Can we talk about the master bathroom for a minute?
I’ve been running hot and cold with this bathroom (plumbing pun not intended) since we started the project.
When I first saw the size of the master bath . . . cold.
Once my glorious mother figured out how to expand the master bathroom by taking in a hall closet and part of the hallway . . . hot.
After we landed on the design for the master bath . . . hotter still.
When Ikea dashed my dreams for the master vanity . . . ice cold.
When Ikea made my vanity dreams come true . . . hot.
When the vanity was installed but the bathroom wasn’t yet complete . . . lukewarm.
Once the master bathroom was completed . . . hot hot hot.
Suffice it to say, the master bathroom has been a bit of a roller coaster.
But. BUT!!! I’ve had a little trick up my sleeve that has made the whole process a bit easier. Let me explain.
One aspect of flipping houses that takes up A LOT of our time is finding trusted resources – trades that we can count on, products that are both pretty and functional, and retailers that make us want to keep coming back for more.
It’s harder than you might think. (Oh, the stories I could tell…)
So when we find a resource that exceeds our expectations, we tend to latch on and never let go (similar to my reaction to the chips & dip table at a party). That’s been the case with Build.com. In case you’re not familiar with them, Build.com sells pretty much everything you need to complete your renovation, from hardware to plumbing parts to pretty lighting to tools.
We first discovered them back in 2010 when we were working on our 2nd flip. We were still big-time flipping newbies back then – I was running around town, hitting up every store I could find, desperately searching for fixtures that weren’t hideous. I was having a hard time, and wasting a lot of time, to say the least. Finally, I went searching online for new (and better) options. Jackpot.
For 5 years (and 9 flips) now, Build.com has been my go-to source for hardware and plumbing fixtures. And when I say “go-to”, I mean that we’ve bought practically every single knob, pull, shower head, shower valve, hand towel ring and faucet from them. That’s alot (like in the high-five-digits alot).
We obviously love the products and ridiculous selection that Build.com carries, but dealing with the actual company is pretty great as well. When you call their customer service line you get – gasp! – an actual person. Each product page tells you exactly how many pieces of that product they have in stock (so you know before you fall in love with something whether they have the amount that you need), whether a product is backordered, and when the product is expected to ship. When you’re working on tight timelines, having all of that info at your fingertips is priceless.
They also have free shipping on orders over $49, which is a threshold that’s almost impossible not to meet when you’re dealing with home improvement, am I right? I love that perk (I hate paying for shipping).
But I digress. Back to the master bathroom. I had grand visions for this house, and I pushed myself the furthest out of my comfort zone with the master bath – thankfully, my trusty source carried the more modern hardware I was craving (like the gigantic drawer pulls and the sleek door levers), and in the matte black finish I wanted that can be pretty hard to find. That gave me one less thing to worry about while I was busy fretting that the whole design would turn out to be a complete disaster. Score!
Do you have a secret weapon for taking some of the stress out of a renovation?
You might have noticed that I don’t normally do sponsored posts, but I’m such a fan of Build.com that I was excited to tell you guys about them. Build.com provided a portion of the hardware for this flip, we paid for the vast majority on our own, and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.