. This piece is very quiet. When I was looking for this new remnant I found an orphan piece that belonged to the slab that produced this 1st sink. So I bought it. $5/sf for all the stone, not bad for my pocket book.

    Janesylvia, thank you for you complement. I am very pleased with the space and happy that I am done. It was a long remodel. As I embark on the next bathroom, I have my sights on June as a finish date, we'll see.

  • mama goose_gw zn6OH
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    enduring, thank you for the link. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your work and your DIY spirit. The bathroom is beautiful--it came together perfectly, but with that sink, how could it miss? :)

    I know the next sink, and the next bathroom, will be just as wonderful.

    The granary project will be so much fun for you. I have a large stone (which I dragged down off the hill), as a step for my long-neglected buttery/potting shed. I'm looking forward to seeing your new retreat.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thanks Mama_goose, very much. We are enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. But my DH still wont touch the advanced toilet seat LOL.

    I don't know if I will get to the grainary project this year or not because of the second bathroom project. I also have another room I need to paint. I'm excited though, about moving the building. I'll keep thinking about it. I want the site to really look like it belongs to the building, and vise versa.

  • skipper1960
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Did this remodel last summer. We never planned to go this modern but we got the vanity and granite counter top for $300 at menards. It's a $1500 vanity special made and the people who paid for it never came to pick it up. It sat in the store for 2 years and that's how we got such a great deal

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    skipper, what is this post about???

    I don't see a vanity.

    I do not click on links posted by people who just register on the same day they post.

    I am suspicious.

  • skipper1960
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Sorry about that enduring. I hope this pictures come through

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Still upside down, but that seems to be common these days. I like the scene. The mirror looks very pretty with everything you have. And I see you have a clock. I have one in my room too. I can't see the vanity though.

    I like the wall color too with what looks like a slightly red dark wood. What color are your walls, I love reddish wood with light blue.

    Your toilet area looks very nice too.

    I have to ask how did you happen to pull up this old thread to post your pictures? How come you didn't start your own thread?

  • skipper1960
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Actually, the walls are grey color

    Regarding my own thread, I didn't even think about it.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Yes do it :) I will give you a link from the Kitchen forum that has been very helpful. It has a bunch if information. There is a sticky that is at the top of each kitchen forum page too, but this link is more inclusive. It will describe how to post multiple pictures, change fonts, and more. Buehl is the member who used to keep this thread posted. Go down the multiple postings in this thread to see different topics. Eventually you will run out of topics and just see the posts bumped to keep the thread on the first page. Good luck.

    Here is a link that might be useful: New to Kitchens...

  • BirchPoint
    7 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I have seen glimpses of this post in other places but this is the first time I've read the "reveal." I had always admired your bathroom but this reveal takes my admiration to a whole new level --- You are Amazing!! I think you need your own show cause you sure would give Martha Stewart a run for her money.

  • garden77
    7 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I love your tile choices. The gray border is a nice touch.

  • enduring
    Original Author
    7 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Thanks so much BirchPoint and garden77. I am still loving my bathroom.

    BirchPoint, you got me to thinking that there are just people, things, and experiences that really touch us. It is joyous when this happens.

  • Guse1940
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    I am here for bathroom re-design with the mirror topic. I love my bathroom & changing the design in every 6 months. I think framed decorative mirrors are the best things to decorate bathroom with mirrors. I attached the new & fresh designed capture of my bathroom.

    Here is a link that might be useful: framed decorative mirrors

  • enduring
    Original Author
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    SPAM!!!

  • mama goose_gw zn6OH
    6 years ago

    I was surprised to see this thread on my activity/member page, but enduring, it's nice to see your pretty bathroom, again. :)


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  • dmac1108
    7 months ago

    Enduring - first, your bathroom turned out wonderful! I am going to go search for your second one after I finish posting this! All of the details you’ve shared are really helpful for future readers!


    I’m sure that you’re surprised to be receiving a notification about activity on this thread since it’s so OLD - but instead of “reinventing the wheel” - I thought it would be much better to reach out to someone so knowledgeable!


    You mentioned in your post about how Mongo helped you with your herringbone tile layout. I am using 4x12 slate tile in my master bathroom - and wanted to look at how you determined the best way to layout your floor. You have a lot of posts/comments - I am hoping that maybe you might be able to point me in the right direction! I’ve already used the same slate tile in a 90 degree pattern in a different bathroom (made the bathroom look wider + easier - less cuts) - but I definitely want to lay it in a 45 degree pattern for the master bathroom.


    Also - I am interested in how you installed two temperature probes for your radiant heat. I am also having radiant heating installed. While I am not installing it myself (I wanted to do some of this work myself but my SO was not nearly as excited/motivated), I would still like to read about how you did it. Seems like a great idea - redundancy is important when adding something that won’t have easy access to fix later.


    I appreciate your help!

  • PRO
    Badeloft USA, LLC
    7 months ago

    You did an amazing job!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    This old thread got revisited. @dmac1108 to answer the question about extra probe, I believe I ordered an extra one when I bought the set up. The probe wire is just setting in the junction box I think but honestly I cant remember. When I laid out the underfloor heating and the probe, I just ran another probe near the first probe, and it was then sealed into the floor self leveling compound as per instructions. then the end was just threaded into the wall like the one that would be live, and not connected, but just laying there in the box.


    Regarding the tile layout. I just decided to run it this way, after getting instructions on the 90Degree way, IIRC. The herringbone that I love is from my childhood and the side walks in my neighborhood that all ran at 45Degree. so that to me is herringbone.


    I know you posted on @sochi thread about her amazing bathroom and a wall mounted faucet. I would totally do it if I had the right sink for it. In my case I had made my sink out of soapstone and an integrated backsplash. The pictures of this bathroom reveal are no longer available because of the use of photo bucket, when it was Gardenweb. I did not keep my account with photo bucket.


    I'll add some of the reveal pictures so you can see the sink and floor. Regarding the sink there is no ledge for water to drip from my hands when using the faucet. The water drips right into the sink. In my other bathroom with a deck mounted faucet I am always wiping up drips and it is a nuisance. I much prefer the setup for this sink.


    Below: I love the flush finish from the faucet to the bottom of the sink. nothing drips on a counter or edge of a sink.


    Below: looking in from the doorway.


    Below: Here I am finishing up the sink. the backsplash was epoxied on as a separate piece. The whole soapstone install in the room took next to nothing to buy as they were all small pieces that I epoxied together with a 3 part stone epoxy.


    Below: this is the counter at the tub, and is in 2 long pieces but I was able to epoxy them together at there edges to make a wide slab for the top. All the soapstone was finished with a 60 grit sandpaper to be rough and this lovely soft tone of blue/green/gray/white. I did not oil it so this color tone would remain light.


    Below: If I recall correctly @sochi helped me decide on this Hubberton Forge Mirror. I have 3 different metals in this room, but they are all a cool silver to black color.


    Below: the center of this tower shares space with the kitchen on the other side of the wall. there is also some extra space that houses some electrical wiring. this is an old simple house. this bathroom was an add on when it got move to the farm in the 30s IIRC. The plumbing was all rearrange and some of the details that were orignially there I kept but updated it, such as this tower feature. The old one went and the carpenter did a wonderful job with this one.


    Below: This feature was another thing I kept from the old bathroom but flipped it from the other end and had the carpenter put drawers in it. Before it was a hell hole. things got lost and the build was soooo old and creapy I didn't like using it for storage. Now it is perfect for storage.


  • dmac1108
    7 months ago
    last modified: 7 months ago

    Enduring - THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS! I’ve actually had a bit of a “crush” on soapstone for several years - especially when it’s finished like what you’ve done. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

    I was already impressed by all of the work you did in your bathroom - but now I’m in awe knowing that you actually made your soapstone sink yourself!!! I actually was going to ask you for more photos (I tried the link but discovered that you closed your account) because I wanted to get a better look at your sink! Also, I was going to ask for details about where you purchased your sink, but decided not to because I’m already spending so much money on my bathrooms/kitchen/laundry room renovations + new furniture/flooring. I just didn’t want to tempt myself.

    Now I’m thinking that I HAVE TO put a soapstone sink in my powder room . . .


    You have really done a great job with the entire bathroom. I don’t have any storage issues since my house was built in 1996 - but I am still a big fan of making smart design decisions that really pay off. Your extra storage cabinets appear to be a useful addition + they look nice also.

    enduring thanked dmac1108
  • dmac1108
    7 months ago

    Wait a minute - I think I need to put one in my kitchen!!!

  • enduring
    Original Author
    7 months ago
    last modified: 7 months ago

    The original photos were hosted by Photobucket in the past, and was a free site for people to use. They then started charging, so I didn't subscribe. My photos aren't supported by Photobucket now.


    Here is the link from the sink build threat with many pictures:

    https://www.houzz.com/discussions/2700456/finally-the-plans-for-soapstone-sink-taking-shape#n=72