Home Improvement

Adding A Bathroom to Our Basement

August 1, 2019

Our first project we had planned for Flip 3 was to add a bathroom in our basement. We had big plans for the master bathroom and guest bath upstairs, but needed a functioning one while those were under construction. We also planned to create a full guest suite in the basement for our guests and future au pair. This was our first bathroom renovation and we were pumped to get started!

When we first began planning the bathroom, google was my best friend (and our friend Steve, who flips homes).  First we measured the space we planned to use in the storage room and then we determined the layout. It is important to follow current building codes so we were very careful with the layout.  

Basement Storage Room Before

The storage room before we added the bathroom

I found a free program online to create the layout.  We came up with a few layout versions of the basement and went with a similar layout below..

Basement bathroom layout

Where we Hired the Professionals

  • Cutting into the cement floor for the plumbing
  • Plumbing
  • Framing (My hubby could do this but we got a good deal on the bathroom and bedroom)
  • Heating
  • Electrical
  • Drywall
Pro Tip: Remove everything from a room when cutting into concrete! Debris flew everywhere and all of our stuff was a dusty mess.  I definitely would have taken more time prepping the storage room because it is still a dusty mess.

Floor Tile Installation

With this renovation, I was determined to try my hand at tiling. The basement bathroom was the safest place to try. We purchased our tile at Home Depot and the tiles went down great! I now notice this same tile in almost every flip and new build. Apparently everyone appreciates the affordability!

Basement floor tile from Home Depot

Tile Installation Issues

This was when we started to run into issues.  First, I had insisted on being the one to grout the floor. I felt I was more detail oriented, but quickly realized the positioning was not ideal for someone 5 months pregnant.  

Second, I had been reading all of my handy dandy blogs and learned about the benefits of pre-mixed grout. I chose Simple Grout which was not the most expensive but also not the least. I also forgot to check reviews. NOT A GOOD IDEA!  When I went back to wipe the grout from the tiles during installation, it would NOT wipe off! I started to freak out and called Chris downstairs to help.  We spent a few more hours finishing the grout but it still looked terrible.

Here is what our beautiful tile looked like after we added the grout. I was so mad I wanted to cry!

The terrible grout that would not wipe off of our floor tiles.

If I had looked at the product reviews prior to using the product I would have seen that most people who used it would not recommend it.  So if you are looking for a premixed grout, do NOT go with Simple Grout for filling in the cracks!

Because I was pregnant, I could not participate in cleaning up my mess with chemicals, so Chris had to spend the next few days scrubbing the floors.  Nothing was working so he went to The Tile Shop and picked up a product that finally worked…BLAZE!  Sounds pretty hard core, huh?  This product I WOULD recommend to get off tough grout haze! ๐Ÿ™‚

Great product to remove grout haze

Here are the floors once Blaze was done kicking its ass.  Blaze is my hero.

Bathroom tiles once the grout haze was removed

Shower Tile Installation

Next up was tiling the shower.  Again, I was convinced I wanted to do this tiling project. And again, sitting on the edge of a tub tiling with a big ol’ belly was not ideal.  I also chucked the Simple Grout to the curb and had Chris mix up some basic grout.  Turns out I wasn’t great with this product either!  We could not get the right consistency to stick to the walls, so most of it fell into the tub.  After the second failed attempt and a lot of pouting/whining from me, Chris went out and bought the most expensive premixed grout at Home Depot. Guess what – it worked!  I never knew a grout could make me SO happy. 

Here is the grout that got the job done – Fusion Pro. I will be using this again if I ever do another tile project.

The grout I would recommend for tile projects

And here was the shower once the tiling was finished!

Basement Bathroom After

We purchased the vanity, mirror and accessories at Home Depot and the light fixtures at Lowes.  The storage unit behind the shower was found at At Home.

Here is the finished product!

Finished basement bathroom renovation.
Basement bathroom storage unit.

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