A Bathroom Update That Leaves Plenty of Cash for Those Tea Purchases!

Whether you just bought an old house that you want to bring up-to-date, have been in your house for decades and think it’s time for a bit of freshening, or want to improve things for a quicker sale at a better price, the bathroom is often the target and one that many assume is rather expensive to improve. But that economic bathroom update is possible. We did it with our house that was built in the first half of the 20th century. Maybe this experience will give you a few ideas for your bathroom makeover. And you’ll save enough to buy plenty of tea to sip on while soaking in that tub!

The Issues


Before you see the photos of the results, we wanted to give a summation of the process:

The Big Reveal!

Time to see the final results:

BIG TIP: Avoid the “Professional” Designer

Quite frankly, the best way to avoid unnecessary expense is to avoid those “professional” designers that home improvement stores employ. Something we learned pretty quickly.

Lowe’s Home Improvement has a program where a staff member poses as a designer and listens to you from one side of a desk in the store as you sit on the other side of the desk and describe what you want. They have no idea what the room really looks like nor what to propose. Frustrated at this, the person with whom we were speaking gave us the business card of their “professional” designer and told us to email her, so we did. To make a long story short, it turns out the designer’s real job is to try to talk us into expensive choices. The key is to say no and go your own way. We did, and have lived to celebrate that decision – and the money we saved!

Final Result Worth It All

We now have the bathroom we had envisioned, and it might even be a bit better. Having a shower in there is a big plus for us. Having the water come out of that tub faucet all nice and clean is another. Time for that bit of a luxury spa bath time.

© 2016-2020 A.C. Cargill photos and text


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