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Anybody who tells you a DIY grasp toilet rework challenge is simple, is flat out mendacity! It’s faux information.

And at its most elementary degree, a profitable DIY grasp toilet rework (which DOES NOT resemble the film the Cash Pit) has 2 key components. They’re:

  • #1) Inspiration – With out inspiration, and a imaginative and prescient of a greater toilet, who needs to place within the effort AND spend the cash on a brand new toilet? And only a few grasp toilet remodels are ‘low cost dates,’ if you realize what I imply.


  • #2) Perspiration – DIYing a rest room isn’t solely a dusty and soiled course of which requires carpentry, plumbing and electrical abilities – however simply as essential, requires considerate planning. It is advisable to do the suitable issues, on the proper occasions, with the suitable methods and merchandise.

And after speaking to Michele and Per Hansen about their just lately accomplished up to date grasp toilet rework in Florida, I used to be motivated to jot down this text. I’ll present how their inspiration and (considerate) perspiration (AKA – effort and planning) produced a clear, up to date completed house, whereas ensuring it DID NOT flip into the challenge from H-E-Double-Hockey Sticks (sure, that’s language you may need used along with your youngsters…again within the day).

In Half 1, I’ll take a look at how they achieved their imaginative and prescient, their inspiration. What issues Michele and Per appeared to unravel. What merchandise and options they selected and why. And which picks they used to maintain challenge prices from getting out of hand, however have been additionally trendy.

In Half 2, I’ll take a look at how they managed to reduce ‘perspiration,’ otherwise you would possibly say NOT making the challenge tougher (and time consuming) than it wanted to be.

My aim is that can assist you see how profitable grasp toilet DIY’ers do it, so in case you’re daring sufficient to go down this highway, you gained’t be inflicted with a illness I’ll name ‘DIY-Frustration-Itis!’

So, let’s dig into Half 1.

Half 1 – Michele and Per’s inspiration for a contemporary, protected, and trendy DIY toilet design.

As Stephen Covey would say, it’s worthwhile to ‘start with the tip in thoughts.’ This requires realizing two issues.

First, ask what do you hate about your present toilet? What issues have to be eradicated?

And second, how would you want your toilet to evolve, to turn out to be a spot you like to enter. And to turn out to be an inspiration, it should work flawlessly for you, and your loved ones, now and into the long run.

So, let’s begin with the issues Per and Michele appeared to unravel.

The issues

As Michele instructed me,

“Mike, I hate cleansing clear glass bathe doorways. Per and I needed the glass doorways gone. As well as, I’m additionally a little bit of a klutz. So, I needed a no-curb stroll in bathe so there wasn’t any journey hazard getting in or out of the bathe. And I needed a spot to placed on make-up.”

And as Per expressed,

“The whole toilet was outdated. It had seen it’s higher days, years in the past. Mike, I’m from Denmark, so I really like the clear, trendy toilet look. Our outdated toilet was removed from that. I additionally needed to make use of the house extra successfully, and since we’ve a bathtub in one other room, the present massive drop in tub was a function Michele and knew wasn’t wanted.”

The inspiration for an improved design

Whereas it’s simple to know what you don’t like about your present toilet, the imaginative and prescient and inspiration of the way it can evolve could be tougher.

And Per and Michele’s design was impressed by a glass block bathe they noticed whereas looking for a house in Florida. They have been decided to flee the brutal Pennsylvania winters (and boy, can I relate to that as a result of, as I used to inform my youngsters, “winter is evil!).” And the stroll in glass block bathe Michele and Per put in has these advantages:

  • It removed the nasty (hard-to-clean) clear glass bathe doorways. Michele was cool with that.


  • It has a contemporary aesthetic. And as Per instructed me (and like this trendy glass block bathe in an city upscale resort under present), “glass blocks are experiencing a renaissance.”

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  • It permits you to cost-effectively create a curved design. It’s far cheaper materials to create a curved bathe than customized curved and bent glass.


  • It strikes mild into the bathe – whereas concurrently making it personal.


  • It’s uber-easy to wash. With the wavy sample you possibly can’t see water spots. Now that’s a feat of magic.

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  • The glass block bathe could be bought in prefabricated sections. They’re the glass block business’s model of Lego blocks. They simplify set up.

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Different merchandise Per and Michele selected to create this contemporary, protected, and trendy design…. with out spending a boat-load.

Whereas the glass block bathe was the focus of Per and Michele’s up to date design, there are a number of different options which make their toilet work. They embrace:

  • A double bowl stone, metal, and wooden self-importance – To create this contemporary, but easy to wash house, a double bowl stable floor self-importance was chosen. And whereas it IS NOT the lightest product in the marketplace (as Michele stated the highest weighed a TON!), it’s clear, trendy, aesthetic creates the vibe Per and Michele needed. This normal 72” broad, rectangular double-bowl, self-importance was bought on Wayfair (which additionally owns All Fashionable for you up to date loving followers). This made prices extra cheap than shopping for a customized toilet self-importance.

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  • Silver glass tile bathe encompass tiles – What a clear look these 4” x 12” ice beveled glass tiles create. The horizontal ‘stack bond’ design is up to date and enjoyable. It’s additionally comforting to know these tiles aren’t super-expensive since they have been picked up at Dwelling Depot.

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  • Massive format 24 x 24 toilet tiles with pebble tile bathe flooring – The massive format white tiles (with skinny white joints) – give the sensation of 1 steady flooring. And the pebble tile bathe flooring allowed Per to make use of the slope of the outdated bathe to make the set up less complicated, and to create a safer toilet by eliminating a bathe curb. This eradicated the journey hazard Michele needed to unravel, and it made this a common design bathe which can work for years for come.

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  • Matte black {hardware} – Matte black {hardware} is modern and up to date – AND it retains evil water spots away.


  • A recent make-up self-importance – There was room for a brand new self-importance the place the monstrous (old-school) drop in bathtub was. And there’s loads of mild streaming in from the present glass block toilet window as properly.

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Half 2 – How Michele and Per’s managed to reduce perspiration (or further work) doing their DIY grasp tub rework.

It’s an exquisite ‘idea’ to save cash DIYing a grasp tub rework so long as it doesn’t make you wish to kill your spouse (or associate) within the course of, it doesn’t take F-O-R-E-V-E-R to complete, or find yourself costing waaaay greater than you thought since you purchased the incorrect merchandise and/or tousled the set up and should rebuy supplies (which end in you ‘investing’ in a ‘bobo particular’ the place you ‘purchase one, then purchase one other one).

As a DIY’er it’s worthwhile to be thorough, considerate, get the suitable merchandise/methods, AND set up them in the suitable sequence……OR you’ll undergo the implications.

Fortuitously, Per and Michele ARE ‘vibrant instruments within the DIY shed.’ They made good choices and obtained sound recommendation alongside the way in which. They stayed married, didn’t overspend, and didn’t punch a gap within the wall and catch ‘DIY-Frustration-Itis’ (and I guess a couple of of you studying this now have been inflicted with the illness prior to now…I do know I’ve).

Right here’s 4 good choices Per and Michele made which prevented wasted time, cash, and energy.

Good move #1 – Get sound recommendation.

After studying weblog posts on glass blocks showers, Per referred to as Innovate Constructing Options and related with Ryan Kean.

Ryan beneficial they use glass block format playing cards (see under) to ensure the curved wall would ‘dwell’ the way in which Per needed it to (and have the suitable curvature and the bathe opening wouldn’t be too large or too small).

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And as Michele stated about Ryan, “Ryan is nice enjoyable to work with, whereas being skilled and offering the required data and designs in a well timed method.”

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Good move #2 – Don’t reinvent the ‘wheel’ if the present wheel (‘er location of the plumbing) will work high-quality, thanks very a lot.

Transferring plumbing – particularly once you’re transforming on a concrete slab (like Per and Michele have of their Florida dwelling) generally is a colossal P.I.A. (and since this can be a ‘household pleasant weblog,’ I gained’t give you what these initials imply). For the reason that total toilet format made sense, Per and Michele saved the plumbing (bathe drain and self-importance sinks) in the identical places. This simplified the set up.

Good move #3 – Purchase simple to put in merchandise.

Identical to a skilled transforming contractor, selecting merchandise that are tough to put in is a sure-fire method to get a raging case of DIY-Frustration-Itis!

So, when Per heard concerning the glass block prefabricated (Lego-block-esque) bathe system he was intrigued. As Per instructed me, “Mike, with this method you don’t should be an excellent DIY’er to construct a curved glass block bathe wall. The product got here completely packaged. The glass block wall sections the place numbered. I used to be stunned how merely it went up.”

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And as Per got here to be taught, a man named Kevin Kretzer (from Innovate Constructing Options) was the brains behind packaging and fabricating his wall.

 And if you wish to see how this method works, watch the glass block bathe wall set up video under.

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Good move #4 – Set up merchandise in the suitable sequence.

Once I was younger (or possibly simply after I was ‘youthful’ than I’m at present, says the man who ‘thinks’ he’s youthful than he’s), I bear in mind my dad telling me, “Michael, don’t put the cart earlier than the horse.” And although my dad died on the way-too-young age of 59, I nonetheless love how his phrases of knowledge nonetheless ring in my ears!

And like my dad’s recommendation, Per and Michele knew (and have been additionally suggested by Ryan) you’ve obtained to thoughtfully sequence the glass block wall set up, in any other case chances are you’ll pay for it later.

Since glass blocks can’t be lower, when you’ve got a glass block wall which should ‘step down’ on a pony wall – it’s worthwhile to make sure that (dimensionally) the framed wall is constructed to suit the glass blocks so the vertical and horizontal grout joints will line up (and the grout joints wouldn’t be too large or too small).

To make sure the framed wall – and the prefabricated glass block partitions – would ‘play properly’ collectively, Per didn’t construct the framed wall till he acquired the precise glass block sections. Then he used these sections to template the scale of the framed partitions.

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Backside line – good DIY’ers do the suitable issues in the suitable order.

So, are you able to DIY your grasp toilet? And whether or not you wish to DIY your toilet (or wouldn’t contact this challenge with a ten’ pole), we’re right here to assist.

You’ve gotta be daring (and a few would possibly say a little bit loopy) to DIY your toilet. And if I’m being sincere (and why the heck shouldn’t I be sincere?), you’ve obtained to mix a excessive degree of inspiration (a imaginative and prescient and plan for a greater toilet) with clever perspiration (shopping for the suitable merchandise/methods and putting in them in the suitable sequence) for a profitable DIY job. And luckily, that’s what Per and Michele did on this challenge. And in case you don’t do that you’ll dwell your individual model of the Cash Pit film (starring Tom Hanks and Shelly Lengthy) from again within the day.

So, in case you need assistance with a grasp toilet reworkwhether or not it’s utilizing a glass block bathe, glass bathe doorways, wall panels, bathe bases – you title it – our workforce could be honored to assist.

Name 877-668-5888. You’ll be able to discuss to Ryan – who helped Per and Michele with this job. Or in case you’re REALLY loopy you possibly can ask for me. Any of the workforce could be glad that can assist you (plus the stability of our workforce – not like Ryan and I – don’t have a nasty case of U.M.D. -and in case you don’t know what U.M.D. is – it’s Ugly Man Illness!).

Okay – all kidding apart – I hope you discovered this text of worth to you.

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And in case you’re a toilet transforming contractor seeking to be a seller for bathe and loo merchandise– name 888-467-7488 (though I’ll warn you, chances are you’ll find yourself speaking to Ryan or me….).

Thanks for studying and placing up with my silliness – Mike.

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