Bathroom Remodel

The end of this month marks 23 years that Faith and I have lived in our home. And after 23 years of being disappointed in the “contractor quality” work that went into our master bathroom, we decided to remodel it. There is only so much of contractor grade tile in your shower that you can take. Plus the cabinets were outdated, the tub was made of the cheapest plastic available in the early 90’s, and the old-style shower stall was hideous to look at.

The fact that Faith complained about the bathroom nearly every day had no impact on our decision. And I’m the King of England!

To be honest, we’ve talked about doing this project for a couple of years. We thought we had found a contractor to do the work for us, but when we didn’t hear from him for 6 weeks and he didn’t return our calls and emails during that time, we had to look again. A friend of mine from high school posted on Facebook the progress of her bathroom remodel, so I reached out to her for a recommendation. She pointed us to Superior Craftsman in Longwood, FL so we gave them a call. The work isn’t done yet, but so far we are very pleased. The employees have been great to work with, they are very courteous and genuinely care about doing the best job possible. I’ll write more about our experiences with them when the job is complete.

For today I thought I would show images of the bathroom before work began and where we are now. I’ll do an updated post with the finished job in a couple of weeks.

The master bath is narrow and long. It isn’t exceptionally big, but it is big enough for our needs. The walls couldn’t be moved without giving up space elsewhere, so we tore everything out to the bare walls and started over. The only things we are keeping is the granite countertop and the huge mirror we purchased last year.

Original Bathroom
Original Bathroom

You can see from these photos how the fixtures and cabinets are outdated. And that shower!! Yuck!!! We’ve also eliminated that useless half wall between the tub and toilet. This will help to bring more natural light into the room.

Original Bathroom
Original Bathroom

Demolition only took a day, but we were excited just to see the old stuff end up in the dumpster in the driveway.

Demolition Underway
Demolition Underway

Of course, we are the envy of all our neighbors now. After all, who doesn’t want a dumpster full of construction debris next door, right Robin?

The aesthetically pleasing construction dumpster.
The aesthetically pleasing construction dumpster.

But progress is being made. The frame for the tub is complete. Notice how we’ve moved the fixtures from a wall mount to a deck mount. We will also have a little niche tiled into the wall for storing soaps and shampoos out of the way.

Tub area ready for tile.
Tub area ready for tile.

And the shower stall has been completely rebuilt. It’s a bit bigger than before and there will be a niche on the back of the half wall for soaps and shampoos as well.

Shower area ready for tile.
Shower area ready for tile.

We’ve also moved some electrical outlets around, installed some additional lighting, added a new fan and will be upgrading all the fixtures in the bathroom as well. The tile starts going in tomorrow and the entire project should be done by the end of the month. It’s been a bit inconvenient having only 1 bathroom in the house, but we’ve managed. It has helped that I’ve been out of town 3 of the 5 weeks of construction. Well, helped in the sense of not having too much trouble sharing a single bathroom. But I think Faith might disagree just how much help I’ve been while out of town.

More to come!

1 Comment

  • Debbie Tubridy

    August 18, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Oh, I know that feeling well Michael. We had ours done about 4 years ago. It was a bit crazy while it was happening, but in no time ours was done and we were really pleased with the end result. We wondered why we didn’t embark on that journey earlier!
    Enjoy!