Good general contractor is key to success in triple bathroom remodel

Good general contractor is key to success in triple bathroom remodel

Dallas-area member Donna Hanna hated the bathrooms in her house for nearly two decades. “Once I remodeled my kitchen two years ago, the bathrooms became intolerable, and I remodeled them as soon as I had replenished my money bucket,” she says. “I’d made up my mind to do exactly what I wanted and not to pinch every penny.”

“The whole remodel is a psychological lift, and it has certainly improved the looks of the house,” she says. ”The new cabinets have improved the storage space considerably. All the drawers open so easily, while the old cabinet drawers got hung up nearly every time [they were] opened. The frameless glass door is a breeze to clean. The larger tiles require fewer grout lines, which will make cleaning simpler. I got rid of the stupid popcorn ceiling above the master bath shower. The granite countertops are out-of-sight gorgeous! Everything looks so beautiful that I don’t even mind cleaning the bathrooms anymore.”

A $20,000 remodel of two and-a-half bathrooms included custom cabinets, granite countertops with porcelain sinks, granite backsplashes and window ledges, tile shower and tub enclosures, installation of new tubs and sink faucets, a frameless shower door and some reworking of existing plumbing in 2013.


Hanna says she keeps less on her new sinks to show off work done in two and a half baths. (Photo courtesy of Rowlett, Texas member Donna Hanna)

“I had no idea how long it would take to remodel three bathrooms,” she says. “So anyone contemplating remodeling all of their bathrooms needs to exercise great patience.”

Craig Hamilton, owner of highly rated Hamilton Interior Finishes in Rowlett, Texas, was general contractor for the job, and other highly rated companies, including Walden Cabinets and Carl’s Pane in the Glass, both in Garland, Texas, and StoneTex of Dallas, each added elegant touches to Hanna’s Rowlett, Texas house, she says. Hamilton led the project and demolished and rebuilt the master bath shower, she says. “While they were careful in all phases of the remodel, I was quite impressed with the care taken in installing the tile in the upstairs bathroom,” Hanna says.

The shower door installation took the least amount of time, but Carl’s Pane in the Glass owner Carl Carson helped Hanna make important decisions. “Carl answered a lot of questions for me with regard to coatings that could be applied to the door to help prevent mineral buildup, how long they last and cost,” she says. “I absolutely love that frameless glass door!”

A new double hung window also allows Hanna to clean the outside of the window without having to climb a ladder.

“Besides quality work, one of the other things I appreciate about Craig [Hamilton] is the thoroughness of his explanations in advance of the work,” Hanna says. “There are never any surprises with Craig. I love my new bathrooms!”

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