Master Bath Makeover, Part 1

Danny Lipford's dated master bathroom before renovation.
Danny Lipford’s dated master bathroom before renovation.

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In the first of our two-part series, Danny starts on the renovation of the 22-year-old master bathroom in his house. Kitchen and bathroom designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon helps with planning the many details in the layout and design of the bathroom remodel.

Improvements to the bathroom include:

  • Removing the existing carpet and wallpaper.
  • Increasing the size of the closets.
  • Moving the toilet to a separate enclosed area.
  • Installing a larger shower.
  • Adding a decorative glass casement window.
  • Replacing the tub with a freestanding soaking tub.
  • Installing V-groove boards on the vaulted ceiling.
  • Replacing the skylight with a fresh air model.
Termite damaged beam under floor.
Termite damaged beam under floor.

Bathroom Demolition

After the demolition of the existing bathroom was underway, termite damaged was discovered in the main support beam under the floor. The damaged beam was removed, and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams were installed to take its place.

Window and Skylight

Installing window.
Installing window.

Framing the opening for the new window decorative glass casement window from Hy-Lite required removing bricks in the exterior wall.

The existing skylight in the room was replaced with a Velux skylight that can be opened by remote control to let fresh air into the room. The operator that opens the skylight is solar powered, eliminating the need for wiring.

Tankless Water Heater

To make sure the new master bathroom had plenty of hot water, a tankless hot water heater from Rinnai was installed in the attic to replace the existing 50-gallon tank water heater.

Bathroom Vent Fan

To reduce moisture in the bathroom, a NuTone vent fan with humidity sensor was installed above the shower that turns on and off automatically as needed. The fan is also among the quietest available at only three sones. Watch this video to find out about replacing a bath vent fan in your home.

Installing the V-groove, wood bathroom ceiling.
Installing the V-groove, wood bathroom ceiling.

Installing Drywall and Trim

After the demolition and repairs were complete, and the plumbing and wiring had been roughed in, the drywall was hung and finished. This was followed by the installation of a stained wood ceiling, doors, and trim molding.

Master Bath Products

Products used in Danny’s master bathroom makeover include:

Other Tips from This Episode

Smoothing Silicone Caulk

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Smoothing Silicone Caulk

Silicone caulk has good adhesion and flexibility, making it perfect for caulking around a tub, but it can be hard to spread out evenly with your finger. To solve this problem, put denatured alcohol in a spray bottle, and apply a fine mist to the caulking bead before smoothing it out with your finger. (Watch Video)

Pfister Universal Tub Trim Kit

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Pfister Universal Tub Trim Kit

Pfister Universal Transitional Tub and Shower Trim Kits allow you to give your tub faucet and showerhead a new look without replacing the existing plumbing. The kits are available in polished chrome, brushed nickel, or bronze finishes and can be installed on Pfister, Delta, and Moen tub valves in under an hour. Pfister Universal Trim Kits are available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Peeling Bathroom Paint

Ask Danny Lipford:
Peeling Bathroom Paint

To help prevent peeling paint in a bathroom, install a bathroom vent fan and run it during and for 10-15 minutes after you shower or bath to reduce moisture levels in the room. To repair peeling paint in a bathroom, scrape, sand, and prime the area. Caulk the joint between the wall and tub or shower surround, and apply two coats of eggshell or semigloss paint. (Watch Video)


  1. Enjoyed the article. Would you please provide additional information about the decorative glass casement window from Hy-Lite, such as their website?

    • Hi E Greenewald,
      If you search Google or other search engines for “Hy-Lite” their site is the first one that comes up.
      Hope that helps!

  2. I was to see all the waste, all the bathroom fixtures, glass, etc. thrown in the landfill when there must be a lot of people who’d love to get something but can’t afford it.

  3. It’s unfortunate about the termite damage. If you hadn’t pulled up the sub-floor, you wouldn’t have found the damage and would have done all this work on top of a damaged beam. The principal I’m taking away from this is that it is always a good idea to inspect the major structural components of a room before sinking tens of thousands of dollars into it.

    Are you concerned that termites have gotten to other beams in the home? How would you even inspect for that?


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