Tag Archives: before and after

Are you desperate to do a master bath remodel?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

2 Comments

Filed under bath remodel, bathrooms, remodeling

Bathroom makeovers

bathroom makeover

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.

bathroom remodel

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!

1 Comment

Filed under bath remodel, bathrooms, glass shower surrounds, remodeling

Too little space and too many people?

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

Addition in progress

 

Here is a photo after completion:

Addition completed

Addition completed

 

So consider an addition, with a bathroom, when you find yourself having to wait 30 minutes to get into your bathroom!

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Additions, home addition

Bath remodel wins REX award

This remodel won for the residential bath $25,000 – $75,000 category for Whatcom County, Washington.

Before remodel

Before remodel

 

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. 

After remodel

After remodel

Leave a comment

Filed under bath remodel, bathrooms, remodeling

Before and After photos for Addition

These are from our NAHB Whatcom County Master Remodelers REX award for best residential remodel under $75,000.

Addition - Before

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

Addition - After

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Additions, home addition, remodeling

Creating a mud room

enclosed porch mud room

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.

Before

Before

After

After

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!

2 Comments

Filed under Additions

Upgrade your bath now!

Lav cabinet & backsplash

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

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under remodeling

Eldridge Kitchen Remodel

Before renovation, the kitchen in this historic Eldridge area home was outdated and didn’t take advantage of the home’s architectural strengths:

b

Before: Outdated Kitchen

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that would be reminiscent of the home’s existing classic style. However, the room presented two design challenges: an abundance of doors limited wall space…

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

and the wall behind the cabinets had a two inch outthrust. The cabinets had to be removed into order to discover what lay inside the wall.

At the walkthrough, the Pat immediately saw a spatial advantage that had been previously ignored: nine foot tall ceilings:

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings That Had Not Been Taken Advantage Of

Working with only our trusted sub-contractors, we chose a cabinet design that reached to the ceiling:

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

Once the existing cabinets were removed, the mystery outthrust was determined to be hiding the heat radiator plumbing. Without moving any pipes, our master carpenter and experienced team were able to reframe the wall and remove the outthrust, allowing the project to continue unhindered. Soon thereafter, painted antique white Colony-style with narrow reed glass front cabinets were installed to the kitchen’s full height:

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

This created not only additional storage but a much lighter, taller and more spacious aesthetic. Cup pulls and knobs in a satin nickel finish completed the authentic feel:

After: Satin Nickle Finish Hardware

After: Satin Nickel Finish Hardware

Additional ceiling fixtures and under-cabinet lighting were installed in order to provide better illumination for working and eating in this dine-in kitchen:

After: Under Counter Lighting

After: Under Counter Lighting

Ceasarstone quartz countertops, a porcelain-coated white undermount sink and a traditionally styled faucet provide a functional and stylish addition while retaining a historic impact:

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

As a backsplash, 3×5 Ceramic tile was installed in the classic subway pattern:

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

In the backsplash, a half-inch tile deco strip complements the cabinet pulls and knobs:

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

The Marmolium tile flooring truly brings the room together. Set in a diagonal pattern, the one foot square cream and clay tiles create a classic look with a touch of updated color:

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

A semi-gloss paint in white provided the final touch for this kitchen, which manages to have a functional modern sensibility with a historic impression.

Before & After

Before & After

© Rose Construction 2009

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Cramped Bathroom Becomes Historic Masterpiece

This is one of my (Melissa’s) personal favorites, likely because this is the first completed project I saw after starting work at Rose Construction.

A 1937 architectural award-winner, this historic home has wonderful structure and charming details. However, the upstairs bathroom was lacking in both space and appeal:

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

The homeowner was adamant that any renovations must seamlessly fit with the rest of the home’s character.

During the initial walkthrough Pat noted that the bathroom was cramped and seemed very small. Not only was a ten square foot bedroom closet crowding the entry but a plumbing wall had been placed in the center of the room, cutting the space in half and blocking natural light from an exterior window:

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Though no easy feat, rerouting the plumbing and demolition of both the adjacent closet and full-height plumbing wall were necessary to create the client’s dream bathroom. Drainage pipes were rerouted to travel underneath the entire length of the bathtub to the opposite wall without requiring a soffet on the floor below. To add character, the original plumbing wall was not fully demolished but was instead cut to create a 42 inch high privacy screen between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom:

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

The chosen finishes and materials manage to inject both 1937s character and modern design into this updated bathroom:

After: Finishes Combine Historic Charm and Modern Touch

After: Historic Charm with a Modern Touch

A subway tile wainscot composed of Calcutta Evolution Polished tile and topped with one inch Calcutta marble mosaic tile now envelops the room:

After: Subway Tile Wainscot

After: Subway Tile Wainscot with Calcutta Marble Mosaic

The subway tile pattern is continued behind the new Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and the floor is Calcutta marble inlayed in porcelain tile:

c

After: Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and Calcutta marble floor with porcelain tile inlay

A custom made vanity cabinet stands four inches off the floor and is topped with a 3cm marble top made of marble in Calcutta Gold:

c

After: Custom Vanity with 3cm Calcutta Gold marble countertop

For the cleanest possible design line, the shower curtain is hung from a ceiling-mounted cubicle curtain track. This allows for a seamless floor-to-ceiling flow of fabric:

c

After: The Shower in the Background Flows Seamlessly

No detail was overlooked: even the threshold and radiator cover were deemed important and were therefore created from white marble:

c

After: Details

Though the aesthetic was to be circa-1937, the client understandably wished to incorporate modern conveniences. A Kohler Memoirs comfort height toilet, two Decolav under counter mount oval china sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic widespread chrome faucets update the room without distracting from the bathroom’s design:

c

After: Kohler Memoirs Comfort Height Toilet

c

After: Undermount Decolav Oval China Sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic Widespread Chrome Faucets

For the ultimate in comfort, a NuHeat Floor Warming System and electricity within the vanity cabinets provide the final touch.

This incredible transformation truly did wonders to open up this bathroom:

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

© Rose Construction 2009

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Kitchen Remodel on a Smaller Budget

The kitchen in this converted condo lay inside an approximately sixty year old former apartment building. The small kitchen still had its original white metal cabinets:

Before

Before

and an inefficient layout:

Before - The layout doesn't take full advantage of the available space

Before - The layout doesn't take full advantage of the available space

Furthermore, the room was closed off by an intrusive wall:

Before - The kitchen is closed in

Before - The kitchen is closed in

and there was little in the way of storage:

Before - Little storage

Before - Little storage

However, the room highlighted a bright window above the sink:

Before - Bright window

Before - Bright window

The homeowner wanted to modernize and open the kitchen to create the illusion of a larger space and to let west light from the kitchen flood into the living room.

The age of the building became a major obstacle. Plumbing for all units was concealed in the basement behind not only a wall but mechanical equipment as well. There were no individual shut-off valves, which meant it was necessary to turn off the water to all units in order to install a single shut-off valve for the client’s kitchen. Working quickly and efficiently, this work was done without disruption to other condo owners.

With the final cost at approximately $17,000, every decision for this project needed to be carefully considered in terms of cost and value. In order to bring the condo up to code, our job manager and finish carpenter, who has been at the company for over fourteen years, cut in attic access. In response to the condo’s small size, we selected a WCAN 1812 combination washer and dryer for the client’s ease:

After - Under counter washer/dryer

After - Under counter washer/dryer

instead of suggesting separate units. A forty inch wide opening exposes the kitchen:

After - An opening to the kitchen

After - An opening to the kitchen

thereby creating a visual link into the living room and drastically changing the formerly claustrophobic kitchen. Mid Continent Signature Series Cabinetry in antique maple was installed, including several cabinet concord style doors with cottage bead board:

After - Cabinets

After - Cabinets

In addition, the end of the cabinetry features desktop support overlooking the living room:

After - New desktop

After - New desktop

Plastic laminate counters keep the cost down while maintaining a clean aesthetic:

After - Laminate Countertops

After - Laminate Countertops

A Kohler sink and Delta pull-out spray faucet provide style:

After - Fixtures

After - Fixtures

As a result, we managed to create a dramatic change on a small budget just in time for the new year:

Final result: A beautiful small kitchen that takes advantage of all available space.

Final result: A beautiful small kitchen that takes advantage of all available space.

And, to truly appreciate the work that was put into this small kitchen, take a look at this incredible before and after shot:

Before and After

Before and After

© Rose Construction 2009

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized