Condo Renovation Chronicles: How We Got From This to THIS (Photos)
What a road it has been to get to this point, but I can say that we finally have gotten to the point where our condo is done and looking pretty darn outstanding.
My wife and I purchased this condo in August 2016. We knew full well that this was going to be quite the project. One of the things that desperately needed to be addressed was the bathroom situation. We had a bathroom and a half, painted like the University of North Carolina sports jerseys just decided to melt all over the walls. The setup basically was a half bathroom on one side, a half bathroom off of the master bedroom, and meeting in the middle was where the bathtub and shower were located. So bizarre. But that is what we bought.
The first thing we needed to do was make the bathtub look better. It was dingy, the wall was in rough, rough shape. We had been covering the Berkshire Home Expo at the Berkshire Mall in 2017 when I spoke to Jim from Berkshire Bathworks about our issue. We set everything up and in just hours, this is what happened.
Throughout the process, my wife began doing some amazing cosmetic work on the other half bathrooms. Doors being replaced by walls, the wall coming back down, paint, new fixtures -- the whole nine yards. After making the decision to turn one of the half bathrooms into our son Grayson's personal bathroom, we wanted to add something to the master bathroom. The thought was adding a shower -- but the big question was, where can we put this thing?
Where a small closet used to be, we opened up the wall -- at one point made it a bigger, open closet -- and wondered if that could be the spot for the shower. We called Jim and Berkshire Bathworks back and, although his, and the plumber's, assumption would be that it could be a lot of work (and a lot of unknown), it could be done.
A couple of weeks later they arrived and got to work. As they predicted, there was a lot of mystery uncovered and a long, grueling day of plumbing in store. After day one, a lot had been done and the shower base was done.
Day two rolled around and it was getting the puzzle put together, now that the plumbing was taken care of. Within hours, flooring was back down, sink and toilet were back to their spots, the shower wall was up, the fixtures were in, the curtain -- which became another part of the story -- was up and we had a master shower.
We had a shower, but my wife called me up the next day and said she regretted not going with a shower door -- which I agreed with wholeheartedly. Again, we made the phone call, Berkshire Bathworks was back out a couple of weeks later and we realized the right decision was made.
It took a lot of hard work, a lot of saving, talking and coordinating with the right people and much more; but we finally turned one and a half dingy, nonsensical bathrooms into two full bathrooms and we couldn't be happier.
If you want to check out how it all went down in video form, you can do so right here.