Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation

Project: Babyproofing the House, Episode 2, Part 3

Bob is back in Melrose, MA, to look at window options and installation. First he meets with Cordell Burton from Pella Windows to look at their Designer Series snap-in between-the-glass blinds. These blinds are contained between moveable panes that allow homeowners to change colors. They are easily drawn with a sliding button on the sash, have no dangerous cords, and reduce dust and allergens by 200 percent. Their Energy Star low-e, double-pane, Architecture Series two-over-ones replicate the period windows in this 1895 two-family home. Nick Beasley, the homeowner and general contractor, demonstrates how to install the windows and shares advice for sealing the opening against water intrusion or heat loss. In the newly framed master bath, Beasley installs custom poplar and MDF wood panels against the tub wall and shows Bob the Daltile subway tiles and glass edge tiles for the wall. The tub enclosure and shelf will be of impervious Corian solid surfacing. We also learn how to install an American Standard Champion low-flush toilet by leveling the floor, sealing the flange, and bolting it to the floor. This low-flush toilet has the largest siphon on the market, so the bowl clears with less water, just 1.6 gallons per flush.

Part 1: Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
Part 2: Energy Efficient Windows
Part 3: Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation
Homeowner and general contractor Nick Beasley shows Bob the custom poplar and MDF (medium-density fiberboard) panels he has made for the tub wall in his new master bath. Bob points out that this is a good design feature for this period home, as are the hexagon tiles chosen for the floor and the white subway tiles chosen for the main field of the wall.

The tub is already in place-- a Porcher cast-iron model from American Standard. There will be a Corian tub deck and top shelf installed, and a new toilet (once the bathroom is complete).

We move to the kids' bathroom, where Jon, our plumber, walks us through the step-by-step installation of a new toilet.

This American Standard Champion low-flush toilet has the largest siphon outlet on the market for effective bowl clearing and fewer clogs. It uses 1.6 gallons per flush and has a 10-year warranty.
In Melrose, MA, Bob Vila helps a young couple expecting their first child to prepare their home. The focus is on creating a safe place with a strong emphasis on indoor air quality and a healthy living environment. Bob reviews child safety products with industry specialists, as they outfit the home from top to bottom in preparation for the new baby.