Before photo of a bath remodel
Are you desperate to the point of fantasizing about taking a sledgehammer to the room yourself? Then it is time to sit down and figure out how to make it happen. This really is not a futile effort. What do you need to know to do this?
Completely re-tiled shower in this After photo.
- Your budget. It is difficult to define the budget at the beginning, due to the tremendous variety of cost of materials, and labor costs have to be included. How long does it take to remove what is there, and then to install new fixtures? What about wiring for electrical? A reputable and licensed professional can narrow down the costs for you more precisely, due to their experience, and let you know what unknown variables could occur when flooring and shower tile are removed.
- How will you pay for the project? Some use lines of credit or home equity loans. Be sure you can access the funds in a timely manner, as the contractor will need money to buy the materials as the project proceeds.
- The extent of the project. Careful planning and assessment of the existing site is necessary. This will reduce the number of unpleasant surprises as the job progresses. If only painting and superficial modifications are needed, then the job will be lower cost. If a major overhaul is needed due to the age of the house, or to unbearably dated and worn out fixtures, then the entire project could be very costly.
- Who will be doing the project? For a professional job, most of us need to hire experienced professionals. Simple tasks such as painting are not difficult, but tearing out a toilet and replacing it with a new fixture can be fraught with problems.
In conclusion, the most important part of the bathroom remodel is determining your capacity to finance.
Bathroom makeover shown on Better Homes & Gardens
This bathroom remodel replaced a typical tub/shower combo with a glass shower. A new marble-topped lav was installed with open storage below. This bath is a now an elegant small bath!
The next photo shows a brightly lit bath that was lightened by utilizing a glass shower surround, allowing sunlight to filter through.
Shower enclosure of clear and frosted glass to add privacy and elegance
Going to the Better Homes and Gardens link will allow you to see the “Before” pictures for these bathrooms, as well as many others. Check it out to get ideas for your own project!
Add on to that house. You may have many reasons for wanting to stay where you are, from the kids are in a great school, to you only live 5 miles from work, to you home has a great view. So add on to that home; if you don’t want to expand horizontally, you can add a floor and go up instead. We have done both for clients. Here are a few photos.
Addition in progress
Here is a photo after completion:
So consider an addition, with a bathroom, when you find yourself having to wait 30 minutes to get into your bathroom!
This remodel won for the residential bath $25,000 – $75,000 category for Whatcom County, Washington.
The bathroom in this small, historic one-story home was gutted and completely remodeled to a more modern and sophisticated look, while paying homage to the original architecture. Custom cherry cabinetry, solid surface countertops, marmoleum, and tile were integrated to achieve our client’s vision. Porcelain tiles were strategically placed around a new window and clear shower doors were installed to allow natural light to enter into the space and complement the tile. A new framed alcove allowed for additional privacy around the toilet and helped to modernize the space.
These are from our NAHB Whatcom County Master Remodelers REX award for best residential remodel under $75,000.
Addition - Before
This 1978, three bedroom two bath home was dated and lacked the square footage for the entire family to enjoy. With a confined kitchen, they wanted a space to open the kitchen up to and entertain. We added 260 square feet of den and entry to the front of the home while completely remodeling the master and kids bath. We also replaced all the dark stained doors and trim with painted materials to modernize the home and give a fresh look and feel.
Addition - After
enclosed porch mud room
We are in avery rainy part of the country, so we all appreciate a covered porch and a mud room, so as to not track water and muddy shoes into the house. Here are a couple of photos showing before and after for one home’s porch remodel.
The photos are from Remodeling magazine, online. A few comments from their article:
|The small mudroom preserves half the porch as a covered entry area. Fully enclosing the porch would have eliminated the covered entry and also boxed in the kitchen.
So, think how that porch could be improved!
Lav cabinet with plenty of drawers
This is one of our recently completed bath remodels. The origional lav, lighting fixture and mirror were very outdated, and it was just time to replace them with more elegant items.
Origional bathroom lav
The origional lav and light fixture were very 1970’s and definitely showing wear. The replacements are a warm tone natural wood, with a more efficient use of the lav space for drawers and cabinets.
This bath definitely provides a warmer feeling walking into it, than the origional bath.