General Home Improvement Thread

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  1. Dewie

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    Yup, both on new construction and existing construction. Talked to numerous people before doing it as I happen to know a few people who put it on "professionally" - there seems to be a ton of different opinions on how it should be done.
     
  2. Boots

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    Random blast of photos. It was a huge job but it's my favourite room in the house I think :rofl:

    Gutted to the studs
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    Tub installed:
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    Custom towel holder:
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    Plumbed:
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    Sizable $$ donation to whoever owns Schluter :rofl:
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    Shower pan:
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    Niches:
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    Kerdi board and waterproofing:
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  3. Boots

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    Shower tile:
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    Tub tile:
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    Heated floor install (ditra heat)
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    Flooring:
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    finished edges
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    Epoxy grout (awesome stuff)
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    Completed niche:
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  4. Boots

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    Floor after epoxy grout:
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    LED shower lighting
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    Shower fixtures:
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    Teak shower bench
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    Paint!
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    Happy kid!
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  5. Gooch

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    wow man
    I love it
    Where did you get the edging?
    What is the orange stuff on the walls? What type of drywall did you use?
     
  6. Boots

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    It's all Schluter materials from the edging to the heated floor to the waterproofing. The orange stuff is called Kerdi board. It's part of a water proofing system. You basically put up the kerdi board in place of drywall and you end up with a waterproof setup. Anywhere in the bathroom where water would be present we used that, otherwise we just used normal bathroom drywall.

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    You can see here the different pieces of the system and how it seals everything up. I'm sure some contracters will cut corners on this stuff but I was dumping a lot of cash into this reno so I pretty much told my brother (who did the job) to buy whatever he thought was the best.
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  7. Boots

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    Some things you don't notice. These for example - instead of having a bead of caulk in the corners of the shower, we used Schluter dilex. Means never having to worry about replacing old caulking.

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  8. Boots

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    Can see here more of how the edging (Schluter Rondec) is installed

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  9. Boots

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    Forgot the glass. It was the final piece to go in

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  10. Boots

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    and that's probably enough pics out of me :rofl:
     
  11. Gooch

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    holy shit that is nice
    I will be bugging you a lot once I get started on mine

    Is your brother a tile guy?
     
  12. Boots

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    He's an everything guy. He kind of shocked me at how good he was. He did everything in the bathroom.. the whole job by himself with me basically being a labourer :lol:
     
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    so it is open in the back?
    Does water get out?
    Where did you get the glass from?
     
  14. Boots

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    It's double sided. The idea is if any water gets on it, it won't penetrate. In my case, where I have the tile and the waterproof epoxy grout, the chances of water ever reaching the kerdi board are slim to none. Friend who works in the glass industry got me the glass.
     
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    no I mean is the shower open in the back. there is no door to close?
     
  16. Boots

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    No door. The shower is deep enough that there's no issue with water splashing out.

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    Initially what is now the shower was a closet and there was a tub/shower combo:

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    In the upstairs hallway, there was another closet that we didn't use so I knocked the wall down between the two closets and it became the full shower:
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    You can see here where it extended into the hallway:

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    He does great work!
     
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    The "Warehouse" called. They'd like their dust pan back.
     
  19. Boots

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    :rofl:
     
  20. Beaker

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    that bathroom looks phenominal boots. i wish i had the room to do something like that
     
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  21. Dewie

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    I just make big holes and stuff
     
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  22. Beaker

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    Ive been doing cheap stuff around my house since work is slow. so dont want to do anything overly expensive till summer.

    last night i installed a fiber optic star ceiling in my room. doing a faux wood plank ceiling, walls will be light grey, wood is lightish.

    ill take some pics later today of it off and on etc.
     
  23. Miss Shawty

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    Does anyone happen to know where I could get a 30" x 80" screen door? I went to Kent and Home Depot, but they only come in 32".
     
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    They can't order one in?

    There's a windows and doors place on akerly in burnside that might be able to help. I'd also try happy Harry's
     
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    Knocked another one off the to do list last weekend; I soiled and seeded my fire pit area. It used to be a pool pad and was basically all crusher dust. Put a thick layer of top soil down and spread some seed. I really don't know if it's going to turn out or not so we will see. I forgot to take pics for this thread :o
     
  26. Dewie

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    It should; it doesn't take much for grass to grow. Keeping it from growing in crusher dust can be an issue... should drain nicely too.
     
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    Need to get some deck posts in, thinking Screw Piles, anyone use them?
     
  28. Dewie

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    No but I've heard good things. I assume you'll have someone install them?
     
  29. Boots

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    Neighbor used them on his new deck last year. Certainly easier than cement footings but I think they were pricey though.

    I snuck some shots of the guy installing them. It was super slick and didn't take him long at all.

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    Yeah I'll have someone install them.
     
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    I've heard around $200 a post, but I won't need a bunch. And if it saves me digging holes it's worth it
     
  32. Miss Shawty

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    Great! Thank you. They said they don't ever make them that small.
     
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    That is what they are worth here, but then you don't have to deal with the dirt either. Spend the money and get the adjustable ones, that way if you getting and sagging it is a few cranks and you are level again. I used them for my deck here.
     

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