2008 Contractor of the Year (CotY*) Silver Award Winner Residential Bath Under $30,000
Bathroom Remodeling for Beauty and Ability
The homeowners had previously discussed that they would like to update this bathroom. When the time arrived for the renovations, they were confronted with a health concern for one member of the family. The impact of this health issue created a slightly different goal for the renovation.
The existing bath had a tub, toilet and small vanity. It was decided that a walk-in shower would best accommodate the needs of the family. Since there is another bathtub in this house, the tub was removed and a 5’ shower was installed. A frameless, hinged shower door was installed to allow easy access while allowing an open view of the shower area. The existing double-hung window was replaced with a shorter awning window to allow natural light, fresh air, and better wall utilization for the tiled shower.
A folding bench seat was installed within the shower. Though recommended, the homeowner’s opted not to add a grab bar at this time. (The walls were prepared to accept the installation should they find the need at a later date).
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The toilet and vanity spaces were reversed to allow more floor space and visual appeal outside the shower, and we were able to increase the size of the vanity.
The heat register, which was in the corner of the room, was rerouted to the toe kick area in the vanity.
The lighting was improved with new vanity lighting installed alongside the recessed medicine cabinet and an overhead light/vent/heater was installed.
The beadboard was used to carry the Victorian charm of this home into the remodeled bath, while providing a carefree product for the homeowner. The vanity top is an acrylic product, the vanity has a thermofoil finish, and the floor and shower is all ceramic tile. These products are all easy to clean, allowing the homeowners to keep these surfaces free of bacteria which is important to their health concerns.
The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (EM-NARI) honors the accomplishments of leaders in the industry every year with these “CotY” awards.