We have been remodeling our one hundred-year-old home in Waco, Tx. and our latest project has been the bathroom remodel. My goal was to find a gorgeous floor tile that looked like marble but would withstand wear (since the home will be a short-term rental). I found this wonderful Carrara 12 in. x 24 in. Polished Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile at The Home Depot and it is also affordable! In fact, I liked it so much we used it in the shower too.
The Before Photo
There was only one bathroom in the home when we bought it, and this is what it looked like. There were holes in the walls and floor and the plumbing leaked everywhere. It wasn’t usable. It was so bad I refused to walk in the bathroom.
Planning the Bathroom Remodel Layout
We tore out a lot of walls in the home and replaced the windows and created a two-room bathroom. The front room (on the left below ) has a vanity and sink, and another vanity area. The back room (on the right) contains the shower and toilet. At first, we planned to put tile in the entire bathroom but we discovered the wood floors in the front room were in good shape.
Selecting the Tile
I went to our local The Home Depot and found the Carrara 12 in. x 24 in. Polished Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile. You can see the price listed, which is incredible for a two-foot piece of tile! The porcelain tile is gorgeous and will wear very well in our short-term rental.
Next, I had to decide how to lay the tile. I was back in California and my contractor texted me these photos which included a horizontal and vertical layout.
This was my response.
Look how great it looks on the diagonal. I absolutely love how it came out.
Finishing the Shower
It was pretty easy to select the tile for the shower as I decided to use the same tile!
I love this horizontal layout in the shower and I saved a lot of money on installation since the tiles were so large.
Installing a Tub/Shower
Since we don’t have a bathtub in the Waco fixer upper home, I designed this as a tub/shower. There is an 8” high small wall across the front of the walk-in shower. It’s easy to step over and provides a shallow tub to bathe a toddler or a pet. The shower has a showerhead and a tub spout. I designed this a few years ago for our home in Ventura, California and we love it. So, I did it again!
The tile installation looks amazing.
This is the front room of the bathroom which has two vanity areas and one sink.
I also purchased the toilet at The Home Depot. It’s the Glacier Bay High Efficiency Toilet.
The Home Depot Bath Collection
The Home Depot has an extensive collection online of bath towels and I purchased these Plush Soft Cotton White Towels by Home Decorators Collection. They are so soft!
The bathroom remodel turned out better than I imagined. We are still waiting for the shower door but the rest is done. I am so happy and thrilled to be able to partner with The Home Depot on this remodeling project.
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