We are redoing our very small bathroom on a shoestring budget & need some advice. We are tearing out all the old ceramic tile & drywall.
1 - Is it absolutely essential that ALL walls be covered with greenboard or can we get by with just doing the 3 walls in the bathtub alcove & drywall the remainder, providing when showering that we run the exhaust fan we will be installing? The walls in question are currently drywall with no signs of moisture problem. Our home is app. 50 yrs. old & there has previously been no exhaust fan.
2 - We've purchased a new cast iron tub, but don't know what to put on the 3 alcove walls. We don't like the so-called ready-made tub surrounds. We've checked with imitation marble places in our area & it appears that the bathtub area will cost $800+ & the vanity top/basin $250+. Is there a less costly alternative than ceramic tile? We are quite handy, but have never installed ceramic tile.
3 - Since the room is so small, we are replacing our vanity from a large 2-bowl to a 48x18 1-bowl & are unable to find a premade top the correct size with the bowl offset to the right like we would prefer, rather than center. Therefore, it appears that we will need to make our own top & use a drop-in bowl. Any suggestions?