Our Four Secrets to Remodeling a Bath
Smart choices, stylish accessories, and flea market finds make this renovation easy on the eyes and the wallet.
Morning routines have a lot in common with driving a car--sometimes they run smoothly, while other times they sputter. It's those mad-dash days when not having to battle for sink space can make all the difference.
That's why, when building their new master suite, Bret and Jennifer Franks put considerable thought into their bath and dressing area. Setting a workingman's budget to finish and furnish the space, this Little Rock couple got the bath they wanted.
You Can Do It Tip #1:
Plan according to the way you live. To save extra steps and to avoid having clothes strewn everywhere, the couple combined their master bath and dressing area into one spot. "Bret and I get ready for work at different times, so having closet access directly from the bath maintains privacy for the person still sleeping," Jennifer explains.
They opted for one large wardrobe room with built-in bins for shoes, sweaters, and other items. This consolidation of space provided enough square footage for the adjacent water closet to have its own door.
You Can Do It Tip #2:
Find your look for less. Determine what you like, research your options, and seek out the same look for less.
While selecting light fixtures, Bret and Jennifer kept gravitating toward a sconce in the exterior lighting section of the store that, while not a conventional choice, was certainly a cheaper one. The couple bought two and still saved a bundle.
You Can Do It Tip #3:
Dress up the drab. The couple wanted a separate tub and shower, but their budget didn't permit paying a fortune for both. So, they splurged on a garden tub and selected a low-cost shower unit with sliding doors.
Taking an idea normally reserved for a tub/shower combo, Jennifer hung a fabric shower curtain in front of the shower enclosure to hide the doors.
Where the Money Went
Here's a cost breakdown of the items found in the Frankses' master bath:* Cultured marble countertops--$900 (includes installation)
* Cabinets--$930 (includes installation)
* Hardware (includes towel bars, hangers, and cabinet pulls)--$250
* Wall sconces--$36
* Tile flooring--$800 (includes installation)
* Beaded board--$250
* Painting (cabinets and walls, includes paint and labor)--$1,600
* Art prints and accessories--$200
* Additional labor (plumbing, trimwork, and electrical installation)--$2,725(Please note that labor costs vary according to region and the degree of work required.)