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.
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!
When remodeling a bathroom, the one major element to consider is the bath itself. You can choose to replace a bathtub with a walk-in shower or to install a walk-in tub, or traditional bathtub. Each of the options has benefits, and there are many reasons that you might consider choosing one over the other. Let’s explore the pros and cons of bathtubs and showers.
For families with young kids at home, a bathtub is almost essential. While there are ways to bathe without a traditional tub, it’s much easier and more enjoyable for parents and kids alike. Children often love bath time, and a tub makes it simple to get the kids clean and give them something fun to do, too. Parents typically appreciate the option of bathing their children in a traditional tub, which is why they look for homes with full baths that have at least one installed.
For folks with mobility problems, a walk-in bathtub is an ideal solution for making the bathroom more functional. Seniors can benefit greatly from a walk in tub, as it provides a safe option for bathing, as well as hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to promote circulation in the body and to aid in relaxation and stress relief. A walk-in shower can also be a suitable option for a shower seat can be installed. For aging individuals, it’s important to think about future needs, as well. Walk-in tubs are both safe and affordable.
In a small bathroom, opting for just a shower stall can be a smart way to gain more space. This is especially true if you have multiple bathrooms in the home and at least one other one with a tub. In that case, it may be well worth it to install a walk-in shower and enjoy the extra space that can be gained by skipping out on a bathtub.
If your budget is limited, installing a traditional bathtub and shower combination is likely the best option. It’s necessary to take other factors into consideration, including the size of the space and the other bathrooms in the home. Keep in mind that the bathroom is one of the most important spaces to potential home buyers if you are planning to sell at some point in the future.
Whether you choose a shower, a traditional bathtub, or a walk-in tub, you’ll be giving an important room in the home a fresh look. When weighing the pros and the cons of each option, you have to consider the specific needs of your family, as well as your budget. You can create the bathroom that you’ve always wanted, allowing you to enjoy relaxation and personal time in comfort. Contact us today to further discuss your options and schedule a free in-home estimate.
Thousands of people are injured in bathroom accidents each year. Fortunately, many of these incidents are preventable if homeowners follow a few simple safety tips. January is National Bath Safety Month, and a good time for homeowners to look for tips on how to design a safe bathroom. Below are some helpful suggestions on how to prevent bathtub injuries and avoid slipping while taking a bath or shower.
Installing specific accessories can make your bathroom significantly safer than it is currently. For example, grab bars are an excellent addition to any bathroom. Many falls occur simply because there is no practical area to grab onto if you lose your balance or trip. Grab bars can be installed on the sides of the shower, at its entrance, or in both areas, depending on the design of your bathroom. Such bars also make it easier to navigate the shower overall, as they provide a place to grip when stepping in and out of the bath.
Many people have quickly entered a shower or bathtub assuming that the water is at the appropriate temperature, only to discover it is much hotter than desired. This sudden exposure to hot water may cause you to become injured by a burn or by falling if you attempt to hastily exit the shower. Therefore, make sure you have a way to control water temperature or check to make it is a desirable temperature before entering. There are devices available that monitor and control the temperature of the water and prevents it from exceeding a certain degree, so this may be an option for you if you frequently have water temperature concerns.
If your shower has doors, glass fixtures, or similar components, you should make an effort to cover sharp edges in order to avoid cuts, scrapes, and other injuries. This is an important aspect of bath safety, as clothing is not present to provide extra protection when bathing or showering. In addition to covering sharp edges in showers and baths, be sure to cover them on counters as well.
If you or other residents of your home are elderly, you should consider the addition of accessories such as a shower seat and a hand-held shower head. Such devices make it easier and safer for seniors to bathe or shower, particularly those who have balance issues or take medications that may cause dizziness or an unsteady gait.
In certain cases, it may be necessary to plan a remodeling project in order to design a safe bath for you and your loved ones. When remodeling, your contractor can create a floor plan with safety in mind. This way, you can avoid slipping, control water temperature, cover sharp edges, and have the contractor install accessories such as grab bars and seats during the bathroom remodeling process.
Although it is not always possible to completely prevent every minor accident, designing a safe bathroom is a great place to begin. Contact Columbus Bath Design to receive a free estimate and talk to a professional about making your bathroom a safer place.
Many homes have guest bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms. However, because this room is not continuously used, it can quickly become dull and outdated. Fortunately, it is not as difficult as it may seem to transform a lackluster guest bathroom into a luxurious, welcoming space for house guests. The suggestions offered below will make this project a bit less daunting:
To create a modern, luxurious guest bath, consider the addition of a vessel sink or vanity, and a spa shower. Vanities made from bamboo or natural wood are currently popular among many homeowners. A spa shower featuring a rainforest shower head is particularly luxurious and will impress any guest. The spa shower and vessel sink will add comfort and style, and the combination will create an overall welcoming presence in the room.
Natural light is lacking in a lot of bathrooms, as windows in a bathroom create privacy concerns. However, if the guest bathroom is located on the home’s second floor, a skylight can easily solve this problem, as well as add a luxurious touch to the room. Skylights also instantly modernize a room’s appearance, while providing extra light as an additional benefit.
Suspended fixtures are accessories that can update the look of any room, particularly a bathroom. For instance, if your goal is a luxurious and unique guest bath, a toilet and sink can be affixed to the wall in such a way that they appear suspended in midair. Suspended shelves and frameless glass shower doors could also give the room a contemporary look.
Mirrors have become bathroom essentials. They are both decorative and practical. Framed mirrors are a great option when creating a luxurious bathroom, and the styles and designs available are limitless.
Brightening the room with a fresh coat of paint, such as today’s popular pastel shades, instantly breathes new life into the room. This is a simple way to change the feel of the room and set the stage for new décor.
Accessories are also important to update. Replacing old, dull fixtures with new, modern ones is a great place to start. If you are not sure where to start, items with gold finishes are currently popular, as are fixtures with colored enamel coatings. Natural wood and live edge accents are also popular.
Hotel-style towel racks are also making a splash this season. Because these towel racks are stackable and hold multiple towels, they also save space, which makes them a good choice for small guest bathrooms.
Due to their infrequent use, guest bedrooms and bathrooms are frequently overlooked. However, when the time comes to update your home’s guest bathroom, the tips mentioned above will ensure luxurious results that will provide welcoming comfort to every guest. If we’ve inspired you, contact us today to start designing your remodel!
Keeping your bathroom clean with a consistent effort is the best way to keep your remodeled bathroom looking its best. It’s important to remember that safe use of cleaning products at home is something that you should always keep in mind. See our list of recommended cleaning products and instructions for your bathroom here.
In the spirit of National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, remember to always follow these guidelines:
Natural Products Can Still Be Toxic. Natural cleaning products should be used with the same caution as commercial products. Always use gloves and be sure to keep your cleaning area ventilated. These precautions are important to take when using any cleaning substance.
Use Mild Products Whenever Possible. Most cleaning can be accomplished using mild products such as vinegar and baking soda. Only use ammonia and bleach when absolutely necessary.
Always Read The Label. This may sound like a no brainer, but, you should always read the product label and pay attention to words such as “caution,” or “dangerous.”
Some Mixtures Can Be Dangerous. You should NEVER mix ammonia and bleach together. This mixture produces toxic gasses.
Childproof Your Cleaning Products. Be sure to keep all of your cleaning products out of reach for both children and pets. Even something as simple as a full bucket of water left unattended can be a drowning danger.
Label Homemade Products. It is always best to keep cleaning products in their original containers. If you have mixed homemade products, be sure to label them accurately, and always used new, clean, containers for storing homemade products.
Wash Your Hands After Cleaning. Always be sure to wash your hands after handling and using any cleaning products.
It’s a great time to give your bathroom a cool, modern makeover. Beautiful baths will easily add value to your home, as well as give you a space that you will love. Here are some of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling:
Separate Tubs and Showers
Designers and homeowners alike are favoring the separation of tubs and showers. Free standing bathtubs and walk-in shower stalls add a level of luxury that appeals to anyone desiring a custom look and feel. Glass shower enclosures are a popular choice because they create a more open and airy feel. If you have the space, consider creating a tiled walk in shower with separate soaking tub.
Removing the Tub
Another trend that’s being seen more and more is the removal of the bathtub altogether. Especially when it comes to master bathrooms, many homeowners are opting to focus on just the shower. Showers with rainfall shower heads, glass doors, and gorgeous tiles give a high end look that many really love.
Elegant Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are playing a more prominent role in bathroom design. From stunning chandeliers to modern pendant lighting, there is a real focus on making light fixtures play a functional and ornamental role in the space. The right fixture brings character and class into the room.
In terms of color, gray is gaining popularity in the bathroom. From gray toned tiles and flooring to gray vanities and cabinetry, it offers a fresh and modern twist. White has been a favorite in the bathroom because it is bright and crisp, but design trends are moving towards adding more gray to give a contemporary feel.
The bathroom remains one of the most important spaces in the home. With the right elements, it can become a relaxing retreat for homeowners. Designers are ensuring that beautiful baths include all of the amenities that homeowners desire.
Your bathroom is one place in the home where you spend a lot of time, so it should be an area that you love. Achieve the look of a bathroom remodel fast by changing up a few simple elements. Here are some easy ways to spruce up your bathroom quickly:
Light fixtures are becoming a very important design element in bathrooms. Many designers are opting to install chandelier style lights, giving any bathroom a luxury look and feel. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great light, though. You can up-cycle an old fixture with some spray paint and a few tweaks.
Little details like drawer pulls on the vanity and door knobs can make a subtle, yet impactful statement in the room. Shop around for modern hardware that will suit the space and give it a contemporary feel. Replace an old, scuffed up door knob with a nice new one.
Change out old faucets for new, stylish models. A modern faucet can really enhance the overall look of the room. There are many sleek and affordable styles to choose from, which you can easily replace on your own.
Painting the walls is a pretty simple way to change up the whole look of the bathroom. It should only take a few hours to paint the whole space, so this could be done in as little as a weekend. By changing up the color scheme, you can bring a new look to the room.
New colorful towels neatly displayed on the rack are not only functional, but they can also be used as simple design elements. New rugs or a plush bath mat will help the room look clean and fresh. Choose a beautiful new shower curtain with a pretty pattern or design to pull the whole look together.
You can refresh any room on a budget and in a hurry just by focusing on simple elements. Achieve the look of a bathroom remodel fast by making these easy changes. You can create a whole new look in this important area of the home in no time at all.
If you’re interested in giving your bathroom a face lift, but don’t have a lot of money to work with, that’s okay. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to take on a bathroom remodeling project. Baths on a budget are an excellent way to update the home and give it a high end look for less.
One of the most affordable elements that can be changed in an instant is the paint color on the walls. By changing up the color, you can really create a whole new look and feel in the room. If you have a small bathroom, opt for a lighter color, like a bright white, that will create the illusion of a larger space. If you want to add a pop of color, choose one main wall to accent. Once you have selected a wall color, then you can base the rest of your design off of that.
One easy way to refresh an existing vanity is by painting it. Depending on the material, it could be as simple as just sanding it down, priming, and putting on a few coats of paint. If you want to spend a little more, you could switch out an old laminate counter top with a more modern and elegant material, such as granite or marble.
Although minor details are easy to overlook, they can actually have a big impact on the overall design of a room. Update elements like the towel rack, light fixtures, and even the handles and drawer pulls on the vanity. Add new artwork to bring interest to blank walls.
Add shelves that are both functional and provide space for a few decorative elements. Bring in new towels that match the color scheme, and lay down new rugs. Don’t forget the shower curtain, because this one seemingly small detail can really pull the whole look together.
A total bathroom overhaul can cost thousands of dollars. If you have a small amount of money, you can still make significant changes. It is possible to remodel baths on a budget and achieve a beautiful result. Contact us today to explore the many great options available to you!
Warm bathrooms in the winter are much more comfortable and pleasant to deal with than cold ones. Keeping this space toasty can seem like a challenge, but there are ways to warm it up.
To combat cold feet on chilly floors, use cozy rugs in the bathroom. You don’t have to limit your options to just bathroom mats, either. Choose any rugs that will fit in the space. Simply secure the bottom by using a rug pad to prevent it from shifting and slipping.
Warm Tones and Natural Materials
You can create the visual feeling of warmth through your interior design choices. Opt for warm tones and natural materials, like dark, rich woods and stone.
A towel warmer will keep your linens toasty and will add warmth to the room. They are fairly inexpensive, and can fit in to any bathroom. Pamper yourself and create that spa like luxury with a warming towel rack.
If you have a window in your bathroom, make sure that you are allowing it to provide as much natural lighting as possible. Get rid of dark curtains and light blocking blinds, and instead frost the glass. Another option that requires a bit more money and effort is to install a skylight.
Install Heated Floors
Radiant heating is a popular option for warming up those chilly bathroom floor tiles. It will take some money and time to have them installed properly, but many people find it worth the expense. Heated floors give the bathroom an added level of luxury, making it desirable in master suites.
Upgrade your shower by installing a steam option. This is a high end feature that is becoming more popular with homeowners. It’s perfect for when you want to unwind and simply soak up the steam without standing in the shower. Imagine having that spa experience right in the comfort of your own home.
Warm bathrooms are much more inviting and appealing in the winter. Make your bathroom a comfortable and cozy space by making a few simple changes. You will definitely find it worthwhile on those cold mornings.