Blog: Tile

Turning a Bathtub into a Shower

One of the bathrooms in this house had only a bathtub with a half wall for the bathtub plumbing. The home owner wanted a more useful space, so she asked us to install glass blocks to create a full wall for a shower surround. The glass blocks give more light to the shower area, as well as compliment the look in the rest of the bathroom.

Since we couldn’t put the plumbing into the glass blocks, we used copper piping to plumb the shower head. We looked for something store bought that would work for this application but could not find anything, even at the specialty plumbing stores. So we got creative and made it ourselves. The best part is that the copper is going to be chromed to match the fixtures and that the place to do it is none other than the Harley Davidson dealership!

With not too much work, new tile, and a glass wall, the result is a much more functional space that is really aesthetically pleasing. Something to think about for your next project!

Glass Shower Stall

The glass shower stall chosen by the owners suited the clean lines and contmeporary look of the bathroom.

We were hung up a bit on finishing the shower stall because the shower doors were back ordered, and the plumber needed to make some adjustments to the drain placement to allow the pan to fit properly.

When the shower doors did arrive, we were able to finish the bathroom, and it looked like a totally different room to what was there before. Goodbye 1970s, hello 2010!

Electrical Towel Rack

The floor tile in this bathroom was a neutral grey colour, which combined with the 8″ x 12″ white tile on the walls gives the bathroom a clean, modern look.

A heated towel rack added a bit of the luxurious to this bathroom reno. And the uncluttered modern look was continued in the pedestal sink with towel bar underneath.

Electrical In-Floor Heat

Self-leveling cement was poured over the wiring of the in-floor heat system to level the floor. Then Schluter-DITRA was layed down in preparation for the tile.

Usually under tile, two layers of 5/8″ plywood subfloor is necessary for the proper rigidity to prevent cracking. Yet this would have made the bathroom floor much higher than the hallway floor. The Schluter-DITRA grid system is only 3/16″ thick and replaces one of the layers of plywood.