DIY demo & design leaves more money for pro bathroom remodel

DIY demo & design leaves more money for pro bathroom remodel

In 2004, Hereford, Md. member John McGlynn and his wife, Lynne, moved into their brand new home. They soon realized that the layout of the master bathroom wasn’t as functional as they wanted.

On top of poor layout, the McGlynns discovered mold when tiles started falling off after John finished regrouting the bathroom. “There was nothing but black behind the tiles,” he says. That’s when they decided to pull the trigger on their big remodel.

The McGlynns decided to demolish the old room and buy all the materials for the project themselves to avoid price increases by middle men. John said they would often price the same item multiple places. “If we saw something we liked, we’d go on the Internet to see if we could get it cheaper,” he says.

When it came to the bathroom demolition, John says he and his wife took it down to the studs. He jokes that his Lynne’s love for HGTV shows helped in the process. “I put a hammer in her hand and that was all she wrote,” he says.

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The homeowner purchased all the materials for the project and hired out for installation. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member John McGlynn of Hereford, Md.) (Photo by )

The McGlynns came up with their own new bathroom design. John had a background in drafting and was able to create rough sketches of their ideas. He says they went through about eight to 10 different designs before they decided on the perfect one for them. John says that he and his wife were the right people to design the new bathroom. “No one knows us better than us,” he says.

Once they purchased all the materials and the completed the design, the McGlynns hired highly rated Owings Brothers Contracting of Eldersburg, Md., to install everything and do all the finish work. They worked with John on the cost of the job and came to an agreement at $30,000.

John says they went over their budget for the materials they purchased, but it was well worth it. He and his wife love the result. “We love the design,” he says. “It’s very spa-like.”


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