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- Chicago, IL
- U.S. Owner
- My room makeover::
- When I bought my Chicago bungalow I knew that the bathroom needed to be remodeled. Not only had it suffered a terrible "upgrade" in the early 70s, it also had extensive moisture damage from lack of ventilation--parts of the walls were beginning to sag inwards, and many of the tiles were falling off. I decided on a style that would feel classic without being too kitschy, with some modern touches (like a ventilating fan!) I did the design work and purchased all the fixtures and tile, and then hired a contractor service to do all the physical/technical work. It was a complete gut rehab (they even had to rebuild some of the framing around the outer wall because it had completely rotted) and it took two and a half weeks at a cost of $14k including all supplies and labor. I bought almost all the tile and the sink at Home Depot, the shelves/towel rods were Delta (via amazon.com) and IKEA. I kept the existing toilet and tub, but changed the toilet seat to black.
- My makeover advice::
- Stay on top of everything, and be available for any directions your contractor needs. Don't be afraid to "interfere" and ask a ton of questions. Also, if you have an old house, prepare to learn unwelcome things--I found out that most of my wiring is almost a hundred years old and I pretty much need to rewire the whole house ASAP!
- What I love most about my new space::
- I love the look and feel of the tile, and how much more open the space feels, even though the square footage didn't change at all.