Master Bath Remodel – Floor Phase
November 13, 2014Posted by on
Because this bathroom remodel project was so big… I decided to post about it in phases. If you are interested in the other phases, here they are broken down (I will link to the other phases as I post them):
It pained me a bit to rip out the tile that I had just installed a few years ago (there was originally carpet on the floor!), but we wanted everything to match and it gave me a chance to install some electric in floor heating. I had thought that installing in floor heating would be expensive, but it really was pretty affordable. I bought a kit (including the thermostat) from Warming Systems for less than $300 and they even expedited shipping so that I could install the system when I had a good window of time to do it. It was pretty easy to install as well. After screwing down some 1/4″ wonder board, it only took me a couple of hours to lay the wire and run the thermostat wire. The heating wire did not draw as much power as I expected and I was able to tie into an existing circuit and avoid running a new one.
I also decided to go with the larger 18″ tile for the floors. My wife was a little worried about mixing tile sizes (we have 2″, 4″, 12″ and 18″ in the bathroom), but I think the mixed tile sizes gave the bathroom a little more “texture” without it looking weird.
In the picture above, you will notice that I did not tile all the way to the cabinets. I intentionally left that untiled in anticipation of replacing the vanity cabinets. One nice touch (I think anyway) was to replace the old wood baseboard with tile baseboard.
After installing the heated floor system, I was not so sure that it actually made much of a difference. Most mornings and evenings (when the system was turned on) I did not notice that nice warm feeling under my feet… until we got a cold day. Wow! As the weather has started to get colder here in Colorado, I am loving the in heated tile floor.