Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Help

Filed under: Interior,Master Bath,tile — Duane Diefenbach @ 6:17 pm

With parents and my sister’s family visiting we took advantage of the help to get a big project started in the master bath – the shower needs to be tiled.  This has been a daunting task because I have never done wall tiles before and this is a custom shower.  And one of the design mistakes we made was to not pay enough attention to the area of the shower and where the bathroom door was located. As a result, to maximize the shower size I had to bring it right up to the bathroom door and the wall between the toilet and shower was too small. So…

In preparation for tiling the shower in the master bath I first had to build out the wall between the shower and toilet

And here it is painted and ready for tiling

I started with help from my mom to install the Schluter shower system waterproof membrane that seals the shower. You install the tile directly over this membrane.

We took a break from working on the shower on Thanksgiving Day (milled hemlock boards for the porch ceilings instead) and then Friday I tiled the shower with the help of Pete, my brother-in-law.  It took all morning to get the walls complete. “All” I have left to do is tile the shower floor and curb and grout (and install the fixtures).  Here’s what the shower looks like at this point.

During all this my dad finished insulating the basement (Thanks Dad!). Friday afternoon Pete and I cut down a box elder where the clothes line will be relocated and we moved the chicken tractors under cover for the year.

In case you’re not from Pennsylvania, it’s deer season on Monday so it will be at least a week before I have any more progress to report.

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