We are new to Boston area (Newton) and have no idea where to find a good contractor to do major overhaul of our master bathroom. It will be doubled in size, expanded into adjacent room, all new fixtures, tile, lighting, etc. We have a rough idea for the vision of what it will look like but need specific design and contracting help.
1. Should we start with an architect, or a contractor? This will be a relatively high-end bathroom, but I am still hoping that a good contractor can provide the design know-how to avoid involving an architect. House is 1890, we do not have the architectural plans.
2. Any recommendations for how to find a terrific contractor to do the work? specific names, or even a process we could use to find good contractor names, would be helpful. We are trying to avoid "throwing darts at names in the yellow pages".