Although many people leave during home renovations, this step is not always necessary. Some may prefer staying in their comfortable house, keeping up their old routines. Others may want to get away from the noise, mess, and disruption of a big bathroom renovation.
You’ll need to make a plan for where you’re staying, whether you remain in your home or go. This may also factor into your timeline and renovation budget. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each option:
Staying at home is in many ways the easier option. You won’t need to research in-budget accommodations or ask your relatives for a favor. However, don’t underestimate how busy your house may become during a major remodel.
You will have easy access to all of your work equipment, clothes, etc.
You’ll stay in the loop down to the minute on how this remodel is proceeding.
If a problem pops up, you’ll be one of the first people to know about it.
Some kids and pets may do better at home and with their regular routine.
You won’t have to rent a hotel room during the interim.
By watching the remodel, step by step, you can make last-minute changes as needed.
For very minor remodeling jobs such as swapping out hardware or repainting a wall, renting a hotel room may be overkill.
If they’re re-sanding or tearing out the walls, you can expect a lot of noise and dust.
The noise during working hours could interfere with distance learning and working from home.
Those contractors may need to access a room you use frequently, such as a kitchen or bathroom.
Painting and other activities can release fumes. You may be asked to leave the house for a time anyway, to let these chemicals dissipate.
Pets may get agitated by the stream of strangers in the home.
If the renovation takes place over many days, this may create a big disruption in your daily routine.
If you’re getting the bathroom renovated and only have one bathroom, it may not be practical to stay.
Where can you go during a renovation? Some people rent a hotel room, either on a budget or as a splurge. Often, this may be close to their home being renovated or conveniently near work. Other people stay with friends and family, go somewhere exotic, or rent an RV.
You and your household won’t have to deal with strangers in your space, noise, dust, etc.
Your rental room may have advantages like a gym, high-speed internet, or an easy walk to work or school.
A change of location can break you out of a rut. You may actually get more distance education or video conferencing work done in a new place.
Renovations may run longer than expected. You might end up having to get a hotel anyway.
A trusted contractor can take care of minor issues and decisions, freeing up your time.
You won’t risk any incidental contact with paint fumes or other irritants.
The work may be done faster without your family being constantly underfoot.
This can be a significant expense, especially if you travel or stay somewhere luxurious.
The place you find that’s on-budget may not be anywhere near your work, loved ones, etc.
If you’re staying with family and the project runs long, you may overstay your welcome.
You’ll miss out on the comfort and amenities of home.
Over the long run, it may be very inconvenient to keep returning to your home during renovation to pick up clean clothes or important documents.
There’s going to be a time delay between a problem popping up and you hearing about it. This is especially true if you go on vacation somewhere.
If you have specific concerns, bring them up with your contractor during the planning stages. Do you really want to stay at home during the renovation? They may be able to shuffle the schedule around to make this possible.
In some cases, your contractor may be able to work on just one room at a time. This leaves space for your family to use. They may also tackle high-use areas like the kitchen during the day when everyone’s out.
Meanwhile, what if your budget is strained by the additional expense of staying somewhere else? Your contractor may have a few ideas for trimming the renovation costs. These might include:
At Columbus Bath Design, we want your renovation to go off without a hitch. We’re a family owned and operated business proudly serving the Greater Columbus area for over two decades. Contact us today and we’ll get started on your renovation plan.
It’s a question for the ages, do I need a bathtub in my bathroom remodel? Will I reduce the value of my home if I don’t have one? The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Traditionally a full bathroom, especially the master bathroom includes a big bathtub or Jacuzzi feature. As we move into the future, fewer homeowners are embracing the big tub in the room. They are looking for smaller, more decorative free-standing tubs so they can install larger custom showers. Custom meaning special shower heads, steam rooms, body sprays, and other features. Some are opting out of a tub in their bathroom remodels. Let’s take a look at today’s growing “no more tub” trend.
Today’s generations of homeowners are realizing that a bathtub that is not being used that much is taking up space that could be used for other functional uses. They would rather opt into some luxurious features in the shower.
A spa bath could be replaced by multiple special shower heads with rain features and fragrance options. Shower stalls also feature convenient seating, in the place of a bathtub.
Baby boomers are finding that getting in and out of a deep tub is difficult and at times not safe for them. To meet this need, demand for walk-in showers/tubs is growing.
If your local market includes an older demographic, then showers are preferred over bathtubs. Bathtubs support aging in place. In this case, go for a large, shower with walk-in door options if possible, to make access easier.
Consider including a built-in shower seat and handheld shower head. Some showers are wheelchair accessible, so the bathroom space needs to be large enough for a wheelchair to roll in and out of. This is a newer phenomenon making the traditional tub a thing of the past.
A bathtub takes up a lot of space in a bathroom. Many times it just simply gets in the way!
Today’s homeowner would rather enjoy more space for a larger shower with additional features like a built-in seating area, and more shower features. Plus with the additional space, they can increase the size of the counter area, add a seating area, or even enjoy more storage space.
Today’s newer homes usually include more than one full bathroom. If this is the case, since there are other tubs in the home, homeowners are deciding to increase the size of the Master Bathroom by removing the bathtub and updating the shower or closet space without decreasing the value of the home. Younger families appreciate homes with bathtubs for their children.
Yes, today’s busier lifestyles may or may not be here to stay. Just like fashion, interior design and home trends fluctuate throughout the generations. Currently, potential buyers are looking for luxurious oversized bathrooms with larger showers and trendy designs. It’s probably a good prediction that the big, bold bright colors and designs that are popular today will not be the look of the future. Some expert realtors, contractors, and interior designers recommend sticking with the tried and true neutral styling that will never go out of fashion. Boring? Yes to some but valuable to others.
And then there is the ever-changing technology that is transforming our homes, even our bathrooms into smart homes. It doesn’t matter what the space looks like, with just one click of a button or statement to our artificial intelligent best friend, Alexa, the shower is turned on, the lights are dimmed and music is playing for us. Who knows what the next big thing in tech will be.
The key to enjoying your bathroom, whether to have a bathtub or no bathtub, is as personal as your preference to shower or take a bath. Create a home that makes you and your family happy. If you are flipping a house or planning to sell your home, consult your realtor or contractor for their advice. The larger shower with all the special features will probably remain the hot selling feature for now and into the near future. But having a bathtub is not a bad idea. Families with young children enjoy taking relaxing baths before turning into bed, so not having a bathtub in the home could send them shopping elsewhere.
When re-designing any bathroom in your home, and considering putting your house on the market, think about your lifestyle preference and not the trends. You should enjoy your home, not design it for someone else. But, even if you do not take a bath or need a bathtub, it makes logical sense to have one bathtub in the home.
Medicine cabinets might sound boring and old-fashioned, but they are actually a decorative way to increase the storage space in your bathroom. Medicine cabinets are making a comeback in interior design and are storing away things that are not even medication-related. Check out some creative ways that today’s medicine cabinets can transform your bathroom into an organized and stylish space.
The unused space above the toilet is the perfect spot for a medicine cabinet. Select one that compliments the entire bathroom. This includes the style…modern, country, traditional, etc. Whether you decide to make it a focal point or blend into the wall, is up to you. This is an ideal spot for storing additional toilet paper, room fragrance, tissues, and cleaning supplies.
A corner in the bathroom is an ideal spot for a fashionable yet functional medicine cabinet. This works extremely well in a small bathroom where space is limited. It allows you to get extra storage space without the cabinet looking out of place. Corner medicine cabinets can conveniently hide away toiletries, towels, and other items that clutter the counter.
If your bathroom has two side-by-side sinks, the space above can serve double duty. It’s a mirror! It’s a medicine cabinet! It’s a double duty, mirror and medicine cabinet duo. At first sight, these clever, clandestine medicine cabinets look just like mirrors, but when they open up, they become an organizational dream. Store toiletries, combs, brushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and any go-to items you use on a daily basis. Note: You don’t have to have double sinks in your bathroom to enjoy a double-duty mirror medicine cabinet. It is just as handy with one.
If there is a substantial wall by the shower, hang a longer medicine cabinet nearby to house bath towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc. The design can vary based on your taste. It can resemble a closet door, mimic the shower door or look like a basic mirror. Hang towel racks on the wall next to the medicine cabinet to complete the shower theme.
If you are a tried and true traditionalist and love the look of everything old is new again, there are medicine cabinets on the market that look like they did many years ago. They might look old, but they are designed to help you keep organized and clutter-free including built-in shelves, cubbies, and individual spaces for different sized items. Hang them on any wall in the bathroom. For example, above the sink, behind the door, near the shower or combine as a wall grouping with light scones.
For those looking for a sleek, streamlined bathroom style, consider a recessed medicine cabinet. Part of the cabinet is built or recessed into the inside of the wall. This option provides extra storage, deeper shelves, and a whole lot of space to organize multiple items. This idea might take some remodeling, but in the long run, the time and investment will provide additional storage in a small to mid-sized bathroom.
If you must add storage to your bathroom but don’t like the idea of a medicine cabinet that looks like a medicine cabinet, then hide a cabinet behind a framed picture. Simply open the framed picture like a door and voila! Shelves for towels, toiletries, and other items you want to keep organized and concealed away from view. This idea is lovely above a bathtub, toilet, or larger wall in your bathroom.
Some homeowners prefer to have everything in view, so a medicine cabinet with clear glass or no glass at all is an option. This idea is like a shadow box and can help organize bathroom necessities or showcase favorites like perfume collections, jewelry, and hair accessories. Consider a small shadowbox-looking cabinet or go for one that fills up space from the ceiling to the floor to create a bookcase vibe.
Medicine cabinet designs are getting more and more creative and clever, some even artistic. There are cabinets that look like regular mirrors, but each side features slide-out shelving. This is ideal for smaller, lightweight toiletries, washcloths, soap, and medication.
Medicine Cabinets are an on-trend organizational tool for bathrooms of all sizes. Medicine cabinets offer built-in functionality and a stylish element to a bathroom. Whether you prefer it tucked away from view so only you know where it is or open for viewing shelving for everyone to see, medicine cabinets make a bathroom convenient and organized. Today’s medicine cabinet trends make it easy and affordable for you to update and refresh your bathroom.
The design experts at Columbus Bath Design are up to date on all the latest bathroom trends and can help you design the best medicine cabinet for your home. Contact us today and let’s get started.
Today’s bathrooms are luxurious spaces where the home owner’s personality is showcased. Yes, there are traditional tiles that are and will always be in style, but now more than ever, interior designers are celebrating big, bold, and colorful tiles. The more colorful and creative, the better. Here are some of our favorite tile designs to refresh a bathroom.
We’ll start with an all-time favorite with an updated twist…matte tiles. Matte tiles that are free from gloss and polish offer a subtle yet fashion statement that will complement any sized bath. They also provide a natural element with dimension. Matte tiles are perfect for flooring because they are easy to clean, maintain and look absolutely amazing with other elements in the room. Go for one color like gray or brown or mix different shades together for a more modern look.
Big, bold, colorful patterns are the go-to tiles if you like to step up your bathroom design. Think throwback top to bottom geometric patterns that go from the floor right into the shower stall. Or if you prefer, use the geometric tiles to simply and beautifully add accents to your bathroom. For example, only cover one wall with tiles or a special spot like a backsplash behind the sink. Then, tone the pattern down with neutral tiles that help the eye enjoy the view. Team your perfect patterns with a floating sink, open-air tub to complete the luxurious design.
Subway tile or metro tiles as savvy designers call them provides an industrial edge like no other. Subway tiles are classic, timeless and with the right grout can enhance a bathroom’s overall aura. Most common in neutral white or beige, metro tiles are a safe, yet stylish selection for a modern decor enthusiast. Plus if you want this look in your home but are hoping for a different color, larger-sized tiles and more colors will be more common on the market moving forward. The great thing about subway tile is that you can easily incorporate other tile styles and sizes into your design for a one-of-a-kind look.
The natural wood look is having a major return to interior design and that includes tiles for the bathroom. Wood walls and wood floors together provide an almost sauna style and spa inspiration. Any wood goes too, including cherry, maple, or oak, or a combination of multiple kinds of wood will add texture and dimension. Today’s wood tiles are easy to care for, clean, and maintain making them extra popular. Some might question, “Is this actually the bathroom,” when they enter the room, but after the second take, they will instantly fall in love with this fashion-forward appeal.
When you think of marble you think, high quality, super stunning, and almost artistic. Each marble tile features a unique design that comes together like an artist’s canvas on the floor, in the shower, on the basin, or any other spot in the bathroom. In the past marble was reserved for expensive homes and mansions that were upscale with large master bathrooms. Now the smallest bathroom can look amazing when styled with this natural stone’s unique beauty.
Metal tiles in the bathroom! Yes and yes! Metal tiles are popping up everywhere and making bathrooms look modern and classic at the same time. Metal tiles reflect the light providing a shiny and unexpected design for the bathroom. They are available in a variety of shapes and designs providing a “sky’s the limit” style appeal. They are versatile and add depth to a room that is powerful and pretty at the same time. Metal tiles can be used as a ceiling, cover a single wall, adorn the wall behind the toilet and tub. The sky’s the limit in the bathroom with metal tiles.
Textured tiles are all the rage, but it is terrazzo or speckled tiles created from fragments of many tiles types, that are the hot tiles for updated bathrooms. Each tile can include a combination of glass, marble, quartz, and even metal. They are understated, have style for days, and look amazing in any sized bathroom space. Terrazzo tiles are an alternative to more expensive marble and granite, and they look just as rich and modern. The options are as endless as your imagination and tastes.
Relaxing and spending more time at home is growing in popularity. We are enjoying our homes more than ever and want to relax while there, especially in the bathroom. The color green and shades of this color that are found in nature are finding their way into our hearts and our bathroom’s interiors. It is a calming color and complements any colors that it is combined with. Cover the floor with monochromatic green tiles, or mix different shades of green to add texture and dimension. Then add nature-inspired accents like bamboo and rattan.
Today, dark drama is working it in the bathroom arena. Very dark is very dramatic and uber chic. Think big, black or dark gray tiles that cover the floor. Then, even bigger, darker-toned tiles work their way up the wall. It sounds like designers are going over to the dark side, but this edgy look works tremendously well. This look will work best with larger-sized rooms with natural lighting and higher ceilings but isn’t out of the question for smaller spaces.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Design 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Design, 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.