Yippee: We Have a Functioning Bathroom!

Last Monday, the plumber arrived and installed the the wall-mounted Duravit sink and Moen Weymouth faucet and showerhead. It was most definitely a “Yippee” moment.

We had waited so long for heat and running water; I can’t even begin to tell you what an absolute luxury it is to have both again. Until I didn’t have either, I didn’t realize how much it was taken for granted. I’ll never take something as simple as turning on a faucet to wash my hands and having a hot shower to stand under for granted ever again.

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The Moen/Weymouth showerhead is pure luxury. Standing under it was like standing under a warm waterfall in Hawaii. I have stood under a few in fine hotels but to have the luxury of owning one is something I recommend for anyone renovating a bathroom–believe me, you won’t regret spending the money on one. You’ll have something luxurious to look forward to on a daily basis and right in your own home.

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Finally, after all these months, I opened the box where the Duravit sink was socked away and handed it to the plumber to mount on the wall.

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For code reasons, we needed clearance between the sink and toilet and this size sink was ideal.

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The plumber was working in the bathroom for most of the day. I couldn’t wait for him to leave so that I could try out the faucet and wash my hands. Before he left, he told us that the hot water is toward us and the cold water is toward the wall.

When he left, I ran upstairs and turned the faucet toward me but nothing happened. I was looking at this gorgeous faucet dumbfounded. I turned the faucet toward the wall and nothing happened. I called to John (maybe it was more of a yell) and said, “Come here.” I was still staring at the faucet when he popped his head in. I said, “There isn’t any water.” I turned the handle toward me again to show him, John reached over and pulled the handle OUT–the water then came out in full force. I felt like an idiot. How in the world did I not think to first pull the handle out…duh!

It’s a stunning faucet with its shape and design and chrome happens to be my favorite finish.

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We still have to install the white subway tile on the walls, sheetrock the ceiling, and install a door. But for now, the guest bathroom is fully functional and I’m a happy camper.

How to Lay Bathroom Tile

This morning, John applied the Versabond mortar thin-set at the back of the bathroom under the window.

To watch a 15-second video of the completed Daltile Hexagon Mosaic bathroom floor, click here.

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John used the same QEP 1/4″ notched trowel that he used when he put the thin-set down on the subfloor to install the Hardiebacker.

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Nice and neat…

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The first pre-cut piece of Daltile mosaic tile was placed in the left corner where the 1/2″ copper waterline is located.

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I grabbed the bag of 1/8″ tile spacers which are necessary to use on most tile jobs.

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Starting to see progress…

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Moving along…

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After doing the dry fit yesterday, John placed all the tile in the bedroom so that he could apply the thin-set on the Hardiebacker.

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John asked me to wipe down the tile with the tile sponge before handing each piece to him.

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Laying the tile actually went quickly. As always, it’s the prep work that takes time.

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Ready for the last section of tile…

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Placing the last piece of tile on the floor.

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The tile floor is finished and will bond overnight. Tomorrow, John will grout late in the day.

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John measured and pre-cut the 4″ marble threshold.

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The last step: He placed the marble down on the thin-set.

TOMORROW: Grouting the tile floor.

To purchase this tile, click here.