Conclusions from the Bathroom Remodel
Well, the bathroom remodeling is just about complete. All we’re waiting for is the shower door, which should be in next week. That’s being done by a local vendor, Tampa Glass, who we used ages ago at our previous house when we had a shower door just shatter on us. Their bid came in reasonable (just under $1400), and was much lower than the bids from our contractor’s vendors ($2100 and $2800). I’ll note we did get some other quotes of our own from another local vendor (Reseda Glass) as well as an internet vendor, and both were closer to Tampa Glass.
Closer To Done…
Now, the bathroom is not only painted (with the base coat), but sponged on top of that (different color), with two different color leaf stamps on top of that. I’ve put in three shelves (pulling out the circular saw to cut them down), and I’ve put up a magazine rack, because every reading room needs a magazine rack….
And On Today’s Agenda
Busy, Hot Day… But a Good Day
Today’s been a busy and hot day. And when I say hot, I mean over 100°F by 11:00am, turn on the pool for the summer hot. Still, I spent the day doing lots of work…
The first task was cleaning the house. My cousins have been over most of the week as their grandfather (my uncle) has been in the hospital. Over the last two weeks, he’s had three surgeries (the last being Friday night), but he’s now stable, which is good news. We hope he continues to recover. Still, that’s kept us busy, and combined with the construction, left things a mess. So it’s been a sweep and dust and laundry day.
I also did some work on the bathroom. Since I last reported, it is almost finished. All that is left is the inspection by the city, putting the moulding around the edge of the floor, and any final cleanup. We’re also still working on the shower door… we want a frameless or semiframeless, and the bids from our contractors suppliers were in the $2,200 to $2,800 range. So we looked on the Internet and called some local glass folks. We’re getting bids of around $1,400 installed, which is quite an improvement. So what did I do today? We want some shelving over the toilet. So I went to Lowes and got come ¾×¾ trim, and put up three shelf supports, and then primed them.
So what does the bathroom look like? Funny you should ask…
Well, today I burned a vacation day. Things were quiet at work, and I had a CSUN Industry Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon. So, I might as well give you an update on the bathroom remodel.
Last week saw them demolishing the old bathroom, repairing the slab, and doing the rough plumbing and electrical (followed by an inspection). Monday they hot-mopped (i.e., tarred) the new shower and bench and started a water test. Today they put up the cement board. Tomorrow should be the inspection of the hot mop, followed by the start of tile work and drywall (plasterwall) repair.
So, what will the new bathroom look like (note: for the most part, the links are for illustration only–ignore any prices). There will be a large shower, primarily using Unicom Starker “Calvert” tile. The accent tile will be AlfaGres PC232. The shower fixure will be a Delta Carlisle Shower Only fixture with In2Ition Showerhead.
The vanity is being made for us by the contractor. It will have two cabinets, three drawers, and there will be a center tower with shelves that we can sit a plant on. The counter will be black Caesarstone. The sinks are Fontaine Glacial Wave Vessel Sink Sets, and the faucets are Toronto Euro Style Bathroom Sink Faucets. Lighting will be some recessed cans, as well as two Portfolio 3-light fixtures. We have two Octagon Frameless Beveled Mirror Medicine Cabinets, and I’ll have a small glass shelf as well.
It will be nice to have the bathroom finished (we have about a week or two to go)–we’ve been living for over a year with a shower wall covered in plastic because we had an unstoppable leak because the previous owner used the wrong type of tub. The remodel is ending up a bit more than I would like (what remodel doesn’t), but we’ll use and enjoy it for a long time, plus it might help the value a bit. I can take solace in the fact that houses in our range (step-up houses) are holding their value a little better than starter houses (which are the bulk of foreclosures, and are skewing the median sales price).