This was such a hard, but rewarding renovation. We did every little step (and misstep) ourselves after full days at work… demo, stud work, drywall, concrete floors, paint, installing toilets, sinks, faucets, and tile. The only thing we left to the professionals was installing the shower door (with glass that large, you’ve got to trust the professionals)!
A shower arm does not always—or even usually—come with the new showerhead. This is because virtually all new showerheads will fit on your existing shower arm and will match reasonably well with the existing shower arm. Another reason is that there is a wide selection of shower arms available to go with more expensive installations, and people often like to pick out. If you want a shower arm that matches the metal finish of the new showerhead, it will most likely have to be purchased separately.
Preassemble the shower valve by soldering copper nipples and the shower supply pipe to male adapters and screwing them into the shower valve before fastening the valve to the blocking. That way you won’t damage the valve with heat from the soldering torch. Mount the valve 36 in. above the floor. You can mount the showerhead at any height, but plumbers typically mount them 6 ft. 6 in. above the floor.
One of the best investments I ever made was adding recessed lighting to my vaulted ceiling in both the kitchen and the great room. The impact was dramatic both day and night. Best yet, I had the light that I needed where I needed. Luckily there was sufficient attic space in that vaulted ceiling – word of caution – not all vaulted ceilings will provide that space. A great addition in combination with the chandelier.
To prevent seams or awkward cuts in highly visible areas, the flooring was laid starting from the bathroom entry side of the room, and from the main entry to the back, rather than from the back of the room to the sill. That way, if there are any short pieces to be fitted in, or awkwardly lined- up cuts, they will be hidden by the new cabinetry and shelving units that will line the walls.