When it comes to re-models, bathrooms tend to be among the hardest rooms to really pull off well. First, you’re working with a fairly small space, yet you must maximize your storage. On top of that, unless you want to spend thousands on changing the plumbing configuration, you’ve absolutely got to work around the existing drain lines and water sources. Furthermore, unlike paint, most buyers can’t see past poor tile choices. This is understandable, as tearing down tile usually means tearing down walls – meaning buyers may not consider the home “move-in ready.” Add to all of this the fact that–per square foot– bathrooms eat up a large portion of the budget.
Below are some before/after galleries of some bathroom remodels that we have done. All of these were done with affordable fixtures and used relatively inexpensive and easy-to-find tile choices. While the plumbing was updated in all of these bathrooms, the basic plumbing configuration remained in place in all instances except one. The combinations used seem to work well in Windsor Park, as all of the houses in which these bathrooms appear went under contract in 4 days or less.
Bathroom Remodel #1
This particular bathroom had a diagonal wall that made the space seem cramped (see the photos). Fortunately, there was no plumbing or electrical in this non-weight bearing wall, so we were easily able to straighten it out without incurring too much cost. The wall and the storage unit were removed. This added approximately 10 much needed square feet to the overall size of the bathroom, which we used to place a media console from Ikea. We chose a simple white tile for the floor, so that we could splurge a bit on a multicolored tile in the shower. The toilet ended up being salvageable. The pedestal sink was in good condition, but we opted to remove it for additional storage. The new vanity, light fixture, back splash and mirror were all purchased from a big box store. We added plexiglass windows to the shower to let some daylight in – as an added bonus they also provide a nifty storage shelf.
The total cost of the bathroom re-model, including updating the plumbing and installing a new bathtub, came in just under $2000.00.
Bathroom Remodel #2
What you see is kind of what you get in this next bathroom. It’s small and there was no possibility of making it any larger. Like a lot of bathrooms from the 1950′s, this shower also had a low ceiling. It really felt like you were stepping in to a phone booth – and not a well-kept one at that. Our goals were thus to make it seem as roomy as possible and to maximize storage, while keeping our costs low. We have found that, when it comes to finding affordable bathroom furnishings for small spaces, European distributors (particularly a certain Swedish one) often have the largest selection. The pedestal sink was fairly recent and in good condition. It did not, however, provide any storage, so we sold it on CraigsList. We added in a medicine cabinet and a very narrow sink cabinet for extra storage. We yanked out the old heater, transforming it into a shelf. We used small white square tiles on the floor to keep costs down. The shower was done with your standard subway tile (read: low cost, easy to work with, and still trending at the moment).
On the upside, the small size of the bathroom enabled us to keep our costs low. Including the plumbing costs, this bathroom came in under $750.00.
Bathroom Remodel #3
Coming soon: the before/after photos and the stories behind the below bathrooms. As an added bonus: a DIY custom made sink (not featured below).