The Woodsons wanted to upgrade their steel tub and tile shower with something cleaner and more accessible. This is what they started with:
Time for an upgrade. The material they chose to use is called Choreograph and is made by Kohler. It is a flat panel that is very strong and durable (and heavy), very substantial, cool to the touch, like unglazed porcelain, but very easy to clean, very tough.
We got right to it, starting by protecting the house from the mess we are about to create. We cover all the floors.
And the furniture!
Now we remove the old tub, tile, and wallboard, all the way back to the studs.
No problems, no surprises. We like that. Still, we have to wait for the plumber to come. He will replace the valves while we have the wall open. A failing valve is a big problem so we always replace them while we can. The plumber will also install a new drain and shower pan. Once that’s done and passes inspection, we build out the walls.
The hole in the board above the seat is for a set of shelves that will be built into the wall there. It is a little awkward that it is behind the seat, but that was the only wall with enough height for it to fit.
You can see the drawing of the back wall layout. It’s tricky layout, you have to get it right, and building walls are never quite square, or level. I will write a blog post on complex layout tasks soon. Email me if you’re interested.
After installing the wall panels, the recessed shelves are glued into place. Notice the strips of Choreograph material used for some creative clamping! Shelves are also inserted into the unit and taped in place to keep the width consistent.
The window needed very creative clamping as well. Wood pieces are cut a little bigger than the opening, and are tapped into place until they are snug. This keeps the sides in place while the glue and silicone caulk set up.
After the walls and window are in, we can go ahead and install the shower door and the grab bar. Finally the plumber returns and installs the shower trim and drain. After that we touch up the caulk and paint and clean up, leaving you with your new shower, ready for use!