Whole House Remodel
Master Bath - Guest Bath- Flooring- Paint- Bar- Kitchen
I was taught that if you're going to do something, you should take the time to do it right. Over the years, my experience in remodeling and home renovation projects would suggest that not all contractors subscribe to the same philosophy.
When meeting with homeowners interested in remodeling a room or multiple rooms in their house, usually excitement and anticipation are met with the fear or worry of what problems are hiding behind their walls. This mixed bag of emotions is normal.
We chronicle our jobs. It can be exciting for homeowners to reflect on what was, and relish in the new. What happens between demo and the final reveal depends largely on the care you put into the little things.
Not all builders, contractors, or even the homeowner will do things by the book when looking to update a space. Often in an attempt to save money, naivety, negligence, or a variety of other factors can cause corners to be cut. The renovation process is not an area where compromise should be made when it comes to doing things right. When shortcuts are taken the homeowner is likely to experience costly repairs, or the room may not function correctly or end up looking as they imagined at the design stage.
This entry will chronicle a project in which shortcuts were taken, potentially by the original builder and most certainly by the flipper that remodeled the house five years ago. This homeowner purchased an early 1980's home. From what the homeowner expressed, the house was in rough shape before a flipper purchased it, fixed it up, and then sold it to them. As the project begins, we will update our progress along the way. Note that all the work is being done by Mark Douglass, not a team of subcontractors.
Follow us along this journey as it unfolds.
This is a master bath remodel.
The original inspiration design being presented to a new client.
Grey cabinets, custom tile shower walls,
marble shower floor, herringbone marble
bathroom floor, quartz countertops, accent
tile, new toilet, sinks, fixtures,
glass shower enclosure, and new door
We're not changing the original layout of the bathroom. The foundation is concrete slab and moving plumbing is an expensive undertaking; the homeowner elected to leave the layout as is.
The wall separating the toilet and vanity will be removed. No plumbing or electrical was inside the wall, purely cosmetic.
It was apparent at the demo stage that the flippers who bought and sold the house to my client cut a significant amount of corners.
As an example, the shower is supposed to have a cement backer board with a protective moisture barrier to help prevent mold and water damage.
The flippers used straight drywall.
As if that wasn't bad enough, they used a minimal amount of screws to attach the drywall to the studs. Very shotty work.
The bathroom used to be painted pink with floral wallpaper.
Most of the tile was removed with ease. Of course, having the right tools makes the job much easier.
One surprise I didn't expect was that the large vanity mirror was attached to the wall with tar and not screwed in at the corners. This made taking down the mirror in one piece, impossible
Generally I like to take mirrors down in one piece because it's safer than dealing with broken glass. As you can see from the demo pictures though, I had no choice but to smash the mirror into small pieces to pry it off the wall. The wall had only minor damage as a result of the tar.
This day was dedicated to getting the shower ready to install the tile. I had to fill the hole around the drain.
Next, added concrete to the floor to slope towards the drain opening.
I added three shampoo niches. Two at arm level and one lower to use as foot support for shaving.
The flippers left this electrical mess behind the wall. Having the electrical in an electrical box is a better way to do things, even though it's behind the wall. It takes a few minutes longer to do it right and for the homeowner to know it's done correctly.
Drywall repair where the old vanity mirror used to be.
Once the concrete dried completely, the next step is to install the plastic liner and new drain. Another layer of concrete goes over the top of the liner and around the new drain. These steps help to control water flow to the drain.
Light grey shaker style cabinets are installed. The homeowner was going for sophisticated, clean lines. When the flooring and shower installation is complete, the cabinets will pop. They're elegant yet the clean lines allow for a variety of design aesthetics.
Cement backer board installed in the shower.
The red to the right is a protective moisture barrier called Red Gard . It helps to prevent mold and bacteria from growing behind the walls.
I discovered the flippers didn't use backer board or Red Gard when they rehabbed the house a few years back. This is something we see a lot when contractors try to cut corners and save money.
From here, I will start to tile the shower.
December 26th - December 30th
Carrera marble 3" x 6" tiles on the shower floor as well as a marble herringbone pattern on the bathroom floor.
Tile for the shower walls and the accent tile for the niche openings.
The grouting has started! Watch the transformation unfold as the bathroom is grouted and the finishing touches are applied.
January 2, 2019
The shower is now grouted and all that's left is to install the shower door.
There are three niches for much-needed shower storage. There's a lower niche that was designed for a foot support for shaving.
The bathroom floor is grouted. Once the countertops arrive, the cabinets that sit on top of the countertop for added storage will be added.
To finish the look, lighting and mirrors will be installed.
The mixed-use of marble create a high-end, luxury spa feel.
The shower doors are fun with a barn door appearance.
The wide glass doors make the space look larger.
Brushed nickel accents are consistent throughout the bathroom.
As you can see, we are waiting on the countertop which should be ready to install within a couple of days.
The client opted for extra storage with these mirrored medicine cabinets. The hardware doesn't match so that will be swapped out for a brushed nickel pull.
The lighting is contemporary and perfect for the space.
The over-the-toilet glass door cabinet provides additional storage space for this family.
The Final Result
The Customer's Thoughts on the Process So Far
"Our home, when purchased 5 years ago was extremely outdated and due to a negligent flipper, not well constructed. We had concerns about mold in our master bath, the kitchen did not have enough space for our large family and there was no “us” in the style of the design of the home. When we began thinking about a large home renovation it was an overwhelming thought. Watching too much HGTV had scared us and made us weary of bad contractors that would do a poor job or not finish the job.
I ran across Redoux doing some research and impressed with the before and after images, contacted them. Mark, the owner, was immediate in his response and flexible about coming to visit to find out what kind of renovations we were looking at. Our main needs were master bath, guest bath, bar area, and kitchen. He spent a good amount of time walking the house and speaking to us about our trouble areas and what we were hoping to achieve with the updates. When he left, I remember telling my husband how wonderful it felt that Mark actually seemed to hear us and how overall friendly he was. It didn’t take long and he connected us with the other half of his team, Melissa, the designer. I did not have to lift a finger! I was amazed, she came to us and brought along a trunk of goodies. With one visit, it felt like they landed our style immediately. They presented us with a palette of colors that were dead on and materials that felt durable and plush. Once we decided to move forward, they made the process really simple. I really appreciated the time they took to explain everything in detail, the timeline, the pricing etc.
We are through the master bath and guest bath portions of the renovations and I am not disappointed with the outcome. The bathrooms have not met my expectations, they have exceeded them. I have found Mark to be friendly, engaging and understanding (even when we needed to throw extra projects onto the pile). Melissa has been wonderful in providing guidance with style and ensuring the overall vision of the outcome stays on track. There have been a few hiccups, as to be expected with any project but Mark was quick to fix them and provide resolution to ensure we were happy."
If the rest of the project ends up looking as wonderful as the bathrooms I can say we will be happy to have this as our forever home. Our master bath feels like a luxurious spa experience! I would recommend Redoux for anyone needing quality work done.
The Colony, TX