Home Improvement

Installing a Shower Door

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

*This post brought to you in partnership with Delta Shower Doors.

We’re making our way room by room through the Las Vegas fixer remodeling as we go which I’ve been blogging about since summer. Last week another DIY project we took on while we were in town was replacing the shower door in the downstairs bathroom.

When we bought the house, we considered ourselves pretty lucky to have a full bath downstairs instead of just a powder room since so many two story homes we looked at didn’t have a full bathroom downstairs. Back in October, we finished the sink and toilet side, but the replacement of the shower door loomed as the final project for the space.

I designed the door with the Delta Shower Doors customization tool on their site providing the measurements and choosing the finish (it was incredibly easy) and the door shipped to the house on a pallet three weeks later.

delta shower design

 

I chose oil rubbed bronze for the frame finish for the shower door track and knob to coordinate with the existing light fixture and faucet in the bathroom.

delta door order

 

DIYers take note, this is a time consuming project, to do it right it does take a slow and steady approach, but the extra time concentrating on all the details and following the instructions paid off in the end with a perfect pivoting shower door.

We considered hiring a professional but Matt believed he could do it himself and I’m proud to say, he pulled it off! I’ve watched him build and tile over the years, but I was most impressed with this latest accomplishment, he can now add “shower door installation” to his growing list of DIY talents. We kept the old tile since it was in great condition, replaced the shower head, but still need to replace the temperature valve. We also reversed the swing so the shower door opens into the room and not into the bathroom door which was awkward. 

Here’s Matt to tell you about the process and the final result!

new delta shower door

 

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Meaningful Makeovers with Team Depot

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.

I’ve partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and their Celebration of Service campaign before (see this post) and I’ve been a fan of their philanthropic efforts for veterans ever since. In the two months between 9/11 and Veterans Day, Team Depot’s volunteers pool their talents to transform up to 1,000 homes for veterans. I like to call these kinds of efforts “meaningful makeovers” – the kind that matter to real people who are in need and in this case, the veterans who have served our country.

Giving back to veterans is important to The Home Depot since over 30,000 of their associates are veterans. This particular project took place in San Francisco at a home that is part of the independent living transitional housing program. It has served over 240 residents to date and is a place where clean and sober veterans can stay up to a year until they are positioned to find full-time employment.

team depot transitional housing

On a sunny fall day, the team took over the house and began a series of projects, outdoors they repainted the entry staircase railing and replaced the nonslip strips on the stair treads.

repainted steps new non slip treads

 

Out in the backyard, they upgraded all of the rear yard landscaping with weed blocker fabric, drip lines, low maintenance plants, and ground cover.

fresh landscaping

 

Inside, they assembled new dressers and beds for all of the veterans’ bedrooms.

furniture assembly

new beds

 

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