DIY Master Bath Renovation: Before & (Nearly) After

DIY Master Bath Renovation: Before & (Nearly) After

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For many old bathrooms, a gut renovation is the only kind of renovation possible. Poor layouts, crumbling fixtures, and dated materials simply must be ripped out and hauled off to make room for new solutions. And since most of us don't live inside a 30-minute HGTV show, this kind of renovation takes serious time — especially when the entire project is DIY and must revolve around jobs, finances, weather and general life. Enter Jennifer & Bill's master bath overhaul, currently a few months shy of 2 years in the making...

The bathroom is part of the Victorian home's old sun porch — the source of those fantastic windows but also a slew of unique renovation issues. The completely DIY gut remodel began in May 2007 and has been progressing slowly but surely across good-weather weekends ever since. The budget is $6,000 which, after reconstruction purchases like a new radiant floor heating system, means serious bargain shopping for materials and fixtures. Here's a breakdown of Jennifer's bargain finds so far:


  • Clawfoot tub from Craig's List

  • Tub faucet from eBay

  • Travertine tile purchased for 60% off (close-out) on Craig's List

  • Moen showhouse vertical spa system from eBay for $600 (regular price $2800)

  • Antique marble slab for $20 which will be used for the vanity after Bill makes the base

  • Pottery Barn towel bars, shelves and other fixtures at the outlet in Long Island, NY

Renovations are rarely as easy as TV shows make them look and living day-in day-out during them definitely takes patience and resolve. We think it's looking great even in this unfinished state — and the new focal point of the clawfoot tub under those amazing windows is just lovely. Lots of in-progress documentation over in Jennifer's Bathroom Flickr set. Keep up the great work and definitely keep us updated!

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