Not all bathroom transformations have to be gut remodels. You can achieve dramatic results working with existing fixtures and finishes with some careful research and planning. In this project we updated three bathrooms in a Clive home without starting from the ground up.
The Hall, the Half, and the Master
These homeowners wanted to stretch their dollars as far as they would go and they liked the general layout of their bathrooms, so wholesale changes were unnecessary.
The Hall Bathroom got a new, higher quality, vanity cabinet and top, new light fixtures, toilet, and tile floor. But we left the existing tub/shower unit in place along with the bead board wainscoting.
The Half Bath received a new sink and faucet, a new vanity cabinet to match the Hall Bath, and a new countertop to match the Master Bath.
The Master Bathroom was a little more complicated because the homeowners wanted more light in the shower and to keep the existing tile floor. To get more light into the shower area we installed a window between the tub area and the shower, gaining light from the existing south facing windows. When we designed the shower, we were challenged to find a good match for the existing floor tile. So we gave up trying to find an exact match. Instead, we searched for a similar pattern, in a color a couple of shades different. It looked beautiful and more importantly, didn’t look like we tried to find an exact match and just barely missed.
By making smart choices about what to save, what to repurpose and what to replace, we were able to help these homeowners remodel three bathrooms for the same amount of money we might spend on just one!
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