I’m so excited to share the bathroom remodeling plans that we have to update our beach home! You may remember that we updated our master bathroom at the main house a couple of years ago. I enjoy this room so much and it’s become my personal spa retreat! My husband doesn’t use this bathroom much and since he works from his home, he has an office “he bathroom”. You know…like a man cave, but it’s his own functional space and decorated in a more manly style.
As our beach home is smaller, we have just two full bathrooms and a powder room. It works well for us since we don’t live there full time. But in the 17 years since that it’s been built, the bathrooms have become worn and outdated. We haven’t really changed much in those rooms to date, other than upgrading the poor quality builder grade faucets. It’s finally time and we decided to do all three of these bathrooms at once, plus minor updates to the laundry room! BUT – first things first in that WE HAVE A BUDGET & intend to stick with it!
We recently toured a new construction home close by that had similar bathrooms to my vision.
While we won’t be moving to that dream home, it simply makes sense to remodel what we have and do them all at once since we don’t live there. I know what it’s like to live through messy renovations and the year that we renovated our master bathroom we also remodeled the laundry room shortly after. Then we had new flooring installed in half of the house! What chaos and mayhem and I feel fortunate to do this one from afar and we’ve saved up for it!
While my husband owns a general contracting firm that specializes in home remodeling locally, for this job we are outsourcing. We hope to meet with the contractor this week and have him start soon (finger’s crossed!). If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, here are a few tips to consider:
Bathroom Remodeling Tips:
- A whole bathroom renovation is a difficult and time consuming job, and often best left to a professional.
- Make sure that you hire a licensed and insured general contractor. The best way to find a reliable and honest one is word of mouth!
- Set a budget at the beginning of your planning stage and try to stick to it when sourcing and pricing materials.
- Save money by keeping some of what you have when possible. We do that in pretty much all of our own home remodels and that will be the case here!
- Don’t spend a lot on trends or you’ll find yourself remodeling again in a few years. Timeless not trendy truly is best!
- Create a mood board of your ideas, as I’ll be sharing my boards below. They help immensely (I do them in Photoshop) but if you’re not up to the challenge, keep a Pinterest board or bookmark favorite blogs. You can even clip out photos or save images that inspire you to a file on your computer!
3 Bathroom Remodeling Plans For Our Beach Home:
The master bathroom will be gutted, except for the toilet room (behind a pocket door) which will remain the same. This was all stylish stuff years ago when built! To stay within budget we will also keep the flooring for now and we do have extra tiles set aside stored in the garage. We hope to use the existing faucets that have been updated in one of my previous jobs working with Delta Faucet and I still love them! Both vanities and mirrors will go, as well as the shower and the jetted garden tub.
MASTER BATHROOM BEFORE –
My TRUE muse is our master bathroom reno at the house! This one will be a bit different in layout, but similar in the vibe and materials. We have a tight turnaround here. I didn’t reach out to any sponsors since bathroom remodeling plans can tend to take months on end these days. *NOTE that none of these 3 bathrooms have windows, so they are dark and have awful lighting! The look that we will give them will brighten things and we plan on changing all of the bulbs to LED.
Pieces have started to arrive and one disadvantage is that we have to have them delivered to the house. No one is up at our beach home for deliveries, but thankfully we have a truck to transport them there. To keep things easier and more consistent, we are using the same materials in the guest bathroom as the master. I’ll customize with accessories that aren’t part of the bathroom remodeling plans and will share with you later on!
GUEST BATHROOM BEFORE –
The vanity, mirror and light fixture will be removed. The tub will be torn and out and a contemporary shower will be built in its place. We chose similar tile as in our home bathrooms…porcelain tile that mimics Calcatta marble and hexagonal marble tile for the shower floor. You really can’t go wrong with timeless white!
POWDER ROOM BEFORE –
This room won’t get a gut job because there’s not much to it! The pedestal sink, mirror and lighting will be taken out. I love this artisan shell mirror and am probably going to reuse it. We will add bead board molding to the bottom half of the wall behind the new sink/cabinet and an ombre wallpaper to the top portion. Since this is the bathroom that is close to the main area of the home I’m doing something a little more bold here.
LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE –
And finally the laundry room! I don’t have much to show you yet since we need to firm up plans. We recently purchased a new washer and dryer, and plan on saving money in this room by doing the work ourselves. I ordered a new faucet and ceiling fixture and we hope to replace the cabinet doors only and keep the boxes. A few creative ideas are being tossed around in my brain for hiding those ugly wall panels!
Here is my muse at the always inspiring Studio McGee
Any suggestions that you’d do or something specific about the bathroom remodeling plans that you’d like me to talk about? I’d love to know in the comments!