Primary Suite Remodel 

Lake Jackson, Tallahassee, FL

Primary Suite Remodel


Elliot Holtom, Project Manager


Stephanie Jen, Designer

Total Cost: $160,000, (includes $400 in change orders). 

Time To Complete: 10 weeks (two weeks longer than planned). 


We updated the primary suite which included the bath and walk in closet. We also updated the guest bath in this beautiful home on Lake Jackson. Later this year we will be updating upstairs bath as well.

The layout for the primary suite was pretty good, we made some small adjustments. The main reason for the remodel was to improve the storage in the closet and update the look of the two bathrooms.

Primary Suite Remodel Before After

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Primary Closet Transformation

Primary Bath Trasnformation

Guest Bath Update

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

If you’re ready to invest in your home and want to work with a company that pays attention to details and provides excellent customer service Contact us to schedule a consult. 

Grey vanity cabinets with seated vanity
white closet furniture with pull down hanger

Key Updates:

  • New closet furniture with pull down hangers and drawers
  • Larger Vanity with more storage and make-up station
  • Barrier free shower with custom niches
  • New tub with marble look tile surround.

Initial Concept and Budget

How We Start Each Project

We start each new client relationship with a design and budget consult. The design concept we create during that process gives us a good idea of what the final project might look like, though changes do happen during the design process.

Primary Suite Initial Budget

The initial budget for the master bath was $119,000. We did not have an intial budget for the guest bath because they were not planning to update that at the time of the initial consult.

Primary Suite Initial Concept

The main issues in the master bath was a lack of storage and organization. We changed the orientation of the tub so we could install a larger vanity with storage towers and we added custom closet shelving to the closet.

INitial Concept Drawings

Master Bath before floorplan

Before: The angled tub took up a lot of space and the closet had very basic wire shelving. 

Master Bath After Floorplan

After: By moving the tub we were able to add vanity storage. The closet was also updated with custom shelving. 

Design and Planning

Our Design Process

After the design and budget consult the next step is to approve your initial budget and move into the design process. 

For this project we had 3 design meetings in our showroom to finalize all the details. 

Changes Made in Design

The final design layout was pretty close to the initial concept. The seated vanity was added as were the storage towers at the vanity.

Final Contract Cost

The final cost for this project was $160,000 which inlcuded the guest bath.

Design Work

Master bath design

We initially looked at freestanding tubs but settled on a deck mounted tub for the final design. Deck mounted tubs are less a maintenance and safer that Freestanding ones.

Closet design

We designed the closet in our stock closet line but after some discuss decided that our custom closet line was a better choice.

Our Favorite Things

Every project has a few things that really make it stand our or were special to the homeowner. Here are our favorites.

Larger shower niche with 2 shelves

Large vertical niche with 3 shelves

Grooming organizer with plug

Pullout grooming organizer with built-in plug

Pull down clothes bar in closet

Pull down clothes bar

inverted vanity drawers

Inverted sink cabinet with drawer on bottom. 

Materials and Fixtures Used in This Project

  • Cabinets and Counters
    • Frameless Semi Custom Cabinets by Decor Cabinets.
    • Shaker door (FP530) Painted Willow
    • Cambria Ironsbridge Quartz Countertops
    • Scalloped Edge Mirror in Guest bath from Shades of Light
    • Ascendra Pulls in Master, Dustin Pulls in Guest from Top Knobs
    • Cumberland Knobs in Master from Top Knobs
    • Mckinley White Closet Furniture from Top Shelf
  • Shower and Tile
    • Capri Cava 12×24 Marble Shower wall tile from CTC Beauty
    • Capri Cava 4×4 Hex for tub apron
    • Emser Citizen 2×2 for shower floor
    • Emser Citizen 12×14 for bath floor
    • Emser 12×12 Mini Allura Manor Creme on guest bath floor
  • Fixtures and Accessories
    • Delta Cassidy Towel bars, hooks and towel rings in master
    • Moen Colinet Towel bars hooks and rings in guest bath
    • Delta Cassidy widespread faucets in master
    • Delta Contemporary 8″ wide shower head with Delta Cassity valve and trims
    • Signature Hardware Sitka 36×60 tub with Delta Cassidy tub filler
    • Moen Colinet widespread faucets and shower fixtures in guest bath.
    • Toto Drake II toilets in both baths. 

Project Management and Construction

Pre-construction and Construction Process

Once design is complete the project management team takes over. We have a ‘handover meeting’ to review the final details of your project, including the project schedule.

Then we order all your materials and our warehouse manager inspects them, labels them and stores them in our warehouse. Your project manager arranges permits and updates our subcontractors.

We will send you regular updates during the pre-construction phase to keep you updated.

About 3 weeks before the project starts he will schedule a pre-construction meeting with you at your home.

During construction your project manager is on site every day for quality control, review plans with our installers and trade partners, and to make sure the job site is staying clean and organized.

Project Timeline

The project started right on time. We did have a delay due to the tile begin backordered. We ordered the tile 3 months before it was needed on site but it still has not arrived by project start. The client wanted to move forward with the project anyway but this did add about 2 weeks to the length of the project. Everything else went as expected.

The client requested we order the tile from SeaTile, whom they had worked with before. We believe part of the delay in receiving the tile on time was they SeaTile did not order the tile promptly upong receiving our deposit.  We had a similar issue with two other project where we ordered tile from SeaTile. For this reason we have removed them from our vendor list. 

  • Proposed project start date: Feb 20, 2024

  • Actual Project Start Date: Feb 20, 2024

  • Proposed Completion Date: May 1st, 2024

  • Actual Completion Date: May 14th, 2024

Challenges And Solutions During Construction

Delay in the tile delivery aside the rest of the project ran smoothly. We did have a small issue with replacing the shower fixtures in the guest bath but we resolved that easily by ordering a new shower valve. 

Delta  Cassidy widespread faucet on Cambria Ironsbridge countertop
Delta Cassidy tub filler

Summary of Project Costs

Initial Estimate:  $119,000

The initia budget after the design and budget consult was $119,000 but the guest bath was not included at that time. 

Fixed price proposal: $159,620

This was the fixed price cost at the end of the design process. We added remodeling the guest bath and they upgraded their closet furniture to custom closets. 

      Change Orders

      We try to avoid changes orders as much as we can. They can be disruptive to the project schedule and costly. On this project there were just two small change orders… 1. replacing the diposal in the kitchen, which just happenend to stop working during the bathroom project. 2. We ordered some extra closet shelves at the clients request. 

        FInal Project Cost: $160,000

        After all change orders, etc…

          Cost Breakdown

          • Installation Labor 35% 35%
          • Materials and Fixtures 25% 25%
          • Design and Project Management Costs 20% 20%
          • Sales Tax and Shipping 4% 4%
          • Overhead and Profit 10% 10%
          • Change Orders 3% 3%

          Project Photos and Video

          Project Video

          Summary of video

          Primary Suite Closet Before After Video

          Primary Suite Bathroom Before After Video

          Before Photos

          Final Project Photos

          Estimate from a Remodeling Contractor

          Schedule a Design and Budget Consult 

          • Clarify Your Design Ideas with 3D Renderings
          • Detailed Estimate of Materials and Labor
          • Explore material and fixture options in our showroom