Two of our bathrooms have just gotten a complete remodel. They both needed it badly and were on the chopping block before we even moved in. When a major leak was found under the shower floor in the guest room, the remodels moved quickly to the top of the to-do list.
Then we wished for a Home Depot or Lowes, but settled with Elmec, DoIt, Novey, Cochez and Franklin Jurado. Definitely not the one stop shopping we once enjoyed. If a store had what we wanted, it had to be ordered from Panama City – which must be on the moon because it took 3 weeks for each of our orders to get here.
Except for the shower floor in the hall bath, all the sinks, hardware, tile, toilets and accessories came from several intense shopping trips in David. I brought the hall bathroom shower floor from the US.
The guest bathroom was completed first since we had people staying in the guest room. It was u-g-l-y! Once the leak under the shower was repaired, the rest of the job was pretty standard. Hot water was added to the sink. It is a small bathroom so white and grey tile makes it seem larger. Replacing the toilet and sink was super easy since we hired out everything. Towels, rug and knickknacks = done!
The hall bath did not have hot water going to the sink either. Typically, Panamanian houses do not have hot water at all, even in the kitchen. Since the walls were being totally cleared, it seemed like a good time to correct that. The tiling was finished a few weeks back. We chose to tile floor to ceiling with decorative accents. The granite guys cut holes for the sink and faucet and then the plumbing was complete.
Installing molding and hardware was on us (by “us” I mean David). Curtains, towels and antique Berber tent poles (a whole other story) are hanging and the hall bathroom is complete
With only a fireplace remodel and a few kitchen cabinets to go, we say that we are coming close to the end of renovations. But, is any homeowner really ever at the end of renovations?