master bath: from blah to ooh-la-la

Let me start by saying that Scott is right about 95% of the time in renovation matters, which is far better than my track record.  But when it came to the master bath, he insisted on white walls above our white subway tile and he refused to listen to my nagging voice of reason for some contrast.  We had long discussions in which I likened his proposed white bathroom to a sanatorium  and I even took to calling it his “Cuckoo’s Nest” bathroom, which didn’t go over very well, needless to say.  When the grout was dry, we quickly compromised on light grey walls.  The urge to finish our new bathroom was too strong to waste time worrying about paint colors.


Marriage is all about compromise.  But decorating should really never be about compromise.  Compromise in decorating leads to beige wall-to-wall carpeting and, well, light grey walls against white tile.  We lived with the compromise for a few weeks, but neither of us was satisfied.


Yesterday, I brought Scott over to the dark side.  He mentioned that the room might need “a little more contrast”, so I hightailed it to the nearest Benjamin Moore dealer for the charcoal grey paint I had envisioned.  I rolled that paint up in an hour, before Scott could change his mind.  I’m not sure who’s happier.  Actually, we are both VERY HAPPY and now Scott has a real man cave in our otherwise light and bright house.


We had another small hiccup today when he saw “fuchsia hand towels” on my shopping list.  As we near the end of our gut renovation, I am learning to pick my battles, to stick to my gun-metal greys… and to keep my shopping lists to myself.  Here’s the before pic.  I’m curious to hear what you think about our “no compromises” paint redux!


How to Select the Best Calgary Renovation Company

Looking for the best Calgary Renovation Company is like selecting fine wine; you have to know the taste and the year so that you are certain that it is in good quality. The same goes for a bathroom renovation company, you have to carefully stack, evaluate and pile your choices together to form a pick.

But with many companies today offering the same services, it is hard to distinguish which are the best ones from those who are just starting out. It is never easy to make a decision right away, because you also have to rely on your budget.

If you are having a hard time selecting the right renovation company for you, here are some tips you might want to consider, before deciding to choose a renovation company:


  • Ask for referrals – When searching for a renovation company, you always have to take in mind if they have clients who are satisfied with their work. If you can attempt to make contact with any of the companies previous clients, you can ask them how well the company is, and if they can deliver results on time and productively. If the company’s previous clients respond with a significant amount of hesitation, then you can forget about hiring the company. If the company does not have at least one happy customer in their list, then it will be pretty easy for you take the hint from there, that you probably wont be as happy with their work as well. Feedback matters, and it will really be a big help, when you are starting to narrow down your list of companies.


  • Make sure that the quotation is clear with no hidden side charges – some companies will trick you into believing that their service is affordable, when really it isn’t. Sometimes these companies manage to hide a lot of side charges, which you will only find about later on during the project. This is a bad trait, and should not be considered an option to go with. If these people can hide charges like that, then the more that you should be scared to do business with them.


  • Make sure that the company is real and legit – Some companies will refuse to show themselves in person, because their mode of communication is based through mobile phones and landlines. You always have to make sure that you find a company who is committed to doing the work fully and without hesitation, because this will determine the professionalism and their business traits. A company without these will for sure be a bad selection to go with.


  • Do not believe a cocky sales representative – it is natural in sales for a salesman to talk his way up through a deal. If the particular person you are talking to talks himself up too much, and starts saying things like “trust me I have been in this business for many years, and I know what I am doing. You can be sure that my company will give you good results in a small amount of time and at an affordable price”, then you better re think your choice, because chances are, these people wont be very good. If they really have a good background, then their work should show for itself. Always remember to never trust someone who says “Trust me” because 100% of the time, they could be wrong.

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