Our house is about 25 years old. We've already done a couple of upgrades to it, and the next one in the queue is renovating the master bathroom.
Some of the room's issues are cosmetic. The polished brass finish on the light fixtures, faucets, and shower frame is starting to wear off. One of the two integrated sinks in the cultured marble counter top is cracked, and the vinyl floor has a couple of stains. However, the shower needs some major work. The pan is permanently stained, the grout between the tiles is cracking, and a few of the tiles are coming loose.
One day last month after a trip to the gym I stopped at a nearby kitchen and bath showroom to look around. There were so many options I left more confused than when I walked in! The store has a monthly kitchen and bathroom renovation seminar which I thought it might help unconfuse me, so I signed up to attend. Yesterday morning Hubby Tony and I were sitting in the company's classroom along with about a dozen other people.
The (very interesting) seminar covered things that would be applicable for someone doing either a kitchen or a bathroom--types of cabinet woods, counter top materials, and cabinet construction. It was eye-opening in terms of expected cost and job completion time. Did you know that according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association you should budget 5-10% of your house's value on a bathroom renovation? It was shocking news to me; we'll be spending much closer to the lower amount. I thought since we wouldn't be doing anything crazy in the room it would be an easy job, but I learned that things like replacing a shower and counter tops pushes the job into the 'major' category, which could take three to four weeks!
Based on what we learned yesterday, we're taking some baby steps toward getting the job done. I've started browsing home improvement websites to get an idea of what we want in the room and we'll set up an initial appointment with the showroom to get their input, although I'm not sure we'll use their services. The job will get done when it gets done; we've lived with the room as it is for so long, I don't know that a month or so more will make that much of a difference.
Five years ago today: Nighty Night