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Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom RemodelingFor the past few months we’ve been cleaning out dad’s home to prepare for the sale. Trust me, when someone has lived in a home for 43 years, it’s got some serious stuff in storage. This week, I gave in and called in the second dumpster delivery. (And my parents were neat freaks! I really feel for the rest of you.) And I’m making trip after trip to the local thrift store.

While you might find all sorts of odd items in this type of situation, one of the 1960s era gems that stands out above the rest is my brother’s downstairs bathroom. This super special bathroom is desperately in need of bathroom remodeling services. It has a walk-in shower with multi-colored tile (read that: every random piece of tile that was left over from other job), a collapsable plastic sliding door, and apparently no shower pan. It has a yellow, speckled formica countertop and a groovy linoleum-like tile floor. Best of all, it has brown striped, train engine wallpaper. Yessiree!

If you’re a serious do-it-yourselfer — and up to plumbing, tile installation — you can save a boatload on labor. But if you’re not, comparing prices and services (like I did on the house build) can get you great quality at a great price.

If you live in the Rockville, Maryland, or Falls Church, Virginia, areas, look at the bathroom services offered by Ideal Tile. If not, get recommendations as a starting point and then talk to your top contenders. You can find the right people for the job.

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  • DiNaRa September 17, 2011, 11:19 am

    i have recently bought a flat and I had to clean it a lot before moving there. Unfortunately, in my country people don;t think about cleaning a flat before they sell it. I have found so much stuff of different kinds that I don’t even know their usage.

  • Jeff September 26, 2011, 4:04 am

    Oh so that would be father and daughter bonding huh.How really cute Alyson 🙂 I am happy for both of you.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 27, 2011, 9:55 am

    Well, mostly a daughter, son-in-law bonding experience. My dear husband helped through the entire, painful process. Dad signed the closing documents last week and the sale funded yesterday. Hooray! A huge project completed!

  • Tim October 18, 2011, 3:49 am

    I used to do all my own home improvements, from top to bottom. I soon realized, well actually it took a few years that my time was best spent on my day job, letting professionals do the job in a third of the time and twice as good!! Plus there is a satisfaction in coming home and its all done!

  • Alison Moore Smith October 19, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Tim, you make a great point. We should always consider the actual cost of our time and, perhaps more importantly, the opportunity cost of such activities.

  • Terry Johnson October 26, 2011, 11:35 pm

    There are many reasons to consider a bathroom remodeling project. For each homeowner the reasons may vary. The homeowner of today wants more from a bathroom. In addition to just being functional, homeowners are looking to make their bathroom a soothing environment where they can relax after the business of the day. More amenities are being added to the bathrooms of today, and a bathroom remodeling project may include the addition of a large deep soaking tub, a whirlpool bath or a steam shower.

  • Hamza November 16, 2011, 5:08 pm

    I’ve also made the same mistake as mentioned by Tim.For at least 2 years I just did everything myself.Including home improvements,kitchen remodeling,bathroom remodeling,plumbing,a little bit of wiring ,installing solar panels.But ultimately I got tired of it and hired professionals to do all this stuff.And anyway home improvement services are not expensive in my country

  • Joy January 18, 2012, 12:41 pm

    43 years? That is an old house!

  • Katherine January 18, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Old houses usually need lots of maintenance.

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