What they did: Andy, with a hand from his father, gutted the bath except for the tub. They replaced a closet with a tall oak cabinet, installed radiant floor heating with hexagonal ceramic tile over it, added wainscoting made from salvaged beadboard they had found stored in the basement, and laid subway tile above the tub. The satin-nickel sconces over the solid-oak double vanity match the original sconces in the bedrooms.
Toughest part: Making decisions! The Reeses spent nine months poring over mirror and vanity options and hesitated over the placement of fixtures. "I kept moving the sconces to make sure they wouldn't cast shadows," Barb confesses.
Favorite finishing touch: A satin-nickel towel warmer by Myson took the place of a cast-iron radiator. It was pricey—$2,000—but just the sybaritic touch they needed after months of showering in the basement.
Timetable: 18 months
Final budget: $10,000