Bathroom remodels account for approximately 30% of home renovation projects which makes bathroom remodeling (along with kitchen remodeling) one of the most popular home improvement projects. Since bathroom remodeling is one of Modern Blu’s most requested services, we want to provide an overview of the process and answer some of the most common questions about bathroom remodels.
Remodeling a bathroom can be a simple, inexpensive way to modernize and refresh your home. In addition, it can greatly increase the value of your home. Whether you are looking for a more beautiful living environment, planning to sell your home, or need a more functional living space there are many approaches to remodeling a bathroom.
Below we will cover many bathroom remodeling basics to get you started with your small or large bathroom renovation. We will also help you understand what to expect from Modern Blu during the process to help ensure a successful bathroom remodel.
The Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling
One reason for the popularity of bathroom remodels is that the cost/benefit ratio is very high. This applies to both large and small bathrooms. While the overall benefits will depend on the quality of materials and workmanship, bathroom remodeling is generally a smart investment.
Below are some of the benefits of a bathroom remodel:
Increased Home Value: A minor bathroom remodel can significantly increase the value pf your home. Not only does it provide a good return on investment, but it also makes your house easier to sell. By replacing old fixtures with energy-efficient sinks, baths, and toilets you can also save on monthly utility bills.
Greater Well-Being: A bathroom remodel can bring a sense of luxury. Updating your bathroom can be more peaceful and enjoyable creating a greater sense of well-being. There is nothing like soaking in a new bathtub to relax your mind and body.
Additional storage space: One of the benefits of a bathroom remodel is the ability to add additional storage space. Whether you add new cabinets, shelving, or other storage options, increasing storage space is always a great choice.
What Does Bathroom Remodeling Cost?
The options for bathroom remodeling projects are virtually endless. The cost of a bathroom remodel depends on a variety of factors—the scope of the project, the size of the bathroom, the quality and price of the materials used, the cost of labor, and a number of other considerations.
The cost for a small bathroom remodel is usually between $5,000 and $15,000 while a master bath can cost between $10,000 and $40,000. The cost can increase quickly if the bathroom remodel requires significant changes with existing walls, plumbing, and fixtures. Modern Blu can provide detailed information to make sure you are able to budget appropriately for your bathroom remodel.
Most Popular Bathroom Remodeling Projects
Below are some of the most popular bathroom remodeling projects:
Bathtubs: There are a number of ways to improve the appearance of a tub. One option is a complete bathtub replacement. Other, less expensive, options include refinishing or relining a tub, or spot-fixing the tub. Refinishing is a great option if the problems are cosmetic. Spot-fixing is useful if your bathtub has nicks or peeling paint. This allows you to fix specific issues without having to refinish the entire tub.
Bath or Shower Conversion: Converting a bathtub into a shower or a shower into a tub can be a quick and inexpensive option. You can increase the value and aesthetic appeal to the homes by choosing to replace an old, outdated tub or shower with something more modern.
Showers: Shower improvements can be a breath of fresh air for a bathroom. Some of the more common enhancements include a full shower replacement, replacing a shower enclosure or door (sliding door, hinged door, barrier-free door, or round shower door), or replacing shower fixtures. Some of the more common fixture replacements include faucets, showerheads, and tile.
Walk-in Tubs and Showers: Both a walk-in bathtub and a barrier-free shower are level with the floor. These are great options for a home in need of safe, easily accessible bathing solutions. For the elderly, those with handicaps or disabilities, and those with low mobility, ADA-compliant bathing options can provide the necessary safety requirements.
Complete Bathroom Renovation: The key to a successful entire bathroom remodel is to make sure you plan ahead. It is also important to make sure you select a reputable company to do the design and installation work. This will help avoid any remodeling nightmares that some homeowners have experienced. For some examples see our article on how to avoid a home remodeling nightmare:
Simple, Minor, or Major Bathroom Remodeling Projects
There are many different options for bathroom remodeling projects. Below are several categories of bathroom remodeling projects as you consider all available alternatives.
Simple or Basic Bathroom Remodel: Basic bathroom remodeling projects are the easiest and least expensive to complete. Even a simple bathroom renovation project can significantly improve the look and feel of your bathroom without incurring the expense of more intensive projects. Some simple projects include repainting walls, changing out the floor tiles, and many other bathroom remodeling ideas.
A popular option for a quick bathroom remodeling project is to replace a tub or shower, change out a bath for a shower, or switch out a bath for a shower conversion. These remodeling options are simple and affordable. Many times, these projects can be completed in a couple of days by an experienced, reputable home improvement company such as Modern Blu.
Minor Bathroom Remodeling Projects: Bathroom remodeling projects that are considered minor renovations can take a little more time and money, but can still be simple and inexpensive. Some examples include installing additional storage space, adding bathroom cabinets or shelving, upgrading the décor in the bathroom or adding walk-in tubs for those with disabilities.
Major Remodeling Projects: Major bathroom renovations are much more intensive and more expensive than smaller bathroom improvement projects. These improvements are entirely transformative and can add significant value to your home. Sometimes this will involve knocking down walls, or gutting the entire bathroom and rebuilding it.
Remodeling Small or Large Bathrooms
Whether you are remodeling a kitchen, a bedroom, your living room, or another area, space is always an important consideration. In the bathroom, it is not unusual to have tight layouts, but it’s possible to design the area so that it will feel larger and give the appearance of more space.
Qualified professionals are trained to use creative solutions to redesign small spaces during the remodeling process. The professionals at Modern Blu will help you address your home’s specific layout, and provide options for making the bathroom look and feel larger. Some ways to address the space issues include adding large mirrors, installing windows, corner sinks, and floating vanities. If you don’t use your bathtub you may want to consider removing it.
The design of large bathrooms is equally important. While a small bathroom can feel cramped, a large bathroom can sometimes feel like there is too much space. This is a common problem with oversized bathrooms and why choosing the right layout and design is so important.
For larger bathroom areas, you may want to consider wall partitions to create a separate toilet area, adding a luxury spa tub and a shower with seating or other enhancements. Lighting is also very important for larger spaces. Having bright lighting over the vanity and dimmers in the tub or shower area can create a relaxing ambiance.
How do I know when to remodel a bathroom?
A bathroom is one of the primary areas of the home that can deteriorate quickly. Similar to kitchens, bathrooms experience a considerable amount of daily use. During use, the bathroom can experience water damage and other types of wear and tear. It is usually easy to notice that your bathroom needs a remodel, but here are some of the most common signs:
Water Damage: If you notice areas in your that have noticeable stains or water damage.
Mold and Mildew: There are signs of mold or mildew growing on the walls, in the tub or in the shower.
Unpleasant Odors: There is a heavy, musty odor in the bathroom.
Plumbing or Fixture Leaks: There are running toilets, leaking faucets and other bathroom plumbing problems.
Outdated Look: You are looking for a fresh look
Limited Space: The space is small and uncomfortable.
Limited Functionality: The bathroom needs to have a more functional layout.
How to decorate a bathroom.
There are a number of considerations when deciding how to best decorate a bathroom. Depending on your goals you may want to maximize space, optimize the layout, freshen things up with a new theme or simply update the bathroom décor. You will want to decide if you want to stick with traditional themes or try out a new trend. Whatever you decide, make sure your bathroom compliments the rest of your home’s décor. This includes using similar materials, colors, and textures that are present in the rest of the home.
For a remodel that will hold value for years to come, it may be best to choose a modern, traditional or rustic décor style This will help ensure that your home holds value in the long run. Other décor’ styles include contemporary, minimalist, Mediterranean, southwestern, industrial, Victorian, and shabby- chic. There are other bathroom design styles, but these tend to be the most common ones in the Flower Mound area. If you’re unsure of the style you want to use for your upcoming bathroom renovation, make sure to consult with the experts at Modern Blu for recommendations.
When is the best time to remodel a bathroom?
While bathroom improvements can be completed any time during the year, the benefits can differ based on the season.
Spring and Summer: The spring and summer are the peak seasons for remodeling projects. This is due to the fact that the weather is generally nicer and families are on vacation.
The disadvantage of remodeling during the spring and summer is that contractors are very busy during these months and finding a reliable contractor can be a challenge. Many home improvement companies are booked months ahead which means your project may take longer to complete. You can avoid some of the delays by booking ahead of time.
Another important consideration is the cost. In general, it is more expensive to do bathroom remodeling projects in the spring and summer due to high demand. One way to avoid the higher costs may be to book in the fall or winter for a spring or summer remodel.
Fall and Winter:
The fall and winter months can also be a good time for bathroom remodeling projects. Even though you may have to work around the holidays and weather factors, you can take advantage of lower costs and contractor availability. You will want to make sure to allow enough time to complete renovations before the holidays.
How to Find a Reliable Contractor
Any reputable contractor will provide a home visit to discuss your plans, inspect your bathroom, and provide feedback about your home remodeling project. This will ensure they are able to deliver an accurate estimate for your project.
Many homeowners end up hiring inexperienced, unlicensed contractors which often ends up in a home remodeling nightmare. Fraudulent contractors are common, but you can prevent these types of problems by choosing a reputable company to perform your bathroom remodeling project.
A professional bathroom remodeling company will have an established online presence that includes a professional website and social media pages. Look for service providers in the local community that have a showroom and positive reviews from other clients. The contractor should be very knowledgeable about your project and be able to provide various options and recommendations.
If you are interested in a bathroom remodel the professionals at Modern Blu are available to help. Contact us to learn more about any of our home remodeling services, including shower conversions, bath conversions, walk-in tub installation, bath liners, wall surrounds, fixture replacements, and more.