A very BRIGHT Bath Do-over

This project was for clients who wanted to get rid of a terribly designed (and not well installed) shower and tub combo. It’s unfortunate when a previous renovator vomits dark travertine limestone all over every surface in sight for no good reason at all. This house is a 1930s two-story saltbox bungalow in Austin’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Sometime in the 1990s, a previous owner … Continue reading A very BRIGHT Bath Do-over

Shower and Garden Tub Re-do

This project was for clients who wanted to turn a very blah builder-grade 1990s -era master bath into a stylish contemporary space while still keeping to a pretty tight budget. As realtors, they understood that bathroom remodels do add to a home’s value and definitely reduce time on market when selling. For example, which of these two bathroom showers would YOU rather buy? And as … Continue reading Shower and Garden Tub Re-do

Tub Surround Replacing

This project was typical with a twist. It’s very common to upgrade a bath renovation with a new tub, tub surround tile, floor tile, etc. It’s less common to also add a window or replace every bit of drywall. But, if you’re already going mostly to the studs on a renovation project anyway, then it’s usually only an added incremental cost to go ahead and … Continue reading Tub Surround Replacing

Yes, GO to the Light!

This full bath reno was in the neat old Tarrytown hood west of downtown — just up the road from the Deep Eddy pool, the original Magnolia Cafe diner, and on a street full of repeatedly renovated 1930s homes with more character than an oscar-winning supporting actor. A three bed two bath split-level stone bungalow, its last makeover was sometime in the 1990s when bought … Continue reading Yes, GO to the Light!

Super Shower TWO: making the shower

This is the second part of a detailed spa shower creation description. If you’d like to read about all the design, demo, plumbing, carpentry, and other prep steps then just click on this “Super Shower ONE” link for the gory deets. But if you’d instead like just the tasty dessert description first, then read on! FINISH STEP ONE: Sloping the Shower Floor With the plumbing … Continue reading Super Shower TWO: making the shower