Jun 10, 2014

Building a New Shower in the Master Bathroom

Today is the very best day of our master suite remodel so far!

The new shower has been built in our master bathroom, and today the tile is being installed. I thought I'd faint dead away from happiness when I took a sneak peek just now and saw that it's all looking exactly as I imagined it would.

I thought you might like to see a sneak peek, too, and also see what building a new shower in the master bathroom has involved. 

Here's a look back at the old claw foot tub that was getting to be a bit of a challenge to climb in and out of. We were sad to see it go, but not sad enough to break our necks over it.

The old wood double hung window went next.

A knee wall was built with support added under the floor to make it sturdy enough to hold the weight of a thick glass panel above and a glass shower door on the side. A large shampoo niche was framed out, too. 

New plumbing and a new waterproof fiberglass window (the only one approved by the very picky North End Historic District, by the way) were installed next, followed by new mold resistant drywall.

Taping the drywall joints and then many layers of mud applied to smooth out the walls took quite a few days to dry. Our contractor said this stage is the one that seems to drag by for homeowners, but we were thrilled by the progress.

When everything was good and dry, the cement shower pan was poured, the bench behind the knee wall was built, then everything was lined with a waterproof material. 

And here is your sneak peek of our tile installer hard at work today. During the next day or two he'll be installing the marble tiles on the shower floor, and then he'll grout everything. 

And that's how our shower was built in our master bathroom. It's quite an undertaking!

On the schedule after the tile is finished are:

1. repairing the wood floors
2. installing the vanity and cabinets
3. finish carpentry and wainscoting
4. painting
5. installing the quartz countertops
6. refinishing the wood floors
7. installing fixtures, hardware, and glass

You can see there's still a lot to be done, and we're hoping our entire master suite remodel will be completed by the 4th of July.  

Next time, I'll show you what's been happening in the bedroom.

Have a great day!


  1. It looks great! I'll be over on the Fourth for the grand tour!!

  2. Wow it's looking fabulous already!

  3. So excited for you! Love me some subway tile!

  4. Oh, the excitement when the tile goes in.

  5. I'd be thrilled with the "before" bath, but I can already see how gorgeous your new design is going to look. I can't wait to see the bedroom!

  6. It's looking great so far, Laurel! I remember doing our master bathroom at our old house. Yes, it is quite the job! The shower is so worth it, though. Your old tub was so pretty, but I agree, there comes a time when pretty doesn't cut it anymore. : )

  7. Hi Laurel, I know it is a process having been there and I love how yours is coming along. The subway shower tiles are beautiful and it is going to be stunning when complete. Have fun!!

  8. Oh Laurel,
    It is looking so great. Love the changes in there. So pretty. You are going to love it when it is all done. So worth all the work.

  9. Laurel, it's looking fantastic already! Can't wait to see it finished!

  10. Laurel things are looking great. So excited to see the continued progress.


  11. Yes, it's lookin' great Laurel, can't wait!

  12. omg I'm so envious! I have a medium sized bathroom, but have a shower enclosure. I would LOVE to have this instead! so green right now!

    It's going to be beautiful. can't wait to see it finished.


  13. Looks amazing, Laurel! It is going to be gorgeous!

  14. I can't wait to see how this will turn out. Getting to see you all focused on the project is also great! Homeowners do get impatient in projects such as this, especially the ones that tend to take quite a bit of time. It seems you guys had took this into account already. The marble installation may get dusty, so your family should get ready for that. Keep us updated!

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

  15. This looks awesome! What are the dimensions of your shower and your bench? Also, where did you purchase your vanity? Thank you in advance for your response. ;)


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