Bathroom Reno – BEFORE

I am SUPER PUMPED right now!! I am finally moving ahead with our biggest project to date. Our master bath! Unfortunately, since I am not a licensed plumber or contractor, I will not be DIYing this project. But believe me when I say that I will be watching and learning from everything they do. I had the contractors come out this weekend and went over the plan with them. I got a loose estimate and hope to receive a formal estimate soon. I am so ready to move forward with this much needed renovation.

As an FYI, this is the first out of two big projects we are taking on this year – which will probably be the last two really big projects we do on this house. I think we will have reached max market growth on the house after both of these have been completed.

As a build up for this big project, I wanted to go ahead and post the before pictures. Note, this bathroom already looks a lot better than it did when we bought it with just a few decorative changes. But it will be completely overhauled over the next month!


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As you can see, the only real redeeming quality of this bathroom is the cabinets. Everything else is in dire need of updating and replacing.

All of the tile is going to be replaced. The floor is going to be replaced with a beautiful ivory travertine tile – natural limestone with a honed finish. The walls are getting a classy and simple upgrade to white subway tiles, darker grout, and a travertine accent border. The wall tile will also go all the way to the roof in order to visually enlarge the space.

The shower curtain will be replaced with frameless sliding glass doors for a modern update that will really open the bathroom space and show off the new tile.

The plastic whirlpool junk tub is going to hauled away and trashed and replaced with a clean, simple white tub which maximizes the space with extra depth and no bulky jets.

The toilet is going to be replaced with a newer taller model that hits above my calves. Hopefully, it will also flush consistently…

While the cabinets will be staying, the laminate counter top has to go. We will be replacing is with a light/medium colored granite slab that will hopefully blend well with the travertine floor and backsplash.

Finally, the sink and all bathroom fixtures will be updated to new and improved satin nickel fixtures.

Luckily, we have a full second bath that we can use while the renos are being completed. Let’s hope they don’t take too long though! Stay tuned for more details!

UPDATE: 1/28

So, we had a couple setbacks. The contractors I had originally planned on hiring came back with a formal estimate of $7,400. The original estimate was between $3000 and $5000. Obviously, this was a big increase and unfortunately, this was above my budget, and frankly, not worth the value it would add to the house. So, Andy and I decided to go another route. Originally I said that this would not be a DIY renovation, but now that has drastically changed. Andy and I will be doing most of the work and hiring a contractor for necessary renos only.

Our neighbors are about to start an expansive renovation and add-on of their house, and she recommended that we contact their contractor to see if he could basically swing by during their project and help with ours. After contacting him and explaining the situation, we agreed that Andy and I would demo, purchase all necessary items, and install all the tile while he would take care of the bathtub installation, all plumbing, and level out the floor for a grand total of $675 bucks. How much better is that?! I finally purchased a Kohler deep soaking alcove tub and a Kohler under-mount sink, bringing my total expenses to just over $1200 (this includes the tile and faucet). Demo starts the first week of February, and everything should be finished by the end of the second week!! I am so excited to get started and share this DIY renovation!


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