|The old shower, complete with pink bathtub and leaky, plastic surround|
With the drywall removed and mold damage assessed, I decided to plane down the studs that appeared affected by mold and mildew. This brought clean, fresh wood to the surface, convincing me the mold issue was surficial as far as the wall studs were concerned. As an additional precaution, I hosed down the studs, twice, with mold and mildew killer/preventer.
With that unexpected issue dealt with, I began some framing modifications to accommodate a built-in niche for the new tub surround.
|Framed out niche for|
|Plumbing complete (sort of)|
Rebuilding the surround would consist of installing 1/2" backer board up to about the level of the shower head and waterproofing the backer board layer prior to tiling.
|Backer board installed|
|Upper drywall removed and replaced|
|Pretty, blue membrane|
The entire process described in this post took me one week. I worked mostly evenings as I've been working full work weeks as a carpenter with Confluence Construction for the last five weeks. As my hair is still long and I'm now working as a carpenter, the low-hanging-fruit of a joke is that I look like a modern-day Jesus.
Provided this plumbing fix works, the main tings left to finish the bathroom are to tile the surround, tile the floor, finish up some drywall installation, texturing, and painting, and some minor trim work.