Happenings In The House Of Hoke (2)

Since I’m laid up for awhile from foot surgery, (I talk about that a little here ) things have been a bit slow around here in terms of creativity. I was completely unprepared in every way to a) re-injure my foot, therefore leading to surgery and b) stay off of my feet for more than 12 weeks. As a result, I’m kinda seriously lacking in the project department. So I thought I’d share our guest bathroom remodel from a couple years back.

A vertical lighting on the side of the mirror projects the best result. Take note, not all fixtures of sidelights are perfect. So it is better to rely on certain basic fixture so that your vanity lighting will be very effective. A suggested fixture of lighting would be 75 to 80 inches above the floor so that would be around more than 6 feet in height. The ideal placing of lights in between must spread over a fixture that’s at least 24 inches long, a 150 watts lighting is ideal on this set up. This is to make sure to wash your face with bright light.

Assembly: Chinese cabinets are manufactured with absolute ease of assembly in mind. Therefore, most of them use a cam lock mechanism where the cabinet face frame and cabinet sides/top/bottom are held together with a hook type faster that engages the opposing piece when a screw is turned. A common application of this that we all grew up with can be found in Sauder or Ikea furniture. There are usually some plastic blocks to assist in keeping things square as well. Some manufacturers suggest the use of glue and advise that the client not depend solely on the cam locks.

Finding a good and cost efficient contractor is no easy task. Most people recommend interviewing at least three. I recommend you call many more than that. When you tell them your plan at least half of them will decline to bid your job. I would also say that at least half of the remaining contractors will fail to pass your background and reference check. If you call at least 12 contractors you’ll probably find three to five from whom you can get full bids.

My master bathroom had only a toilet and a sink plus it had carpet. I wanted it to be a full bathroom so there would be two full bathrooms in my house. The entire cost, which included all of the materials, re-plumbing everything because we were adding a shower unit so more plumbing, the permits needed to do the work, electrical and permits, flooring, drywall, painting, new light fixtures, fan, vent cover for the HVAC, and the general contractor was $8,300. Of course this also included new flooring in my kitchen and laundry room. I thought that was pretty reasonable considering I have a whole new bathroom.

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