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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? Our 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 at. 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.

Choosing the perfect accessories for your bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |September 25, 2020 |0 Comments | Uncategorized

You’ve worked hard to design the perfect bathroom, choosing beautiful mirrors, fixtures, and surfaces. But your job is not yet done! You have to outfit your new bathroom with all of the things you need to make it a useful space. Choosing the right bathroom accessories can mean the difference between an ok bathroom with lots of clutter and a gorgeous bathroom that is perfectly appointed.

Since bathrooms are generally the smallest rooms in the house, choosing the right accessories can be a very tricky task. Bathrooms are notoriously short on space, yet are one of the most used rooms in your home. This means that you need to fit a lot of things in a small space, all while making sure that it maintains its functionality. Experts like those at Columbus Bath Design agree the best way create a beautiful yet functional space is to make sure that you choose the right accessories.

What are the best ways to handle storage and organization?

Creating the right amount of bathroom storage is a constant challenge for bathroom designers. One great trick is to choose accessories that act as supplemental storage. It can be fun to find and use unique and interesting objects in your bathroom that perform double duty. For instance, decorative boxes, small trunks, wicker baskets, and large ceramic containers can be found in all kinds of shapes and colors.

Bringing storage solutions like these into your bathroom can not only match but can also enhance your décor. You can find counter surfaces to place these accessories, stack them on the floor, or even add small pieces of furniture or shelving to hold them.

The same can be true of organizational accessories. There are certain items that you use every day or even many times a day that can’t be stored out of sight. The things that you use regularly need to be close at hand, and if your vanity doesn’t have drawers, then your counter space can become quickly overwhelmed.

Choosing the right organizational accessories can solve the problem. They can be smaller storage containers that help to keep your daily use items from running rampant. Instead of just laying your cotton swabs, lotion bottles, makeup, pastes, and other such items on your counter, consider placing them in distinctive and decorative containers. Boxes, bowls, baskets, or whatever best fits your style and décor can be found to fit any bathroom. Instead of looking unkempt and junky, your counters will have a clean feel and sophisticated look.

How about accessories for convenience and comfort?

Let’s face it, no matter how to design-savvy you are, certain things in the bathroom need to be conducive to convenience and comfort. For instance, if you have extensive hair or makeup routine, you may consider adding a small chair or stool that can make longer sessions more enjoyable. Adding small shelves can increase storage, and small tables can put even more items out of the way but still keep them close at hand.

Likewise, bathrooms must be comfortable to serve their intended purpose. A bathroom should be a place where you can get as comfortable as possible, given that you’ll spend so much time there! Consider adding accessories that will make it a place you love to be, like plush robes hanging from decorative hooks, sleek towel warmers, or even a vintage fan to help move the steam from a hot shower. And don’t forget your feet! Standing and brushing your teeth or doing your makeup is significantly more comfortable if you are on a plush, thick rug. A soft rug will also allow you to add a splash of color or pattern to your theme.

Do I have to abandon style and personality?

No need to abandon your personal style! There needs to be a balance between style and function. Since you may not have space for objects that the only function to add style, why not turn your functional items into elements of style? For instance, towels are must-have bathroom accessories, but artistically storing them on a shelf or clustering washcloths in a decorative basket could add a touch of flair to your design. Tie them together with ribbon, and you create a fancy yet functional element, adding a dash of style to the room.

You also want to make sure that you keep your personality in your design choices. You can put your favorite things and interests on display by choosing thematic accessories or artwork that makes your bathroom a perfect sanctuary for you. Remember how much time you spend in your bathroom when making design choices so that it is a place you like to be!

How do I know how to balance function and style?

There are so many choices in bathroom accessories that can be overwhelming. Having a design expert lead you through the various ways that you can maximize storage while maintaining character is always a great idea. At Columbus Bath Design we have helped thousands of homeowners create the perfect space, and we can’t wait to help you design your personal bathroom sanctuary!

Showers vs. Tubs

by Columbus Bath Design |July 26, 2019 |0 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Blogs, Uncategorized | , , , ,

Some folks love to take simple showers, others look forward to a long and relaxing soak in the tub. While both “getting clean” styles have their benefits, most of us are either “shower people” or “bath people.” Naturally, there are always those who like to switch it up every so often, but generally speaking, you are either on “team shower” or “team bath.” Hmmm…do they make a T-shirt for that? 

In any event, some people just do not have room for a tub or the time in the day to take a bath even if they did have more space for one to be installed. Showering is surely quicker and more convenient, but what about those with kids? There are many important factors that go into the choice to either go with a shower or a tub, so weighing all the options for what you can do with your bathroom is advisable, and with Columbus Bath Design, also affordable.

Here are some benefits of both the shower and the tub, and perhaps seeing them in print will help you make a well-informed decision as to your next step in your bathroom redesign. And the good thing is, Columbus Bath Design offers tub-to-shower and shower-to-tub conversions. So you do not necessarily have to stick with what you’ve already got. Flexibility is fun, so think about a redo if it feels right and your bathroom size and style would suit the switch-up.

What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Having A Shower In My Bathroom Rather Than A Bathtub?

Showers are sleeker. You will have more room overall in the bathroom when you opt for a stand-up, space-saving shower instead of a bigger bath. When you have a bathroom that is on the smaller size, going for a shower will open up the space, giving the illusion of a larger bathroom. And when you opt for one of our luxury glass shower doors, the clear component is not only classy, but adds even more openness. 

Showers are much more energy efficient. You will use less water while showering than by filling a bath…unless you take super long, fingertip-pruning showers. If saving energy is something that is important to you and your family, then going for a shower is the eco-friendly choice you will feel more comfortable with.

Showers lend themselves to easy access, in and out. Some people have issues with getting into and out of a bathtub, be it the elderly or those with physical limitations. You can always install a safety seat in the shower for those who need it for support.

Showers are more convenient. You do not have to wait around like you do for the tub to fill, something that can be a real time-sucker when you need to get ready for work or school in a snap. When you are ready to get clean, pop in and pop out. 

What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Having A Bathtub In My Bathroom Rather Than A Shower?

Baths are super relaxing. Imagine sitting and soaking after a long day at work or first thing on Sunday morning before brunch. You can listen to soft music, fill the tub with bubbles, and ease your tension and stress, all while getting clean. Sounds pretty nice, huh?

Baths are helpful for those with small children. When you are still at the stage where you are cleaning your kids, doing so in the shower means you are getting in too…and getting wet. You can put your little one in the bath without the bother of trying to get the shampoo out of their eyes…and yours, for that matter. Not to mention, rubber duckies don’t have nearly as much fun in the shower. 

Baths can have a shower head installed in the wall too. You can have the option of bathing or showering in one spot. This is perfect for the person who loves the idea of both options and a smart solution for families with varied needs. 

Baths are something buyers seek out. Your home has more value when there is a bathtub in at least one of the bathrooms. If you think you may sell your place at some point down the road, installing a bathtub is a smart investment you will be glad you made. 

So, what’ll it be? A shower or a bathtub? Still can’t decide? That’s what the Columbus Bath Design team is here for. To help you figure out what option would work best for you as well as the space you are working with. We have so many options to choose from, perfect for bathrooms of all sizes and shapes, as well as your personal style. Give us a call at 614-721-3884 or come visit our spectacular showroom and we’ll give you a taste of what’s possible.

Easy Summer Bathroom Decorating Tips

by jon |May 24, 2019 |5 Comments | Bathroom Design, Blogs, Uncategorized | , , ,

Just like we work in our summer wardrobes and lighten up the other areas of the home, redecorating the bathroom is a bright idea too. While some may argue it’s no day at the beach, it sure is nice to relax in a summer-friendly bathroom when the weather is nice and warm and the days are longer and lovelier.

We don’t have to break the bank to make the bathroom a bit snazzier, and less can be more as long as the effort is well coordinated. A seasonal touch can make summer even more special, even in the restroom. We spend a decent amount of time in there, so let’s make those “me time” moments as enjoyable as possible. You may even end up wanting to spend more time there!

Here are some fun and fashionable ways to easily redecorate the bathroom for summer. Do one, do ‘em all, or use these ideas to come up with your very own. No project is off-limits as long as it’s something you’re going to love. Bath time has never been so beautiful and the toilet will soon be the best seat in the house.

I Am Not Really A Fan Of Pastels, But Those Seem Like The Go-To Summertime Shades. Any Other Colors That Work Well For Summer?

Pastels like light pinks, baby blues, and pale yellows are certainly not the only colors that capture the feel of summertime. There are other ways to get that summery vibe you are seeking without going for “baby nursery” colors.

How about a boating theme with navy and white as your main colors? This nautical feel is perfect for summer, while neutral enough to work well year-round too. Use white and navy towels, a nice new blue bath rug, a nautical themed shower curtain, and even some cute ocean prints you can frame and hang on the wall.

You can also go for a fresh green scheme. Think of the well-watered grass on your front lawn as inspiration for an outdoorsy feel inside the house. The brighter the better, so don’t shy away from a true grass green for this redo. You can incorporate some real plants as decorations inside the bathroom too to bring nature indoors.

Otherwise, try a white-on-white plan that makes the most of the crispness of a clean and bare bathroom. Clear out all the mess and wipe out the color. This will make the bathroom feel pristine and polished.

My Bathroom Is Super Small. What Can I Do To Open It Up And Make It Feel More Spacious This Summer?

Too-small bathrooms always feel cramped, and when the weather is hot, the tiny size feels even more stifling. Make your bathroom seem bigger by de-cluttering and making the most of the small space. First and foremost, get rid of all the items on your vanity and countertop. Only leave out the bare essentials and store everything else neatly away in your drawers, cabinets, and under the sink. This step alone will already air out the area.

The next step is to add some mirrors. You can make a bathroom seem twice the size by tricking the eye into thinking there’s more room than there actually is. You don’t have to purchase very expensive mirrors. At a home goods store or even a yard sale, you can find something fabulous for a fraction of the usual price. If your shower curtain isn’t see-through, ditch it for a clear shower curtain. If you have heavy curtains or dark blinds over the windows, switch them out for something light and white. Get brighter bulbs for the lights, and use white towels and hand cloths. Keep any other decorating to a minimum. If you have the time, repaint the walls a white or light shade, including the ceiling. Your formerly mini-bathroom will suddenly feel much more spacious.

With summer comes a sense of lightness, as well as an easy breezy atmosphere. Keep this in mind when redecorating the bathroom for the season. Save the “heavy” stuff for when there’s snow on the ground. And remember, have fun with your own sense of style and flaunt your inner flair for what’s fabulous. Your bathroom can be a reflection of your imagination, so let it run wild!

Refresh Your Home with a Bathroom Remodel

by Columbus Bath Design |March 22, 2019 |10 Comments | Bathroom Remodeling, Blogs, Uncategorized | , , , ,

Spring is here and the warmer temperatures are bringing new life. As flowers are blooming and trees are turning green again, you might feel like the inside of your home needs some refreshing as well. Spring cleaning can freshen up any home, but sometimes you have to make a big change to really start anew. Think about a space that gets a lot of use by everyone that enters your home. That’s right, the bathroom. The bathrooms in your home could probably use some love this spring, and what better way to brighten them up than to give them a new look? Below, I’ll answer some questions you may have about remodeling your bathroom.

How can a bathroom remodel freshen up my home this spring?

Bringing a fresh look to any space can change your attitudes and feelings toward the space itself. Adding new shelving to a cramped closet, changing the color of your bedroom walls, or simply buying a new welcome mat for outside your door can give you a new lease on life in your home. So how about your bathrooms? The bathroom is a space you, your family, and your guests use all the time. From getting ready in the morning all the way to preparing for bed, your bathroom is a constant throughout your day. Remodeling a bathroom, even if you simply paint the walls, can freshen up the entire house. Everyone knows that a fresh coat of paint can make rooms seem brighter, cleaner, and more modern. As a centerpiece in your home, the bathroom has a lot of sway in how your home is seen and how it functions. Tackling a full bathroom remodel can seem like an unconquerable beast. There’s so much to do! New tubs, new sinks, new faucets, the list goes on! However, at Columbus Bath Design, we take all the hard work off your shoulders and deliver the bathroom you’ve always wished for. Let us handle the nitty gritty details of remodeling your bathroom while you sit back and relax through the process! At the end, you’ll have a stunning bathroom that you’ll be excited to put to use.

How can a remodel add benefit to your home?

A remodel could seem like a drastic step if you’re simply looking to freshen up your home. However, in addition to adding new energy to your home, a remodel can add multiple benefits and value to your home as well. With updated tiles, tubs, sinks, cabinets, and toilets, a remodel of your bathroom can make your home more valuable overall. In the future, if you choose to move from your current home to somewhere new, an updated bathroom will be a huge selling point. As for day to day benefits, the list is long! Is there something in your bathroom that just doesn’t work quite right or causes you to be annoyed often? May it be a sticky drawer, a leaky faucet, or a toilet that runs day and night, small issues like this will be resolved during your remodel. However, the huge benefit of a remodel is that you’re redoing everything from top to bottom. This means that bigger issues can be handled as well. Say the space in your bathroom isn’t used efficiently: the counter juts out too much and you always hit your hip bone on it or the toilet feels just a little too close to the tub. With a remodel, these structural annoyances or issues can be resolved. Investing in a remodel of you bathroom is never a bad idea. You can get rid of issues that have plagued you each and everyday!

Where do I start?

First things first, you must decide if a remodel seems right for you. If it does, begin brainstorming about the look and feel that you want to achieve with your bathroom. Then, head on over to www.columbusbathdesign.com or call us at 614.721.3883 to begin the process. Our staff can help you pick out the perfect design for your bathroom. You can choose everything for your new bathroom, down to the tiny details! Our staff is receptive to your ideas and knowledgeable about the functional needs of a bathroom. We’ll provide you with a free in-home estimate so you know exactly what you’ll be getting into with this remodel. Following the estimate, you’ll finalize your design with our team. Last but not least, we’ll schedule the install! Our experienced installers and contractors will work to keep the mess to a minimum during your install, while giving your home the respect it deserves. We know a remodel of any room can interrupt your day-to-day life, but we’ll keep it clean, make it quick, and do it right!

Remodeling a bathroom in time for spring can bring new life to your home. With the help of all of us at Columbus Bath Design, the process will be painless! Give us a call at (614) 475-7700 to begin the process today, or visit www.columbusbathdesign.com to check out examples of our work.

How Can a Bathroom Remodel Add Value to Your Home?

by Columbus Bath Design |February 28, 2019 |9 Comments | Uncategorized | , , , ,

If you’re looking for a way to add value to your home, a bathroom remodel is a great place to start. Not only will you and your family enjoy your new space, but if you decide to sell your home in the future, a brand-new bathroom is a great selling feature. Columbus Bath Design Design, located in Columbus, Ohio specializes in bathroom remodeling and makes the process efficient, cost-effective and seamless for you.

How can a remodel add value to my home?

According to builders and contractors, a bathroom is a place that potential buyers view as either finished or as a project they’ve got to do.  A project, or update, will require more money and can sometimes turn a potential buyer away from the purchase. However, a well-structured renovation can recoup up to one hundred percent of the investment. People are not only searching for style and design but also energy efficient and environmentally sound products, which Columbus Bath Design can offer in large supply.

An outdated bathroom gives the impression that other things in the house may be outdated as well. When remodeling, it is a good time to also upgrade the plumbing and electrical features. Building codes may have changed since your home was built and potential buyers may have a concern when seeing an older bathroom. If you find a problem and then repair it, you can increase the value of your home as well.

The average cost of remodeling a new bathroom varies greatly from area to area. The age of the house and the general condition also play a role. You must decide how much of an investment you are willing to budget.  Do you just need new fixtures and a backsplash or are you looking at a gut job?

How should I start planning my remodel?

Keep in mind the style of your existing home.  When adding value to your home, you shouldn’t “go overboard” on modern high-end furnishings if your home has a rustic design. Likewise, consider if the buyers will think that a tub is a waste of space and better suited for a high-end shower. Also, if your home has only one bath, maybe think about adding a second bath to accommodate a larger family. Even though people like the charm of an older home, today’s busy schedules tend to see the need for a second bathroom.  You can check other homes in the area to see if adding a second bathroom will help you compete in the market.

Will a remodel be worth my investment?

Where do you get the most return on your investment in remodeling a bathroom? Updated fixtures and lighting appeal to most buyers. Functionality and usability are also among the must-haves. Storage is another premium for most families. A well-planned design will make the most from unused and awkward spaces. Luxury touches, such as separate shower areas and heated floors, are also worth considering, depending on your home and location.  Lighting, and plenty of it, can make a bathroom feel larger, warm and inviting. Columbus Bath Design has design experts and master plumbers who do only bathroom remodels which makes them an ideal company to work with on your bathroom updates.

If you are not planning to sell your home any time soon, make your bathroom remodel to suit your family’s needs, but keep in mind that everyone might not have the same taste as you do. Choosing a color scheme can be stressful, but always remember that neutral colors will allow the next homeowner to add their own pops of color with linens and accessories. The same can be said for adding lighting and fixtures.

What should I change during my remodel?

Most older homes have only a single sink, whereas, today’s homebuyers typically require a second sink, especially in a master bathroom.  If room permits, adding a second sink will appeal to a buyer, but also will make your bathroom more functional for your family.

Also, consider changing the shower head.  This can make a world of difference cosmetically and efficiency wise.  You can upgrade the shower fixture and shower head for a luxurious feel with the right components. Today’s homebuyers are looking for features that are aesthetically pleasing and functionally appealing.

According to the National Board of Realtors, on a scale of 1–10 a bathroom remodel, done right, is about a 9.6 for potential buyers. Additionally, families will enjoy this newly renovated space as well.

Most people do not live in the magazine picture perfect bathrooms.  They want clean lines and usable space. Don’t overdo the space with ornate fixtures if the rest of your house is styled in rustic features. Keep in mind that you will be living there until which time you decide to put it on the market. Consider what works for you and your family will probably work for potential buyers.  

Remodeling a bathroom will add value and beauty to your home. Columbus Bath Design’s professionals can help guide you through the remodel process and ensure your bath will be both a wise investment and a beautifully functional space to enjoy for years. Call Columbus Bath Design today to schedule an estimate (614) 475-7700.

Decorating Your Bathroom for Thanksgiving

by Columbus Bath Design |November 9, 2018 |0 Comments | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

With fall in full swing, it’s time to start decorating your home for the season if you haven’t already. Bathrooms are an area of the home that some people overlook in regards to decoration. Even if your bathroom is small, you can still incorporate festive decorations into your space. You can add a few simple touches or go for an all-out Thanksgiving theme in your bathroom. Here are our decorating tips to get ready for the season:

Hand Towels

One of the simplest ways to decorate your bathroom for Thanksgiving is seasonal towels and washcloths. You can purchase Thanksgiving-themed bathroom décor almost anywhere. Choose linens decorated with things like turkeys, pilgrims, leaves, and cornucopias. For a more subtle look, simply replace your current towels with new orange, yellow, and red ones to fit the color scheme of fall.

If your bathroom has a window, find new curtains that coordinate with your new towels and linens. This will ensure that your color scheme is cohesive and that everything goes well together.

Candles, Candles, Candles

Another great idea is to place seasonally-scented candles, such as pumpkin or spiced apple, in your bathroom. You can light them every day or just for special occasions or when guests are over. Smells and scents can remind people of holidays past and build a festive ambiance.  To take things a step further, invest in candles that crackle and make bonfire-like noises to give your bathroom a cozy feel.

If you don’t want to invest in candles or are looking for something a little more outside the box, incense is also a great way to give your space a comforting smell. To avoid flames entirely, invest in a seasonal plug-ing. This will provide consistent bursts of scent throughout the day and you won’t have to worry about blowing anything out before you leave.

Soaps and other Scents

Seasonal hand-soaps are another fun way to decorate your bathroom. Try to “shop local” when it comes to this part of decorating. Finding cute boutiques and small vendors near your home will ensure that your soaps are unique and hand-made, giving your bathroom a warm and welcoming feel. Add a decorative soap dish and make this a focal point of fall display for your bathroom.

For an added bonus, find a nice fall themed lotion to put next to your sink as well. This time of the year is the perfect storm for dry skin and cracked hands. Help your guests out with a nice, soothing lotion.

Lighting

The lighting in your bathroom can also be changed for the holiday. You can purchase a seasonal night light for a small touch. For a more bold change, you can swap out the light bulbs in your bathroom to a soft orange. You can also put up string lights around your bathroom mirror. Choose from orange lights or ones that are shaped like pumpkins or turkeys. Another lighting idea is to place lanterns with either real or electric candles in them. Place a string of fall leaves and small pumpkins and gourds around the base to make it more fall appropriate.

Pumpkins and Gourds

One of the absolute easiest ways to decorate any space for the Thanksgiving and fall season is to stack up on pumpkins and gourds. You can choose varying colors, shapes, and sizes and arrange them in a fun fall display. For an extra fun touch, tie orange and gold ribbons around their stems. Pumpkins and gourds are cheap decor and will give your space an authentic feel.

More Decoration Ideas

There are many other simple touches you can add to your bathroom to decorate for Thanksgiving. Swap out any wall hangings you have for wall art featuring fall leaves, turkeys, pumpkins, and other harvest-related items.

If you have enough shelf or counter space, you can choose any of these super simple DIY projects:

  •       Fill a vase or urn with dried or artificial flowers such as sunflowers or mums. You will want to stick with a red, yellow, orange, brown, or deep purple palette. You can include small cornstalks or even cattails to help add dimension to your arrangement.
  •       Fill a glass vase or other type of container with pinecones.
  •       Fill a basket with pumpkins, gourds, and small cornstalks.
  •       Hang a welcome sign on the outside of your bathroom door that has a Thanksgiving theme.
  •       Hang doorknob decorations on the outside or inside of your bathroom door. Some decorations have bells inside them for extra effect.

When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget about your bathroom! All of these ideas are quick and easy but can make your bathroom feel fun, cozy, and welcoming for all of your guests and loved ones. And as always, if you need help or tips with your bathroom accessories or are looking for a whole new remodel, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Columbus Bath Design!