Many of the tips that I share on my blog started out as discoveries I made while navigating an unfamiliar situation in my own life. It feels very rewarding when I can turn my trial-and-error experiences into information or advice that someone else can benefit from. And that’s exactly what I’m hoping to achieve with today’s post about my recent bathroom renovations! It was my first major home renovation project, and I really had no idea what to expect when I got started. My hope is that by sharing the whole story, I can help make the process a little easier or less scary for someone else! :-)
The Full Story Behind Our Bathroom Renovation Project
A Brief History Of Our Home Renovations
I have been bemoaning the state of my bathrooms for several years now. And during that time, I’ve spoken to quite a few other fifty-somethings that have similar feelings about their own homes! Many of us have lived in our current houses for around 20 years now, and our houses could really use a little TLC at this point. And after all the kid-raising and “making ends meet” we’ve done over the years, I think we deserve to finally get serious about the home renovation projects we’ve been dreaming about!
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Around five years ago now, I took my first baby step toward updating my own house. We completed a mini-makeover of the kitchen by staining the cabinets and refinishing the countertops. (And even though I’m content with those updates for now, a much more extensive kitchen remodel is still on my wish list for the future!)
A couple of years after that, we took down a wall in our living area and replaced most of the flooring on the main level with tile and wood. Since doing those two projects, I’ve been content with almost everything in the house—EXCEPT for our two dated bathrooms!
This year, I decided to (finally) take a step towards getting my bathroom project started by getting a few bids. The first call I made was to a reputable kitchen and bath remodeling company. The bid I received from them took my breath away, and unfortunately not in a good way. I considered biting the bullet and accepting the bid anyway, but then I thought about the Lowe’s-sponsored kitchen renovation we did at the OGT Studio a few years ago.
That project turned out great, so I figured it was worth a call to Lowe’s to see what they could do for my bathroom project. And I’m very glad I did! Not only was their bid a whole $10K(!) less than the first bid I’d received, but the whole process went about as smoothly as a home renovation project can possibly go!
Designing My Dream Bathrooms
After accepting the bid from Lowe’s, we set up a time for a design consultation. I met with a talented designer named Melissa, who was extremely helpful in helping me choose materials for the project. I already had an idea of the look I wanted for my bathrooms (thanks to Pinterest, of course), and Melissa was able to walk me through the pro’s and con’s of various options. She also suggested products that I never would have thought of on my own, and those ended up being some of my favorite parts of the finished design!
I was initially a little worried that Lowe’s might not have materials and products that fit the style I wanted, but those worries evaporated quickly! They had a wide variety of products that represented all the current home design trends. A lot of the “Pin-spiration” I had gathered from Pinterest for our bathroom renovation featured oil-rubbed bronze hardware and white subway tiles. And luckily for me, Lowe’s had lots of options to choose from for both!
Demolition, Construction, & Installation
The demand for contractors is currently surpassing the supply in our growing town. It’s hard enough to get someone to replace a few light fixtures, let alone sign on for a whole renovation project. But going through Lowe’s gave me access to an array of qualified and proven independent contractors. And since Lowe’s expects their contractors to prioritize those jobs, I didn’t have to worry about being put on their back-burner.
Another bright spot in the construction and installation part of the project was our project manager Scott. One of the most common complaints people tend to have about renovations is that they weren’t kept in the loop during the process. But Scott always made an effort to send us a text or stop by to keep us updated. On the few occasions that there was a holdup for some reason, he would reach out to let us know about it. Both me and my worrywart husband appreciated this immensely!
*Note: The contractor we ended up working with was Ideal Kitchen and Bath out of Orem, Utah. I just had to give them a shoutout here because they were so great to work with! :-)
A Job Well Done!
Of course none of the above would matter if I wasn’t happy with the finished product (which I definitely am!) I honestly get a little thrill every time I walk into either one of our bathrooms. My husband summed it up nicely when he said it felt like “walking into a bathroom at a really nice hotel.” Our bathroom renovations actually exceeded my expectations in a lot of ways. I had no idea that a taller vanity, higher shower head, and deeper bathtub would make such a huge difference!
If you have the itch to update your tired bathrooms (or kitchen, or any room really), I hope this post gives you the confidence to make it happen. Believe me, if I can spearhead a project like this, you can too! :-)
Have you recently renovated a room in your home, or are you dreaming about a renovation project?