Friday, May 27, 2016


I mentioned this a few posts back, but the husband FINALLY gave me the green light to move forward with our bathroom renovation.  We have one full bath in our house, and it has been in need of some major love since the minute we first walked through this house.  I'm talking lovely, awesome pink and black tiles, a bathtub that is a dingy grey/black (not white;)), faucets that do not work....etc. etc. etc.  Every project teaches me something new, and this project is no exception.  I feel so much more prepared to tackle a bathroom reno after working on planning this one out.  And we haven't even started demo yet;).

First things first - LAYOUT - this is so important.  Spend some time mulling over the layout and how it will work best for your family.  Think about if this is a house you are planning to spend the next 5 - 10 years in, or if this is a house you intend to sell within the next 3 - 5.  The answer to this will somewhat give you guidance on how much money you should be spending, as well as how unique you should get with the layout.  Also consider where the current plumbing and electrical is and where you want it.  Is it possible to move the existing plumbing, and if so, how much is that going to cost.

Second thing - MEASURE - be sure to measure everything out, and do some research to decide what products are out there, and their correlating price.  For example, our bathroom  (or I mean me;)) would love to have a 72"x32" bathtub.  However, after doing some sourcing online, I found out this is a unique size and does not come readily available from most suppliers.  i.e. if you want this - it will be UBER-expensive.  Therefore, we will nix the idea of a having that super long tub, and go with the Lowe's in-stock tub that is 60x32, but only around $500;).

Third thing - BUDGET - create a line by line budget for each item.  For example, here is our budget for our project:

Tub: $700
Tile: $800
Vanity/sink: $500
Electrical fixtures: $500
Shower fixtures: $250
Toilet: $100
Closet: $200
Misc: $250
Misc material from contractor: $750
80 hours of contractor time: $2800

The biggest thing I have learned so far is that the layout is key - as well as knowing what is available within the budget you are working with.  I am good with splurging on certain items, but then you need to make up for it on a different line item.  i.e. I found these to die for sconces that I spent a little more than budget on - BUT, today I was able to grab a smoking deal on a mirror from Restoration Hardware Outlet.

Here are a few of my favorite products I have come across these last few weeks while digging through ideas!

Restoration Hardware
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
This rug as 2x3 via Caitlin Wilson

Is there anything you have learned during a bathroom renovation?!  An tips - please leave in comments!;).

ps. Weekend plans?!  I hope you all have a great holiday weekend and day(s) off;).


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