Elegant Master Bathroom Upgrade For Just $1,800

Quartz bathroom countertop
This quartz bathroom countertop is an upgrade from Tom and Linda’s old laminate surface.

Install a Quartz Countertop

The master bathroom’s new quartz countertop arrives without any holes for the sinks.

Of course, that’s normal. The sink comes with a template, so you just have to place that on the countertop and trace it. This gives you the guideline for cutting out the hole.

Once the sink openings are complete, the countertop can go into place, followed by the back and side splashes.

New NuTone vent fan
The NuTone QuicKit makes replacing a bathroom ventilation fan easy.

Replace the Master Bathroom’s Vent Fan

After I remove the master bathroom’s old fan grille and unplug the motor, I remove the motor and mounting plate. This NuTone QuicKit includes a new motor and mounting plate that fits right into the same spot. It also includes a new grille that makes it look as good as it performs.

We also:

Danny Lipford, Chelsea Lipford Wolf, and Tom and Linda Lyles
‘Today’s Homeowner’ hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, with Tom and Linda Lyles

Post-Production Thoughts

Tom and Linda’s master bathroom facelift had stalled after they removed the wallpaper. The vanity was showing its age and the lack of electrical outlets and the location of the laundry hamper made it more difficult to use the space.

Now, the bare drywall is gone and the room has a clean, comfortable feel. The vanity has new life thanks to updated doors, a coat of paint, and of course the new quartz countertops.

New mirrors, light fixtures and the addition of crown molding create a more custom feel for the space, and that additional outlet makes it easier to use. So does the new laundry chute into the closet.

Finally, the conversion of the water closet doorway to a cased opening makes it all feel planned, not accidental.

And we were able to do all of this for about $1,800 in materials.

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  1. We would like to raise our sink in the bathroom. Our home is 42 years old and the sink is only 29 inches high. The cabinet is in really good condition and we do not wish to change it, especially since it matches two custom cabinets that we had installed approximately two years ago and it is provincial colored oak.

  2. Sounds like a good remodel.
    We need to do something similar. We have 2.5 baths. The two have shower/tub combos, we are looking at replacing one with a shower only. All three vent to the attic only, as does the clothes dryer in the utility room, I don’t want to drill/saw a hole in the brick on the outside to vent the dryer to the outside, can the dryer be vented to an existing vent pipe or to the soffit vents? the house is nearly 40 years old. We have lived here for over 30.

    • Hi, David,
      Great question! We have forwarded it to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show’s producer.
      He will contact you soon to discuss featuring it during an upcoming show.
      Take care!


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