After Just 2 ‘Uh-Oh’ Moments, a New Master Bath
Who lives here: Steven and Katie Schiffgen, with labradoodle Penny and terrier-poodle mix Ruby
Location: Cottonwood Heights area of Salt Lake City
Size: 60 square feet (5.6 square meters)
Total cost: $1,000
Construction time: The couple completed the remodel in three weeks, working evenings and weekends after their regular jobs.
BEFORE: The bathroom looked original to when the home was built in 1983. There was a single vanity sink with outdated cabinets and hardware, and dingy tile and grout throughout.
“Uh-oh” moments: To save money, rather than buy prefabricated shiplap, the Schiffgens purchased wood and had it cut to their specified sizes. Unfortunately, not all the pieces were cut correctly, so some didn’t line up right or weren’t the proper width. The couple had to make lots of extra cuts to fix the issue. Once they got the pieces to fit correctly, they used a nickel to space each board and nailed them to the wall using a finish nail gun.
The Schiffgens were learning as they went and didn’t think about the need for a plumber to add an additional drain and water lines for the second sink. “We went to install the vanity and realized right then that it wasn’t going to work. That was the only part of the remodel that we hired out,” Katie says. “It was plumbed for two sinks, but the way it was done was really confusing, so we hired a plumber. He cut a bigger hole in the wall and hooked it up to the double sink.”
Framed print: purchased by the couple in Vietnam
The glass terrarium is attached to a hook on the ceiling.
Floor tile: Floor & Decor
Plumbing moved: No but added plumbing for second sink
Professionals hired: Plumber
Shower fixtures: Amazon.com; shower tile: Floor & Decor
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