The Champaign - Urbana area has numerous examples of National Homes, pre-fabricated houses manufactured in the 1940s and '50s in response to an urgent national need for affordable post -war housing. They present special challenges for the remodeler, as their construction is not standard 2x4 framing. New Prairie has worked in many of these homes.
The flooring is cork tile covered with an environmentally-friendly sealant. Cork is warmer than ceramic tile, eliminating the need for expensive sub-flooring heat mats. The rich red-browns of the medicine cabinet and the flooring give the room warmth and color.
Detail of cork flooring
New subway tiles, laid in a running bond, cover the shower/bath enclosure.
Built-in shampoo and soap niches are wrapped with a waterproof membrane before tile goes on.
The old comes out to make way for the new. Any water damage issues can be addressed at this point.