Updating Your Bathroom, it’s All in the Details
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One of the rooms we use in our house every day is the bathroom. In my experience, it is one of the first places clients decide to work on when it comes time to remodel. Most recently, I did a simple master bathroom update that had great results. The client had a large space to work with. They were happy with the layout of the bathroom and they really had no issues with the tub or the shower. The cabinets however were out of date and did not suit their taste, as they wanted a modern look. We decided to just focus on the cabinets, counter tops, and tile floors. For the floor, they chose a larger format tile with brown and grey tones in it that we installed it in a staggered pattern.

The biggest change however was in the cabinetry. They had an old outdated medicine cabinet in the wall, which we removed and closed up the opening. They chose to replace the old oak cabinetry with new maple cabinetry in an espresso stain. We removed the large mirror and installed a counter top cabinet that would replace that old medicine cabinet and give them even more storage. The client found two separate framed mirrors that coordinated perfectly with the cabinetry. Then they chose new granite counter tops to coordinate with the floor and finally we finished the transformation off with new chrome faucets and lighting. The finished product was beautiful and gave the client exactly what they wanted. They were able to save money on the project because they did not have to relocate any of the fixtures in the bathroom; it was simply a face lift.

The biggest change however was in the cabinetry. They had an old outdated medicine cabinet in the wall, which we removed and closed up the opening. They chose to replace the old oak cabinetry with new maple cabinetry in an espresso stain. We removed the large mirror and installed a counter top cabinet that would replace that old medicine cabinet and give them even more storage. The client found two separate framed mirrors that coordinated perfectly with the cabinetry. Then they chose new granite counter tops to coordinate with the floor and finally we finished the transformation off with new chrome faucets and lighting. The finished product was beautiful and gave the client exactly what they wanted. They were able to save money on the project because they did not have to relocate any of the fixtures in the bathroom; it was simply a face lift.

If you are considering remodeling your bathroom, here are a few things to consider before you get started. First off and most importantly, decide if this is a project you want to do yourself or if should you hire a contractor. There is no doubt that there is a huge amount of satisfaction in completing a project yourself (that’s how I got into construction in the first place) but it’s important to know your limitations. There are many reality shows out there with projects gone wrong when homeowners try to remodel on their own. Think about exactly what you want to do, if the project seems a little over your head, call a contractor. They will have the tools and the know how to take you through the project and get it completed in a timely manner.

Secondly, think of your vision for the project. Are you looking to just give your bathroom a facelift, or are you looking to create a modern spa retreat that you can disappear into? I always encourage my clients to watch remodeling shows and read magazines to get ideas for their bathroom. For many of us, this will be the only time you’ll remodel their bathroom, so you want to make sure that it is exactly the way you want it (with no regrets). Consider items like tile, cabinetry, counter material and detailed finishes like faucets. There are hundreds of color pallets that can be put together. This could also be another area where working with a contractor can be beneficial. Many reputable contractors will have showrooms for you to look through and get inspiration. They will also have the materials that you will need to choose from, often all in one place.

A third and final piece to consider is budget. The bigger your transformation, the bigger your cost can be. With a simple facelift, you will just be replacing the cabinets, flooring and fixtures. Keeping them in the same place reduces the cost by not having to move plumbing and electrical lines, which can be a huge expense. In the larger transformations where walls are being relocated, and plumbing and electrical lines are moved, costs can escalate quickly, especially in older homes where there are a lot of hidden surprises behind those walls. Whether remodeling yourself or with a contractor, make sure to sit down and work through the details of the project before starting anything. It is even helpful to pick your finishes ahead of time, that way; you will have some idea of costs and can determine if there is room in the budget for other items.

A bathroom remodel can be one of the most satisfying projects you do in your home. Take time to think about all of the details and you will look back on the project with no regrets.

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