Master bath expansion 

Buck Lake Neighborhood, Tallahassee

Lead Designer: Liam                       

Project Manager: Elliot Holton                      

Total Cost: $106,458

Time To Complete: 10 Weeks

Master Bath expansion After - Alder vanity and mirror with White Quartz top

Project Overview:

We’ve actually remodeled 3 other homes on this street! We’re very gratelful the neighbors keep refferring us to each other. Each project has been unique and this one was no different.

At first this couple considered moving but after months of looking they could not find another home in a neighborood they liked for cost that made sense. A master bath expansion was the better choice for them.

This phase of the project included 3 parts: a master bath expansion, a partial renovation of the upstairs hall bathroom and all new flooring upstairs, include new stair treads.

Master Bath Expansion Before/After Slider

We removed a wall and small linen closet in order to expand the bath allowing us install a larger shower while keeping a similar amount of storage space and providing a better overall layout.


Drag the slider to see the transformation!

This master bath expansion involved removing a wall and moving the toilet so that we could install a larger shower on the other side of the bath

McManus Kitchen and Bath is a full service remodeling company with an in-house design team and showroom right here in Tallahassee, FL. Contact us to schedule a consult. 

Project Highlights

Time To Complete: 10 Weeks

Delays: 1 week delay in countertop install

Change Orders: None

Total Cost: $106,458

Key Updates:

  • Larger, Walk In Shower
  • Removed wall, moved toilet
  • Partial Update of hall bath
  • All new LVP flooring upstairs

Master Bath Expansion: Our Favorite Things

Every project has a few things that really make it stand out or were special to the homeowner. 

Linen Pullout in master bath

Tall Linen cabinet with pullouts

Large colorful niche in walk in shower

Large, colorful shower niche

Bathroom Art

Bathroom art gallery!

Better layout

Overall better layout and storage

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Master Bath Expansion: Project Video

Master Bath Vanity 

Whole Master Bath Expansion 

Project Details

Estimate, Design and Planning

Since we also remodelled the neighbors home these clients already new what to expect and the estimating and design process went pretty smoothly. We did get off to a little bit of a rough start as this was the first solo project for a new designer who had been training with us for two months. But after the first design meeting we recognized they were stuggling and a more senior deisgner was able to step in and help out.

Main Issues With Current Space

The bathroom was original to the home and had a large tub that they never used and small shower that they used daily. 

Project Goals

The main goal was to get a larger shower without losing storage space, which was also at a premium for this modest sized bathroom. 

The initial concept was to remove a wall and get rid of the tub. That allowed us to move the toilet and create the larger shower. The new vanity was also larger and we added a tall linen cabinet to increase the storage. 

Master Bath Concept 1

Initial Master bath Concept

Before Floorplan Vs After Floorplan

Before plan for master bathroom

Before: small shower, large tub that did not get used and a wall that separated the vanity from the shower area

Master bath expansion after plan

After: Wall removed, toilet moved. Larger shower and vanity. Everything in one room. 


  • Proposed project start date: June 30, 2023

  •  Actual Project Start Date: June 30, 2023

  • Proposed Completion Date: September 1, 2023

  • Actual Completion Date: September 8th 2023

Master Bath Expansion: Project Costs

Our Process: We start each project with a Design and Budget Consult to create the inial estimate. Then we collect a 5% Design retainer to complete the design, select all the materials and get exact labor costs. At the end of the design process we present a fixed price proposal for the project.

The budget for this project included the master bath expansion, a partial hall bath update and new flooring for the entire upstairs.

Initial Estimate:  $112,693

This was the estimate we presented at the end of our design and budget consult. 

Fixed price proposal: $106,485

The total cost at the end of the design process. About 5% less than the initial estimate.

Reasons for decrease:

The clients made some slight adjsutmetns to the scope of work and some budget conscious material choices in design that lowered project costs by about 5%. 

      Change Orders

      There were no change orders on this project. 

        Cost Breakdown

        Bathrooms are typically more labor costs than material cost when compared to kitchens. This master bath expansion project was no different. 

        • Installation Labor 51% 51%
        • Materials and Fixtures 17% 17%
        • Design and Project Management Costs 19% 19%
        • Sales Tax and Shipping 2% 2%
        • Overhead and Profit 11% 11%
        • Change Orders 0% 0%

        Challenges And Solutions

        No one likes surprise costs or unexpected delays. That’s why we spend a time in design and create very detailed scope of work documents and selection sheets that outline every detail of the project.

        We also order all your materials in advance, inspected them when they arrive and store them in our warehouse unitl they are needed on site. Your project manager is on site every day reviewing the scope of work with our trade partners, making sure the job site is staying organzied and doing quality control inspections.

        But even with the best of planning remodeling projects often have a surprise or two. There are some things that came up on this project and how we dealt with them.


        Challenge: New designer – We hired a new designer about two months before design started on this project.

        This was that designers first project working on their own (they had been shadowing our other deisgners for two months).

        While this designer came to us from a competitor and had worked as a designer for 5 years with them it became clear during this project that their design skills were not up to our standards.

        Solution: One of our other designers was able to step in and help them complete the project so in the end the process finished well. We have since decided to part ways with the original designer.

        Other than a slight mistep early in the design process the rest of the project ran as expected. 

        Master Bath Expansion:

        Materials and Fixtures Used 

        • Cabinets and Counters
          • Frameless Semi Custom Cabinets by Decor Cabinets.
          • Cherry Door, slab door style, natural finish
          • Karsten Mirror from Scandanavian designs
          • Stratford Pulls from Liberty
          • Silestone Etheral Glow Quartz Countertops
        • Shower and Tile
          • Daltile Florentine 12×24 Shower Wall Tile, also used on bath floor
          • Glazzio Crystal Lagoon Accent tile for Niche
          • Tilebar Alaska Snow marble shower floor tile
        • Flooring
          • Coretec Red River Hickory LVP
          • Red Oak Stair Treads (solid wood)
        • Other Fixtures and Accessories
          • Moen Cia Single Hole Faucets
          • Kohler Kingston Toilet
          • Delta In2uition shower head with Delta Modern Balance trim in brushed stainless
          • Shades of Light Water Glass 3 Light Vanity light

        Before Photos

        Final Project Photos

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