Fixing up the bathroom in a Florida fixer-upper
In April, Angie's List member Andy F. and his wife purchased a fixer-upper in Davenport, Fla. The distressed, 2008-built property needed serious attention.
"Everything had been taken from the house," Andy says. "I'm talking toilets, ceiling fans, doors, vanities and even the entire kitchen.”
After hiring a contractor, they set out their vision.
"We knew the look we were going for, and it was just a case of finding the right pieces from different sources," Andy says. "We already had these great windows and I wanted it to feel like the bathtub was outside and part of nature. We also wanted the feel of a European spa: clean lines, yet traditional. The water fixture was the finishing touch; it's like our own little waterfall."
As renovations began, getting the plumbing right proved tricky. "All of the valves and water lines had been completely ripped out of the house," Andy says.
But the final product turned out better than the couple had envisioned. "It all came together in the end," he says.
His advice to others who are embarking on intensive remodeling throughout a home: "Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style," Andy says. "We used Craigslist, IKEA and eBay, and ended up saving a lot in the process!"