‘Bath Simple’ makes life — and remodeling — much easier
Question: We have to renovate the master bath in the house we just bought. It’s from the 1960s — and pink and black are not us!
We’ve rehabbed other homes ourselves and pretty much know what we want, but time we have some time constraints. Should we just hire a designer? And how do you find a good one when you’re new to the area?
Answer: Finding a “good” designer is exactly like finding a “good” doctor or auto repair shop in unfamiliar territory.
Start by asking around for recommendations.
Or you can explore other avenues, such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
Members must meet certain professional standards in skills and business practices.
Click on www.nkba.org for a list of designers in your area.
Another, more novel approach is a brand-new idea in bath remodeling called “Bath Simple.”
Founded by a couple of inspired entrepreneurs — John Crowley, a systems and products developer, and Bill Hunscher, an ace in the hardware and recycling industries — “Bath Simple” is essentially a bath-in-a-box.
You design it online — there’s a wide range of styles and prices in fixtures, furnishings and surfaces to choose from— and they deliver it to you with everything you need: lock, stock, grout, paint and the bathroom sink.
You can hire you own contractor, do it yourself or use a Bath Simplecertified contractor to pull all the pieces together according to your plan (which can be drawn up with the help of a company design consultant).
Then— here’s the really dazzling part — all your old fixtures and construction waste (except for drywall) go in the box and back to Bath Simple for recycling.
Wonder why no one ever thought of this before?
Credit Crowley’s own attempt to remodel two baths aftermoving to California six years ago.
“Arduous process!” he recalls. “No one sells bathrooms; they sell parts and pieces. It was like buying a car at the auto parts store.”
That got himto thinking out of the box, literally, which is nothing new for Crowley, the former director of the Innovative Construction Technology program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In this case, he and Hunscher spent a year thinking about the inside of the box, “curating” products and materials, looking for what he calls the “best of the best” in all categories, including energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainability.
A new Bath Simple arrives on-site between three and six weeks after it’s ordered. It can cost between $3,500 and $35,000, depending on your choice of ingredients.
Crowley says to figure on a similar amount for installation. For more information, visit www.bathsimple.com.
Rose Bennett Gilbert is a Creators.com columnist.
‘Bath Simple’ is an online service that lets you create your own integrated bathroom remodel with the help of a design consultant.