Forteza replaced the plumbing, electric and insulation, things he constantly suggests for homes built in the 1940s and '50s. “These homes have observed their time,” he says. “Ninety-five per cent of times when you gut out, you will see dry rot, termite-infested wood — you want to fix that. Putting tile that is new won't fix what is wrong in the walls.”

But while more recent homes won't have these kinds of problems, Forteza states you need to be cautious about past projects that are remodel. “You never know what quality a homeowner that is previous,” he says. No matter what the size of your bathroom in other words, always build a 10% to 20% contingency into your budget.




Wall tile: Carrara marble, 4 by 12 inches; flooring tile: Carrara marble, 12 by 12 inches; thermostat trim with diverter: Metris C in chrome (15753001), Hansgrohe

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CCForteza Forteza extended the Caesarstone countertop above the toilet, a move he loves to do in compact restrooms whenever he can. “That 6 or 7 inches of level offers a lot of counter space,” he says.

Vanity: maple, custom; vanity color: Gray, Benjamin Moore; wall color: Cold Wind, flat, Dunn-EdwardsCCForteza for the remodel, Forteza advises ensuring you see and approve drawings with measurements, such as the ones shown right here depicting the wall and layout level of Forteza's restroom.

See more approaches to lay out a 5-by-8 bathroomCCForteza These drawings show the tile design.

Walls moved: No, but one half-wall that is nonstructural eliminated.
Plumbing moved: Yes. Every thing was reconfigured. The shower mind switched walls, plus the sink plumbing was rerouted through the wall up through the ground.
Plumbing replaced: Yes, and electric
Professionals hired: Forteza acted as builder and designer.
Unique features: Frameless glass without home. “It makes it look nice and clean,” Forteza says.
Splurges: Plumbing fixtures and custom cabinets. “Try to splurge and become delighted,” Forteza says. “The difference between a property Depot case and a custom case will not cost your mortgage. You will be taking a look at it every day that is single. You may besides save up more and become happy with it.”
Savings: Off-the-shelf tile from a store that is big-box. “I usually buy tiles from a special tile supplier, but I saw this for a bargain cost and purchased a bunch,” he states. He additionally saved on design and building charges by doing the ongoing work himself. 2. From 1950s to Timeless




Location: Brooklyn, Ny
Cost: $20,000
Designer: Julia Mack of Julia Mack Design

Before: This restroom featured standard tile that is yellow white trim, remnants from the day it was installed in the 1950s. Not quite fitting for a homeowner who travels frequently and enjoys staying in European-style luxury hotels with spa-like bathrooms.Julia Mack Design, LLC After: Designer Julia Mack began with a tile that is mostly white, which, like a frameless glass shower enclosure, gives the impression of more room. The straightforward color scheme, unlike the dicey yellow from before, has built-in staying power. “I prefer to keep tile neutral you don't want to get tired of colors,” Mack says because it will be there for a long time and. Through wall paint that can be easily changed, or towels and accessories.“If you really want color, add it”

The glossy tile that is white a subtle horizontal stripe, and Mack thought this would look good paired with small matte black tile installed in a herringbone pattern on the floor. “Once these two items were finalized, I knew that the large pearl inlaid mirror was imperative,” Mack says. “It adds a modern quality plus some required pattern and interest to the white room.”

Walls relocated: No
Plumbing moved: No
Plumbing replaced: Yes
Professionals hired: Donald Meta (specialist), Julia Mack of Julia Mack Design (interior planning)
Unique features: a glass that is new enclosure that visually expands the room
Splurges: Tiled shower niche with two tiled shelves
Savings: Mack kept the lighting that is existing purchased a cheap sink cabinet 3. From Ceramic Nightmare to Marble Dream

Location: Central Park West, Nyc
Cost: About $12,000 (for materials only; excluding demolition, labor, paint or design charges, as this was element of a whole-house renovation)
Designer: Sharon Pett of Pett & Associates

Before: Built in 1959, the bathroom still featured the same ceramic tile with stuck-on soap meals and an shower door that is ineffective. A pedestal sink lacked storage, and there have been no niches to produce up for this.

The owners was surviving in this Central Park West condo for 25 years and were sick and tired of the real way the bathroom looked.Pett & Associates, LLC After: The homeowners wanted something “classic yet elegant and somewhat feminine,” Pett says. She gutted the space down to the studs and started fresh. She covered the floor and walls in Thassos marble tile, with tips of blue on to the floor plus in the grout, a nod to at least one of the home owner's Greek heritage.

Wall tile: white Thassos marble subway tile; flooring tile: Blue Celeste and Thassos marble mosaic; shower base tile: Blue Celeste slabs; niche tile: Blue Celeste and white Thassos marble slabsPett & Associates, LLC To gain storage, Pett included a big vanity with an undermount sink that permitted for all drawers. She additionally created two wall niches, one above the toilet and another in the shower, each lined with slabs of Blue Celeste and white Thassos marble.




Walls relocated: No
Plumbing moved: No
Plumbing replaced: Yes, and electric
Professionals hired: A general contractor
Unique features: Floor-to-ceiling marble tile, frameless shower enclosure and recessed niches
Splurges: Everything 4. From Junky Space Closet to High-End En Suite

Location: Tribeca, Nyc
Cost: About $60,000 (perhaps not including architect fees and permits)
Designer: George Ranalli of George Ranalli Architect

Renovating your bathroom is one of the most costly and time-consuming projects you can tackle in your home. But creating a new bathroom where there isn't one before? That is a complete different level of commitment — and budget.
That is what Julie Press and her husband, Simon Potter, faced in their newly bought Tribeca loft, which had three bedrooms but just one restroom. Perhaps not an situation that is ideal the couple's son comes home on college breaks. And not ideal for resale value in a market that is high-end. Before: The couple switched their awareness of what previous owners had described as a dressing room (shown here) right off the master bedroom. While the previous owners had been using the space for storage, Press saw it as a perfect opportunity to create an en suite bathroom. (In order to make up for just what would've been lost wardrobe room, they converted three bedrooms into two and used the remaining space to create a walk-in wardrobe.)

The ladder seen right here leads to a green wheel that firefighters can use to turn off the sprinkler system once a fire is under control. Press and Potter's architect, George Ranalli, originally said that regulations prevented him from touching the mechanism and that the couple would have to shower next to the ladder. After some extensive research, however, Ranalli discovered a regulation chain system that fits over the wheel. Rikki Snyder upon: Press and Potter spared no expense in the new bathroom. Being in Tribeca, they knew that if they were to sell the loft in the future, the bathroom would have to appeal to high-end clients. “i desired that it is beautiful,” Press says.

Mosaic Carrara marble tile covers the walls as much as 8 legs and it is capped with a black marble border tile. Carrara marble in a pattern that is basket-weave the ground. Press estimates she invested $7,300 on tile and $7,800 on installation.

Here you can view the sprinkler that is required with the chain system.

Floor tile: Bianco Carrara marble with Nero Marquina dots in basket-weave mosaic; wall tile: Carrara marble, polished white, mosaic offset brick pattern; border tile: polished black colored velvet marble, square mosaic, five-eighths inchRikki Snyder A wall-mounted toilet and recessed medicine case maximize the tight quarters, while mirrors help create more visual space.Rikki Snyder Polished nickel wall hooks, towel club and towel rack offer storage options.Rikki Snyder The frameless glass shower enclosure additionally assists create the look of more room, letting the eye travel right back the total length that is 8-foot. Rikki Snyder Carrara marble tile in a basket-weave pattern lines two shower niches, connecting the shower to the floor tile.Rikki Snyder Looking from the bedroom into the bathroom, this photo shows how the bathroom had to be raised to accommodate plumbing that is new.

Walls relocated: No, but the ground needed to be raised to accommodate plumbing that is new.
Plumbing moved: Yes, from a single side of the true house to a different
Plumbing replaced: Yes. There wasn't any plumbing right here before, so all things are brand new.
Professionals hired: George Ranalli Architect; Man Gorodishtan, Kitchen Bathroom Plus (specialist)
Unique features: Floor-to-ceiling marble; recessed niches and medicine case
Splurges: Everything
Savings: it was a whole-home remodel, and Press and Potter saved somewhere else in the project to be able to go all down in the restroom. 5. From ‘Dark and Dreary' to Light and Cheery
Location: Livermore, Ca
Cost: $11,238
Designer: Homeowner Joanne Payling designed the room, find the materials and caused the specialist. Before: absolutely nothing was done for this hall restroom because it was built in 1990. “It was dark and dreary, with a light that is yellow a cracked sink,” says home owner Joanne Payling. “It always depressed me to go in there.” After: Payling and her husband, Larry Stanker, hired a contractor, Gene George, to gut the space right down to the studs. Payling then set out selecting materials and fixtures for George to put in.




Payling looked for a vanity with an undermount sink and plenty of storage, but she couldn't find one she liked inside her budget range. She saw a pedestal sink she really liked, but it didn't offer any storage. Then she came across a photo on Houzz of recessed storage set between wall studs. She had her contractor build a cabinet into the wall studs behind the hinged home, and that solved her storage dilemma.

Payling states that devoid of a designer helped her reduce price, but it addittionally launched the entranceway for a few mistakes to slip through. For example, she wished she had been present when the wall tile went up. She would've had the light switches installed higher so the tile wouldn't have to be cut and worked around them. “But this was a DIY project, and I'm perhaps not a designer, so I do not freak out about that stuff way too much,” she states. Before: the vanity that is original recessed medicine case don't provide much storage, so when the couple's college-age daughter was at city, every thing finished up regarding the counter.

The couple additionally desired to eliminate the plastic shower-tub insert plus the gold-colored accents. After: Payling splurged on the white Thassos marble tile with Blue Celeste dots for the floor; she saved by going with inexpensive ceramic tile for the shower and walls, both of which she spiffed up with glass and marble tile accents.

Payling additionally would've liked the bathroom . tank to touch the wall behind it rather than have a gap of a couple of inches — another design detail she feels could have been prevented if she had hired a designer or been present at installation. Here you can see the cabinet that is recessed behind the bathroom home. The cabinets hold cleaning supplies, additional toothpaste and soap, and will even hold wc paper rolls, as long as they are perhaps not the big kind that is fluffy. A linen wardrobe across the hall additionally adds storage.

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