When originally built, most older homes in Northeast Seattle did not include primary suites and baths. The addition of a primary suite bathroom substantially increased the square footage of our client’s home. The J&M team accomplished this large undertaking by combining the homeowner’s vision, Justin’s layout work, and Carlos’ craftsmanship. The homeowners’ selections of material and design complement the rest of their home while adding a modern feel. Repurposing an existing carport to expand the area ensured that the exterior was as aesthetically pleasing as the interior. The large shower/wet area, including a stand-alone soaking tub, is truly a showstopper.
Our customer put it best in the project review that they posted on J&M Remodel’s Google Business Profile.
“Carlos was great to work with! He kept us informed throughout the whole project and was on top of everything. There was a lot of different decision making throughout the bathroom addition we overlooked but Carlos was on top of it with giving suggestions and ideas to help make our dream bathroom become reality. If you get work done from J&M don’t hesitate to ask for Carlos to be on your project he really made the whole process smooth.”
This project is a showcase of design, project management, and workmanship brought together by J & M Remodel to meet the client’s goals and schedule, despite problems with the availability of the materials for the project. This Newcastle master bathroom incorporates materials and features that are both top of the line and state of the art, including
- Schluter Ditra-Heat floor warming system
- Wedi Shower system
- Carrera Tile
- Free standing soaking tub with wand
- Frameless glass shower surround
- Sconce Lighting
- Bullnose tile window encasement
- Flush inset medicine cabinet
- Kohler showroom design
Our client described their experience with the J & M Remodel team in their review on the reviews page of our site thusly:
“We redid our master bathroom - tore it down to the studs, knocked down a wall, full tile, glass shower - the works.
Top three things we looked for in a contractor (1) finish on time, (2) communicate regularly and (3) be neat. Having done home renovations (while living in the house) before, these were must haves. J&M nailed all three. They finished their work a week early. They explained the plan for the week at the start of the week and communicated next week’s plan at the end of every week. Finally, they cleaned up after themselves every day.
The only challenge we had was our fault. We used a designer and acquired the materials through their suppliers. We ended up short on tile and had to reorder which took a week. J&M just worked around it. Our major issue was a miscommunication between me and my wife which lead to the counter tops coming in a week late. Totally our issue, no issue with J&M. This leads me to the pointer. If you haven't ordered your materials yet, and J&M can get what you want, order through them and they will sync timeline.
Overall, very happy with J & M. We have already slotted our next project with them in December. And will be using them for a kitchen update sometime next year.”
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A complete bathroom remodel was required for our customer's home, which was originally built in the 1980s. The primary users of the bathroom are children, so the bathroom design and features were chosen with their needs in mind.
A Bathroom Remodel That Combines Timeless Style with Practical Functionality
The J & M Remodel team replaced the fiberglass-surround bathtub with a curbless, glass-enclosed, walk in shower. The updated shower walls feature a crisp, clean matte white subway tile. The J & M Remodel team replaced the shower floor with a pebble shower pan. Other changes include the installation of two shower heads—one fixed, one on a shower hose—and insetting a natural stone niche into the shower wall. These updates transformed the dated bathtub/shower combination into a modern, spa-like environment.
Wedi Shower System
The J & M Remodel team installed the Wedi Shower System underneath the new shower tile. Wedi Systems are known for their waterproof performance as well as for durability and longevity. The J & M Remodel team are certified to install the Wedi Shower System. J & M Remodel team members completed extensive training by Wedi Systems recently. As a result, any Wedi Shower System that the J & M Remodel team installs is warranted by Wedi for an extended 15 to 20-year period.
Bathroom Flooring and Vanity
The dated vinyl bathroom flooring was replaced with large tiles that are set on point. The new tiles were chosen to blend well with the pebble shower pan.
The dual sink vanity has lots of storage to keep items off the quartz countertop. The J & M Remodel team inset a niche into the bathroom wall with power so that small electric items can be tucked away yet remain readily accessible. Lighter paint, brighter lighting, and dual mirrors over each sink complete the bathroom remodel project.
The resulting bathroom represents a dramatic transformation that the children will enjoy for many years to come.
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Our client contacted J & M Remodel to update both bathrooms in their Ballard home along with other projects including flooring and a minor kitchen update. Once we established a plan for the layout and functionality of the bathrooms, our client brought in a professional design firm, Heidi Callier of heidicaillierdesign.com to assist with the aesthetics of the project.
The upstairs bathroom had water damage, so a full tear down and rot repair was necessary. While the extensive demolition due to the water damage was unfortunate, the J & M Remodel team was able to start the project with a clean slate. The double vanity in the upstairs bathroom was custom made with large pull out drawers that wrap around the sink to maximize the available storage. All the fixtures that the client selected were high-end and will remain beautiful and functional over time. The design of the walk-in shower in the upstairs bathroom makes use of the available space and includes recessed niches for storage. The use of the natural marble throughout the upstairs bathroom along with designer finishes makes this space a real showstopper.
From a Small Space to a Dream Master Bathroom
The downstairs bathroom started as a small powder room. The J & M Remodel team expanded the downstairs bathroom by making use of a large adjacent closet. This increased the downstairs bathroom square footage substantially, which provided space for both a soaking tub as well as a walk-in shower. Extensive tile work went into the downstairs bathroom including a custom border around the tub and toilet area, and a large custom shower bench. The downstairs bathroom features handcrafted corbels above the tub, and the shower includes a linear drain and a large recessed niche.
Our customer contacted J & M Remodel to discuss some great ideas about enlarging their main floor bathroom by taking some square footage from an adjacent bedroom closet. We determined that this could be done, and that the expansion would made a huge difference in the aesthetics and functionality of the bath.
After opening the wall to use the available closet space, we relocated the tub and shower to accommodate a larger vanity. The new vanity provided a dramatic increase in storage space than the original pedestal sink.
Our team added Wainscoting that extends halfway up the wall, offering a rich, dramatic effect. Encaustic-look art porcelain tiles stand out as the showpiece of this space, and go well with the classic subway surround. A large niche with glass shelving offers generous space for shower products, and the directional change of the tile is a great touch.
Here's a portion of the five-star review that our customer left about the project on our Google listing. You can access our reviews on Google and other sites on our Reviews page:
“We had the very best bathroom remodel experience with J & M [Remodel]. We received a handful of bids, with theirs right in the middle as far as price, but way above the rest as far as detail and professionalism. From beginning to end, this was painless. The final invoice was very close to the original bid, and the job was finished in exactly the amount of time promised.”
Update in May, 2019: J & M Remodel's work on this project won the coveted REX award for bathroom remodel projects in our entry category! There are more details on our Reviews page.
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