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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel



Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel
In the Spring of 2011, there were a lot of foreclosures. When you know you're going to lose your home, there's not much motivation to take care of it. 

This 1945 cottage was one of those homes. There was no buyer interest in it because of it's location, condition and the jittery price market. One savvy investor, however, considered it an opportunity and took a risk on flipping it.



It was a risk because Villa Park was not a hot neighborhood. But the possibility was there. It was centrally located and within five minutes to downtown, businesses, schools and all the big sports and entertainment venues.

The challenge was how to make a profit by creating a great looking home without spending much money. That meant using more creativity than dollars.

Bathroom Before

Bathroom After

Remodel and Staging Details:

  • Old tile was ripped out, pedestal sink, medicine cabinet, plumbing fixtures, and outdated light were removed.
  • Tub was resurfaced, much less expensive than replacing it.
  • Multicolored toilet seat was replaced by simple white.
  • Walls were painted Sherwin Williams Bungalow Beige (like the rest of the house).
  • Bath and shower tile is Ceramic Brescia Avorio, looks like Travertine marble without the upkeep or the price tag ($1.29/sq.ft. at Floor & Decor).
  • An upscale decorator touch is the light beige mosaic glass tile trim ($8.55/sq.ft. at Floor & Decor). Although mosaic glass costs more, you don't need much to make a big impact. Always include something special.
  • The mirror was cut to fit the small vanity, glued to the wall, and framed with more of the mosaic glass tiles for a custom touch.
  • The vanity (same as the cabinets used in the kitchen) is topped with a simple white ceramic sink and a remnant of the Cambria counter-top used to update the kitchen.
  • We polished the look with simple brushed nickel faucets and a new light fixture.
  • Hanging a great piece of inexpensive art made this small bathroom a dazzler.

The Outcome? Three offers in under a month, at a time when homes in the area were not selling!

1945 Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Before and afters and remodel details of the kitchen in this home.

What Can I Do with this Room?
A large room off the back of this kitchen was previously used as a bedroom. Not ideal, because everyone walked through it to get to the backyard. When remodeling a home for resale, help the buyer imagine the possibilities.

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1945 Cottage Remodel


Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.

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