Once we decided on using Bath Fitter, it was time to get started on the project.
First things first. Because we wanted to also get rid of the 1960s tile (or at least my wife did), I started beating it up, trying my best to get it out of there quickly and with as little mess as possible. After an hour and a half, I’d barely gotten anywhere with the project. So I called a kid from church who specializes in tearing stuff up. After throwing a few dollars his way, the tile was no longer on the wall, which meant I was left with a clean surface to (re)start our bathroom.
I then called Bath Fitter and met with a representative, who told me it would be best to let them put up new drywall in the bath area. So…while I put sheetrock up around the non-bath area (if you’re adding sheetrock in your bathroom, be sure to use the green stuff, as it’s water resistant), I didn’t have to touch anything in the tub.
Also in the meeting, we picked the finish, color, and design that we wanted on the walls surrounding our new tub. Because this is our kids’ bathroom, we let them help pick what they liked…though my wife did want to make sure she liked it also. Since there will never be any grout to clean, it was pretty easy to please her. And since they all come with a lifetime warranty, it pleased me as well.
Our representative told us we could have Bath Fitter install our new tub and walls before or after we finished other remodeling parts. Instead of getting it all dirtied up by other workers, we decided to do the other stuff first and leave the new tub for last.
Excited about our new tub that would be installed as soon as we were ready, we contacted a tile guy who tossed a new floor down. He did an expert job that would go beautifully with the new tub. Once the floors were laid, we were really starting to get excited about the bathroom.
But we had a little more work to do before bringing in the bathtub that would make this bathroom feel clean and fresh for years to come.
Keep an eye out for the next installment to find out the next step in our remodel. In the meantime, if you’re curious about having Bath Fitter changing the looks of your bathroom, call them at (423) 648-4580 to schedule an appointment. According to our representative, they actually do more tub-to-shower conversions than anything, so if you’d like your bathtub turned into a shower-only area, they can make it happen in no time.