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Basic Bathroom Remodel Yields Impressive Results

Jo Koenig

Are you satisfied with the basic layout of your bathroom but wish you could improve the way it looks and functions? At C&R, we have many cost effective strategies that can make your bathroom more beautiful, functional, and much easier to clean.


This recent bathroom remodeling project is a great example of how we can accomplish that goal. The space was a typical 9’ x 5’ bathroom with a severely enclosed fiberglass shower. The wallpaper was beginning to show its age. However, the vanity cabinet and tile countertop were in good condition and could remain in place. C&R’s design team devised a plan to completely renew this bathroom while staying true to the homeowners’ prescribed budget.


Bathroom Before & After Remodeling
Bathroom Before & After Remodeling



As you can see, the results are quite lovely. Here are the specifications for this project:

  • Calcutta Vein 12×12 tile replaced the yellowed vinyl flooring.
  • New, enlarged custom shower used coordinating wall tile and 2×2 Timeless Stone for the shower base.
  • The new shower bench and niche provides useful convenience.
  • Striking, decorative tile band rims the shower walls and relates to the existing countertop tile.
  • The clear glass shower door adds visual space to the room and provides additional light in the shower.
  • Glass coating on the shower door and fusion tile grout will make the shower easy to clean.
  • Premium Hansgrohe showerhead, shower arm, and hand shower afford the ultimate in bathing luxury.



As is our custom for every new tile shower, we frame in backing and blocking for grab bars. This provides complete security when using the bars—there is no risk that the bar will detach from the wall, no matter how much pressure is applied.


New Custom Tile Shower With Secure Grab Bars
New Custom Tile Shower With Secure Grab Bars



After removing the wallpaper, we applied paint in an attractive, coordinating color. The neutral palette allows the homeowners to add and change accent colors whenever they like. New knobs and pulls updated the existing vanity cabinet.


Neutral Palette a Backdrop for Pops of Color
Neutral Palette a Backdrop for Pops of Color



Even simple strategies like these can provide impressive results—when the materials are chosen with purpose and care. This is the key, and our designers are masters at this. It can be tempting to go it alone, but it is so much easier to work with a professional who can pull together a complete, cohesive plan.



This bathroom now looks and feels brand new. Homeowners Denny & Louise recently wrote us a very kind note about their experience:


“Dear C&R,

We just want you to know how very happy we are with the workmanship and your staff. Our Project Craftsman is one of a kind—so very efficient and extremely fun to have around. Every workman was great!

Very Happy Customers,

Denny & Louise Legard”


We are grateful to Denny & Louise for their encouraging words. If you would like to explore remodeling options for your own bathroom, kitchen, or other living space, contact us to schedule your free in-home consultation. We look forward to learning more about your own remodeling aspirations. If you’re looking for inspiration, visit our GALLERY of past projects. You’re sure to find a variety of ideas you can use.









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From the initial meeting with Beth to the closeout visit, working with C&R was a pleasure. Beth listened, offered advice, and was willing to work within our budget. Every worker who came to our home was punctual, courteous, and cleaned up each day. We truly could not have asked for a better experience!
Nancy B
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Staff were so skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The design team was so easy to work with and immediately saw our vision. The result is so beautiful! We highly recommend this company, you will never be disappointed.
Dick and Joi Hayden
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Excellent service and workmanship. We could not be happier with our kitchen remodel. Beth helped design the perfect kitchen and our Lead Carpenter completed the work in a timely and professional manner. Everyone we came in contact with at C&R was great—we are already working with them on a second project!
Roslyn Owen
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C & R did a kitchen remodel for us November-December 2021.  From start to finish, they provided EXCELLENT service.  Beth guided us expertly through making decisions on products and design.  Mark led their team of professionals to expertly …
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We just completed a remodel of a 1980 sunroom to utility room, as well as expanding the downstairs bedroom, bath, half bath and closet and are thrilled with the result. It was a pleasure to work with C & R. We were so impressed with the …
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