Bathroom makeover - ADA compliant

Project by BillyJ posted 08-24-2009 04:54 AM 5891 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had tried to convince my in-laws to redo their bathroom, as they were getting up in age. Unfortunately, they used the dollar excuse for putting off what should have been done years ago. All it took was my mother-in-law breaking her hip, and everything changed. From the time she went into the hospital and finished rehab, I had to demo their bathroom and make it ADA compliant.

My father-in-law built the house about 60 years ago, using anything that he would find. Not only that, he did not following any “modern” building techniques or dimensions. I found that out all too quick.

Taking out an existing cast-iron tub can be a headache. After trying the sledgehammer technique and getting nothing but tremors, I scored the tub with a carbide steel cutting blade on my circular saw. Once I put a cut half-way through the middle, busting the tub took only a couple of minutes. Note to self – bring others to help with tub next time.

The house was added on to three times during that 60-year time period. As you can see from the first pic, there was an exterior window that was sort of left there. The interior was done with lathing and plaster. It seemed that he must have known I would be replacing the tub with a walk-in shower, as he put everything exactly were I needed to put plumbing. Not wanting to waste an 8”x8” oak beam, he tucked it between the joists just so he would have more support.

I used Hardibacker for the walls. I’ve worked with this before and like it because of the durability. It goes on nice and lasts forever. They wanted to keep it cheep, so I went with the 6”x6” subway tile. I talked them into utilizing some contrasting color. Keeping with the black-white tile, we settled on black trim.

Fortunately, I could find studs to anchor the handrails. I had to angle the main wall rail, thus serving two purposes – a) allowing them to put their hands and help themselves up from the seat, or use it to help themselves stand, and b) I was able to find studs to anchor the railing!

All-in-all, they are very happy they did this. They had another worry – resale, as this is the only bathroom on the main floor. We said, don’t worry – that will fall on the children to sell the house, as they plan to live there the rest of their lives.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 08-24-2009 06:02 AM

Your in laws are very lucky, well done.

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posted 08-25-2009 12:46 AM

Nicely done, there is no comparing safety versus resale value. Who knows anyways, it might end up being a selling feature.

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posted 08-25-2009 02:02 AM

Bones: I agree with you 100%. Safety first. What good is a bathroom with a tub if you can’t use it? Thanks for the comments.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 08-26-2009 03:45 AM

Nice tile lines and overall end result. Congrats, BTKS

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posted 09-01-2009 01:21 AM

Nice job.


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posted 09-09-2009 01:13 PM

That is a nice job.

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posted 12-23-2009 06:47 PM

Turned out nice. Unfortunatley we’re all gonna need a bathroom like this some day. But it is very nice!

-- Janice

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posted 12-24-2009 09:28 PM

Good job sometimes it’s hard to work for family.

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posted 12-24-2009 11:04 PM

Jim – I agree. I don’t think I would want a different father-in-law, but at time they can be a pain! But, as Janice above you said, we’ll all get there some day. I just hope I don’t become too demanding.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 12-24-2009 11:10 PM

I think I’m alot closer than you Billy

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posted 12-26-2017 10:54 AM

I really want to design my bathroom as a beautiful bathroom Thanks for this info i will call this company to degisn the bathroom PSL Schedule 2018

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