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Planning & Budgeting for Your Bathroom Remodel

by Columbus Bath Design |July 16, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling Cost, Bathroom Remodeling Tips | , , ,

A bathroom remodel can be one of the bigger projects in the home. You’ll want to make sure that you spend your time and money wisely. A good plan is key to a good remodeling experience. Here’s what you need to know:

Create a Floor Plan

Your first step is to measure the space and sketch out a rough floor plan. Remember to note where plumbing fixtures and electrical outlets are. These can be moved, but it will increase the remodel’s time and expense.

While we’re at it, don’t just assume that everything is square. Verify with your tape measure. If you have an oddly shaped space, you may need to budget for custom built cabinets or a custom cut vanity.

If you want a big item like a jacuzzi bathtub, measure if it will fit through the doorway. Otherwise, your renovation may require creating a new doorway.

Now is a good time to pick out paint chips, tile samples, and the like. Hold the paint chips up to the wall in the bathroom. The colors you picked may look different in the light there instead of under the store’s unforgiving fluorescent bulbs.

Need inspiration? You can browse online galleries, visit showrooms, and search on social media. Share the images you like with your bath design service. They can help bring your vision to life.

Budget for Money and Time

Unexpected expenses can strike during any remodel. However, starting out with a budget can help keep things on the rails. You’ll want to consider both time and money expenses during this project.

Do some research or get quotes for common remodel expenses like:

  • removing old flooring
  • purchasing and installing new flooring
  • painting
  • installing new cabinets
  • changing out the fixtures and hardware
  • installing bathroom vanities
  • purchasing towels, shower curtains, etc
  • installing lighting
  • removal of debris and hazardous materials
  • certain luxury items like radiant flooring involve multiple additional expenses, from wiring to sealing

Be sure to factor in ‘hidden’ expenses. These include sales taxes, delivery fees, and costs for a home inspection if required in your area.

One final trick is to take your budget and add ten percent. This gives you a nice cushion toward any unexpected expenses that may pop up.

Next, get an idea of your time budget for this remodel. These projects can take anywhere from one day to several weeks. The exact timeline depends on the scale of the project, the condition of the house, and the experience levels of the people you hire.

Keep in mind that if you do a full bathroom remodel, you or your contractor needs to coordinate the schedules of many different professionals. For instance, the electrician can only come in after the old walls are torn down, but before new walls get put up. You’ll need to factor this into your timeline.

Installation isn’t the only significant item in your time plan. If you’re having an exotic stone countertop cut to a custom size, this takes time to be crafted and transported. The same holds true for items like radiant floors and custom cabinetry.

You may also need to budget a few days before the bathroom’s fully usable. For instance, it can take a while during colder months for paint and sealants to fully dry.

Creative Ways to Save

There are a number of ways for a creative homeowner to trim their budget and stretch their dollars.

First, think about what needs to be replaced in the bathroom and what can stay if it’s refreshed. If your cabinetry’s in good condition, just getting a new vanity top put in can transport the look of the room. Meanwhile, shabby or out-of-fashion cabinets can get new life when you repaint them, replace the hardware, or put in new doors.

Depending on your personal style, you may be able to buy some unique and budget-friendly pieces in estate sales, antique stores, and so on. Extended families who are decluttering might pass on functional staples like shelving that tucks into the corner. Also, keep a sharp eye out for sales at local furniture or building supply stores.

If you’re planning a bigger job, get several quotes. If one number is significantly higher or lower than anyone else’s, there may be a good reason why. Investigate now to save down the line.

Plan of Attack

You’ve got a floor plan and a budget. Now it’s time to put those pieces together.

What’s your contingency plan while the bathroom’s out of operation?

Will you stay somewhere else during the renovations?

Are you going to remodel another room at the same time? For instance, do you want the bedroom re-done to coordinate with the bathroom?

When’s the right time for this remodel to happen?

Consider the weather and season. Remember that paint may dry slower when it’s cold. Big jobs may not be possible at all during the winter. If you’re short on time, see if your remodeling service offers accelerated or one-day schedules.

Ready to Get Started?

Columbus Bath Design takes the guesswork out of bathroom remodels. Our friendly and professional staff have over 20 years’ experience with projects of any size. Give us a call or fill out our website form for a free estimate.

Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Before Selling?

by Columbus Bath Design |June 28, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Full Bathroom Remodel | ,

Renovation means different things to different people. If you are preparing to sell your home, taking a close look at your bathroom and deciding the best approach to take might not mean tearing the whole thing out and starting from scratch. You have to take into consideration the overall value of your home and how making improvements to the bathrooms will add value to your property. Here are a few tips to consider when asking yourself, “should I renovate the bathroom before selling? 

Consult a Realtor and Contractor

If you are seriously ready to put your home on the market, you have probably already hired a realtor. Realtors are experienced and up to date on what the housing market trends are. Your realtor has close relationships with contractors and interior designers. With their help, the realtor will have the information to evaluate your neighborhood, what the values of the homes are and consult you on what the best way is to approach your bathroom update. A total expensive remodel is not necessary if it won’t increase the sale price of the home. They will be able to offer advice that makes financial sense for your upgrade. Maybe it will be as simple as a fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures, or other updates.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Regardless of whether you plan a total bathroom remodel or not, a fresh coat of paint will make your bathroom look clean and updated. Neutral, solid colors have the greatest appeal because as potential buyers tour your home, they will imagine how their furniture and home accents will fit into the picture. If the paint is neutral, it is easier for them.

Replace Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are another quick, inexpensive update for your bathroom. Both overhead lighting and wall light fixtures provide ambiance and focal points for the bathroom. Evaluate the age of your light fixtures and their condition. Do they go with today’s trends? Are they scratched, broken and out of working order? Replacing a light fixture is another easy update to elevate the value of the bathroom and make it look fresh and clean.

Open Up The Space

Take a look at the functionality of your bathroom. If there are many things crammed into a small space, consider this. If there is a standing shower and a bathtub, remove the tub and add a sitting area. Most people prefer showers to baths, so the bathtub may not be necessary. This is true, especially if there are other bathrooms in the home that have bathtubs. This will make the overall look of the space bigger, more open, and aesthetically appealing.

Fix Every Little Thing

Inspect your bathrooms for everything that is wrong or broken. Look around with new eyes and think like a buyer. This includes fixing leaky sinks, broken toilets, loud exhaust fans, and squeaky doors. If there is any sign of mold or mildew, correct it. Clean the shower doors from top to bottom so there is no soap residue, scum or moisture present. These little issues that you have overlooked could make the potential buyer think you didn’t care for the home. They may question if there could be other hidden issues they missed. Taking time to correct all the little home improvements you have put on the back burner, could result in a more positive outcome.

Replace the Flooring

Is the flooring in your bathroom showing signs of wear and tear? Are a few of the tiles cracked or discolored? Is the grout in the tile cracked? If there is outdated carpeting, it is definitely time to replace the flooring. There are a variety of quality, inexpensive bathroom flooring options on the market like large tile and wood-looking flooring. New bathroom flooring will instantly update and refresh the space while adding value to your home.

Add A Touch of Personality

Adding a few new accessories to your bathroom update will provide a touch of personality and interior design. You will only need a few things to accomplish this. Floor plants, fresh new towels, fresh window treatments, and a new mirror above the vanity/sink are ideas that are welcoming. It is very important to keep all of your personal bathroom necessities hidden from view. This includes toothbrushes, combs and brushes, shaving kits, and make-up bags that will clutter the area.

Total Renovation

A total renovation of a bathroom might be necessary to increase the desirability and value of your home. If this is the case, research the latest trends in bathroom design. Extra features like heated flooring, extending the bathroom to make it larger, oversized wall tiles, and wood-look flooring could make a big difference to the buyer. Work with your realtor, interior designer, and contractor to design an updated bathroom that may be the catalyst to selling your home to the highest bidder.

The experts at Columbus Bath Designs can help you decide what bathroom updates will help you get the most dollars and sense for your home. Contact us today and let’s get started.

How to Save Money While Remodeling Your Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |June 22, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling Cost, Uncategorized | , ,

The average cost to remodel a bathroom is over $16,000. If you have a dated bathroom and money is tight, you may be looking for ways to reduce those expenses while still freshening up your space. Learning how to save money while remodeling a bathroom can help you to reduce the costs while still getting a bathroom that is stylish and modern. Here are some of the best tips for saving money on a bathroom renovation project.

Complete Demolition On Your Own

One of the ways that you can save money while remodeling a bathroom is to complete demolition on your own. This includes removing any flooring, fixtures, and walls in the space yourself, rather than paying a contractor to complete the work. However, if you are demolishing on your own, you need to know what you are doing. It is important that you do not remove any load-bearing walls or damage the plumbing while removing fixtures or flooring. Both of these mistakes can be costly to repair and can negate any savings associated with demolishing a bathroom space on your own.

Reuse Any Fixtures You Can

Many people do not realize that fixtures can be repainted or powder coated to give them a new appearance. For example, you can sand down a wooden vanity and then either restain or repaint the vanity to give it a new and fresh look. A bathtub that is stained can be powder coated to help it look as good as new. Reusing old fixtures is generally cheaper than buying new fixtures, so if your fixtures still have life in them, consider going this route.

Retain the Same Bathroom Layout

As you look to remodel or renovate a bathroom, one of the decisions you have to make is about the layout of the bathroom. If you are on a budget, retaining the existing layout in the bathroom can help you to save money. This means that your sink, toilet, and shower will all be in the same position they currently are. When you switch up a bathroom layout and start to move fixtures, you need to alter the plumbing in your bathroom. Having to call in a plumber to re-plumb or repipe your bathroom can be costly and can drastically increase the cost of a bathroom renovation project.

Shop Around For the Best Prices

One of the common mistakes homeowners make when undergoing a bathroom renovation is not shopping around for the best prices for the materials needed for the renovation. Tile, stone, and fixture prices can vary from one vendor to the next. There are many places you can go to look for materials for your bathroom, including online retailers. Many retailers also have materials that may be close-out pricing. Don’t be afraid to shop around and compare prices, or ask if a vendor has any discounted materials for sale.

Don’t Go Overboard on High-End Materials

Some materials may look beautiful, but you can quickly exceed the budget or sink more into a bathroom remodel if you go overboard on high-end materials. And unfortunately, it can be hard to get a good return on investment with too many high-end materials. Instead, select one or two high-end items that are must-haves in your bathroom, and then try to counter those items with more affordable materials. Let your high-end items make a statement and be the star of the bathroom, instead of having them compete with other high-end finishes.

Carefully Review Contractor’s Quotes

The final tip to help you save money while you are remodeling your bathroom is to carefully review quotes from contractors. The cheapest quote is not always the best, nor does it always wind up being the cheapest. Always find out what exactly is included in your contract. Are your materials included in the quote, or do you have to buy those separately? Are dumpster rental or disposal fees included or do you have to arrange to have the trash discarded? Is the contractor obtaining and paying for building permits or are you? Always take the time to carefully review a contractor’s quote and work to see what is included in the quote and what may wind up costing you more down the road.

A bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, but it can be costly to renovate and can negatively affect the value and feel of your home if it is dated. Fortunately, there are many ways to update or remodel the look and feel of your bathroom, even for those on a budget. Here at Columbus Bath Designs, we can work with any budget to help to maximize the money you have and change the look of your bathroom. Reach out to us today to learn more about us or to get started on a bathroom remodeling project.

How to Increase Home Value with a Bathroom Remodel

by Columbus Bath Design |June 8, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips, Full Bathroom Remodel, Uncategorized | , ,

If you are looking to sell your home, you may be looking to maximize the value of it before selling. There are many small and large changes you can make to your space to make it more appealing to buyers and to increase the value of your home. Remodeling a bathroom may be one of the areas that you can increase your home’s value, especially if your bathrooms are outdated. Here are a few of the renovations you may wish to consider.

Make Small, Simple Changes

One of the top mistakes that people make when remodeling a bathroom to increase the value of their home is going overboard. You need to carefully consider the current value and what buyers in your area are looking for. For example, marble may look beautiful in a bathroom, but not every market supports the high price of marble. In many cases, making small, simple changes may help to freshen up a dated bathroom and increase the value of your home. These can range from painting your bathroom, installing new flooring, refurbishing the vanity, or replacing the faucets and hardware in your bathroom. Small changes are relatively affordable, yet can instantly and inexpensively give your bathroom a fresher and cleaner appearance.

Increase the Size of the Bathroom

Another way to increase the value of your home with a bathroom remodel is to increase the size of the bathroom. If you have a small and cramped bathroom, increasing the space will help it feel more luxurious. People who have older homes without a full ensuite bathroom are finding that if they renovate their tiny half bath and turn it into a full bath, they increase the value of their home and make their home more appealing to buyers. It is important to note that increasing the size of a bathroom can be a large renovation and can be pricey, so always weigh the pros and cons to ensure you are getting value out of increased bathroom size.

Make the Bathroom More Functional

If you have a bathroom that is not very functional, it can negatively affect the value of your home. One of the common misconceptions about bathrooms is that they should include a toilet, sink, shower, and bathtub. However, if the space is small, fitting all of these items in the space may take away from the functionality of the bathroom. In some cases, removing a bathtub and only going with a shower can make a lot of sense, as can changing up the layout to make the space more functional. You should not have to feel cramped in a bathroom, and if you do, renovating the space to make it more functional may increase the value of the space.

Gut and Renovate an Outdated Bathroom

In some cases, it makes sense to make minor changes to your bathroom. However, if your bathroom has structural issues, mold problems, or has not been renovated in over 25 years, gutting the bathroom and starting fresh makes a lot of sense. Gutting a bathroom is typically expensive, and as such, you may not want to do this unless you absolutely have to. However, if a bathroom has structural damage or mold problems, or is severely dated, it can deter potential buyers and lower the value of your home. Repairing these problems helps to show buyers you take care of your home and can help to make the space more modern.

Consider Aging-in-Place Changes

One of the lesser-known ways to increase the value of your home through a bathroom remodel is to consider aging-in-place changes. More people than ever want to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can. Having a bathroom that someone can age-in-place in can help them remain in a home longer. Aging-in-place changes generally include things like walk-in tubs, seats in the showers, space for walkers or wheelchairs, and non-slip tile. If buyers in your area tend to be 50 years or older, or if you are remodeling a bathroom attached to a mother-in-law’s suite or casita, considering aging-in-place renovation changes can pay off.

Add Luxurious Finishes

The final way to increase a home value through a bathroom remodel is to add luxurious finishes. Potential buyers often pay attention to the finishes of the home, and those finishes may sway a buyer. Adding small touches, such as high-end stone countertops, rainfall showerheads, or heated tile may be exactly what you need to up the value of your home and potentially sway a buyer to select your home over a different home they are looking for. When selecting luxurious finishes, you should look at other homes in the area. Going overboard on finishes can wind up costing you, so you want to ensure your finishes stand out but are not overdone for the area.

Finding a contractor who has experience with bathroom remodeling is important. Here at Columbus Bath Designs, we can help you put together a bathroom design that will help to maximize the value of your bathroom and help you fetch top dollar for your home, and then make that design become a reality. Reach out to us today to get started.

What is the Most Expensive Part of a Bathroom Remodel?

by Columbus Bath Design |April 30, 2021 |3 Comments | Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Uncategorized | , ,

Homeowners can be somewhat torn on how important a bathroom remodel is to the market value of a property. Everybody will tell you that a kitchen is the most critical source for return on investment for your remodeling budget – which is true – but are many areas used more frequently than the bathroom?

What makes a bathroom remodel so valuable is that it pays back in a multitude of ways. There’s the obvious market value increase of a memorable commode, not to mention the increased quality of living that an open, relaxing space has to offer. Bathroom renovations will also help increase energy efficiency with the installation of low flow water fixtures and non invasive lighting.

Like any home improvement project, budget is always something to take into consideration. Homeowners need to weigh pros and cons of what are important features to include, and where to focus their finances. In order to do that, it’s important to understand where the biggest costs are going to be in a bathroom remodel:

Labor

It’s no surprise that 30 – 50% or more of your bathroom remodel budget will be spent on labor. The more rigorous the project, the higher that labor cost is going to be unfortunately.

Consider if you want to change the layout of the bathroom. That involves paying a plumber to move water lines, an electrician to run new wiring, a construction contractor for demo and the rebuild, as well as a tile specialist for new flooring / shower / backsplash. That doesn’t include a painter and/or a finish carpenter.

Some of that labor cost can be recouped with DIY work, most frequently the demo part of the project. Plumbing and electrical needs to be performed by a professional however.

Tile

Since bathrooms are generally smaller than other areas of the house, the good news is that labor costs for plumbers, electricians, etc. are generally lower because the job is done faster. It’s nothing for these trades to be done with their work in a single day or even an afternoon.

That’s not the case with tile installers though, whether it’s the floor, a shower, backsplash, etc. Tile installation is a very time consuming process – but in a way you want it to be so that the job looks nice.

Tile can only be laid in sections, and the mastic must be allowed to dry before the finishing grout can be applied. Before that the area needs to be measured and spaced out for aesthetics which is why many times a tile job can take 2-3 days or more.

It should also be noted that different tile materials will affect the budget. Natural stone tiles can cost 10X as much as basic ceramic products.

Fixtures

Low end bathtubs are going to start off with a price tag of around $400 even on sale at big box stores. High end, freestanding soaking bathtubs can be priced at $2,000 to $3,000 or more. All of these fixtures have great ROI when it comes time to sell the house (as well as an increased quality of living), but will put a significant dent in the budget at the time of remodel.

Low flow toilets don’t cost a considerable amount more than standard models, and they’re reported to save upwards of $150 per year in water bills. That may not seem like much, but compounded over 10 years it definitely adds up. Plus, sometimes there are tax incentives or rebates for having water saving fixtures installed.

Vanity

When you really think about it, there aren’t that many places to spend money in your bathroom. Lighting, painting, trim, and other miscellaneous items are going to pale in comparison to the big three of tiling, fixtures, and finally the vanity.

A vanity has become an increasingly important aspect of the bathroom for convenience as well as market value. His and her vanities are now the norm that buyers are looking for, but pedestal/wall mounted features also offer more room and make the bathroom look bigger. Vessel vanities provide a unique, modern look as well.

There are simply tons of options available in vanity choices, each with varying costs. Countertop material choices are included in that pricing as well, with marble/granite being more high end and laminate a more cost-efficient choice.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Summary

The ultimate thing to remember is that no matter how you want to lay out a bathroom or what features you want to include – it will all cost to have the work and installation done. Any time plumbing is added to the normal construction work, the labor prices will increase.

That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it though. There have been “Million Dollar Listing” type shows where a sale is lost simply because the master bathroom doesn’t have a tub to soak in. You’re in the bathroom multiple times a day for a number of different functions, you might as well enjoy the stay.

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 |1 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 |2 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!