Claw-foot tub highlights Maryland member’s bathroom remodel

Claw-foot tub highlights Maryland member’s bathroom remodel

Darcy Hanes had a problem in her master bathroom. Water damage from the shower caused tiles on the floor to crack and made the floor uneven. In addition, the large bathtub dominated the space, making the room look small, and the 20-year-old plain white tile and grout looked outdated.

For three years, the Beltsville, Maryland member contemplated a renovation before hiring highly rated Expert Home Remodelers of Olney, Maryland, for the $16,000 project that included installing a new subfloor and flooring, enlarged shower, new tile and fixtures, a new vanity, and — just for Hanes — a 300-pound cast iron, claw-foot tub.

“My husband Joseph Martin is happy with the size of the new shower, and I am very happy with my new claw-foot tub,” Hanes says.

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Hanes designed the room, but Expert pointed out tweaks that would make the remodel better, she says. For instance, Hanes wanted to switch from tile to heated floors since she no longer wanted to wake up in the morning to cold bathroom floors. However, once Expert explained the advantages and disadvantages of heated floors, she chose a different material. As it turns out, the new flooring isn’t cold at all, so Hanes is glad she went a different route. Originally, she also wanted a pony wall between the tub and shower, but Experts advised the wall wouldn’t mesh well with the design idea she wanted.

“I took the advice of not having the pony wall, and I’m really glad I did,” Hanes says. “I think the pony wall would have interfered with the airy concept, and that is one of the things I really love about my new bathroom.”

With the master bathroom complete, Hanes set her eyes on another room.

“My problem now is my beautiful new bathroom makes the guest bathroom look dated and now, and I want that bathroom remodeled!” she says.


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Before: The old bath was dated with small tiles, white vanities, small-scale accessories and a brass shower enclosure. (Photo courtesy of Janet Lenzen)
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