Bathroom Rehab

Our task: Rescue a dated bathroom!

This was a complete bathroom redo project in a rental property in Akron, OH done in 2017.  The starting point was a dated bathroom with vintage plastic 4x4 tiles on the walls - which although cool in their day, had seen better days, as had the floor. The bones of the house were solid, but we decided to get the finished look we were after that it was the right time to tear out all of the old plaster right down to the studs.  We uncovered a need for a few electrical updates (of course!) and mounted a new medicine cabinet while we were at it.  The sub-floor was solid, and we laid down cement board to make a superb substrate for the tile job.  Cutting around the curves shows off the lengths we go to for doing a job right!


Kitchen Rehab

Our task:  take a 1913 Goodyear Heights home and honor its historical character, while making the kitchen the showcase of the home.

The kitchen was a good size but had almost NO counter space! In this case we were able to recycle some base cabinets from Restore and add a couple brand new ones to create an L-shaped design.  The upper cabinets were original to the home and built to last another hundred years, so we were able to preserve them as is.  The existing backsplash was a thin plywood, that we tiled over with a mixture of ceramic, metallic and glass tiles.  The floor was also tiled with a 12x12 marble look, neutral gray tone tile for long-lasting style and durability.


Kitchen Rehab

Night and day difference!

Sometimes you just have to meet the house where it's at and go from there!  This is a 1928, Akron, OH home that was in need of refreshing (and the same home as the bathroom rehab above).

The cabinets were in great shape, so a fresh white coat of paint and new hardware brought them back to life. The sink, counter, and stove were goners and we were able to move up the cabinet above the stove to mount a microwave.  It's a good thing too, because we uncovered a serious safety issue within the wall that the furnace venting was not properly sealed.

The floor carpeting was removed, and a thin subfloor layer was added to create a smooth substrate for the checkerboard VCT (vinyl commercial tile by Armstrong).

And those plastic wall tiles...well as much as one of us wanted to preserve the kitschy vintage character, they seemed to be just falling off the wall when I wasn't they were popped off and the plaster walls skim coated with joint compound to smooth out for a fresh coat of paint.  Another Job well done!


Stair Railing - Wall

This was an interesting challenge in an older home, but we all felt a lot safer once the railing was raised up!

The existing low railing was framed and drywalled over.  Baseboard trim was added to the bottom and a painted board top finished it off.