Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 13, Part 2



Bob continues to watch over the conversion of the attic into a workout area, complete with whirlpool tub. Workers from the Melrose Group explain to Bob the difficult process of renovating the turret space.

Bob takes a final tour of the finished projects throughout the Elmwood neighborhood. Then, back in the workout room, he takes a look at the finishing touches, including fiber-optic lights, sound system, and Gymsource fitness equipment.
Part 1: Preparing the Turret Room for the Spa Tub
Part 2: Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting
A template for the tub surround is being made and will be taken back to Johnston,RI, where it will be cut to fit out of granite. Back on site, a two-part epoxy is being applied to join the granite to the tub. When the pieces are in place, the excess epoxy is removed. After the glue has set, the protective tape is peeled away.

Thermal Mechanical Sales of Londonderry, NH has provided some ways to keep the spa space warm, such as Coulette Electric Heaters and a Flex-Floor cable heating system, which will go under the granite floor tiles. Talking Pictures is installing a sound system by Sonex to go in the exercise room. And Marcus Early, the lighting consultant, has added fiber-optic lighting to bounce light off the ceiling walls.
Part 3: A Retrospective of Restoration Projects in the Elmwood Neighborhood
Part 4: Tour of the Completed Workout Area
The theme of community building in the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, is the focus of this project. Rather than tackling one house, Bob Vila is helping 11 neighbors tackle smaller projects like porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and even a third-floor artist's studio.

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