Apparently for a good number of years, Iris has wanted new bathrooms. That's happening now up in Marin.
Brendan and I took a sledgehammer to the guest bath yesterday and discovered a few things, namely that the tile on the original design was adhered directly to the luan paneling -- weird.
The paneling was double-thick, with a vapor-barrier (clear 3mil plastic) between the two, which was at least nice to see, but a pretty crazy way to install tile -- even by Eichler standards.
We'll be using DensShield backer and white 3X6 subway tile for the new install (very much like our own bath) with Grohe Essence fixtures. I've become quite a fan of the DensShield (DensGuard -- same product, different retailers) as it comes in easy-to-use 4X5 panels and is super-easy to work with. It's also the same thickness as drywall so you can achieve a nice transition from tile to wall... which was ironically the same idea with installing the tile on the paneling, I s'pose.
I also discovered that 50 year old copper doesn't like to be soldered (and that solder has gotten stupid-expensive) but that's another story.
A day later, the bathroom was demoed and the tub and mixing valve installed. More pix as the project develops.