I spend many many hours, days, weekends, months working solo on large home remodel projects which I document with photos in the hopes of someday sharing them with others once I’m done.
Well I usually move on to the next project without ever sharing the photos of the previous project, so I never feel a complete sense of accomplishment or a sense of closure.
So on my latest master bathroom remodel I spent a ton of time digging through the pictures I took along the way and organizing them in some order.
I tried to group them in the same general orientation in a before, during and after order.
I started this project in February and just finished in September, only working after the kids’ bedtime and on weekends.
The room was only 6 years old but was built really poorly: The floors, walls and ceilings were so crooked and sagged that it felt like you were walking into a funhouse. The toilet leaned so far forward that the kids seemed to fall right off their perch on the seat. The shower leaked so bad that we had to put a trashbag over the door threshold just since the day we moved in. Even so, it still leaked so bad that the ceiling of the room below completely caved in.
Nice, right? So I basically had to completely gut the room, sister the old floor joists where they sagged the most on one end of the room, and chisel away an inch or so on the high side of the room.I had done a few small tile projects previously, but nothing of this size. I learned almost everything I needed to know from reading the johnbridge forums. It was there that I found out about the Schluter Kerdi shower membrane that will guarantee my shower to be completely water tight.
I also learned a good deal by bugging Craig at Mark Galdo Tile in Landsdowne, PA.
The middle picture below shows where I had to cut curfs in the joists then chisel and hand plane them to bring them level:
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