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How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take?

by Columbus Bath Design |April 19, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Uncategorized | , ,

Giving construction estimates on a whim is a tough job. A contractor may run into a potential client on the street and they ask a very broad, “how much to to put up a garage” question even though there are dozens of variables that would affect that answer.

Bathroom contracting specialists deal with the same thing, specifically in questions about the timeline of a renovation. Homeowners have every right to know these details (along with cost, starting date, scope of work, etc.) but there are also a number of factors that go into this answer. Here are the steps of a bathroom renovation and how long you can expect each to take:

Permit Acquisition

Home renovations that require structural, electrical, or plumbing alterations will more often than not require a permit depending on your jurisdiction. If you just plan on changing the visual appearance of the bathroom (paint, new lighting or trim) then work can commence immediately. Also the good news about a bathroom renovation is that it is interior which means a permit can usually be granted within a week. Exterior remodeling in historical districts requires a board meeting and can take up to 6 weeks.

Demo

Once the scope of work is approved by the proper authorities, it’s time to start the ‘out with the old in with the new’ process. Many homeowners consider the demolition process a very doable DIY project, but just know that do-it-yourself jobs almost always stretch out the timeline.

Instead of a multi-person crew working 8 hour days, you’re likely having untrained friends and family volunteering their time on nights and weekends. Professional contractors can usually have bathroom demo done in a day, but DIY depends on how aggressive a person is with their time.

Framing and Rebuilding

You’re not dealing with the biggest square footage even in spacious, luxury, master bathrooms so the work involved with re-framing the room isn’t that time consuming. Replacing rotted subflooring is a one-day project, as is framing new walls for layout changes.

With interior work, the good news is that contractors can stick to deadlines regardless of weather. The only thing that would push the re-framing aspect into a second week would be a material shortage. It’s incredibly important that all of this work is done on time because services trades cannot start their work until the ‘bare bones’ are back in place.

Plumbing and Electrical

What many homeowners find is that the plumbing and electrical required for a bathroom renovation usually isn’t all that time consuming – but getting the tradespeople on site is. Construction contractors often get blamed for project delays when the truth is they are playing the waiting game on the often swamped service techs.

Don’t be surprised if your bathroom sits torn apart and idle for a week or two while waiting for a plumber and/or electrician to get to the job site. That’s why it’s important to have prompt demo done, and also have a general contractor with specific timelines and who stays on top of the service trades promises.

Tile Installation

Whether it’s flooring or a shower wall, it’s not a stretch to assume that tile installation will be the most time consuming aspect of your bathroom renovation. This is definitely a job that you don’t want rushed though, so give the installer plenty of time before scheduling the next service.

There’s just a lot that goes into the tile application process. For one, an installer can only work in sections since the adhesive mastic will dry up if they get too far ahead of themselves. Each individual tile needs to be placed meticulously so that it is straight and spaced out properly. Then, once the mastic and tiles are down, at least 24 hours should pass before applying grout.

The good news is that other types of flooring besides tile can be applied in a much quicker manner. Laying a laminate floor for example is usually a one-day job, but at the same time it doesn’t provide the same durability (or often the same aesthetics) as tile.

Fixtures, Paint, Trim

Installing new fixtures as well as painting and applying base, window, and door trim aren’t especially time consuming either. The thing is, you want to dedicate a day (two on the safe side) to each. Painters can do their job a lot faster before the vanity and trim is installed. The vanity should be installed before the base trim so it can be flush against the wall as well.

It’s not fair to ask multiple contractors to try and work at the same time in a space as small as a bathroom. Not to mention, each of them waiting to get in and out of a room is going to drive labor costs through the roof.

How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take Summary

There are little nuances during each step of a bathroom renovation that could really stretch out this project. You’ve got the design and permit phase before any work can even be done, then the demo, then giving plumbers and electricians enough time to install the ‘guts’ before the actual rebuild can begin.

Tile mastic and grout needs time to dry, as does paint. Fixtures, vanity, and trim all needs to be applied in a certain order as well. If you’ve got a contractor that is well-versed in all of these services, that’s going to significantly cut down on your timeline, but this is still a 2-week job at minimum.

How to Choose the Best Bathroom Showroom

by Columbus Bath Design |March 24, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Lewis Center | ,

One of the biggest aspects of home renovation is the ‘samples.’ This is most commonly used when painting rooms in your house as you take home the swatch to see how the colors will match your current décor.

“Samples” are also prevalent in bathroom renovations via the showroom. The showroom is the base example of what your current, perhaps bland, bathroom has the potential to be. That’s one of the reasons you want the showroom to be luxurious as well – to show you options. An underwhelming showroom is a telltale sign of how the contractor’s work will be. Here’s what you should look for in choosing the best bathroom showroom:

Bathroom Vanity

The feature may seem somewhat inconsequential, but the vanity is really what holds the bathroom together. You should be able to see all your vanity options available when you visit a showroom.

For starters, do you want one sink or two? Do you want the sink to be embedded in the countertop or the modern bowl types that have gained popularity lately? These bowls can be rustic, clear, or even different shapes like rectangles.

A great showroom will also give you an example of the types of materials that are available for your vanity. Marble seems like the go-to, but in some homes is almost too fancy. Granite is durable and peaceful.

Vanities don’t always have to be the traditional “drawers underneath” style either. No doubt this style offers great storage, but open bottom vanities are gaining in popularity because they make a small bathroom look more open. That’s what a great showroom will do – show you your options.

Functionality of Your Bathroom

Don’t always expect a bathroom showroom to have working plumbing, but top-notch bathroom showrooms will have some functionality though. How does this showerhead detach from its holster? What do these kinds of lights look like turned on? Even something as simple as opening and closing drawers lets you visualize them being installed in your home.

Customizable Options for Your Bathroom

One thing to remember is that the showroom is just an example of the features that are available. It can be renovated “as-is” or you can mix and match the different products and styles that fit your tastes.

Home renovations always come with options. It’s a good rule of thumb that to remodel to your tastes while also considering future buyer’s preferences – but that’s not a law. Free-standing bathtubs may look too modern for some buyers. Others will say “we’ll never use that bathroom fireplace or that heated towel rack.” You can’t please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.

Bathroom Renovation Pricing

Budget is always a concern when discussing home renovations. A showroom can ‘show’ you all the potential that your bathroom could see and note many of the luxury items available, but they should also be upfront about what those features would potentially cost.

The decision to invest in your bathroom is a wise one, and you’ll likely recoup your finances in market value at some point if you hold on to the home. The bathroom also has to be part of the whole house scheme though too. You want to ultimately create a space that home buyers remember, but not at the cost of other areas of your home.

What you’re ultimately looking for in a showroom is value. Don’t spend your entire budget on the shower, only to be left with a low-end vanity and flooring.

Integrate Your Bathroom With the Rest of Your Home

Showrooms give you an idea of options available when remodeling a bathroom, but you’ve also got to consider how these features and layout will integrate with your current square footage.

Will you need to do more extensive renovations to install the features you’ve found attractive in a showroom? We would all love a spa in the corner of our bathroom, but not if it means having to knock down walls in the master bedroom and downsizing from a king bed to a twin.

The bathroom only has value if the whole house has value. Showrooms give you an idea of the potential that can easily be reached. The ultimate bathroom comes from one part showroom, and one part creativity of the homeowner. A perfect recipe.

Best Bathroom Showroom Overview

Bathroom showroom browsing doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You’re not locked into any of the products on display, and these are just options available for remodeling.

You should make a list of your bathroom renovation priorities. Looks are huge, functionality is important, and energy efficiency should always be considered. Something else to note is that you shouldn’t have any regrets. If you’ve always wanted a walk-in shower, go for it. You can always make one feature your focal point, and design around that.

What Are the Benefits of Renovating My Bathroom?

by Columbus Bath Design |March 17, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Maintenance, Bathtub Conversions | ,

Ask any real estate agent or financial adviser and they’ll say the best investment out there is putting money back into your home. It’s your biggest purchase (this side of a Lamborghini) and thus eventually your biggest sale.

So where do I spend on home improvement? Eight out of ten contractors will say in the kitchen because it is the focal point of a property. Master bedroom renovations are profitable too, but what is a room in your home that each resident and nearly every guest uses? The bathroom.

Bathroom renovations might not sound like a worthwhile area to invest in. That budget could be better off used in creating a man cave or turning that spare bedroom into a craft room, right? Sure, but here are also some reasons why renovating your bathroom is more rewarding than you think.

Creating a Sanctuary

Bathrooms are functional for sure, but they don’t have to be “get in and get out.” There’s nothing wrong with enjoying what can be a very peaceful time in the bathroom.

Instead of cold, plain, bland tile, imagine your bathroom smelling like lavender, having soft accent lighting, and with neutral décor that is relaxing and inviting.

We think of finished basements or upstairs media rooms as the spots that really offer the improved quality of living in a home. But how often do you use those areas? Weekends? Random Tuesday nights? You use the bathroom many times a day.

So Many Options

Bathroom renovations don’t sound all that appealing, but that’s because most homeowners think of it as putting in a new toilet and vanity and being done with the process. There are so many options out there to customize a bathroom though, including:

  • Bath Tub – Watch any home improvement or house-flipping show – tubs matter. You’re going to spend some money on your bathroom renovation, but one way to feel better about that is with a nice relaxing soak. According to those shows, bathtubs are a selling point that greatly improves your market value.
  • Dual Sinks – We’ve seen his or her towels, but now two sinks are almost minimum in a bathroom renovation. The convenience of dual sinks is something many homeowners are accustomed to.
  • More Space – You don’t have to just renovate the existing bathroom, you can create a whole new layout. Knocking down some walls to create more space or just moving pipes to make a more convenient traffic path or privacy porthole are all part of the process.
  • Technology Integrated – Never miss a moment of the game or the final minutes of a singing competition vote with a mirror TV. How about LED lights in your walk-in shower? A warming drawer for a toasty towel after your soak? We can do that. Setting shower temps from your phone before you enter? Yes. Heated floors? Certainly. Wine chiller under the vanity? Doable as well.

More Accessible

In commercial construction, amenities have to be considered for individuals of all different capabilities and accessibility levels. Light switches need to be at a certain height, there needs to be enough space to turn a wheelchair or walker around, there should be a lot of bracing, etc.

There’s no reason not to incorporate that into a residential bathroom remodel, even if you don’t need it now. If you’re getting the room down to the bare bones anyways, there’s no sense in not making it accessible in case of future health woes, if an older relative visits or moves in, or for potential buyers that may have a family member with a disability.

Energy Efficiency

A lot of home renovation projects pay you back in the long term by increasing your home’s market value. But with how much water and energy your bathroom uses you can start recouping payback in the first month.

Let’s look at the very simplest bathroom renovation, you don’t have to run an exhaust fan and you’ll prevent mold growth just by having a window installed if there’s not already one there. Privacy glass can be used to maintain that sense of calm.

Bathroom renovations work great for reducing water consumption as well. Low flow faucets and toilets pay themselves off, and even something as simple as a shower timer can really start reducing your carbon footprint. Many homeowners make money off their bathroom renovations eventually.

Making the Space Memorable to Buyers

Every floor plan has an open concept and a breakfast bar now. So much so that these are indistinguishable aspects to home buyers. With an exquisite bathroom renovation, you create a selling point that future buyers cannot forget.

A bathtub, heated floors, creative lighting, and some technological upgrades are things that a future buyer will remember.

You can enjoy your renovation now, but also get paid for the project when the time comes to sell your home and you subsequently need to remodel your new property.

Yes, a kitchen is very important, so is a master bedroom, but they won’t get nearly the usage (or the compliments) as a bathroom renovation.

How Do We Complete Bathroom Remodels in One Day?

by Columbus Bath Design |February 26, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, One Day Bathroom Remodel |

Remodeling comes with some perks, most notably a new bathroom in the end. However, the process often involves a ton of dust, time, and debris. The disorganization and disarray are some reasons you may be putting off that update that would make your home more perfect.

We have great news – with our 1-day remodeling process, you can get up and leave for work in the morning and return to a brand new, fully renovated bathroom when you get home. Imagine avoiding all the muss, fuss, and construction mess!

You may ask how such a transformation is even possible, but we promise there are no magic tricks involved. We come out to your home and leave you with a completely transformed bathroom in a single day. The testimonials of our happy former clients are proof that our process is highly effective.

Customer-Centric Process

Our secret is that we have no secret! We use a highly customer-centric process that guides you through the whole project from start to finish. You’ll work with a design team to create the perfect bathroom, understanding all the while what the costs will be and how different choices can be made to suit your budget.

Then, a highly trained team of professionals will expertly tackle even the trickiest of bathroom remodel jobs. Their experience means that they’ve seen it all. At the end of the day, as you admire your new bathroom, you’ll wonder why you didn’t give us a call sooner!

What are the benefits of going with a 1-day bathroom remodeling?

The primary benefit of choosing Columbus Bath Design for your 1-day bathroom remodel job is that our system works. It’s that simple. We have worked hard to learn about different remodeling processes and have a thorough understanding the bathroom remodeling business.

We’ve listened closely to our customers to get the best idea possible of how the remodeling process works from their perspective. This insight is incredibly important in understanding where our customers are coming from.

By combining all that we know about the goals, desires, and frustrations of our customers and our extensive knowledge of the bathroom remodeling business, we developed the perfect way to help you create the perfect bathroom oasis.

We refined our process over the years and now we are the experts when it comes to bathroom remodeling. We eliminate the hassle and guesswork out of the process. We guarantee that there will be no surprises at any time during the renovation.

What makes your process different from a regular bathroom remodeling project?

We heard our customers loud and clear that their main concerns when it comes to bathroom remodeling are that it is messy, expensive, time-consuming, and overwhelming. We specifically designed our 1-day remodeling process to address these major headaches and concerns.

We know that the surprises that come up in the middle of the project only add to the frustration, and we have taken steps to address these concerns. With our free estimates, you’ll know exactly what the project will cost from the very beginning.

With the help of our design experts, you’ll create the perfect plan for your bathroom. We’ll help you choose just the right fixtures and create a complete design document. With all the choices made and the plan in place, you’ll know exactly what the bathroom renovation project will cost.

Once the design is completed, the project is taken over by our professional installation team. You’ll get a call to schedule remodeling day and they’ll get everything together ahead of time, putting all the pieces in place for your scheduled project day.

We fully understand that you need to have your bathroom operational, so we take great care to keep it out of commission as little as possible. It’s the degree and scope of our advanced planning that makes it realistic to complete the remodel in just one day.

One advantage we also offer through our process is that our expert team knows exactly what to do and what the project requires, reducing the need for multiple contractors in your home.

What steps are involved in the 1-day remodeling process?

The most critical step is for you to pick up the phone and give us a call or come down to our showroom for a free consultation! Our design experts are ready to guide you through the process and help you create the perfect bathroom design.

We’ll walk you through all of the necessary choices, honing in on the look, feel, and function that you are looking for. We’ll help you choose the perfect accessories, tub, tile, and fixtures that fit your style and desired functionality.

Our one-day remodeling process is designed to give you the best possible new bathroom without the hassle that is usually involved in the remodeling process.

Then we’ll give you a free estimate, get your remodeling day scheduled, and you are on your way to a great new bathroom!

5 Ways to Save Money on a Bathroom Remodel

by Columbus Bath Design |February 19, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Cost | , ,

One of the first things people notice about their new home or if they are interested in purchasing a home is the bathrooms. Everyone pictures themselves basking in the glow of their oasis. But when you start taking a look at what it would cost to remodel, many people get scared away by the potential cost.

Remodeling plan on iPadThe good news is that there are some simple design choices and project expenses that can be made or cut that can help you create your new bathroom no matter what your budget. Some simple cost-saving measures, when implemented properly, go a very long way.

A consultation with a design expert at Columbus Bath Design could set you on the right path. We’ll work with you to come up when a plan, then give you a free estimate to get you on your way!

What are some ways that I can save money on my bathroom remodeling?

There are a wide variety of ways you can save money on your bathroom remodeling project. We’ll discuss of few of them below.

1. Pay attention to your bathroom’s layout and size

It can be tempting to expand your bathroom’s existing footprint to create a bigger space, but resist the urge! Rearranging or enlarging a bathroom will often involve moving plumbing pipes and electrical wiring. Such changes can increase a remodeling budget significantly.

The most expensive fixture to move is the toilet since it involves moving both the waste pipe as well as the water service line. To move these elements will require tearing out the floor and some of the walls. Likewise, performing new electrical work may be more hassle than it’s worth. If you live in an older home, making a change to electrical may require bringing the whole room up to code!

Only consider altering the bathroom’s footprint if it is necessary to accommodate its intended use. Moving fixtures such as sinks, tubs, and toilets to different parts of the bathroom are often the largest expense in a bathroom remodeling budget.

2. Keep the load-bearing walls in place

Along these same lines, make sure that you don’t move any load-bearing walls. Sometimes a non-load-bearing wall can be pushed out easily, but if it’s a wall that provides structural support, stay far away.

Designers will often recommend exploring the possibility of expanding through a wall that doesn’t bear any weight. This could be a good way to expand your space with the minimal extra expense.

If your plan does require moving a load-bearing wall, you’ll need to engage a general contractor to assess the structural needs of your home.

3. Save the drywall

It’s important to remember that the more walls you open up, the more walls you’ll have to close up in the end! Always address problem areas like walls that have mold or mildew, but if you can get away with keeping the existing drywall in place, do so.

A good way to save money is to replace only the bad sections. You’ll likely want to replace the drywall near the tub or sink but stay away from gutting the whole room if possible.

4. Consider refinishing instead of replacing

At the beginning of your project ask yourself if you need to replace all of the fixtures, or if you can refinish them to start life anew. If you are looking to save money on your remodel a good place to start is by assessing if you want to replace elements because of their function or their aesthetic.

If something doesn’t need to be replaced, save money and get it refinished instead. For instance, you can refinish your bathtub with a protective, attractive coating instead of taking it out and putting in a new one. If your bathroom cabinet is still in good shape, consider painting it to match your new color scheme instead of replacing it entirely.

Plus, by reusing your existing features you not only save money but also save the environment by not sending your old stuff out to the landfill!

5. Install a prefabricated bathtub or shower

If you have an old, prefabricated bathtub or shower and want to replace it with custom tiled walls and base, you are looking at a pretty expensive remodeling job. Instead, consider replacing your current fixtures with a new prefabricated unit.

Significantly less expensive, prefabricated units have come a long way in recent years and are now available in a wide range of colors and styles. Plus, they are far easier to install, often taking as little as one day.

How do I get started putting together my cost-effective bathroom remodeling project?

That’s the easy part, just give us a call! We’ll walk you through all of the choices and decisions you’ll need to make to ensure that your bathroom remodeling is done right and fits your budget.

We look forward to helping you create the perfect bathroom oasis!

How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

by Columbus Bath Design |January 29, 2021 |13 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling | , , ,

Let’s face it, not everyone has the luxury of having a massive, spa-like bathroom in their home. While it may seem like a big challenge to create a bathroom design if you only have a small space, using the right design-savvy goes a long way in not only making your small space stylish and practical but even making it appear bigger than it is.

Small bathroom with sleek designThere are several things you can do to take your small bathroom space and make it look and feel more spacious. The design experts at Columbus Bath Design can guide you through the options available, from storage and décor to design choices that don’t break the bank but make a huge difference.

What are some design projects that can help make my small space look bigger?

The first thing to do to make your bathroom look bigger is to take a step back and see if some easy projects could make a big difference. For instance, if each wall of your bathroom has a patterned wallpaper or paint job, it likely has the effect of making the space seem crowded and cluttered.

Painting

Consider ditching these wall coverings in favor of a simple, clean paint job. You’ll be surprised how that can instantly make your bathroom appear bigger. When making color choices for a new paint job, consider choosing something light, like a sky blue or a pastel yellow. Neutral shades like off-white and beige are also good choices.

A fresh paint job also gives you a blank canvas when you start considering the fixtures and accessories that will give you not only storage but pops of color and style.

Floor Tiling

You can look down to the floor to immediately make a small space look bigger. By installing the right floor tiling in the right way, you can create the illusion of larger floor space. While it’s commonly thought that small tiles installed in a small bathroom are the best way to make space seem larger, the truth is that the numerous grout lines have the opposite effect.

Busy, patterned tiles are likewise a poor choice for small spaces. Stay away from these, and instead use large, plain tiles with few grout lines. Like paint color, plain-colored tiles are more effective than patterned tiles, since check marks and other geometric designs lead to the impression of an even smaller space.

Mirrors

As with any room, lots of mirrors creates the effect of a bigger area, plus in a bathroom, they are useful and needed tools. When installed appropriately in conjunction with plain tiles, the effect can be multiplied, tricking the eye into a perception of even bigger space.

What about fixtures and showers?

While tiling, paint, and mirrors are the low hanging fruit when it comes to making your bathroom look bigger, more extensive projects include choosing the right fixtures and making sure shower and tub enclosures are properly designed to increase space.

Choose the Right Fixtures

For instance, if you use the right toilets and sinks, you can immediately realize space gains. There are tons of new models out there that attach directly to the walls, reducing clutter and increasing floor space. Also, wall-hung units are specifically designed to be as compact as possible.

By taking them off the floor, they don’t “stick out” as much. Anything with a long profile not only encroaches on valuable floor space but also draws the eye, making the room appear cramped and small. By taking up a smaller space than regular features, wall-mounted fixtures are an excellent way to make your small bathroom look bigger.

Pick the Right Shower

Likewise, making good design choices when it comes to shower enclosures is critical. Consider quadrant shower enclosures, which are enclosures with doors that fold in or slide. These are the perfect choice to maximize space in a small bathroom.

In-folding doors fold neatly in on themselves instead of opening into the room, and streamlined sliding doors use rails in the enclosure to slide without encroaching on your valuable space.

How about storage and shelving? Are there tricks to using them effectively?

Without question! Rails and hooks are a great way to free up space in a small bathroom and can be used for bath towels and clothing. Hooks only use a few inches on a wall or door without affecting the design flow of your bathroom.

Hanging storage in your shower is a fantastic way to save space. Using wire baskets for your shampoo, soap, and sponges gets them off the shelves or floor and creates an attractive look.

For shelving, consider open shelves as a smart way to visually open up space while at the same time providing a ton of storage. Plus that gives you the freedom to be creative with your towels and other beauty projects!

What should I do to get started making my small bathroom look bigger?

Another easy one – give us a call! The design experts at Columbus Bath Design know exactly how to make a small bathroom look bigger using the tricks described here, plus they are well-versed in all of the newest products and trends.

We look forward to helping you create the perfect bathroom oasis out of your small space!

Bathroom Remodeling During COVID-19

by Columbus Bath Design |January 20, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Cost

There is no question that any home remodeling will take time and energy, even during normal times. Maybe you were thinking of undertaking a bathroom remodeling job before the onset of the pandemic and decided to hold off, maybe you were in the middle and things got postponed.

You may have many questions about whether or not it is wise to undertake or continue a remodeling project amid Covid-19. The decision on whether or not to move forward with a bathroom remodeling project depends in large part on your personal preferences as well as the stage of the remodeling project you find yourself in.

Starting a new project with the planning stage is far different than the considerations necessary for a project that has already started. The pros at Columbus Bath Design can help guide you through all the necessary decisions so that you can rest assured that your bathroom remodeling project is as safe as possible.

What are some of the pros and cons I should consider for a bathroom remodeling project during Covid-19?

As mentioned above, the pros and cons of undertaking a bathroom remodeling project during Covid-19 are dependent on the stage of your project. We’ll first consider projects that are in the planning phase.

You may also find it easier to locate and book a highly rated contractor. Many design and construction teams saw a rash of cancellations, which means that you could potentially find not only good deals but also highly experienced teams that have the time and availability to focus exclusively on your project.

Consider also that you likely have more time that can be spent at home, especially if you have transitioned to a home office. Working from home means you don’t have to take time off to supervise contractors. You could also benefit during the design stage from the new technologies companies like Columbus Bath Design have put in place to facilitate virtual consultations and online showrooms.

If your project was already underway or has started since the beginning of the pandemic, that means you likely already have all the necessary permits and have procured all of the materials needed for your bathroom remodeling project.

Hopefully, you’ve established a good relationship with your contractor and are on the same wavelength about expectations from the project. Since everything is in place, it makes sense for you to continue the project, provided you and your contractors observe the proper precautions.

However, because of delays in the supply chain, you may face problems with materials that take extra time to arrive, or may not be available at all. When it comes to a bathroom project, you may not want to have to make compromises with your choices.

What precautions should I take if I’m about to start construction or if my project is already underway?

As mentioned above, if you are about to start a new project or your project is already underway, you are almost guaranteed special attention due to other cancellations. You should check in with your contractor to see if there may be extra costs incurred due to special precautionary measures that may be necessary.

Many of the precautions you should take are similar to those you are likely already exercising in your daily life. The key to success is to make sure that everything is well arranged, providing you and your family protection from potential infection.

For instance, if you visit a showroom, make sure that the company has protocols in place that include regular handwashing by employees. You should watch to make sure they:

  • frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces like the coffee station, phones, doorknobs
  • use wipes to clean product samples between customers
  • conduct a thorough cleaning multiple times during the day

Companies that are doing the right thing should have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available for their customers. When it comes to the job site, expect the contractors to provide plastic barriers to separate the work site from the rest of the house.

Keep a close eye that workers are regularly disinfecting surfaces that they have come into contact with, and if a non-shared bathroom is not available for workers, strongly consider a port-a-john to ensure the worksite is kept completely separate from your living space.

Most contractors will have protocols in place for their crews to regularly sanitize their hands and tools, but it’s recommended that you set expectations with the crew leaders before construction commences.

I’m ready to start my project, what do I do next?

If you have the time and budget, there has never been a better time to start a bathroom remodeling project.

Give us a call today to start the process. We’ll not only guide you through the design decisions you’ll need to make, but we’ll walk you through the stringent protocols we’ve put in place to make sure your project is successful and your family is safe.

We look forward to helping you build a great new bathroom!

Top Five Bathroom Trends for 2021

by Columbus Bath Design |December 28, 2020 |2 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Tips for the Home

Thinking about undertaking a bathroom renovation in the next year? Once you’ve decided on the functionality you’d like for your new space, it’s time for the fun part – deciding on style!

With the thousands and thousands of options out there, choosing the right look can be a little overwhelming. Helping homeowners make these hard decisions is exactly what the design experts at Columbus Bath Design love to do. Give us a call and we’ll help you make the right choices.

It’s natural to want our bathrooms to be luxurious, smart, and a private retreat where we can relax and find a few quiet moments for ourselves. If you are thinking of undertaking a bathroom design in the next year, pay attention to these five trends to help you create a fresh and modern look.

Cleaning in luxury

The most important thing to consider when transforming an interior space into a luxury experience that enhances satisfaction is the driving trend for 2021. The bathroom is one of the spaces we use most frequently, so any update or renovation should focus on a seamless experience.

Given the past year and the uncertainty ahead, making sure your bathroom delivers a spa-like atmosphere is the most important consideration. You want to create a relaxing space, allowing you to linger for just a bit longer.

Biophilia, or integrating natural elements into the design, is one of the biggest recent trends and is only gaining in popularity. The goal is to create a rich, sensory connection with nature. Such a design reduces stress and increases creativity.

By adding a luxurious shower and shower head, you can create an indulgent experience that will help you relax and improve your outlook.

Blended Schemes

Contemporary style has moved beyond the days of polished ceramic that is clinically white. Instead, designers are recommending that people become more confident in choosing busy and bold design schemes for both bathrooms and powder rooms.

As mentioned above, the 2021 design will be marked by biophilia, the bringing of the outside in. A new design will focus on creating spa-like bathroom sanctuaries with bold murals and fixtures that combine vintage stylings with modernity. Expect to continue seeing Victorian roll-top baths, but with a backdrop of modern, sleek alcoves integrated with bright tiles and incorporating the latest tech.

While designers in the past concentrated on a single, cohesive look, the trend these days is to match bold colors and patterns to create a unique look.

Keep the mood minimalist

Clinical white porcelain may be a trend of the past, but that’s not to say that minimalist doesn’t remain in style. The difference is that today’s minimalist bathrooms are designed to relax, in part by getting rid of the sterile background.

While bathrooms of recent years may have been a maximalist mess, with many different features competing for attention, the new trend is to dispense with the clutter. Choose wisely the things you need to have out on the counter and work to reduce the crowded feeling. If you choose a pattern, keep it to a minimum and as simple as possible.

When it comes to fixtures, consider a pedestal or wall-mounted sink instead of a bulky vanity, and put a clear glass door on your shower rather than a curtain. Finish the look with reflective surfaces like large scale glossy ceramic tiles.

Bold basins and consoles

One of the hardest design decisions when it comes to bathrooms is choosing the sink. Since it’s a centerpiece of the room, it needs to have the right balance of functionality, aesthetics, and ease of installation, not to mention budget.

With all of the choices available out there, it can be difficult to refine your vision. Expect to see everything from riffs on classic white ceramic to brightly colored decorative basins. You could even have classic pastels or add gold rims.

Beyond color and shape, you’ll also have to choose from a wide variety of materials. You’ll find sinks made from concrete, glass, minerals, and pressurized surfaces. Whether going for a bold look or keeping things minimalist, there is a perfect design out there for you.

Incorporating technology

Not even the bathroom can escape advances in technology. Smart devices making home automation commonplace is no longer a sci-fi dream. It’s now commonly available, and more useful than you might expect.

In 2021 look for such things as de-misting mirrors, LED temperature displays, and integrated charging and USB ports built into mirrors and fixtures. Don’t be afraid to get smart!

How do I navigate all these choices?

Don’t let all of the available options overwhelm you! Give us a call today to see how Columbus Bath Design experts can help you refine your vision and create a bathroom design that not only suits your style but fits your budget.

We look forward to helping you create your new bathroom oasis!

Update Your Bathroom With A New Sink Or Vanity

by Columbus Bath Design |December 14, 2020 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling Materials

While the dream of many a homeowner is to gut their bathrooms and remodel them in a new and more updated style, the fact is that many people simply don’t have the budget for a complete overhaul.

The good news is that there are some very cost-effective things you can do to update both functionality and style without breaking the bank. At the top of this list is updating your bathroom with a new sink/vanity.

While you can certainly install a state of the art toilet or ultra-cool waterfall shower, the best thing you can do to freshen up your bathroom’s look is to install a new vanity. Not only are they easy to install, but they are also the focal point of the room and can quickly and easily give it a new look.

There are a few things to consider when looking for your new vanity. For instance, not everyone has the luxury of an oversized bathroom, so finding a vanity that fits your space and budget is key.

We’re here to help! The designers at Columbus Bath Design have helped homeowners like you not only update their bathroom but to do so on a budget and with style. Give us a call and we’ll help you get started on your project today.

Why is updating your vanity an easy way to freshen up the bathroom’s look?

While updating or installing a new toilet or shower usually requires advanced plumbing skills that add cost to the budget, bathroom vanities can be updated with relative ease. Chances are good that if you are comfortable using basic tools already in your home, you would feel comfortable replacing your vanity by yourself, without the need for expensive plumbers or contractors.

Not only that, with the wide variety of shapes and styles out there, you can quickly change the overall look of your bathroom just by changing out your sink and vanity. Since most tubs and toilets tend to be white, adding color and style to your room is best achieved with a new vanity.

And as mentioned above, updating your vanity is one of the most cost-effective and budget-friendly options for giving your bathroom a fresh, clean, and new look.

What kinds of design factors do I need to consider when updating my sink/vanity?

There are a few basic design elements that will drive your choice of the new vanity. First is size, then theme, and then finally countertops. Once you’ve made these choices, all you need to do is get your new vanity in place to have a fresh look!

Vanity Size

When it comes to size, the overriding question is how much space you have for your vanity. If you have a large or oversized bathroom, you don’t need to worry about space requirements. You could easily add an extra-wide vanity with oversized mirrors.

Most of us, however, don’t have that luxury. Small spaces do not mean that there are no good options, though. For instance, if you have a small space and like a more traditional style, a pedestal sink with a simple hanging mirror is not only a good style choice, it can also help to make your bathroom look larger. Consulting with a design expert will help you discover the full range of options available to fit your size requirements.

Choose Your Theme

The theme is the next big choice to make after you’ve settled on size. Since one of the main reasons to update your vanity is to give your bathroom a new look, deciding on the theme is critical. You’ll want to explore all of the design options available before making your final selection.

Some people prefer art deco or black, some a more modern flair. Rustic, country bathrooms are gaining in popularity. More traditional vanities are now available in all sizes and shapes, with styles anywhere from shabby chic to farmhouse. Deciding on what style you want is one of the most fun parts of the project – you’ll get to preview all that is available and refine the look to fit your taste.

Consider Countertop Options

Finally, make sure you pay attention to the countertops. Choosing the right surface is important since it not only completes the look but needs to be right for the job. Non-porous countertops are the best choice since continued exposure to moisture can shorten the lifespan of countertops made from laminate, natural wood, and other materials.

What should I do if I want to update my sink/vanity?

When you approach a project like updating your sink/vanity we know the choices can be overwhelming! We’re here to help. Our design experts know exactly how to walk you through the process, taking the guesswork out of where to start and making it a fun experience. We can’t wait to help you start the updating process!

Reasons for a Tub to Shower Conversion

by Columbus Bath Design |November 24, 2020 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips

For many years, the most common, standard bathroom design was composed of a combination shower/tub. More recently, a new trend has emerged where the combo unit is replaced by modern, large showers that offer many benefits when compared to bathtubs.

Ranging from convenience to style to safety, showers not only add value to your home but can be better for you and your daily use. It’s a perfect combination – a more useful space that increases your home’s value, a win all around!

When considering a bathroom renovation, it’s important to consult with an expert designer, like those at the Columbus Bath Design. There are so many different styles and choices out there that expert guidance can mean the difference between a fantastic project and a ho-hum result.

What are the primary reasons to convert my bathtub into a shower?

Three of the most important reasons to convert your bathtub into a shower are safety and accessibility, style and design, and increased space and convenience.

Bathrooms are proven to be the place in your home where someone is likely to get hurt. Moisture on slick surfaces creates a hazard, and having a shower prevents the need for climbing in and out of your tub. While more likely to be a hazard to older people, even younger family members could be at risk.

Converting your bathtub into a shower is one way to significantly reduce this risk, particularly if you choose to go with a walk-in shower or curbless shower. Adding grab bars could also be a good idea if you anticipate older people using the shower.

It’s also important to keep in mind that home remodeling is not just about function, but should also include elements of style. The decision to convert your bathtub into a shower allows you to re-envision how you’d like your bathroom to look. You can choose from tile styles, colors, shapes, and patterns, and pick fixtures that change the design themes of your space. Adding shelves or shower niches can give you space to tuck your bath products away, getting them off counters and the floor.

Plus, converting your old bathtub into a shower has the added benefit of creating more space, giving you room to create a more comfortable shower. Having that extra space will help you relax more and enjoy your shower. And if you have a furry friend, washing your dog in a shower is far easier than picking them up to put in the tub.

What about health, cleanliness, and maintenance?

Three critical reasons to consider converting your bathtub into a shower are stress relief and health, increased cleanliness, and far less maintenance.

Converting to a larger shower will certainly increase your comfort level. But there’s no reason to rest on your laurels there! With a few design choices, you could reduce your stress level by turning your shower into your home spa.

Changes in technology have made this easier than you may think. Some easy choices are things like built-in Bluetooth speakers, multiple shower heads, or even a shower bench. More advanced design features include things like a steam shower – minor investments that can make a big difference.

When it comes to cleanliness, there is no way around the fact that bathtubs require a lot of cleaning. Grime and mineral deposits create an unhealthy appearance and need to be regularly scrubbed. Not only are showers easier to clean, but they are also easier to maintain. Tile surfaces are easy to regularly rinse, and when designed properly, you can reduce your regular maintenance needs to almost nothing at all. Imagine the savings in time and hassle!

While showers generally cause more humidity than a bathtub, they are less likely to cause mold or mildew growth because their vertical surfaces drain more quickly and dry faster than horizontal rims around a bathtub. Fewer nooks and crannies coupled with better drainage means that your shower has less of a chance at accumulating mold, soap scum, and hard water minerals, reducing the need for regular scrubbing.

Does a bathtub to shower conversion increase my home’s value?

Experts agree that a well-designed, modernized bathroom that offers a spa-like experience will significantly increase your home’s value. By making the right choices when you renovate your bathroom, you could see a big bump if you sell your home in the coming years.

It’s important to make sure that your design is in keeping with current trends. That’s where experts like the designers at Columbus Bath Design can help. They have their finger on the pulse of modern design and understand how to create a renovation plan that fits any budget. With all of the choices out there, it’s important to have a pro help guide you through the process.

Give us a call today to see how we can help you create your perfect bathroom oasis!