Retirement is the beginning of a new stage in life. Retirees have more time to pursue interests they did not have time for while in the workforce. To prepare for their retirement, semi-retirees and homeowners Scott and Barbara Taylor decided to remodel their home so they could fully enjoy this much deserved stage in their lives.
Eight years ago the Taylors decided to downsize and purchased a smaller home. “We love the bones of the house,” says Barbara, “but it was built in the ‘50s and it needed to be updated, so we came in with the idea of remodeling.
Two years ago the couple wanted to remodel their kitchen. They found contractors through various advertisements and began receiving bids; among those bids was one from DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. After interviewing DreamMaker, the Taylors decided to hire the company for the job.
“They did not come in with a preconceived notion. They really seemed to listen to what we wanted,” Barbara explains, citing the reason they chose DreamMaker over the other contractors. The kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled in 10 weeks.
Now a few years later, Scott and Barbara have turned their attention to the master bath and the main bath. Since theirs is an older home, it was not built with a large master bath. In fact the master bath was so small and had such a poor layout that Barbara did not even use that bathroom. Instead she would use the hall bath.
Enough was enough and the couple called on DreamMaker again.
The bathroom remodels began like the kitchen remodel – with a complete gut job. The Taylors wanted a larger master bath but did not want to add square footage. “We wanted to keep to the same footprint of the house,” says Barbara.
DreamMaker came up with a solution to this dilemma. Since both bathrooms shared a common wall, they moved the wall to accommodate the Taylors’ wish of a larger master bath.
In the master bathroom, DreamMaker installed a larger shower with a frameless glass door, giving the illusion of a larger room. They also designed custom cabinets which included a make-up area so there would be enough room for two people to occupy the bathroom at the same time – Barbara applying makeup, while Scott uses the sink. The bath was completed with a tile surround, tile floors, and textured and painted walls.
In the hall bathroom, DreamMaker designed and crafted larger built-in linen cabinets. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing, but it is more functional with roll-out drawers. They replaced the existing make-up area with custom-built cabinetry for added storage. The bathtub was replaced and the floor and tub surround are now tiled.
The Taylors chose high-end materials for their remodel, and it certainly shows in the finished product. The total time to remodel both bathrooms was 10 weeks.
Scott and Barbara have been enjoying their new bathrooms for the last three weeks and are absolutely thrilled with the results.
“They paid attention and listened to what we wanted,” says Barbara. “They gave us a unique and individualized remodel, not something cookie-cutter.”
Scott and Barbara are not the only ones amazed at the results of the remodel. “My close friends have come by to see the remodel and they are absolutely blown away,” Barbara says. “They can’t believe it’s the same house.”
The once outdated home has been transformed into a couple’s retirement retreat, and since Scott and Barbara plan to retire in this home, the remodeling served a dual purpose for the couple.
Besides the obvious style update, the couple were planning for the future and asked DreamMaker to make their bathrooms handicap accessible. DreamMaker accomplished this by widening the doorways in order to accommodate a wheelchair when the time came. The new shower in the master bath is barrier-free so if needed a wheelchair could comfortable fit in the shower. They also installed both a regular and a handheld shower. The slight modifications are barely noticeable since they are cleverly integrated to the home’s design.
Other clever access-friendly features start outside their home with the pathway to the door. The Taylors replaced the existing two steps with a slight slope up to the door, creating a ramp for convenient access to their lovely home.
Experience for yourself why Scott and Barbara Taylor called on the services of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen to remodel their home twice.
“Everyone’s vision of a dream home is different, and it’s a pleasure to work with a contractor that can see your vision and make it happen,” says Barbara.
To start realizing your dream of a new bath, kitchen, or any other room in your home, contact DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Lubbock at (806) 687-1212. Financing options are available for those who qualify.