The Great Bathroom Reno Experiment
In my 10+ years as a professional realtor, I’ve helped many clients make renovation decisions about their homes and flip projects, and handled quite a few of my own as well. I always advise people to max out their budgets on kitchens and bathrooms, since those will often make or break a sale.
My wife and I are currently in the middle of renovating my mother’s home, with the intention of selling it so she can retire to Sydney, Australia, where my brother and his family live. The house is only around 30 years old and has a lot of truly wonderful features, but needs some cosmetic updates, particularly in the bathrooms.
Contractors quoted us around $10,000 per bathroom for the work we had in mind, which involved removing the coloured fixtures and updating the vanities. It would also unfortunately require destroying new tile floors that are actually in good condition. Since our budget was already blown in the kitchen, we had to find another solution.
Enter a company called Miracle Method (www.miraclemethod.com). We stumbled on them while researching options to refinish the bathtub, and discovered they can apply the same process to refinish sinks, tile, and even countertops for a fraction of the cost. Here are some examples taken from their website:
This idea appeals to me on several levels: it’s less expensive than a full remodel, it’s less disruptive/messy than tearing out entire rooms, and perhaps most importantly, updating some of the pieces instead of replacing them means less garbage will be going into a landfill.
Their process is not a simple paint job, it is a seven-step bonding/acrylic surfacing procedure that is durable and will last for years (and doesn’t use dangerous acids). We are so excited to see what the finished product will look like – stay tuned for an update next month!