Do you dream of a luxury master bathroom in your home? I’m sharing budget bathroom ideas for a luxury hotel look and some tips for cutting cost in your own remodel in part 2 of the bathroom reveal!
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The bathroom in our home was part of an addition that we were able to build after Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in 1992. Other than having to replace the tile floors at some point since then due to settling issues, we hadn’t really done much else since then. Raising our family and other priorities just didn’t make it possible and it was finally time to tackle this project! I had been gathering inspiration for several years up until this point, from Pinterest, Instagram and other blogger’s projects.
As a visual learner, something else was a catalyst in putting together a sketch in my mind. I have stayed in several upscale hotels over the years both for business and for pleasure. The luxe look of white marble, the sleek and cool feel of porcelain tile underfoot and the upscale look of polished chrome fixtures speak to me. The bathroom in the hotel above was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I know what I like and it was a budget bathroom with that luxury hotel look and ambiance!
All of this being stated, as with any of our home renovations budget has always been a consideration. We love home improvements and have worked with The Home Depot on some previous projects, and since my husband is a general contractor he’s in there several times a week. I was able to find exactly what I was looking for by shopping on the website.
First came the planning and I created a visual moodboard with some of my ideas.
Budget bathroom – luxury hotel look
Before we get started with some bathroom renovation tips that you might find helpful and the finished results, Here is what I chose from The Home Depot in terms of floor, wall and shower tile:
- When installing cabinets, simple classic lines never go out of date. White cabinets are my personal choice and can be painted to refresh or change the color.
- Keep the layout of your bathroom as to the original as possible. Plumbing costs are some of the largest you’ll encounter in a bathroom remodel. With that in mind keep close to the original placement if possible.
- A bathroom should be well lit and if there is little natural light I recommend using recessed lighting, wall sconces and if it appeals to you…a beautiful chandelier!
Now…let’s visit the bathroom before. WHOA! Very beige with undertones of peach on the tiles and lots of huge mirrors on the walls. Besides the obvious 90’s look there was wear and some issues that weren’t perhaps the most practical. The tile was glossy to the point of being slippery, so safety has always been a concern. I never cared for the open shower because of the way that the air conditioning vent would blow cold air directly inside.
We decided that the cabinetry would remain and just be repainted and resurfaced (more info on that in another post). As you can see the cabinet doors survived the 90’s and still looked and functioned well. If our budget was unlimited I might have replaced them with two smaller vanities that were taller. Demo of any room in your home is exciting, but can be inconvenient. Luckily we have other bathrooms in our home, so the temporary price of inconvenience was worthwhile indeed! Demo Day…it’s exciting and with so much to tear out it took two days.
Plastic sheeting over the cabinets for protection and let the games begin by first removing all of the tile, the tub and toilet. In removing the wall tile there was no choice but to take it down to the studs or it wasn’t going anywhere. We also had to open up the wall in some places to reroute the plumbing for the tub and shower just a bit.
There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle and thankfully with our experience in design and construction we had a handle on how things should be organized. If ever in doubt on a large home renovation project, you’ll save yourself some headaches if you seek a professional designer and/or general contractor. We did not do the demolition ourselves and hired our tile installation team to take care of that. What we did DIY was all of the painting (including the cabinets) and all of the electrical work.
After demolition comes the exciting part of seeing it all come together for the budget bathroom luxury hotel look!
First comes the cement board and then the tile.
One of the elements that I designed into the new space was a shower seat. We didn’t have one in the old shower and shower seats are wonderful for towel storage, plants and leg shaving! A definite MUST was a non slippery surface and I selected the Jeffrey Court Whisper Valley 11 in. x 12.687 in. x 6 mm Porcelain Mosaic Tile for the shower floor.
We designed the walls with the tile going all the way up to the ceiling by where the new tub was going to be installed. Since we were going to only have small hanging mirrors, the large format tiles would reflect a lot of light and go with our budget bathroom luxury hotel look. We LOVE the beautiful MARAZZI Developed by Nature Calacatta 12 in. x 24 in. Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile. It has the look of marble but will not etch and water stain as marble does. We used white sanded grout for the floor and non sanded grout on the walls. I chose this tile specifically for that budget bathroom luxury hotel look and I think we nailed it!
Skipping to the end result here and with the shower, we had the shower door custom made. This was a large expense, and I think that you have to weigh out the value of any home improvement with the value of your home if you go to sell one day. You can’t DIY shower doors and this frameless shower door makes the room shine with that budget bathroom luxury hotel look! Budget was definitely helped by my generous sponsors. By doing as much of the work that we could by ourselves and keeping the vanity cabinets below that helped as well. All of the plumbing fixtures and some of the accessories were provided by Delta Faucet and available at The Home Depot. More about that in THIS POST…the showerhead is a large 8″ square in chrome and you’ll find that HERE. The Delta Faucet Tempo 2O hand shower with wall bar actually tells you the water temperature (amazing!).
One great way to update older cabinets (besides paint) is new hardware. You can find lots of hardware to choose from in the LIBERTY CABINET HARDWARE line at The Home Depot. When you don’t see what you’re looking for in your local store, you’ll be surprised at what you can find on The Home Depot website.
Thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post. Click HERE to see my bathroom post on The Home Depot blog. I highly recommend the tile!
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