I have a 40 year old house (just bought) and there is only one bath
room. I am planning to build another bathroom upstairs.
I am planning to subcontract the plumbing and may be electric to
licensed people. But, the rest I want to do myself.
I have table saw, circular, jib, reciprocating,drills, clamps etc
Is there any good web site or book I can refer who can give me step by
step instructions on how to go about this? Never have done this before
I will need to put -
- framing for the door, tub, walls
- put dry wall, tile it up
- put shower, toilet
- build subfloors etc.
- put cabinets and sinks connect to the plumbing
- etc not listed
If your honest appraisal of your skills is 2.5 out of 5, then tackling
almost all of the project segments leave you open to costly and time
consuming mistakes. Skills are a combination of knowledge and
practice, so first acquire the knowledge (public library, trips to
building sites) then start small by volunteering your help with a
knowledgeable friend or a community service group (Habitat for
Humanity, for example). It will take time, so don't rush it. A
combination of book 'larnin' and seeing a pro do a job is the sure way
to a quality result for your own project. Once you have the basics in
hand, offer to help out friends with interesting projects to hone your
skills. And always keep safety in mind constantly, even if it means
not popping the top until the work is done for the day. HTH
Hi, D J. I like to do things myself, too, but this is a pretty
ambitious undertaking for your first big project, and will require
some experience with a number of skills. Any errors you make are
going to cascade and the final product, which you will have to live
with every day, might not be as pretty as you hoped. What I mean is
that if the framing/subfloor construction is a little off (out of
square or out of plumb) it will be hard to get the drywall to look
right. If the drywall is off, it will be hard to get the tiling job
to look good. (Even if the drywall is perfect, it will be tough to
get your first tiling job looking really good.) It is also going to
take much, much longer than you think to get it done. Are you
prepared to live with an ongoing construction project for a long time?
If you still want to have a go at it yourself, try your local library
for books on basic remodelling,.
Hey, a friend of mine is demo'ing a house this summer. It has a
bathroom that was installed in 1959 when the room was added on and not
touched since. He's got the complete thing: tub, sink, toilet,
lights, medicine cabinet, towel bar. they are all in good shape. The
location is outside of Buffalo, NY which is driveable to NYC, Philly,
Pittsburg, Cleveland, etc.
If you want to make him an offer, let me know through a posting here.
You could get vintage stuff that matches the age of your house. All
The order is just like everything else.
Obviously, start with the subfloor so you don't fall through the
Then frame everything out. Then rough in electrical and plumbing and
Then sheetrock. Green board behind the tub.
Then the flooring. Then set your fixtures. (although some people set
the tub for the flooring) Then put in electric, plumbing, etc. but
leave faces off 'cause you haven't painted.
Then the painting or tile.
the the face plates, etc.
Just a couple of thoughts.
Instead of towel bars, some people install grab bars. They don't rip
off the wall if you need to grab them.
Look at "universal design". Making the bathroom a big larger than
normal and carefully arranging it can make it handicap accessible.
You might not need it now but you might need it later.
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