Portland remodeler transforms basement bathroom into spa-like space

Portland remodeler transforms basement bathroom into spa-like space

Angie’s List member Greg M. continued to grow weary of his dark, dingy basement bathroom. Something had to change.

By January of 2013, he had cycled through four recent repair and renovation projects on the Portland home he purchased in 2009—including waterproofing his basement and finishing a guest bedroom.

Slowly but surely, he was transforming his basement into a place where house guests could relax and rejuvenate.

After navigating these projects, he was finally ready to tackle the fifth and biggest project yet: remodeling his basement bathroom into a sleek, modern and relaxing space for house guests.

There was a lot of work to be done.

“The previous owner had taken down the walls of this room, and removed the sink, leaving only a toilet and a fiberglass shower stall, both of which were inoperable,” Greg says. “The bathroom was a scary and dark place, and the only real eyesore in a lovely house.”

At the beginning of the process, he was very clear with his trusted Angie's List contractor: He didn't want a prefab bathroom. Instead, it should be original yet classic.

"I had taken showers in cramped shower stalls and I didn't want that for this bathroom," Greg says. "In fact, I thought since it was being used for house guests, why not create a spa-like atmosphere?"

So Greg, his contractor and subcontractors put their heads together to find a solution. They found a floor and tile company in Portland that featured an urbane collection of materials.

As the project unfolded, Greg and his team knew they would have to do something about the basement bathroom's floor. For starters, it needed to be leveled. Greg had dealt with basement leaks before, and didn't want to contend with them again, especially in Portland, where heavy rains can cause flooding. So instead of opting for a hardwood floor, he went with a marbleized porcelain tile.

Tiles in tow, Greg went about selecting a color plan and cabinetry.

As the remodel moved into April, it was beginning to press up against an 11-day trip abroad for Greg. That meant he wouldn’t be around as the project reach the details-oriented close.

When he arrived home from his trip, contractors were still working. The shower’s glass doors and walls remained unfinished. The quartz floor still needed a sealant coating. The medicine cabinet hung too high, and the riser on the stair leading to the bathroom floor needed tweaked.

However, the finishing touches—some recommended by Greg himself—were no match for his skilled contractor. He dispatched them quickly, leaving Greg with the bathroom he dreamed of—finally. "I got a stunning bathroom," Greg says, "which looks both therapeutic and classic."

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