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.
Fashions change with the times – even for bathrooms. While you may not see them on a paparazzi-lined runway, the trends for a modern, functional and vibrant bathroom are essential components for homeowners wanting a bathroom upgrade.
In this article, we’ll give you the inside scoop on the latest in bathroom remodeling trends for 2020.
It sure does! Even though your bathroom is one of the most functional rooms in your home, it often gets lost in the shuffle when it’s time for a re-do.
For proof, consider the classic speckled granite counters, cabinetry and trim. They definitely rocked the 90s, but they look hopelessly stale in 2020.
As Bob Dylan so famously said, “The times, they are a changin.’”
Even though they’re usually among the smallest rooms in homes, a bit of forethought and planning is required before remodeling. In most cases, plumbing, electrical and carpentry work all come into play during bathroom renovations.
Wall-mounted sinks and vanities: From freeing up much-needed space to making cleanups easier, a sink or vanity mounted on the wall is a stylish solution for small bathrooms.
Smart technology in the bathroom: As technology continues to advance, just about every aspect of our lives are made easier. We’re seeing a noticeable jump in smart technology for bathrooms. This includes voice-activated lighting, toilets with seat warmers, lids that open automatically, built-in deodorizers, electronically controlled showers, and more. Who knew “going” could be so stylish?
Electric towel warmers: Doesn’t a warm, fluffy towel sound incredibly cozy when you step out of the shower?
New tiling shape options: Say “buh-bye” to the basic subway or large format tile of yesteryear. Now, bathroom tiles are far more customizable in terms of shape and colors.
Clear shower doors: Even though these minimalist shower doors began growing in popularity several years ago, they’re still very much in style. The even better news is that manufacturers are hip to the trend, and have responded with providing a host of design options.
As you look at the trends above, one thing becomes obvious: massive furnishing is out, and console-like vanities and minimalism is in.
We do one thing, and we do it very well: bathroom remodeling. Throughout our more than 20 years of service, our team has been at the forefront of knowing the current trends and those on the horizon.
Our process is a simple one: we listen to your ideas and needs, offer a bit of honest feedback and advice, then get to work on making the bathroom of your dreams a reality.
We realize that a remodeling project of any kind can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we invite you to visit our showroom at 8596 Cotter Street in Lewis Center on the north side of Columbus. It’s a great way to discover inspirational ideas and to see what’s available.
Our team members are happy to guide you through all the design options so that you can get a look and feel for the best possible options.
After agreeing on a final plan, we’ll then visit your home to see if there are any unique situations that need to be identified.
Finally, we’ll schedule a day and time for the installation that works best for you.
Each project has its own peculiarities, but we are able to complete most projects within a single day.
If we think it’ll take a second day, based upon our experience we’ll be able to tell you well before the work actually begins. We assure you that the same two installers who begin work on your bathroom remodeling project will stay with it until the job is completed.
Because we believe money should never be an obstacle to having the bathroom of your dreams, Columbus Bath Design is proud to offer financing options that will fit any budget.
So, whether you simply need a new tub, vanity or a complete remodeling of your bathroom, we’re ready to get working for you.
It can be hard to decide on a design that works for all members of your family, not to mention any guests or visitors you may have along the way! A great family bathroom evolves and grows too alongside your family. Therefore, from the beginning of your redecoration process, you need a design that can adapt. All fittings in the family bathroom should be low maintenance and durable. You need the right fittings, fixtures, and finishes — and then your bathroom can truly adapt for a growing family, all of your guests, and your personal needs. We at Columbus Bath Design can help you find a simple design with lots of storage that’s elegant but also durable. We’ll help you create a perfect bathroom for both play-time in the bath with your young ones, and an oasis of peace for you when you want a little peace and quiet.
So how can I create more space for all of the members of my family?
We recommend that when designing your bathroom for a family, including a large amount of storage space. Maybe choose a combination unit with plenty of built-in storage. You could also add wall hanging units, corner shelves, storage at the end of the bath or niches in the walls of showers to give you that extra storage where none existed before — keeping your bathroom streamlined and making it feel bigger!
Firstly, not all of the possessions we keep in our bathroom actually need to be here. Think about stealing space in other parts of your house — for example, bedrooms, storage cupboards, etc – for anything you don’t definitely need to store in the bathroom. This could include duplicates, medicines or spare towels.
Here are some chicer, tried and tested ways to bring extra storage space to your bathroom:
Multiple hanging bars or racks, with some, placed lower down so your kids can reach them. This is also a great way to introduce tidying to your family. If each person knows where everything goes and can access it, they’re more likely to be interested in the tidying process and help you in the future. It’s a win-win! You could think about adding these extra hooks on the inside of the bathroom door, to keep the space feeling uncluttered and minimalist.
Also, think about investing in a stool so that the kids can reach everything they need like the sink, getting into the bath or reaching higher up cabinets. You could get a stool that folds away, but if you’re worried about it not being stable enough, think about creating enough storage in your under-sink cabinet that you can store a stool there.
A great way to make your bathroom work for the whole family is to give each member their own area. This leaves the tidying responsibility to them, and wipes out the possibility of anyone fighting over whose towel is theirs! Here are some ways you can divide up your bathroom for all your family members:
Lots of people might think that replacing a bath with a shower is the perfect way to save space in a family bathroom. But multiple members of the family can have a bath, it’s fun, and can bring everyone together. It also means the house will be easier to re-sell if you’re considering that in the future. If you’re tight on space you could have a shower over the bath for the best of both worlds. Or if you’re working with even less space, think of ways to make the shower more fun, including toys and games for the little ones.
Come and visit us at Columbus Bath Design to find the perfect bathroom to suit all of your needs, or call us on this number: (614) 907-4558.
You’ve done the planning, you’ve decided on your bathroom fixtures, the sink, the toilet, and the shower. Now it’s time to accessorize! If you search bathroom accessories on Google you will see a wide range of shopping options from thousands of online stores. Stop a headache, save time, energy, and maybe even some money by following these five tips for finding the right accessories for your new bathroom.
When the time comes to furnish your bathroom you will be faced with more accessory options than you’ll know what to do with. It is important to know what you are looking for before you begin the search. With a wide variety of different accessories to fill your space, it is best to be prepared with a list of items you are going to want and need. Think of the three major areas of the bathroom; the shower/bath, the sink area, and the toilet and create a list of accessories needed for each area.
For example, take a look at the sink. In this section of the room, you may need several accessories such as a soap dish for bar soap or a pump for liquid soap, a place to store your toothbrush, hand towels and a towel rack, a tissue dispenser, a makeup mirror, and a floor mat. Make an extensive list like this for every part of your bathroom so you know exactly what you need to find for each space.
Before diving into the task of shopping, it is best to decide what the style of the room should be. Whatever style you want there are accessories to match. Some examples of style options would include modern, rustic, beach-themed, minimalistic, among many other styles. When discussing your bathroom’s style you should also reference the look and feel of the rest of your house. Do you want the bathroom to match the rest of your house or are you okay with it being different? The last thing you want is to take the time to search for and buy your accessories only to find that what you have picked is not cohesive.
There are two things you need to ask yourself when thinking about function, what functions does my bathroom have and what functions does my bathroom need? There are a number of different accessories which can add functionality to your bathroom, for example, you may need a trash can or a toilet paper holder.
As mentioned before, one decision you may need to make is what type of soap you and your family use. If you use bar soap, do you need to buy a soap tray? Or if you use liquid soap, do you need a dispenser? Or maybe your new bathroom already has a tray or dispenser built in and you do not need to buy either. Knowing what function your bathroom needs to serve will help you find the right accessories.
It’s best to know your budget before you go off to buy your accessories. Bathroom accessories can vary greatly in price, so it is important to know how much you can spend total. This will give you a better idea of what to pay for each item. Having a budget will keep your design goals realistic and help you to stay on track during the shopping process.
Who doesn’t love checking off a list? After you have taken the time to know what you’re looking for, know your style, know their function, and know your budget it’s time to put together a shopping list of exactly what you need. While shopping you can easily check off an item you buy, make sure you don’t forget anything, and stay away from items you don’t need. Once you have your shopping list, it’s time to head to the store to accessorize the bathroom of your dreams!
Be sure you make the most out of your new bathroom and add all the right accessories to get the most out of your space. Taking a little time to research your bathroom accessories needs will help make your shopping trip go much smoother. As always, do not forget to contact your bathroom experts here at Columbus Bath Design for all of your designing needs. We are here to make the process as smooth as possible.
Remodeling any part of your home can a very stressful task. Losing access to parts of your house for weeks on end is an annoyance for the whole family. Are you looking to remodel your bathroom without any of the hassle? If so, our one-day bathroom remodeling service is exactly what you’ve been looking for. With our process, remodeling can be smooth and affordable, and meet all of your wants and needs.
One of the main reasons that we are able to provide you with one to two-day bathroom remodeling is because of our efficient five-step process. This involves using our time as wisely as possible while also providing high-quality work. Whether you want to convert your tub to a shower, completely redesign your entire space, or anything in between, our process guarantees timely and gorgeous results.
The five-step process we use begins with you contacting us or visiting our showroom to start planning your remodel. Step two involves exploring the plethora of design options that we provide, which will allow you to choose a look that best matches your specifications and requirements. Next, we will give you an estimate that will allow you to compare our affordable prices to other companies. Step four involves the finalization of the design, which will include adding the finishing touches to your remodel. And last but not least, you will pick a date and time for your install.
We understand that having your bathroom remodeled can be a substantial investment, which is why we offer a free estimate. This estimate will provide you with comprehensive details about the work that we will do, the materials needed for the project, and the total number that we believe the project will cost. With Columbus Bath Design, there are no surprises. We are completely transparent about all costs and fees. We will be on the same page as you every step of the way.
A bathroom remodel is also an incredibly wise investment. A brand new bathroom can greatly increase the value of your home and will be an asset should you choose to sell or rent your home in the future.
Traditional bathroom remodels can be tricky and inconvenient. Losing the use of a bathroom in your house for a week or more can take a toll on your family’s busy schedules. Labor costs are also higher with lengthy bathroom remodels. With Columbus Bath Design, the process will be quick and easy without displacing your family and disrupting your normal routines. Our prices and services are both unmatched and unbeatable.
When it comes to bathrooms, our one-day remodel is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Contact us at Columbus Bath Design for a free estimate today!n
Did you know that the bathroom of your dreams can be as little as one day away? At Columbus Bath Design, we can help you brainstorm your perfect bathroom and make it a reality in no time at all with our one-day remodeling process. Here’s why you should choose us as your bathroom remodeling experts:
Our process starts with a free, in-home estimate. Here at Columbus Bath Design, we believe in being completely transparent with our customers about options and costs. Our staff will work with you directly to meet all of your wants and needs for the designated space. A big deterrent for many people wishing to remodel their space is the inconvenience and stress of a renovation. Our one-day remodeling will completely eliminate this stress. In no time at all, your space will be back up and functioning, better than ever.
Do you need help with remodeling ideas? Whether you’re starting from scratch, or have ever detail picked out down to the last hand towel, we’re here to help. Come visit us at our showroom, where we have countless decorating options and designs to help you choose the look that’s right for you. You can see different bath, shower, flooring, and accessory options. Envision gorgeous color schemes and alluring tile patterns. See lighting that feels natural and comfortable. Our showroom makes it easy to picture your new bathroom and will help you pick components that go together, flawlessly.
Columbus Bath Design provides the most complete, professional remodeling process for you. We pride ourselves on our high-quality materials and expert employees. Our professionals guide you through a step-by-step remodeling of your bathroom. Whether you want to touch up your existing features or to create a totally new bathroom, you have our staff’s full attention and expertise. You can’t beat over 20 years of bathroom remodeling experience in the Columbus, Ohio area. Our designers, remodelers, and installers have affordable solutions to your projects’ needs. We fit any budget, any design, and any space.
Are you still hesitant about making the jump to remodel your bathroom? We guarantee excellent service and results, but don’t take our word for it: there are plenty of customer reviews and before and after photos that you can see on our website. Peruse our gallery of past projects to see the quality of our work and get some ideas for your own space.
Columbus Bath Design is your expert when it comes to all things bathroom remodeling. Give us a call today and start your quick, simple journey to a brand new, gorgeous bathroom in simply no time at all.
Bathroom tile can be a beautiful complement to any beautifully decorated bathroom. Properly caring for your bathroom tile can be a bit of a challenge, but if you do it properly, it can help your tile last for years to come. Because of its’ frequent use, the bathroom requires a lot of maintenance. Follow these time-saving tips to keep your bathroom looking clean:
More abrasive cleaners may get the job done, but they can also cause your tile grout to wear and down and eventually begin to crack. Even small cracks can be a perfect spot for mold and mildew to develop. Instead, use mild soap and water for light cleanings, and gentle or specialized cleaners for more stubborn stains.
Sealing your tiles on a regular basis minimizes wear and tear. This is especially true with tiles frequently exposed to water, such as ones on shower walls, bathroom countertops, or flooring with tiles near the bathtub/shower area. Be sure to choose a sealer made for your tiles specific location and material.
If there’s one tool you’ll want to keep on deck at all times in your bathroom, it’s a squeegee. First, use a towel to wipe up any visible moisture, such as spilled water on tiles near the sink or on shower walls. Then use the squeegee to easily brush away any excess moisture to reduce your odds of growing mold or mildew.
Doing regular visual inspections to check for signs of these common bathroom growths can reduce your odds of having a big problem on your hands. If you spot a few spores or signs of mold-related growth, a store-bought grout cleaner can usually do the trick. But if the problem is more widespread, hire a professional cleaning service. Either way, deal with the issue as quickly as possible.
The cement-based mixture that fills the spaces between bathroom tiles is where stains usually show up first. Keep your tile grout clean and free of potentially harmful contaminants by using either mild bleach or a grout cleaning product. If there are existing stains, let the cleaner sit for about 10-15 minutes before cleaning it with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing tiles directly so you don’t accidentally scratch the material.
Cleaning tiles on a regular basis can prevent serious issues with your tile flooring and can help it last for quite a while. However, there are circumstances in which it is necessary to replace flooring. If your flooring has an excessive buildup of mold or mildew, or if it is beginning to crack, talk to a professional about replacement options.
Caring for your tile floors can be simple and can keep them looking beautiful and functional for years to come. If you have questions about flooring or you are looking to redecorate, contact the experts at Columbus Bath Design today!
A large part of any bathroom remodel is the flooring. New flooring can be the cherry on top of a perfect decorating scheme. With selecting new bathroom flooring, however, comes some big decisions. It is important to choose the right flooring material for you and your space.
Tile is the most durable and customizable material that you can use in your bathroom. One of the biggest advantages of tile is that it offers a wide range of colors and textures. Tile is also a front-runner in regards to longevity and overall investment value. It is easy to clean, durable, and can even be heated to offset cold temperatures in the winter.
It is important to note that tile needs upkeep and maintenance to keep its appearance. Without proper cleaning, both tile and grout can grow discolored.
The vinyl materials available today look and perform much better than the brittle sheets or loosening sticky tiles that past vinyl options offered. A sheet vinyl is a cheap alternative that can maintain the appearance of wood or tile. Vinyl also has minimal seaming, which makes it a good choice for bathroom areas. It is more durable than wood and other flooring alternatives. Overall, vinyl is a cost-effective and accident proof flooring alternative.
While wood or high-quality laminates look warm and inviting in an otherwise cold room, there are a few things to be wary of. Wood does not react well with water, making it a risky choice for a bathroom setting. Although organic wood offers a unique and beautiful look, it can be more trouble than it is worth. Should you choose wood flooring, be ready for regular and prompt maintenance.
With any of these options, you can add softness, color, and water absorption to the room by including strategically placed small rugs. For a spa-like feel, you can incorporate teak or river-rock mats to complement your vision. A rug also offers the peace of mind of a slip resistant surface while toweling off.
The right flooring varies from person to person and bathroom to bathroom. Budget, functionality, and look are all things to consider when it comes to remodeling. As always, if you have any questions or bathroom needs, come visit us at Columbus Bath Design. Our experts will help you explore and select the perfect flooring options for you!
While you make time for de-cluttering, cleaning and storing winter clothes, welcome spring by sprucing up your bathroom, too! With new décor, colors, and creativity, a dull area becomes a dazzling paradise. Take a peek at our tips below to get a fresh spring look in your bathroom!
Nothing says springtime like bright colors. Get rid of black, white, brown, gray, beige, navy blue, and neutral shades and aim for colorful bath decor. Mint, yellow, red, pink, green, and purple shades are great standout colors to incorporate into the room. If changing the wall color to be brighter is too much for you, however, use bright pops of color in the vanity, artwork, or vases to get the same feel.
Designs and knickknacks add personality to any room. Stripes, shapes, and patterns on towels, shower curtains, window curtains, bathroom accessory sets, mirrors, and artwork enhance that personality. Embrace the shape of the decorative piece (likely a square or rectangle) in multiple areas to create balance in the space. Quirky accent pieces such as artwork, sculptures, or trinkets tell a story through their detailed designs.
Flowers, plants, and beach pieces will give a spa-like, natural element of the area. It makes the room feel fresh, intimate, and special. Flowers in vases, potted plants, seashells, and conch shells are examples of different natural elements to add to your space. Accessories made of brick, stone, or wood work well also. You could even add a reclaimed wood wall or shelves to give some texture to the room.
It’s impossible to have too much storage space in bathrooms. When shelving is too full to store unused items, portable storage space may be your solution. Portable storage items make bath items easy to access while being stylish. Baskets, bath storage racks, shower caddies, and countertop organizers are great storage options. Larger rooms can add small bath cabinets, over the toilet storage, and ladder shelves for more space.
A mirror is a staple in bathrooms for enlarging the room, so updating the mirror with a new frame will make it pop. If you have only space for small mirrors, we recommend adding multiple to create symmetry. You could even replace one large mirror with two smaller ones to enlarge the space and allow for more creativity. Pair mirrors with sunlight and new lighting fixtures, and the mirror-light combo will illuminate the space.
Let light brighten the area through natural and indoor light. You may even want to replace darker shades or curtains with white or see-through ones if you can. Adding bright, new light fixtures help a space appear brighter and refreshed as well. That could even become a fun spring DIY project – painting old light fixtures to give them a new look!
As you can see, paint jobs and renovation overhauls aren’t necessary to turn bathrooms from drab to fab. Swapping home decor to and from the area will have a major impact on the appearance and vibe without spending thousands to achieve a similar result. Even if Ohio’s weather isn’t ready to welcome spring gracefully, welcome it in the bathroom using accessories.
If you’re looking to give your bathroom a complete or partial update besides fresh paint and accessories, contact us today to get started!
Trying to surprise your mom is a tough proposition–especially when you’re looking at a remodeling project. You know that she’ll be quickly frustrated by a half-done room that’s difficult or impossible to use, so surprising her while she’s away is one of the most effective ways to get that remodeling project taken care of. If you’re planning a one-day remodeling project, however, make sure that you’re appropriately prepared for the process.
Step One: Create a Plan
If you’re going to finish your remodeling project in a day, you need to know exactly what you want to do. Work closely with your contractor as you discuss details like color scheme, how much remodeling you really need to do, and other key attributes of the project. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to complete your project effectively.
Step Two: Let Your Contractor Evaluate the Space
There’s nothing worse than diving in with a project that’s supposed to take a single day, only to find significant problems with your home that will lead to more difficulty. Bring your contractor in when Mom’s not home and let them take a look at the space. They may be able to predict issues like mold behind the walls, uneven surfaces, or tile problems before they start the project, allowing you to assess whether or not you can really complete that project in a day.
Step Three: Prioritize
When you’re working on a remodeling project, things often fail to go exactly according to plan. Those tiles you just had to have for the bathroom walls will fail to stick, or the vanity will come apart as you’re trying to take it out, or you’ll discover that an unexpectedly wet day makes it take twice as long as usual for the paint to dry. By creating a priority list, you’ll be able to decide what pieces of the project can wait until another day if you need to finish up fast.
Step Four: Prepare
In order to truly remodel a space in a single day, you need to be prepared. All of the items you need should be purchased ahead of time, from new mirrors to towel bars. The last thing you need to do is spend your day running back and forth to your local store. Make sure that you’ve chosen materials that work well together and that will effectively fit into your space in order to streamline the remodeling process.
Step Five: Stick With It
A one-day remodeling project is not the time to decide that you want to turn your original ideas upside down. Instead, make sure that you’re willing to live with your original plan–and more importantly, that Mom will be! Last-minute changes can extend the time necessary to complete the project, leaving you with a half-finished room when Mom gets home.
Choosing the right contractor is critical to ensuring a smooth remodeling project, especially if you want to do it in a single day. Carefully preparing and letting the contractor know what you’re doing, however, will ensure a smooth process that will result in a great surprise when Mom comes home.