05:58PM | 11/25/98
My husband is getting prepared to drywall a bathroom. We want to know if we should drywall all the way to the concrete slab then install the flagstone floor. The flagstone is between .75 and 1" thick. So 1" of drywall is going to be behind the stone. My husbands worry is water damge to the drywall. The area the drywall is going in isn't near water sources the bathroom is 14' x 17'. the high water use areas will be getting wonderboard.
Any help is appreciated.


10:27AM | 12/14/98
Usually the drywall is run to the floor and the finished floor buts up to the drywall (leaving room for expansion) and then some sort of cove molding to hide the irregularities and gaps. This allows future removal of the floor without damaging the drywall. This is not written in stone, so if you choose the other route nothing bad will happen. ENJOY!!!!


06:59PM | 01/04/99
Dear Dr. Home,
Thanks. We are a little green at this. Okay alot Green!
We choose overkill. We are putting in galvanized steel flashing beneath the stone and up the drywall to protect drywall. The moulding will cover this up. The flagstone floor is never coming out. Not unless my daughter when she inherits the home chooses to do so. And of course I will roll over in my grave. Another question this one is hopefully simple. Do you know any good books on building rock houses, rubble style. We live in a rock house built in the thirties. We live out in the desert and can't get insurance which means I can't get a loan, which in turn means I can't get a contractor, which means I'm doing the work myself. How's that for a happy little trail of thought. Earthquakes are alot of fun, but they play havoc on old rock work. We have rebuilt a kitchen and are now in the throes of a bathroom. And are attempting to make it somewhat quake friendly. Any books, websites, pamphlets, 12 step programs, psychiatric
help, would be appreciated. (especially the psychiatric help, We are nuts for attempting this!) I realize fully how much work is involved in masonary homes of this type. That's what all the books say. And that's what my back says too. But I'm undaunted. This old house withstood a 7.2 earthquake. It will stand another one. I won't but the house will.
Thanks again.


10:39AM | 01/05/99
One of the first rules in home remodeling is never say never!!!!!
I am not positive, it has been awhile since I have read his material, but Frank Lloyd Wright had done alot of rock construction with his Prarie homes, that were popular out your way. In fact his home and school are located in Arizona or one of the desert states. If you can get read one of his designing books, usually in a library or university, it may be of help to you.
You are not crazy for attempting this. This experience will be with you and your daughter for a lifetime. Yes, even the disasters that are sure to happen. BEST O' LUCK!!!!!


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