We thought about trying to do it ourselves but knew it would take us a year to do what they did in two months. To offset costs, we scoured sales and outlet stores for fixtures. I knew I wanted to mix vintage with modern finishes, so when we saw a rustic table in an antique store, we bought it and put a vessel sink on top. The claw-foot bathtub, meanwhile, came at a discount from a friend who refinishes them for a living.
Shown: The new guest bath occupies what was the back-porch-turned-laundry-room, which had settled into an off-kilter slope. An antique table and a 100-year-oldtub now mix with more modern touches, such as nickel-plated hardware.