It’s hard to relax in a messy, outdated bathroom.
Is your bathroom looking a little outdated? Does your vanity or countertop look a little rough? Is it so cramped that you can hardly get through your morning routine?
Perhaps your bathroom looks fine, but you are longing for some luxury. You dream of custom showers with multiple shower heads, body sprays, and custom tile. Or, perhaps, you dream of Jacuzzi tubs in an in-home Zen-themed spa.
Your bathroom is already a private sanctuary, a place where you go to pamper yourself and relax. But it’s hard to do that in a bathroom that’s basic, dated, or dingy.
Fortunately, our team can provide you with an extensive range of fixtures, accessories, storage solutions and other options. Let’s give your bathroom the ultimate makeover!
Every one of the options we offer can be custom-fitted to provide a blend of quality, durability, and style. We only offer the highest-quality bathroom products, and every step we take is taken with your total satisfaction at the forefront of our minds.
Your first job will be to find a licensed, reputable, and experienced general contractor.
Note this is the only thing you should be looking for: not some roofing guy who says he does remodeling too, and not a bunch of friends who have watched remodeling shows on television. And while you might think it’s self-serving of us to say so, you should never, ever try to DIY any type of bathroom remodeling project.
You would not believe some of the things we’ve seen. Let us give you a few examples of ways that you can really, really mess up your home.
For example, we recently went into a home only to find out the husband had run all of the plumbing down the hallway. He’d been trying to remodel his second floor bathroom. Can you imagine having PVC pipes and drains screwed into the floor of a hallway? They called us because the husband never even finished the project, and the wife just couldn’t deal with it any more. Unfortunately, we couldn’t deal with it either…we have a standing policy that we don’t come in and try to fix other people’s bad work.
We’ve seen even worse situations. We also evaluated a condo only to find their PVC pipes had never been glued. These people had been flushing their toilets into their ceiling. We found the leak. Unbelievable! The damage alone was awful, but the health and safety concerns posed by this situation were mind blowing.
Bottom line: unless someone is a licensed, insured, experienced general contractor who does this for a living they have no business making alterations on your home. God help you if someone knocks out a load bearing wall or makes other mistakes which could actually destroy your home and injure someone living inside.
We recommend getting two to three estimates from reputable contractors. Do your homework. Look at reviews, referrals, current projects, anything you can think of in order to determine whether or not this contractor is going to treat you well. Do not make the mistake of looking for the contractor who can give you the lowest price. You have to live with whatever happens, and “low prices” might translate into “big messes” later on.
Types of Projects
The easiest type of bathroom remodeling project is what we call a “facelift.” At this point we’re just replacing some cabinets and fixtures, putting on a fresh coat of paint, maybe updating the sink or the tile.
If you’ve got more money to work with the sky is the limit however. We’re happy to gut your bathroom down to the skeleton of the home and rebuild something brand new from scratch.
Building a walk-in shower often requires us to tear everything down to the frame of the home.
You can literally pick a bathroom out of a magazine and we will make it happen for you. In fact, these are the kinds of challenges we live for. If space concerns are prohibitive we can still build something very, very close to whatever you bring us.
Go right ahead and bring us photos. Show us what you like. It will make it much easier for us to give you a good estimate right from the start.
However, don’t be too discouraged if you’re just not sure about what you want to do. We do have designers on staff who can work with you to create something that is 100% unique and perfect for you and your family.
Design, and Project Scope
It’s important to recognize that most bathroom projects will require some kind of plumbing update.
Never allow any contractor to pretend that they “just didn’t know” the plumbing would need work. We have to address plumbing issues on just about every remodeling job we do.
First, your toilet may be in worse shape than you think it is. We see rotted toilet flanges all the time. It’s just not the sort of thing people notice or care about until either the toilet stops working or they go to remodel their bathrooms.
There are also regulations to consider. In the state of Massachusetts, we are required to update the drains whenever we add a walk-in shower. Most people start with a 1.5-inch drain, but code will require us to update it to a 2-inch drain.
If you’re going to change the layout of your bathroom be aware that you’re going to have to move the plumbing as well. This happens whenever you start moving sinks and showers. You have to drill through floor joints, drill through framing members, or create pipe soffits so you can run those pipes.
When we come to give the estimate we will take all of this into consideration. We’ll typically start with a ballpark range based on your preferences for materials and fixtures. If that works for you we’ll look a bit closer at some of the other issues, such as the plumbing, and generate a fixed price that includes everything your project could possibly need, including materials, permits, debris fees and labor.
Of course, Budget is King. You can only do as much as you can pay for.
Want a bigger bathroom? We can make it happen. Sometimes expansions do present design or structural challenges but there are great reasons to make this happen. We’ve incorporated laundry rooms into bathrooms. We have added space for bigger tubs or showers.
Keep in mind that if we do expand the bathroom we will need to make structural changes. Massachusetts building code often will require us to create a stamped drawing. We can provide that if one is required. We won’t need one if there are no load-bearing walls. If the walls around the bathroom are not load-bearing, then we can generally knock them out to steal a few extra square feet. We will always go into the basement to check where the load-bearing walls are before making any decisions.
Showers and Baths
We offer custom, water-proof showers. We can build any type of shower and it will be 100% waterproof. We can offer you custom steam showers too. We have a company we can work with that can cut any type of glass for us and we have two different tile installers in our company with over 15 years of experience. We can create virtually any shower you’ve ever heard of.
We know what you’re thinking. Aren’t all showers water-proof? Nope! That’s one of the biggest problems with inferior bathroom remodeling jobs. Some fly-by-night contractors simply do not use the right substrate below the tile or on the walls and floor. This leads to water damage and mold later on, so be careful who you hire!
What goes under the shower tile matters as much as the tile if your shower is to be properly water-proofed.
You also have the option of getting a tub instead. Claw foot tubs, garden tubs, and Jacuzzi tubs are all 100% available.
While you’re thinking about your shower or bath think about the materials you’ll use to surround that bath or shower. You probably have tile surrounding your tub enclosure right now, but that’s not your only option. Travertine (a cross between marble and limestone) could transform your bathroom into a hideaway straight out of ancient Rome. Granite, slate, marble, and sandstone also make for a beautiful bathroom finish.
If you’d like a Southwestern look and feel turn to Saltillo, which is made of raw clay that is pressed by hand.
Of course, nothing says you can’t just switch out your tiles for a new set of fresh, pretty ones that speak to your design preferences. Tile has been the go-to choice for builders for a reason. It costs very little, but it nevertheless offers spectacular durability.
Cabinets and Vanities
Getting new cabinets? Unless you are choosing your cabinets from a box store (which is perfectly fine), you are looking at a custom cabinet job. This means the cabinets or vanity cannot be returned.
A budget conscious consumer might want to think about re-facing and re-painting the existing cabinets or vanity instead. It’s amazing what fresh paint and new fixtures can do to make a bathroom look brand new. We see this most often on our “facelift” jobs, but nevertheless, it makes a big difference.
Granite countertops are as popular in bathrooms as they are in kitchens, for all the same reasons. They are, however, the most expensive countertops you can choose. For an equally durable alternative, look to concrete cabinets.
If you want decent durability at a good price with a great selection of colors, then consider either a solid surface counter or a laminate counter. A solid surface counter is made out of a high-grade plastic. It can be molded into just about any shape you can think of and requires very little maintenance. Laminate countertops are similar, though somewhat less durable. Either is quite easy to fix should anybody in your home damage them later down the line.
Bathrooms get wet, so this limits your flooring options. Most people opt for hardwood, tile, or laminate floors. Hardwood of course needs to be treated to account for the water exposure. Tile is the most straightforward choice, offering durability and total water resistance. Laminate is a budget-conscious choice, though a poor one if you’re going “all out” in other areas. A laminate floor will look somewhat out of place with a granite countertop.
Want toasty-warm feet when you step out of the shower? No problem! We can add heated floors that will keep you from getting chilled when you step out of the water. We can even outfit your floors with a programmable thermostat so you can get the temperature exactly where you want it. Just be aware that the floors are not designed to heat the entire bathroom.
You’ve got a plethora of options when it comes to sinks. You can move away from the traditional console table or vanity sinks to look at vessel sinks, which look like bowls or basins set atop a countertop. Or you can save space with a pedestal or wall mount sink, which will open up your bathroom, helping it to appear far less cramped.
And don’t forget to have some fun with faucets. There are literally an infinite variety of faucets that you could choose from!
If you want a more luxurious bathroom, then don’t skimp on the extras. Many of our customers are absolutely delighted to learn about the wide variety of super-cool things they can put into their bathrooms.
Want toasty warm towels every day? Try a heated towel rack. Want to do your part to conserve the environment? Consider dual flush toilets. Want to update your lighting? Now is the time to get it done. The sky is literally the limit, here.
A Note About Water Pressure
We will provide you with outstanding plumbing and fixtures. With that being said we really can’t control the water pressure. Water pressure comes in from the street and is controlled by the city. Around here, you get what you get. We can’t guarantee that you’ll feel like you’re standing in a hard rain after stepping into one of our showers. Then again, no reputable contractor could guarantee that. If someone tries to tell you they can do that, run, because they’re not being honest with you.
Everyone wants to know how long the project will take. When we give you an estimate we will also give you a realistic timeline of how long it will take to complete the work.
Once you’ve gathered your ideas and decided on the right professional to hire the process typically takes approximately 8 weeks from start to finish. This includes the design stage, construction prep, and the actual construction work.
You may hear from contractors who swear up and down they can do the work for you a lot faster. Be careful! Ask yourself what kinds of corners these “professionals” are cutting in order to deliver those kinds of speeds.
If you want your bathroom to be a dream instead of a nightmare it pays to simply plan on taking the time that it takes to deliver great results.
Making the Project Work for You
One advantage of working with RJT Carpentry and Tile is the steps we take to make the entire process as convenient as possible. Sure, it may take us 8 to 10 weeks to finish the job, but we are conscious of the fact that you’re trying to live in the home at the same time. We take many, many steps to make this as painless as possible.
We start by protecting everything we can. We mask off the rooms that could be impacted by dust and debris. We ensure the pathway to the project is protected.
We bring our own bathroom, because we feel there’s nothing more awkward and uncomfortable than watching a contractor use yours. Especially if the spare bathroom is all you have to work with while we’re working!
Finally, we devote the last half hour of our day to cleaning up the site. We take every scrap of trash out of your home. In this way, we can minimize the impact that our project has on your home while you continue to live there.
Why It’s So Important to Pull Permits
Pulling a permit—it’s the first thing we do on any job.
You’d be amazed to learn how many contractors simply skip this step, as if it were of no consequence whatsoever. Run far and fast from any contractor who tries to tell you that a permit “isn’t really necessary.”
First, this means they’re unwilling to have a third party inspector walk around their project in order to ensure that all of the work is up to code. That’s a big red flag right there, because it says there’s probably something wrong with the work they’re doing.
Second, you lose your ability to access monetary relief from a contractor’s fund that all Massachusetts licensed, insured contractors pay into. You can get compensation if a contractor fails to finish a job, or if they make a huge mistake that damages your home in some way. But you can only do that if the contractor was licensed, insured, and if he pulled a permit.
Look, in the vast majority of our bathroom remodels we are looking at knocking out walls or making structural changes. Don’t you want to know that the job is being done correctly? Your home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Why take chances with it?
The Finished Product
Ahhh, the work is all done. Just make sure to let us leave the house before you dive into enjoy your new bathroom.
Just don’t blame us if you want to spend all of your free time in your new, beautiful bathroom! We promised amazing results, right?
Why Hire RJT for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project?
Here at RJT Carpentry and Tile we love bathrooms. We have been the #1 bathroom remodeling specialists in the area since we went into business in 2005. Check out our 5-star reviews on Yelp, Better Business Bureau, and Houzz to see what our customers are saying about us!
We are experienced general contractors, and when you work with us you only have to worry about two things: your budget, and the materials you want to see in your gorgeous new bathroom. We manage the entire process from start to finish and are happy to educate you on every aspect of your project. We never, ever cut corners, because we are too committed to high-quality workmanship.
We’ll also be happy to put you in touch with some of our current customers (with their permission) so you can find out how we’re treating them and the kinds of positive experiences they are having with us. Unlike many other contractors, we have absolutely nothing to hide.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation estimate. We’re ready to help you create your dream bathroom!