Forteza replaced the plumbing system, electrical and insulation, things he constantly suggests for homes built in the 1940s and '50s. “These homes have seen their time,” he says. “Ninety-five percent of the time once you gut out, you'll see dry rot, termite-infested wood — you want to fix that. Putting new tile down will not fix what is incorrect inside the walls.”

But while newer homes will not have these kinds of issues, Forteza claims you should be wary of past projects that are remodel. “You never know what quality a previous homeowner instituted,” 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; floor 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 over the lavatory, a move he likes to do in lightweight bathrooms whenever they can. “That 6 or 7 inches of level gives plenty of countertop space,” he says.

Vanity: maple, custom; vanity color: Gray, Benjamin Moore; wall color: Cold Wind, flat, Dunn-EdwardsCCForteza For your remodel, Forteza advises making sure you see and approve drawings with measurements, like the ones shown right here depicting the layout and wall level of Forteza's bathroom.

See more ways to formulate a 5-by-8 bathroomCCForteza These drawings show the tile layout.

Walls moved: No, but one half-wall that is nonstructural removed.
Plumbing moved: Yes. Every thing had been reconfigured. The shower mind switched walls, as well as the sink plumbing system had been rerouted from the wall up through the floor.
Plumbing replaced: Yes, and electrical
Experts hired: Forteza acted as builder and designer.
Unique features: Frameless glass without door. “It makes it look nice and clean,” Forteza says.
Splurges: Plumbing fixtures and custom cabinets. “Try to splurge and stay happy,” Forteza says. “The difference between a house Depot cabinet and a custom cabinet is not going to cost your home loan. You are going to be taking a look at it every single day. You may too conserve up more and stay happy with it.”
Savings: Off-the-shelf tile from a big-box store. “I usually buy tiles from a tile that is special, but we saw this for a bargain price and purchased a bunch,” he claims. He also stored 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 bathroom featured standard yellow tile with 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 mostly white tile palette, which, like a frameless glass shower enclosure, gives the illusion of more area. The straightforward color scheme, unlike the dicey yellow from before, has staying power that is built-in. “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. “If you really want color, add it through wall paint that can be easily changed, or towels and accessories.”

The glossy white tile features 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 pearl that is large mirror had been imperative,” Mack says. “It adds a modern quality plus some needed pattern and interest towards the white area.”

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

Location: Central Park West, Nyc
Cost: About $12,000 (for materials just; excluding demolition, work, 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 exactly the same ceramic tile with stuck-on soap dishes and an shower door that is ineffective. A pedestal sink lacked storage space, and there have been no niches to create up because of it.

The owners was indeed located in this Central Park West condo for 25 years and were fed up with 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. The floor was covered by her and walls in Thassos marble tile, with hints of blue on the floor plus in the grout, a nod to one for the homeowner's Greek heritage.

Wall tile: white Thassos marble subway tile; floor 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 achieve storage space, Pett added a big vanity with an undermount sink that permitted for a number of compartments. She also created two wall niches, one over the lavatory and another within the shower, each lined with slabs of Blue Celeste and white Thassos marble.

Walls moved: No
Plumbing moved: No
Plumbing replaced: Yes, and electrical
Experts 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 (maybe not including architect fees and licenses)
Designer: George Ranalli of George Ranalli Architect

Remodeling your bathroom is one of the most costly and time-consuming projects you can tackle in your home. But creating a bathroom that is new there wasn't one before? That's a whole level that is different of — and budget.
That's what Julie Press and her spouse, Simon Potter, faced in their newly bought Tribeca loft, which had three bedrooms but only 1 bathroom. 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 attention to what owners that are previous 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 suite bathroom that is en. (To make up for what would've been lost wardrobe area, they converted three bedrooms into two and utilized the remaining space to produce a walk-in wardrobe.)

The ladder seen right here causes a green wheel that firefighters may use to make 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, but, Ranalli discovered a regulation string system that fits within the wheel. Rikki Snyder After: Press and Potter spared no cost within 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 needed it to be beautiful,” Press says.

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

Right here you can view the required sprinkler wheel using the string 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 velvet marble, square mosaic, five-eighths inchRikki Snyder A wall-mounted lavatory and recessed medicine cabinet make the most of the tight quarters, while mirrors help produce more visual space.Rikki Snyder Polished nickel wall hooks, towel bar and towel rack provide storage options.Rikki Snyder The frameless glass shower enclosure also helps produce the look of more area, permitting the attention travel right back the total 8-foot length. 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 new plumbing.

Walls moved: No, but the floor had to be raised to allow for new plumbing.
Plumbing moved: Yes, from one part for the true home to another
Plumbing replaced: Yes. There was clearlyn't any plumbing system right here prior to, so all things are brand new.
Experts hired: George Ranalli Architect; Man Gorodishtan, Kitchen Bathroom Plus (contractor)
Unique features: Floor-to-ceiling marble; recessed niches and medication cabinet
Splurges: Everything
Savings: This was a remodel that is whole-home and Press and Potter stored elsewhere within the task to be able to go all down within the bathroom. 5. From ‘Dark and Dreary' to Light and Cheery
Location: Livermore, California
Cost: $11,238
Designer: home owner Joanne Payling designed the space, chose the materials and worked with the contractor. Before: absolutely nothing was indeed done for this hallway bathroom as it had been built in 1990. “It had been dark and dreary, with a light that is yellow a cracked sink,” says homeowner Joanne Payling. “It always depressed me personally to go in there.” After: Payling and her spouse, Larry Stanker, hired a contractor, Gene George, to gut the room right down to the studs. Payling then set out choosing materials and fixtures for George to put in.

Payling looked for a vanity with an undermount sink and lots of storage space, 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 door, and that solved her storage space dilemma.

Payling claims that not having a designer helped her cut down on price, but it also launched the entranceway for a mistakes that are few 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 task, and I'm maybe not a designer, so I do not panic about that stuff too much,” she claims. Before: the vanity that is original recessed medicine cabinet didn't offer much storage space, and when the couple's college-age child was at city, every thing finished up regarding the countertop.

The couple also wanted to get rid of the synthetic shower-tub insert as well as the accents that are gold-colored. 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 also would've liked the bathroom . tank to the 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 door. The cabinets hold cleansing materials, extra toothpaste and soap, and that can even hold toilet paper rolls, as long as they're maybe not the big fluffy kind. A linen wardrobe across the hallway also adds storage space.

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