Case Study 1: Updating Your Ensuite Bathroom

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The Project:

  • Two Storey
  • Year Built: 1980’s
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Approx. 3000 sq. ft.
  • The original main floor ensuite bathroom had a tub deck area that looked tired and drab. The homeowners wanted a new tub and a more modern, appealing tub deck area. The shower stall frame was leaking on the drywall outside of the shower and showed signs of rusting. The grout on the tiled shower base was old, failing and therefore needed to be replaced. The homeowners were also tired of the vanity and flooring and wanted a new vanity and new floor tile installed.

Construction Challenges:

  • Other than making sure that the family dog was safe and comfortably away from the work area, this project did not have any special or difficult challenges.
  • A new tub with polished chrome controls, new vanity with new hardware and polished chrome faucets, new frameless shower door and new tiles all had to be ordered and installed. The tub, vanity and frameless shower door all had to be measured and ordered to fit into the existing tub, shower and vanity areas.

The Solutions:

  • The old tub, shower door, base, vanity, toilet, floor and wall tiles were all removed. A warm, light-coloured porcelain tile was chosen for the floor, shower and tub deck to create a light, airy and modern feel to the bathroom.
  • To create visual interest with the tile, the walls surrounding the tub deck were tiled in a diamond pattern. A ledge in the same colour and material as the tile completed the look. A new tub with a headrest and new polished chrome fixtures were installed in the tub deck.
  • The shower area was retiled from floor to ceiling and fitted with a new polished chrome rain shower head, shower wand and clear glass frameless shower door.
  • A new double vanity with a granite counter-top, under mount sinks and new fixtures completed the beautiful, traditional look.


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