Sacramento-area homeowner remodels bathroom before new baby arrives
Auburn, California, member Lisa Doty and her husband, Brian, had a master bathroom that needed updates. Lisa says they wanted to add a door between the bathroom and the bedroom. They also needed to address a shower leak. “We decided to go ahead and update the bathroom and have all the work done at once,” she says.
Lisa says they planned on making some of the updates since they moved in, but when she became pregnant with their second child, they pushed to get it done before the baby boy arrived. Lisa adds that they were heavily involved in the design. “We had a vision of what we wanted, and that led the design from the beginning,” she says.
The Dotys hired highly rated Gurzi & DeWolf Builders of Auburn to complete their master bathroom renovation, which cost $9,500. Lisa says Gurzi & DeWolf understood what they wanted, asked questions and provided a reasonable bid.
Lisa says they created a budget for the project, but they went over that budget by 60 percent. She says they got the labor budget right, but the budget for materials was way off. “We chose quality, mid-range materials and things simply cost more than we anticipated,” she says.
Now, Lisa says the bathroom brings tranquility. “I love the calming feeling of our new bathroom,” she says. “It’s such a relaxing space now, especially with the new French doors separating it from the master bedroom.”