Kailua Bathroom Remodel Job Summary
When we got this letter (see below) last week from a Kailua bathroom remodel, along with some cell phone pictures of the project, we thought it would be interesting to show you and briefly describe the typical bathroom upgrades we do around 60-70 times per year. We have worked for over a major part of our 23 years to earn our position, as Hawaii’s cost effective, high quality tub to shower and shower/tub, shower/vanity and vanity tops/flooring, medicine chest-mirrors, and fixtures and finish upgrade, remodel leaders.
The major goal for Kailua residents Jaimie and Mike was the master shower. For some reason, the original builder from the 70’s shortened the shower (looking at it right to left) by about a foot and instead framed in a so called wet-wall floor to ceiling box, which then had the original old style tile over it.
We were able to remove this wasteful box and expand the shower by nearly a foot, plus slight widen it from the step in curb to the long wall. We built in a custom two shelf soap and shampoo niche, and used the waterproof (Note: Waterproof not just water resistant) Wedi shower pan and walls 3 thin layer backing system. Most contractors try to save $500 by using old methods (like drywall or partial cementitious panels. However, these are only water resistant, cause a huge mess of dust around the other areas of the house during installation, and do not have a manufacturer guaranteed proper drainage slope assurance and 15 year waterproof warranty.
Please don’t let contractors, especially slick talkers– licensed or unlicensed–tell you this 2016 shower base system isn’t needed–that the old methods are good enough….so that they can bait and switch–low ball you and then add one thing after thing. And may we also warn you to beware of those who say, “Oh, we’re licensed”, and then show you a State of Hawaii G.E.Tax (excise tax) license, which is NOT a contractor’s license. If you get burned, especially in a high rise or townhouse 2 or 3 story where a leak affects neighbors all the way down, your insurance company WILL NOT pay your claim if you hired any of these people.
We also upgraded the shower wall tile to the new generation, 300 degree baked porcelain large wall tiles (just like in luxury resorts), with small grout lines to be barely noticeable, with color coordinated netted floor tiles (netted so that they can properly follow the drain slopes with no uneven site made cuts or sharp edges).
We upgraded the six foot wide vanity, vanity top (using the new generation of affordable pre manufactured Quartzite), upgraded the large, six foot by four foot mirror (the old one was pitted from oxidization and age), new matching shower fixtures, towel bars, and toilet paper holder, and low flow comfort height toilet, plus new under mount sinks and faucets.
For the hall bathroom, we left the tub, but replaced the shower walls, plus a new vanity and counter top, under mount sink, new faucet, mirror, medicine chest, light fixture.
Like all HPS upgrade kitchen and bath projects, we provided the family with open book wholesale direct to the clients, large discounted prices for all components, and, of course helped the family shop at the tile warehouses, cabinet vendors, and even Lowe’s for all the special fixtures. And, we transported all the materials to their Kailua house, as we do for all.
Guess how much this project cost: $30,000? No $25,000? No……..Under $20,000 for both!
Get bids, compare that they are apples to apples for product and finish quality, and look at ratings like Better Business Bureau, Yelp, complaint history, licensing check, insurance check, etc. It pays, not costs!
HPS Pres/Gen Mgr
Letter from client:
Our bathrooms look amazing! Thank you so much Lenny…you assured me that everything will be done by end of the month! I will text you some pics! But yes, please stop by when you can. We leave for our trip in 4 weeks. ..leaving on May 26 & returning on June 9th. But w/ bath remodeling complete, we can now get ready for my son & gf who are coming to visit. They will be amazed at the beautiful transformation of the bathrooms.
You are very lucky Gerry to have such an incredible staff…super hard working & so very nice…each & every one of them.
Jaimie and Mike Y. Enchanted Lakes Kailua Oahu May 2015
Pictures from Master Bathroom:
Pictures of hallway bathroom: