Kensington Master Bathroom Remodel: A Case Study


Bathroom remodels often give you an excellent return on your investment. In this case study, we are documenting a master bathroom remodel in Kensington, MD. This homeowner no longer used the tub in their master bath as it was not a shower/tub combination. They opted to rip out both the separate tub and shower and convert their old tub into a full walk-in shower with a bench. This would allow for the best usage of their master bathroom.

Project Details

When it comes to master bathroom remodels, homeowners can take a variety of design approaches. This particular remodel called for removing the flooring down to the subfloor; removing the toilet; removing the vanity, mirror, sink, faucet, trap, and shut offs; removing the tub and shower with surrounding tiled walls; and removing the shower/tub set and valve.

By the end of the demolition phase, very little of the original bathroom remained. By removing the separate shower and converting the tub into a full walk-in shower, the homeowner created more space to put in a makeup counter.

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The old bathroom layout did not function as well as it could have for these homeowners. For their new bathroom, they installed a new toilet to face where the old shower used to be. The toilet’s previous position had it facing the side of the vanity and where the new walk in shower would go. The vanity was replaced as well, including the countertops and sinks.

The tub-to-shower conversion also received a dramatic remodel. An entirely new Wedi Fundo Shower System was installed, along with a new faucet and accessories. Three recessed niches were also included in the redesign. This allows the homeowner to have shampoos, soaps, and so in within arms’ reach rather than on the floor. Additionally, the shower walls were waterproofed using Wedi board as well as retiled. The bathroom subfloors were also waterproofed before new tiles were installed.

The last design elements addressed during the construction phase were fairly cosmetic. New baseboards were installed to match the rest of the house. The walls and ceiling were also repainted to go with the new design.

Plumbing and Electric

Every major bathroom remodel will have to deal with plumbing and electrical elements. How dramatically you change your floor plan will determine how much you have to deal with. In this particular remodel, there was not a lot of electrical work that needed handling. This remodel called for a new exhaust fan, a new vanity light, a new GFCI outlet, and three additional outlets.

The plumbing required more work simply because so many elements were being replaced. As the toilet was only changing direction rather than location, the drain could be reused. Every other plumbing element, however, was replaced. A new toilet, new shower system, new shower valve and set, new sink, and new faucet were installed. Cold and hot shut offs for the sink and toilet were also supplied.

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