The transformation from before to after, on our basement guest bathroom remodel is pretty dramatic.
Check out the before.
We didn’t want to salvage anything from the room at all, so we totally gutted it. The biggest challenge in this room was the saltillo flooring. Once I started to remove it, I quickly decided to bring in the big guns, and hire professionals. Saltillo tile is extremely hard to remove. I didn’t discover that fact until I was deep into the third tile, cursing with every breath! BEST. DECISION. EVER!
I spent many hours at The Tile Bar & Floor and Decor deciding on tiles and layout for this room. I determined my needs and wants, and sketched up a plan.Your initial plan is so important, as it gives you an idea of what you are shopping for, and helps with budgeting as well. And it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. My drawings were on paper, complete with measurements, and I drew the tile placement with x’s. It was very simplistic. A floor plan is the first thing your tile contractor will ask for, so it is important you draw something up, even if you will be laying the tile yourself. Here is why. If you are selecting more than one type of tile, like I did, you will need to measure each space, to determine the square footage for each of the different tile types. This is how you will determine how much to buy of each tile. Again this will help you with overall budgeting. If you whole tile budget is $500.00, and your accent tile alone is $500.00, you might want to reconsider your design.
I knew I wanted white marble tiles, with a gray vanity. While shopping, I found an incredible marble accent tile, with an antiqued mirror inlay, I died for! I fell in love and had to have it! It was perfect, and matched the mirrored subway tiles I picked out for the bar area in the next room. They would compliment each other so well, and provide a nice, cohesive, flow throughout the entire space.
I determined the accent tile would be the focal point, and make a big statement in the room, so I went for a wall of tile behind the vanity. It would bump the overall budget quite a bit, but it would be worth it, providing the wow factor I was looking for. I already decided on the floor tile, and finally, I picked out a simple penny tile for the shower pan, extra large subway tile for the surround, and I was ready to start the transformation.
We hired out the tile work, and my husband installed the vanity, toilet, fixtures, faucets and all of the lighting. He is an Engineer after all, and can do most anything! This saves us a lot of money.
My goal for the basement bath was understated glamour, and I think I achieved just that. It gives off just the right vibe of warm, inviting, and glamorous, without the cold feeling you sometimes get with marble. I am pleased with the way it turned out. What do you think? What is on your list for the perfect guest bathroom?
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