Completing a studs-out remodel of a master bathroom
A few months ago, Carol Dunford and her family purchased a home in Roseburg, Ore.
Dunford had received a promotion, which required her and her family members to relocate. They loved many of the house’s features, but they found the master bathroom wanting.
"I told my husband that if we bought the house, the master bathroom would have to be changed," she says. The house was built in 1994 but featured a design with a "’70s flair," as Dunford says, with "floor-to-ceiling floral wallpaper and cheesy plastic accessories."
"It's a long, narrow space, and it had all the utilities crammed into a tiny room at the other end, with a long area in the middle holding nothing but a vanity, and then one closet rod at the other end," Dunford says. "There are no closets in the master bedroom itself, so there was little to no clothing storage."
And that's not all: The electrical outlets had all been installed upside down.
Even before they closed on the home, they began batting around ideas about how to use the space. They tried drawing up plans but couldn't devise a strategy.
Finally, Dunford turned to Angie's List, researching several contractors and getting bids. ("This is a very rural area with low Internet usage, so there aren’t a lot of businesses in the area with reviews on Angie’s List yet," she adds.)
Eventually, a neighbor recommended a contractor, whom she later found reviews for on Angie's List, although under a different name. The contractor drew up some plans and got to work.
The remodel included demolishing the long and narrow room, dividing it into two rooms and creating a walk-in closet. It also featured new tiling, underfloor heat, a six-foot jetted bathtub, vanity and granite countertop, a closet system and custom mirror.
"We’re very happy with the new space," Dunford says. "The larger tub is marvelous and I’m sure the heated floors will make winter mornings much more bearable. Having a separate, walk-in closet (even though it’s small) means I can keep my suits, shoes and casual clothes all organized and ready to go. I can transform from manager to farmer in the blink of an eye. We've built and or remodeled several houses, and this was without question the best experience we've had yet."