A complete bathroom overhaul – If nothing else is going to do it for you, there’s always the final option of a complete overhaul of your existing bathroom. Tear everything out, right down to the bear studs, and completely redo the space. Of the bathroom remodeling projects we’ve discussed, this is potentially the most tedious, the most expensive and the most disruptive to you and your family.
Blah Beige to Beautiful Blue – Before. A bulky vanity and a sliding shower door make this Eichler home’s bathroom feel cramped and dark. After. Vibrant blue tiles in an oversized hexagon pattern give the bathroom an immediate focal point. Next, the client got design advice from designer Pamela Lin of Urbanism Designs and had this custom vanity made for the space. Across from the vanity, the bathroom has a tub-shower combo with a glass panel.
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Failing to Refreshing – Before. Leaky pipes, a falling towel rack and other functional issues pushed this homeowner to start imagining a new space. After. A mellow blue and white palette for the walls and vanity complements the new shower tile and vanity countertop. Lynott had the contractor remove everything that existed in the space and found materials that gave her an elevated look for less. For example, she used porcelain tile in the shower instead of marble and used imitation marble tiles on the floor.
Closed-In to Spacious – Before. The owners thought the existing 1980s style didn’t do enough to complement the beautiful views outside the window. And they didn’t love the dark shower stall or the laminate countertop. After. The new custom floating vanity made from walnut instantly catches the eye. Designer Rachelle Gervais complemented the vanity with a walnut-framed mirror that reflects light from the window and skylight throughout the room. To the right, Gervais replaced the shower stall with a glass one, which keeps the room feeling open and lets the homeowners take in the grand view while they shower.
Grungy to Gleaming. Before. After taking pictures of her space, homeowner and Houzz contributor Becky Harris thought her bathroom looked cluttered and even grungy — especially the old shower stall. After. The patterned floor tile inspired the rest of the bathroom you see here. She updated the tub, shower, wall paint and vanity countertop, and splurged on a beaded chandelier. Harris worked with her brother, who owns a construction company, to make her design vision a reality. She had her challenges during this bathroom project, but she also had fun, learned a lot and got the bathroom features she wanted.