Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Wait is Over

Since the moment that Eric's house became "our home" I have been chomping at the bit to remodel the master bathroom.  With original 1970's fixtures, envisioning an upgrade does not require much imagination, but there are other less obvious issues in here as well like the vanity being super low. Plus, feeling dirtier after your shower (due to mold and lime inside it) then when you got in is not normal.  To be perfectly honest no amount of cleaning was going to make this bathroom an enjoyable place to be.  Hence, our major bathroom overhaul.
In an ideal world, the bathroom would be completely demoed, walls would be moved and we would get a beautiful open master bath.  But, we went into this project knowing a couple things- this isn't our forever home and we do not want to over-improve for our neighborhood.  So, on a $7,500.00 budget, we plan to make over this room.

 Here is a bit of a recap of what we are starting with:

Carpet in a bathroom.  Need I say more?

The shower doors run off track constantly and the lime deposits are permanent (trust me, I have tried every cleaning product on the market).

Check out that vanity!

Can you see why I have been dying to demo?  Here's what we have in mind for the new bathroom.

A new vanity to match the one in our guest bathroom.  This is the mock-up from Home Depot.  With this vanity, we will have much more storage space and our sinks will be slightly closer together.

This is the cabinet color for the vanity and our new counter top sample.  The counter top is quartz and the color is River Shoal.  

Tile- The subway tile and strip of accent tile will go in our shower.  We will have custom frameless glass doors made for the shower.  The river rock "tile" square is our shower floor and the tile in the background is a light grey porcelain tile for our floor.  Finally, there is a paint swatch for our wall color.  Basically, we are keeping it neutral, a bit modern and just clean looking.

 Hardware- we are going with the brushed nickle Pasadena collection from Home Depot.  The towel bar and faucets can be seen below.  I have chosen a 8" spread for the sink faucet because our sinks will be 22" wide undermounts and this is a huge vanity.  We have the space and I thought that we might as well go for some dramatic hardware.

Pfister Pasadena 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Brushed Nickel

Toilet- We wanted to get the exact Toto Aquia toilet that we have in our guest bath, but it is out of stock from the vendor.  Instead, we went with the Kohler Persuade, which looks just the same and has the same specifications.
KOHLER Persuade 2-Piece 1.6 GPF Dual Flush Elongated Toilet in White 
So, there it is.  Demo starts this weekend and we cannot wait!  Eric already mentioned that he probably needs to get his sledge hammer handle repaired, to which I replied "what do you think you are going to be using the sledge hammer on?".  Clearly, I will have to keep an eye on the demo at all times...

We will keep you posted on budget breakdowns, but here is where we are at so far:

Tile- $675.00 (floor and shower)
Toilet and toilet cover- $409.00
Custom vanity- $1736.00
Vanity top and sinks- $1965.00

We still have the miscellaneous supplies to get like drywall, baseboards, etc...  Other big expenses include the shower doors and the customer shower pan that will have to be done by a tile professional.  I am still crossing my fingers though to stay on budget.  Wish us luck!

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