Remodeling Master Bathroom With Moving Shower: Tile Installation and Special Upgrades
Installing the tile and special upgrades helped to customize this bathroom remodel to the client. They had a specific appearance in mind when they envisioned their new bathroom, and it was tasked to us to deliver this exact look.
Installing Wall Tiles
The wall tiles were done in a very modern-minimalist style. The wall tiles were central to the beauty of this redesign. Rectangular in design, 104 sq. ft. of shower and bathtub wall tiles as selected by the client were put in and set. This immediately corrected the dated nature of the wall that preceded it.
There are lots of styles of wall tiles, with horizontal often being preferred over vertical placements. We chose to install horizontally in line with the customer’s wishes as this served to emphasize the width of the space and the openness, something which also matched how the shower was designed.
Installing Floor Tiles
It was the client’s preference that the floor tiles be in contrast to the box style of the wall tiles. This was done to clearly make where the wall and floor differed, helping to avoid having a bathroom appear as it was a singular cube. Approx. 24 sq. ft. of shower floor tiles and 88 sq. ft. of bathroom floor tiles were installed, everything selected by the client.
While the wall tiles were rectangular and fairly mid-century modern in style, hexagon tiles were used on the floor, which helped to create a more dynamic look. Trendy hexagon tiles help ground the bathroom’s aesthetic and personalize it, in this case, with what the client intended. The difference in light-to-dark colour from the wall to the flooring helped to further create interest as well.
Grouting The New Tiles
All new tiles were grouted to fill the spaces between them after they’d been placed on the floor. When we grout bathroom tiles, we fill those joints, which help keep the tiles from shifting and protect the edges from chipping. It’s a recommendation to always grout tiles. It helps add the rigidity, strength, and stability you want in a bathroom space.
This was the final step to the process of installing bathroom tiles and adding yet another layer of style and customization.
Upgrade – The Shower Niche
A shower niche is an open storage space, similar to a cubbyhole. In some shower designs, a shower niche is crafted to provide the owner with more storage space. This type of in-wall storage takes up no area on the floor, which optimizes the square footage while adding style. In this particular shower design, a shower niche was crafted and upgraded with Carrara marble. A large niche had the tile-matching the tile on the shower floor for a very seamless and organic look completing the bathroom.
We worked with the client to customize the shower niche placement to match their ideal height and location. In addition, we verified the shower niches were correctly set and solid, sturdy, and properly waterproofed during the installation process.
Upgrade – Shower Bench
The shower bench is also very central to this design. The vast majority of showers do not have the luxury of having an extended area like this. Due to the expansion of space, this accommodated the inclusion of the shower bench and extension.
Moving a Shower in Bathroom Remodel – Now What?
This was no easy shower relocation or bathroom remodeling project. It was highly customized. When moving a shower, you will run into all sorts of additional steps that have to be taken, including moving the shower drain and moving shower plumbing to another wall. However, the benefit of all this work is a completed bathroom aesthetic that is perfectly customized to the client. No compromises were made from work you can’t see – waterproofing, moving plumbing, etc. – to all you can, i.e. lifting the ceiling, new fixtures, new double vanity, new tiles, etc. The craftsmanship speaks for itself. This was the client’s dream bathroom, and we delivered everything that was planned. We took great care in moving the shower, and now that it’s been done, it’s an immediate upgrade that’s very noticeable when you walk through the layout. Moving a shower in a bathroom remodel isn’t always simple or even possible. Still, in this example, the right set of circumstances came together that allowed us to adjust the bathroom plumbing, shower drains, and more to get the client the exact bathroom and shower remodel they discussed with us in the early stages of planning.