What started with a leak in the master bath, is going to turn into something amazing.?? In this blog series you???ll get to follow the real time progress of a modern, professionally designed bathroom remodel from original conception through design detail and production to a finished product.
Linda Gafford, owner of Gafford Interiors, had worked with these clients for years resulting in a beautiful home.?? While the bathrooms were well decorated, time had eventually caught up with their appearance and performance.?? The clients decided that rather than repair, it was time to remodel.?? Gafford Interiors and Highland Design + Build, formerly known as CASE Design/Remodeling recommends had worked together before to remodel other areas of the home and they were selected as the team to handle the baths.
The design process began with evaluating the existing space and understanding the clients??? needs. Chief among the goals were exchanging the existing tub shower combo in the master to a larger shower only design as both clients are shower bathers.?? Efficient storage, better light, along with flexibility to accommodate aging in place modifications should they be needed in the future.?? In the guest bath, adult children with their own families are frequent visitors and accommodating their needs in comfort was the priority.
At Highland we divide our design process into two phases, space planning and selections.?? Space planning addresses the size and shape of the component parts of the project and their arrangement in the space.?? Comfort, aesthetics, efficiency and safety are all important factors at this phase.?? Case Designer, Jakiya Mixon, developed a range of alternatives that met the clients??? general goals and then the clients evaluated the alternatives to identify what is ideal for them.?? 3D rendering is a big help at this phase to allow clients to experience how the space will actually feel.?? A good example is the amount of glass used in the shower design
After creating the new floor plan to accommodate the new features, Gafford Interiors worked with the clients on selections of tile, cabinetry style and plumbing and light fixtures to create the special look that reflects the clients??? taste and personality.
With the project designed a specified, construction began.?? Dust and floor protection were set up and demolition began.?? We encountered an unusual situation beneath the floor tile.?? There was no subfloor.?? The original installer had nailed rails to the sides of the floor joists and dropped boards on the rails which lowered the tile mud bed to the top of the floor joists.?? The entire assembly had to be removed and new, modern subfloor material installed.
With demolition complete, we have now started the first steps of building the new bathrooms. Our team has started the process of framing. Making cavities and room for the items that will be installed in the bathroom. We are nearing completion of this step
We have also begun the process of rough plumbing. We have almost entirely completed this step at this point. One the toughest parts of this process is moving a 400 pound bathtub into a house without hurting the tub, home, and especially our team. As you can see below we had 4 people there to move it. You can see how they put cardboard between the tub and the hand truck to make sure that the tub itself will not be damaged. It was tough but ultimately not a problem for a good team.
That???s it for this week! Check back next week for part two to see the progress we make and the next steps in a bathroom remodel. If you are interested in remodeling a bathroom call us at 205-855-5505 or by scheduling a conversation with our easy online form.?? There you can scheduled a meeting, look at pictures of finished jobs and learn about our kitchen and bath seminars.?? Thanks for reading!