Time for Bubbles-Champagne-That Is

Exactly seven months ago today, I signed the contract for my master bath remodel and I can proudly say it is finally done, as of yesterday! Yeaaaaay!! And in my humble opinion, it is gorgeous!

Before I get to the photos, I’d like to share what I have learned about remodeling, since this was my first major one. I was told by the company I hired, that my remodel was quite different than most, because I designed the project and researched and bought most of the supplies myself: sinks, toilet, shower and sink fixtures, medicine cabinet, ceiling tin, wall and ceiling light fixtures, columns, and all the tile. And I faux finished the ceiling and the Greek columns. Usually the remodeling company handles all that and the customer just pays for it all.

Regardless of how it is done, I suggest that impeccable records be kept of everything. Period. A diary is ideal if it includes how much things cost, but also when items were installed. It was more complicated for me because I had to keep track of my own costs for sinks, for instance, and also costs regarding the company I hired, mainly demo, installation and extras. Take pictures before the project starts and periodically along the way. They will be fun to see later.

I learned that remodeling costs more than you plan for. If you want anything out of the ordinary, like Champagne Bronze plumbing fixtures, you will have to pay an “up-charge,” sometimes called a “change order.” That will be in addition to the estimate you initially received from the contractor.

Also, the estimated time for completion is likely to be longer than expected. In my case, a lot longer. That actually worked in my favor, because it gave me additional time to save money to cover those unexpected extra costs.

At tally-up time, since I kept impeccable records, I even found a couple discounts my contractor forgot. That saved me money and made me happy. One of my discounts came through Angie’s List, so I recommend it.

And now, without further ado…here are the photos I promised. Want to share some bubbly with me? (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Before-Window Seat

Before-Window Seat






Before Vanity

Before Vanity





After-Window Seat

After-Window Seat












After - Shower

After – Shower





After - Column Capital

After – Column Capital






After - Column Base

After – Column Base









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16 responses to “Time for Bubbles-Champagne-That Is

  1. Kathy

    What a Beautiful job Aunt Gail!! Enjoy!

    • Thank you, Kathy. My favorite rooms are now the sun room and the master bathroom. I wonder what that says about me. 🙂 Hope you and your family are well and happy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  2. Diana Bell

    What a beautiful job you did on designing your Bathroom. I can speak from experience on the time involved on remodeling a room but it is worth it after the completion. It is beautiful especially the ceiling and tile. ENJOY, Diana

  3. Renee

    Oh my my!!! How fancy is THAT?!!! I would feel like I was in a Grecian Bath…… at least from pix I’ve seen! Beyond gorgeous!

  4. Cynthia

    Just breath taking…..but didn’t expect anything less from you! Your projects always come out AWESOME! Can’t wait to see it in person and have a glass of Asti with you to celebrate it’s completion! Love You!

  5. greeneagle888777

    WOW……!!!!! total class act, like stepping back into history…..or getting a room at the swankiest hotel on this planet!!!

  6. Linda

    Absolutely beautiful, great job Coco, I have to redo my master bath, now I have some inspiration!

  7. WOW, Coco! That marble column makes me feel “cool” just looking at it…what a gorgeous remodel! You are so artistic as well as a great writer! ~~~Tess

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