Renovation: Master Bathroom, Before After (more to go)

 First let me start by saying although we have all the heavy construction work already done for the master bathroom there are still a few things to go, but I was excited about sharing (and have no idea when those other things will be completed) so I figured I could share with you guys what we had done now, and things we did/didn't like.

To start with, we completely gutted the place. Everything went out and was replaced. The bathtub was replaced with a slightly larger walk in shower. It was so hard deciding on the floor tiles to use and due to the fact we didn't want to spend $40+ a square foot we picked a simple design over the more glamorous ones. The only thing I don't like about it is the shower stuff holds being in the same space as the faucet, which was the contractors idea. I'd prefer it on the opposite side. 
The toilet was something that really needed to go. The tank was over sized and not very efficient so we picked up this very white toilet, which is harder to find than you'd think. As you can see we're still searching for a paper roll holder, preferably one that stands alone so we don't have to drill into the cabinet. Also since you can see a lot of it, I figure I might as well talk about the floor right now. When I first saw this tile I absolutely fell in love with it. As you might now by my bedroom renovation  I'm a huge fan of wood floors, but they just aren't practical for a bathroom. These tiles that look like grey wooden floorboards and I don't have any complaints about them. 
You saw a sneak peak at the new cabinets, and counter for the master bathroom when I talked about dorm rooms and kleenex, and I think it looks great. I love the dark wood and green counter but there were a few problems. To start with although the cabinet was high end and made in the US, it does terribly with water, something we realized with the contractor didn't install the sink quite right. It also has a kind of ugly side board, and when we called to complain about it, they sent us another of the exact same thing... The granite which we decided on instead of marble because we thought it would be more durable, but as it turns out, it's also a pain. 

Overall I really like the results of the bathroom renovation, but next time we do something like this, I think we'll be doing a lot more of the work ourselves. For starters it would be nice not to have people in the house for as long, and saving some money is always good. Another thing is getting a more clear budget because our contractor went over budget by about 40% all on his own. We didn't add any extras or anything like that. 

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