This is part 2 of the documenting of a bathroom remodeling project we are currently working on in the Zilker Park part of Austin TX. In our last post we showed all of the steps up until the framing of this sunken shower / tiled roman tub which is on a pier and beam foundation. Look through the last post to see the before picture of this bathroom prior to the remodel.
Even though we are versed in Hydro Ban and Schluter, We felt using a fiberglass resin would be the best way to waterproof the shower. Here are 2 pictures highlighting the clean fiberglass work. After the fiberglass shower was dry, we sanded it down to prepare the surface with a bonding adhesive.
We floated out the walls and steps with a pool concrete material, everything below the water line of he roman tub / sunken shower was coated with a waterproof adhesive material. Above that we used a rubberized waterproof coating . All of the seams and corners got Schluter Felt.
We then skim coated the seams and floor. Screeding them with a straight edge which filled in the low spots with thinset. Since we are using mosaic tile on both the walls and floor of the bathroom, we need everything to be as flat as possible before the mosaic tile installation.
We started tiling the back wall starting from the right corner which will be a focal point of the bathroom remodel.
We laid a 2×4 ledger across to level out our tile on the largest of the 4 bathroom walls to ensure all of the joints line up. Here you can see the slope of the shower / roman tub floor. We also floated the bathroom floor 2 more times to get it flat. we used a fortified thin set , not self leveling or plane and patch which do not hold up in a wet environment.
These final pictures show all of the tile work in this beautiful sunken shower / Roman tub bathroom remodeling project in Austin TX. The walls and floor of the bathroom are still not grouted. Take note of how all of the tile joints line up nicely, this is no easy feat. I will be completing this bathroom next week and will have some nice pictures of the finished work. If you are interested in Remodeling your bathroom in Austin TX or any of the surrounding areas, give us a call. Vintage Modern Design Build