Overview: Bathroom Remodeling Silver Spring, MD
Mold is a common bathroom nemesis, and no homeowner likes to find it. Fortunately, it is a fixable problem that any seasoned construction crew can handle. As with many renovation projects, homeowners should expect the unexpected and include some contingency money in their overall budget. This way, any problems that do arise during the demolition phase of the remodel won’t derail your project due to budgetary constraints. This case study will examine a bathroom remodeling in Silver Spring, MD that encountered an unwelcome, moldy surprise.
Project Details of Silver Spring Bathroom Remodel
Demolition for this bathroom remodel project involved removing the shower stall, tiled shower wall, and the bathroom floor. The bath construction crew also demoed a bump out wall and detached the existing vanity. Once the demolition phase was complete, they hauled away the debris to a nearby dump-site. This bath remodeling project used décor and design pieces supplied by the homeowner as well as materials from homedepot.com.
During demolition, the construction team discovered mold under the shower base. To re-mediate this, they replaced the sub-floor to eliminate the mold. Because this was unexpected, the construction team provided the water-resistant concrete boards for the construction phase of this project.
After removing and replacing the old, moldy sub-floor, the construction team installed concrete boards on the bath floor and shower walls. Concrete board is water-resistant and an absolute must-have for any bathroom. They also built a new shower basin, a small corner bench, and a custom corner shelf to hold bath products.
Next, the bathroom construction crew installed the homeowner supplied ceramic tiles on the shower walls and floors. The tiles on the walls extended all the way up to the ceiling in a vertical subway style. The team then installed a new sliding shower door and reinstalled the existing vanity. In the hallway bathroom, they also removed the existing vanity and replaced it with a new one provided by the homeowner.
Bathroom Plumbing and Electric
Because the shower basin was built from scratch, the construction crew had to connect it to the existing pipe. They also installed a shower faucet, reattached the vanity sink pipe and seated it after tiling was complete, and reseated the existing toilet. The hallway bathroom vanity also received a new sink faucet.
Electrical work was fairly simple for this bath remodel project. The team installed a new light fixture provided by the homeowner and installed a GFCI outlet by the vanity.
Lastly, the team painted the walls a new color with paint provided by the homeowner. They also painted the ceiling white with paint they provided themselves.
Even though this project encountered a slight mold issue, by replacing the sub-floor and installing water-resistant materials, the construction crew created a dry and welcoming bathroom retreat. A moldy bathroom is not only unpleasant to see and smell, but it can also cause a whole host of health issues. When remodeling your bathroom, always take care to use the proper materials to keep your bathroom dry and mold-free.