Bathroom Reno Update

This is our shower. Our shower in our bathroom that is almost finished after months of excruciating work and expenditures and sleeping in the living room and sharing a shower with the children.

This is the shower portion of our greenish renovation project that began with my insistence that poor Mark repair the seal on our leaky toilet and during which efforts he discovered that our bathroom floor did not, essentially, exist.

This is my soaking tub. Isn’t it fabulous?

So what’s green? What’s not?


We bought the tile off of craigslist. This is two shades of green: one being that we probably saved it from the trash heap and two being that we saved a ton of money on it.

Ecobatt insulation in the walls over spray foam insulation.

We reused almost everything from the old bathroom: light fixtures; toilet; sink; faucets. Unfortunately our demo team demoed several things that should have been saved like the toilet tank; the beautiful, antique marble threshold and the 1920’s cast iron bathtub. <heavy sigh>


The soaking tub which is well insulated to protect from under-house cold and does not have any jets, which saves electricity. Not that I’d use them anyway. I detest jets and the noise they make.

Not at all green:

New tiles but only the dark ones.

The rock was purchased as rock tiles. I have no idea how sustainable these are but at the point where we bought them the only thing that I cared to sustain was my own sanity. So while these may not be green, they kept things from going red around here.

New fixtures like faucets for the shower and bath tub and a new tub. Mark insisted that we buy a new tub and shopping for used faucets proved to be beyond my time and patience capacity.

What I love about this room:

It is larger than it was before.

We have a rimless shower and the floor drains beautifully just like it should. I’m hoping that Mark won’t insist on a shower curtain. I like the clean look of the room without one.

The bathtub with the tiny halogen reading light at the back. I promise that I shall never touch this light while soaking in a tub full of water and so does Martina. We choose life! I have been known to swaddle it in my bath towel though, in order to dull it’s intensity.

The colors. It feels soothing and earthy and I feel so liberated when I shower in that fabulous waterfall. Bliss.



About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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3 Responses to Bathroom Reno Update

  1. Sheila says:

    Oooh, love that stone tile! I found some of that in a bin behind a tile store and had thought about putting it in front of the fireplace. It looks great in your shower stall!

    • Cerwydwyn says:

      Our tile guy pulled some of the stones out of it and replaced them with other stone we gave him for the color variations you can see. We even have stones from Capri and Cairo in there!

  2. Terry says:

    Gorgeous! I love the cascading shower tiles, and to replace them with stones from places you’ve been? Brilliant!

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