Bathroom Renovation Results from Collaboration Between Couple, Contractor
Angel Trimble and her husband packed 30 years of updates into a bathroom renovation in their 1980s Charlotte home. They packed plenty of learning into the project, too.
The Trimbles’ master bath hadn’t been updated since the house was built three decades ago. It needed new flooring to replace the wall-to-wall carpet. It needed new fixtures, new cabinetry, new ventilation.
The couple hired highly rated Classic Tile and Renovations of Charlotte for the renovation, but the Trimbles also made some other key decisions that can help anyone who’s contemplating a big project, no matter the room.
What can you learn from Angela Trimble? Plenty, she says.
Hire an interior designer
Classic Tile, as is customary for contractors, offered the Trimbles a list of preferred vendors for cabinets, granite and other parts of the project. The company didn’t have an on-staff designer, however, so the Trimbles hired one of their own.
It was the right call.
“She was very helpful with a lot of the details and knew the lingo to speak with the various vendors,” Angela Trimble says. “And it was reassuring to have someone to consult on different selections and how they would tie together.”
Trimble recommends making sure your contractor is flexible and will work with vendors that aren’t on the contractor’s list.
“I selected our floor right away,” she says, “but it took some time and stops at a few different shops to find tile I liked for the shower walls.”
Tony DiMaggio, owner of Classic Tile, had no problem with that, Trimble says. “He seemed to have a really good rapport with all the outside vendors,” she says, “even the tile one that was not on his suggested list."
Take good notes
Trimble learned quickly that everyone wasn’t always on the same page about the specifics of the project. There was some “inconsistent communication” about when different workers were starting and finishing, as well as some confusion about some of the couple’s selections.
“One thing I learned was that I should have taken very specific notes when I made selections with the different vendors,” she says. “I assumed the people that worked at these places were getting all the details to our contractor, but we discovered some discrepancies along the way.”
Having those notes can also be handy long after the job is done, she says.
“In years to come when you need to order new grout or replace a cracked tile, it helps to have the exact manufacturer, supplier, style, size, color, etc., listed,” she says.
The renovation was a success – and only $600 over the proposed price. (“Due to choices on our part,” she says.) That’s thanks to Classic Tile’s good work – and also to the Trimbles’ diligence.
“Overall,” Angela Trimble says, “the experience was a positive one.”