Spare Bedroom Becomes Spacious Bath

remodeled cottage bathSometimes starting from scratch is the only way to go. When Brennan and Stephanie White first saw their 1820 Cape Cod cottage, they were taken aback by its only bath, a very narrow former pantry on the first floor. An avid DIYer with plans to reorganize the layout of the whole house for better flow, Brennan decided to turn the bath into a hallway and carve a master bath out of a spare bedroom in the home’s slanted-roof addition, which dates to the 1940s.

Cool-blue walls, sand-colored marble floor tile, and white beadboard wainscoting give the new room a relaxing feel. “The bath is our safe place from all the dust,” Stephanie says of ongoing work at the house. That payoff clearly inspired them—they’ve already added a half bath upstairs for guests.

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Best New Kitchen and Bath Products 2011

00-kitchen-bathTOH editors scoured the market for upgrades that make life easier, better, or just more fun, from a fits-anywhere fireplace to a sleekly coiled pot-washer faucet to a seductive soaking tub.

With home centers expanding their lines and prestige brands striving to offer value, high style at a low price is more available than ever.

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A Total Bath Redo for $2,238

relaxing bathroom remodelSometimes it takes an addition to the family to kick a remodel into high gear. Such was the case for Lisa and Jim Steele of Syracuse, New York. The couple was “skeeved out” by the grim lone full bath left behind by previous owners, and they dealt with the eyesore by taking quick showers—never baths.

But with son Coby, now 3, on the way, they envisioned tub times full of toys for their little one. So, shopping sales and eBay for discounted fixtures, they began to create an inviting bath in their 1925 cottage, piece by piece.

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