Thursday, January 28, 2016

Big Change on the Horizon

It has officially begun.

Remember that bathroom remodel/renovation we were suppose to have done in 2015, that we put the money away for, but never got around to "pulling the trigger" on, as they say?

Well, it is happening.
And happening soon I think.

The project manager and the general contractor came to the house on Tuesday to measure and talk about the job.
I've picked out most of the stuff we need to buy......making decisions like this went quickly for me.





Besides flooring(tile)and wallboard and various unseen screws, nails, spackle, paint and trim,  etc. we are looking at $1800 for fixtures, cabinets, mirrors, tub, surround, toilet, doors......and it could easily top $3000 for all this other stuff combined.
Then there is the cost of all that labor......ick.
It's a small job he says though.

Even with all the spackling and waiting and sanding and spackling again and waiting again they should be in and out within 10 days if there are no back ordered parts or supplies.
And this might begin as soon as the middle of February.

While standing in the bathroom on Tuesday with the contractor as I was rattling off what needed to be done in there, he asked me if anything was going to stay in the room.  I replied, "Maybe the window valance." lolz
Yep, it's a total redo from the wall studs up.

I'll try to remember to take some BEFORE photos to compare to the AFTER ones.
I am just waiting now to get the call about the estimate and to go down to sign the contract so we can be put onto his work calendar and get a start date for the big Sluggy's Bathroom Project to begin.

We have had a mixed bag of results over our years of home improvement jobs, but mostly have been dissatisfied with the outcomes we get.  Except for the back deck we had built....those guys did a FABULOUS job!

I hope this job goes well and the money is well spent.

Unfortunately Hubs doesn't have a handy bone in his body so we pay through the nose in labor for every repair/renovation we undertake this is part of the reason why I am always reticent to spend money on renovations.
I don't mind paying well for it I just want it done correctly and I want the results to last more than a week before it all goes to hell.

And it will be soooooo nice to finally be able to take a shower in MY bathroom again!
And not to have to sit on a very pale minty green toilet EVER again....not even a nice vintage mint green one.  8-)



Sluggy

20 comments:

  1. OMG, I love that bathroom. The sink is great. maybe the tiles are a little much, but the subway floor tiles are to die for. But, i know how it is,you want to sell and vintage green may not work:)
    Btw, I'm curious about you emotional attachment to this house. I think the reason I' having so much trouble with the idea of selling is we've been here 21 years and theres a lot of Blood sweat and tears here. Even so we have a very large mortgage( too large to really go into retirement) so I'm avoiding this a lot.

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    1. No, our bathroom is "vintage" 1980's, not so pretty.

      I have NO emotional attachment to this house or any house. We've been here 15+ years and we were in our last house 14+ years. Change is scary if you've lived somewhere for a long time.
      I'd have no problem ditching a house with too big a mortgage or any mortgage going into retirement. Might be time to really start thinking about about moving. ;-)

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  2. If that is black,grey,and white floor tiles we have the same one.. Our wall tiles were pink and grey. Must be the 1950's look. Cheryl

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    1. Cheryl, the last photo is NOT our bathroom. I'd LOVE that one. It's just the first photo I could find with green fixtures. lol

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  3. Hold it I thought I was married to the most unhandy man in the universe. I am excited for you. A mint green toilet. Does it have a tub?

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    1. The jacuzzi jetted tub is Off-White as is the sink basin(faux marbled too). The "gem" of the room is the floor and the tiled bath wall and homemade vanity which is also covered in the tile--tile is white with pale pink, blue and green designs. Floor is 12" square vinyl tiles in off white and dark green. It's a cacophony of color. meh.

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  4. We need to redo our Master bath also. It is on my list for this year maybe. I am just not ready to have to give up my bedroom for a couple of weeks while construction is going on.

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    1. We have a very small master bath plus none of the plumbing is moving so it should be too bad/too long for the actual work. Plus they will go home at night so I can still sleep. lolz

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  5. I think you need to switch the bulbs in your bathroom to WHITE ones instead of green...
    A friend of ours has a basement bath that must have been done in 1976. Red toilet, blue carpet, white countertop and then flag wall paper. wow.

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    1. Yikes! a Bicentennial bathroom.....just say no!!

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  6. Do you think it will help your house sell sooner? My house is about 20 years old- bought almost new- and it could use some updating but honestly, I don't think it would pay me to do it. I do know walk in showers are what folks want in new homes.I like the green bathroom too!

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    1. Trust me, this redo will help! And after I share photos of the before you'll see why. lolz

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  7. We didn't redo our entire baths but we did upgrade both toilets to chair height toilets with nightlights in them.
    Truly the best money we spent in 2015.

    Now my knees cringe whenever I visit a standard bathroom

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    1. HOpefully we'll be moving from here before we need those modifications. Making your knees happy is a great thing tho. 8-)

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  8. To answer your question - Our reno took 6 months - but mainly because we hired each set of contractors individually and separated each bit into a week where we did not have a lot of business booked since we worked from home. The tiling of the backsplash was most painful - 4.5 days - but he did such a great job I forgive him for the long time he took. It truly is an amazing tile job, he did it like he would have done his own home. Even though you are hiring a general contractor - make sure to question/look at each and every bit they do so they do it right. Good luck! And have lots of liquor on hand, you'll need it (plus add 5 more days on what they quoted you)

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    1. I can handle a longer timeline no problem especially if it means they do a better job. It's the crappy results I can't stand.
      Taking it slow like you did sounds much saner.

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  9. If your bathroom is even close to looking like the sample BEFORE photos you might consider having them gently removed and listing them on Craig's list. They say that at any given time the popular collectable trend is about 30 years in the past. I wish I still had that pink fridge and the dodge with the push button transmission but those days are gone and that ship has probably sailed.

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    1. Unfortunately my bathroom is mid 1980's and not anywhere near good vintage or that photo. 8-)

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  10. Worse is being married to an unhandy man that thinks he is. He has skills but gets bored with projects so nothing is ever complete. A bad contractor would be worse.

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    1. I don't know....unfinished and maybe good vs. finished and horrible? Don't like the sounds of either of those. lolz

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