Merrimack Master Bathroom Remodel

This project, located on the top floor of a Conventional-style home across the street from the Merrimack River in Amesbury, MA, was a wonderful example of blending the old and the new. While the homeowners were looking to upgrade their master ensuite, they were also hoping to salvage items in the bathroom with historic charm.


First, the crew removed the acrylic shower surround and framed brass door, single vanity, wall-length mirror, and the outdated plumbing and electrical fixtures and hardware from the bathroom. To remain was the cast-iron clawfoot tub, existing toilet, and the beautifully preserved hardwood floors. The homeowners were looking to increase their shower space, so our carpenters framed a larger, square curb and base that would later be covered by white quartz and marble hex tiles. For the shower surround, longer tiles were selected to mimic the look of shiplap walls and two custom niches with white quartz shelves and marble hex backing were added for additional storage space. Other accessories added to the shower include a chrome foot rest, a tempered shower enclosure, and a sleek tile-inset linear drain. In place of the old vanity and wall-length mirror, a new double vanity with a stone top plus two modern mirrors were installed.


Rather than removing and replacing the cast-iron tub entirely, the homeowners chose to refurbish the clawfoot tub with chrome lions paw feet and fixtures. Due to the age of the tub, which was manufactured in the 1920s, finding the right feet was a challenge - yet allowed BLB Custom Building to learn a few “best practices” when upgrading antique tubs. A framed set of chrome feet were installed, which compliment the chrome tub filler, drain and handshower. 

"We decided to work with BLB because of the stellar reputation and we were impressed with their portfolio.  We liked their business plan and philosophy to complete a high quality renovation and ensure a timely completion; to have everything on hand and a project plan in place prior to starting to avoid delays along the way.  

Our project manager, Shelby, kept us informed of the progress and schedule as we moved along. She was accessible and approachable as well as responsive and timely with her replies.  We feel that she has done a great job managing this project and has gone above and beyond and truly done her best by us.

We had some very specific wants and desires for our project, keeping the original tub but upgrading the fixtures that proved to be a bit of a challenge.  We also discovered an issue with a leaking existing skylight that needed to be replaced mid-project but BLB was graciously accommodating, taking on the additional work. They sorted it all out and addressed whatever needed to be resolved in a speedy and efficient manner.  We now have a beautifully finished new bathroom and couldn’t be more pleased with the end product. Thank you so very much BLB!!!"

Jeanne M. and Jennifer M. Amesbury, MA

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BLB Custom Building supports sustainability by encouraging our clients to donate reusable materials to the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore. All profits of the ReStore, support the efforts to build safe and affordable homes in the Merrimack Valley. Click here for a list of acceptable items to donate and for additional information.