Updating or remodeling a home is a lot of work and it can be expensive, but it can be well worth the time and effort.

Loveland residents Jon and Denice Kerr completed one home project, such as finishing the basement or replacing carpet, nearly every year they lived in the house. After putting two children through college, it was finally time to do the bathroom.

“It was something we needed to do for a very long time,” says Denice. “We’ve been in this house 12 years, and the two people before us didn’t really take care of it.”

The Kerrs’ upstairs master bath had water damage near the shower that actually started staining the garage ceiling.

“Before I end up in the garage in my birthday suit, I said, ‘We have to replace the shower,’ ” says Jon. “It was awful.”

After deciding to redo the whole bathroom, the Kerrs contacted their friend Jayne Priester, owner of Priester Designs. Priester, an award-winning interior designer, had heard of remodeling company H. Glasgow Construction and suggested the Kerrs get a quote from Andrew Glasgow, the vice president of the family- and locally-owned business in Madeira.

“I saw a job in Kenwood that was wonderful,” says Priester. “I don’t know that there was even a designer. It impressed me that Andrew brought his own ideas to the job. It seemed like a good place to start.”

Priester was responsible for the design, and Dennis Vaska, who has been with H. Glasgow for about 25 years, did almost all of the remodeling, except the plumbing and electric.

The Kerrs’ bathroom upgrades included LED lighting, heater vents, Schluter tile and custom Wood-Mode cabinets, which created lots of new storage. Because they never used it, the Kerrs’ jacuzzi tub was taken out, providing them with more space.

Priester also added metal accents, such as the metal tiles in the shower stall and the brushed nickel frame of the nontraditional vanity chair, to complement the neutral color scheme.

“Brushed nickel is a very popular finish right now. It was a way of updating the room,” says Priester.

In their home, the Kerrs like to add a personal touch. Downstairs there are two pillars wrapped in paper to pay homage to Jon, who is the executive director of paper and science engineering at Miami University in Oxford. Not only a great accent in the shower, the metal tiles reflect their son’s job as an engineer at Timken Steel in Akron.

“The silver metal tile looks livelier than everything in ivory, but it doesn’t interfere with the backdrop,” says Priester.

Like most remodeling projects, the Kerrs’ hit a few snags along the way. A tool fell and cracked a tile, which was immediately fixed and replaced, and there was wet sand under the shower, which caused mold.

“You can’t do a project without having some kind of damage done,” says Denice.

And one of the sinks didn’t fit into the Lapidus granite countertop, but Glasgow and his team found a matching piece in Columbus.

“Granite is always a challenge. You can look at samples, but you have to walk into the warehouse and pick out the slab. It’s going to be different every time,” says Priester.

But since it came out of the earth in the same area, it was easier to find, says Glasgow.

“Typically, if you have a name of the granite, you can match it. But there may be veining in it that might be different,” he adds. “It needs to match.”

Although their lives were a little disrupted—the Kerrs’ toilet was in their bedroom for a while—they were happy with the final result and the process.

“It was fun to get it done and see the home in process,” says Jon.

“Dennis was here first thing in the morning. He rolled sticky carpet to not make a mess [in our bedroom],” says Denice. “He was so careful.”

Part of the success was due in part to everyone working together. H. Glasgow’s work even won a 2014 Contractor of the Year (CotY) award.

“You hear stories about horrible remodeling experiences,” says Priester. “This one is such a good example of good communication between the homeowner, the designer and the remodeler.”

Remodel Know-How

  • Be realistic. You need to think about what you want and what is realistic. If you’re reasonable, the designer and remodeler can achieve your goals.

  • Be neutral, like Switzerland. A neutral backdrop preserves the timeliness of a room and your home’s resale value.

  • Accent the positive. Use colorful accessories to liven up a room. If you get bored with your décor, changing accessories is cheaper than remodeling an entire room.