Your bathroom is an integral of your home when it comes to its value and functionality. If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom and make sure it is up to date with current trends, then you should get a bathroom remodel done that follows current smart remodeling trends. Today, the expert bathroom remodelers here at FHIA Remodeling will go over the good and the bad of a bathroom remodel along with some of the latest trends in smart bathroom remodeling.
The Good Of Getting A Bathroom Remodel
A bathroom remodel, when done right, can provide you with many years of satisfaction with its updated design. What once were outdated showers and bathtubs can turn into new ones with the latest features and accessories. Other benefits of a bathroom remodel are:
Updated Bathroom Design
Meets Your Needs
Increases Home Value
The Bad Of Getting A Bathroom Remodel
Although a bathroom remodel is usually beneficial for your home, there are also a few reasons where it may not be the best choice. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, be wary of some reasons when it may not be the best choice, such as:
Remodel Might Not Be Significant
Can Take A While To Complete
Can Be Costly
Now that you know the good and the bad of a bathroom remodel, let’s go over some of the latest and best trends in bathroom remodeling today.
Smart Technology Integration
Among the latest trends in smart bathroom remodeling is the integration of smart technology. How is smart technology integrated in the bathroom though? Smart technology can be integrated into the flooring, fixtures, and even towel racks. This can lead to heated flooring for a spa-like experience and even bathtubs and showers that are automated. Smart technology can turn your old bathroom into a modern and functional experience.
Using Sustainable Materials
In recent years, the use of natural and sustainable materials have become popular, and that includes the bathroom. Your bathroom can be upgraded with materials that can be recycled and are environmentally friendly. Good examples include bamboo flooring and corks for your countertops, which can really revamp the aesthetic appearance of your bathroom.
Upgraded Bathroom Faucets & Light Fixtures
Another trend in smart bathroom remodeling is upgrading the light fixtures and faucets in your bathroom. These small modifications can dramatically alter the appearance of your bathroom for the best. From faucets with new features to lights that impact the appearance of the wet areas of your bathroom, your bathroom can definitely benefit from those smart bathroom upgrades.
Accessible Bathroom Remodeling Solutions
Arguably one of the best and most functional smart bathroom remodeling trends is making your bathroom more accessible for those with limited mobility. Long gone are the days where only traditional bathroom designs were available. With an accessible bathroom remodel, you can add safety grab bars and open entryways for your shower and even create a walk-in tub with built-in seating. No matter what features and accessories you want and need, your new accessible bathroom will be an enjoyable space for everyone.
Upgrade Your Bathroom
Those are the latest smart bathroom remodeling trends that you should be aware of when you want to remodel your bathroom. With these smart bathroom remodeling ideas, you can get the bathroom remodel you’ve always wanted. So, get started on a new bathroom remodel today!
Accessibility doesn’t only apply to the bathroom space! It’s important to ensure there is a clear path in and out of the bathroom. Be sure to remove all clutter or unnecessary objects from the hallways and entryways. We all know how it feels to stub a toe – ouch!
Even worse, trying to find your way in the dark – a great tip is to plug in a nightlight or a motion-sensor light so you can see the path ahead (especially if you’re in a rush to get to the bathroom).
You may think your path is clear once you’ve installed pathway lighting and moved that old credenza, but the decluttering doesn’t stop there. Rugs and floor mats can sneak up at a moment’s notice, and can be especially dangerous if it gets snagged by a rollator or walker. Consider moving your hallway runners to another area of the house that doesn’t have as much foot traffic.
The CDC’s study found that the most hazardous activities included bathing, showering or getting out of the tub or shower.
When it comes to home safety and accessibility, bathrooms are one of the first places in the home to take preventative measures. Here are a few tips that can help you create a safer bathing environment, especially if you or someone you know is of older age or more prone to slips and falls.
Install Grab Bars – These can allow older adults to steady themselves as they come in and out of the shower or bath.
Use a Shower Seat – If you or someone you know has difficulty standing for long periods of time, a shower seat can provide stability and comfort.
Non-Slip Mats – Slippery surfaces and water, infamously, do not mix well. To prevent slips and falls outside of the shower or bathtub, stick non-slip mats on the floor of your shower and the entryway of the shower for added safety.
Keep Things Close – An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, so the less you have to strain to grab your towel or loofah, the better. Make sure to keep either a shower caddy closeby or have your items within an arm’s reach.
Make A Barrier – Keep the water in the wet areas! Opt for either a weighted shower curtain or a glass shower door so you can ensure no water goes on the floor.
Upgrade To A Walk-In Tub – Consider opting for a more permanent fixture if showering is too physically demanding. A walk-in tub is built for safety; featuring a low-step entrance, grab bars, and a built-in door. This can be a game-changer if you’re looking to enjoy bathing for relaxation again.
Ask for Help
When planning a bathroom remodel, most homeowners don’t have all the answers. At FHIA, we have a large team dedicated to quality construction, safe installations and excellent customer service.
A bathroom is a place of carefree play for your young tot(s), but having children be in such a wet space (often with tile) can be incredibly anxiety-producing for adults trying to ensure the safety of their children! Luckily, there are a few tried and true ways to make your bathroom a safe space for your child. You just need to put the effort in!
Follow the steps below to be sure that your bathroom is safe for the little ones in your life!
Install a lock on the door. If your bathroom doesn’t already have a lock that locks from the outside, it might be time to start thinking about investing in one. Children love to wander, and minimizing the risk that your child might run into the bathroom unattended is a great way to start.
Get a toilet paper holder. We all know that kids love to unravel toilet paper and make a big mess, much to the annoyance of their parents. Ensure that your toilet paper stays in its proper place, nice and tucked away from any potential slipping hazards, by getting a toilet paper holder!
Place a non-slip mat on your tub floor. To ensure that your child doesn’t slip and hurt themselves while they’re in the tub, be sure to purchase a non-slip mat! You will want to make sure regularly that your non-slip mat hasn’t developed mold or mildew spots, however.
Protect your child’s head with a spout cover. Kids can easily hurt themselves by bumping their hands against the bathroom faucet. Ensure their safety by placing a spout cover over the bathroom faucet!
Never leave hair styling equipment turned on and unattended. If you often style your hair with heated appliances, make sure to never leave them unattended. These can be a serious burn hazard for your little one!
Of course, when it comes to anything bathroom-related, always feel free to call the experts at FHIA or contact us via our website here!
Whether you just redesigned your bathroom or it has been the same for years, it’s impossible to avoid condensation after a hot shower. To avoid any moisture buildup or mold, follow these tips from FHIA to manage your condensation!
What is condensation?
Condensation is the process of vapor turning into a liquid. The steam from a hot shower will turn into water droplets when it reaches a colder surface, such as your mirror or walls of your bathroom. With the humidity coming from a shower, condensation on the surfaces of your bathroom is unavoidable.
How to deal with it:
Let out the air!
Does your bathroom have a window? Opening a window to let some of the humidity outside will greatly help lessen the condensation. If you don’t have an exterior window, an extractor fan is the next best thing. Turning on the air vent that will pull that air outside will help keep the air moving in your bathroom.
Wipe it down
Taking an extra minute or two after your shower and wiping down the surfaces with condensation can help you eliminate any mildew that would form. Using a towel to wipe off your counters or mirror can ensure no liquid is left sitting on your surfaces.
If you have a running problem with excessive condensation in your bathroom, a dehumidifier can be a great investment! This handy appliance can help extract the excess moisture from the air and collect it as water. This is a great option, because you can reuse your collected water for your plants, filling your clothes iron, or even for cleaning your car!
Why it matters
When you finish your shower and see a foggy mirror, you may not think twice about it. Condensation on your walls and surfaces can lead to mildew or bacteria buildup. The moisture left on your surfaces could seep in. Oftentimes, bathroom walls will begin to show discoloration hinting at mildew in the walls. Pay attention to any signs of mold or mildew in your bathroom and treat it immediately to keep it a healthy space.
Have questions or need help planning your next home remodel? Contact FHIA for a free project quote today! Follow us on Facebook to get inspired by our recent projects and join in on the conversation.
When you’re picking out tiles for your bathroom spaces, you need to consider both style and functionality. The right tiles can complete your bathroom space and accomplish the look you were hoping for. Here is a guide to questions to consider when you’re picking out tiles for your space!
Different Tiles-Different Spaces
There will be multiple locations in your bathroom space that you could choose to add tile to. The shower floor, wall or ceiling, a backsplash, or the bathroom floor. Choosing your must-have tile material can be a great way to design the rest of your bathroom to flatter your favorite tile! If your choice is something colorful, patterned, or large in size, it would be best to choose more minimal decor or hardware to really help your favorite tile pop and add visual interest. A great rule of thumb is to choose no more than three different tiles for your bathroom space – anything more can look a bit busy.
The tile that goes along to your shower needs to be both durable and safe. For the best protection, it’s best to opt-out of tiles within your shower in favor of a mold- and mildew-resistant surround. For the floor tile, you want to ensure that it will not be slippery when wet. For the walls and ceiling, it’s always good to consider water resistant materials to avoid mold. The ceiling and walls of your shower are a great place to add color or design as there will be more options to choose from. When choosing your shower tile, take maintenance into consideration – porcelain or ceramic tile is practically maintenance-free and easy to clean, so you can spend less time cleaning your tiles and more time enjoying them!
Backsplashes are a space for you to get creative! Backsplashes are always a great space to add a pop of color to your bathroom. Getting creative with your material choice is also common here; porcelain, glass, and ceramic can all make for a beautiful backsplash. If you have dark cabinetry or hardware, lighter tiles on your backsplash can help the space from feeling to dark or cramped. Additionally, lighter tiles can reflect light and make the space feel bigger, especially if under a window or mirror!
Your floor needs to be both durable and non-slip. Water on your bathroom floor is not avoidable, but making sure it is safe to walk on is a must! Adding texture to your bathroom tile flooring can add some texture, durability, and accessibility. If you opt for smooth tile on your bathroom floor, make sure to keep the tile away from wet areas that are prone to be slick.
The colors you choose for your bathroom tile can have big effects on your space.For a smaller space, light colors can help make the space feel larger. For a larger space, darker colors could also work well. Adding an accent wall in your bathroom can also help bring the space together.
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Whether you or someone in your household is getting older or you need to accommodate a disability, an accessible bathroom is one of the most important areas in your house to remodel. More than 2/3 of emergency room visits are due to bathroom falls with the tub and shower being the most hazardous areas for young adults and most falls for the elderly occurring near the toilet. Here are the top 4 things to consider when you’re thinking about making your bathroom more accessible.
Accessible Bathing Options
Whether you have limited or difficult mobility, or you have to accommodate for wheelchair access, a walk-in shower or accessible tub makes it near impossible to shower easily. We recommend a tub made to order for your exact space with a rolling or fixed shower seat, a level entrance sloping to the drain, and a wide shower entrance or door.
Grabbing bars should be installed in all bathing areas. If optimizing for wheelchair access, you’ll want to think about the turning radius and width of the chair to customize shower depth and door width as well.
Slipping in the bathroom is a danger for everyone regardless of age or mobility. You want to ensure that you install slip-resistant tiling, like a textured tile or pebbled floor, or use a slatted wood mat in the shower to prevent falls. Make sure all areas in the bathroom are clearly lit and that you have overhead lighting in the shower. Again, installing grabbing bars is an essential safety feature.
Your vanity options depend on whether you need wheelchair access. If you are accommodating for a wheelchair, you’ll need a vanity without cabinets and enough clearance for open knee space. You’ll also need a low or extra long mirror.
If you don’t need wheelchair access, you could benefit from a sturdy vanity with lots of storage that can be used to hold on to while far away from grabbing bars.
General Accessibility Features
Think about the width of your bathroom door, how low light switches need to be, and the general layout of the bathroom – especially if it needs to be wheelchair accessible. Take into consideration the turning radius of the chair in key areas like the shower, toilet, and vanity. Storage options should be adjusted to accommodate low reach or limited mobility. The location and height of other items like towel hooks, soap dispensers, outlets, etc. will also need to be customized.
… and then suddenly you’re shopping for new tubs and wondering how you’ll get it through your bathroom door.
If you’re starting to “dabble” in home renovations and think you might want to go the extra mile, here’s why you should look into hiring a contractor.
You have to plan – for everything.
Planning for a remodel is difficult, to say the least. Knowing where to start, budgeting materials, preparing for the unexpected, and handling unforeseen surprises is only part of the journey.
An experienced contractor has been through this many times, and they know exactly how to handle pesky surprises during the demo and through the renovation. They will also know where you can safely cut costs and which areas you should splurge on for the highest quality, most affordable remodel. As an extra perk, some contractors (like us!) work with in-house designers that can help you make styling decisions for an insta-worthy bathroom!
Knowledge is worth its weight in gold
Did you know tile installers don’t create tile designs? Or that you need a plumber to install showerheads and the like? How about how many inspections your plumbing and electrical need to pass? These are all critical things you need to know! Each person you hire adds to the cost of the remodel. So even though you’re planning and buying everything yourself, you could end up paying just as much as if you hired a contractor!
Besides the manual labor, purchasing, storing, and installing materials like tile can be more complicated than you think. If you purchase the wrong kind, you could end up delaying your remodel or even losing your money. If you store mosaic wrong, especially in super hot conditions like a garage or attic, the backing could warp – making it useless. Knowing what to buy, when to buy it, and where to keep it are details DIYers rarely think of in advance.
… and if you’re still not convinced
Hiring a trusted, local contractor – like FHIA – can also benefit you in the following ways:
For most people, our bathroom is a deeply personal space, and it’s only logical that you’d want to customize it to find your needs and create your own personal relaxation oasis. There are several reasons to remodel your bathroom, but remodeling it to better fit your needs and wants is by far the most fun! If your bathroom needs some serious TLC to make it the personal spa of your dreams, here are a few fabulous features to consider before starting.
Shower benches – Adding a seat in the shower is not only comfortable but functional! If you need increased stability or have difficulty standing for long periods, this addition will help give you some independence and allow you to take as long as you need. You can tile the bench, so it matches the shower, or pick a wooden bench. Don’t forget to add grab bars for even more stability!
Accent the walls with tiles -Add glamour to your bathroom by installing a backsplash of glass mosaic tile on an entire wall or above your vanity. Pick colorful tiles or a fun pattern to energize the atmosphere. Need some inspiration? Better Homes & Gardens has compiled a list of the most soothing bathroom color schemes to get you started as you explore your options.
Windows and skylights – Open up your space and invite light into your relaxation time by adding a window or skylight into your bathroom! Installing a skylight or adding windows to the room can brighten the space up. Make sure you’re picking out an obscured glass for the windows!
Update the Vent Fan – Okay, so this is more functional than luxurious, but hear us out. A new, updated vent fan will improve airflow, meaning no more foggy bathrooms after your amazing spa shower. Plus, it takes moisture away from the walls and mirrors, so you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew.
Blast the tunes! – Consider adding a sound system to your master bathroom. It may sound out of place, but how many times have you risked your phone’s life so you could sing along to your favorite tunes in the shower? Whether you’re jamming out in the shower or relaxing in the tub, your new sound system will help set the stage. Two speakers in opposite corners of the room are all you need!
A Spacious, New Vanity – Avoid clutter with a new vanity that includes lots of storage space! Picking up toiletries and extra supplies off the floor and out of sight will make your space feel bigger, more organized, and will help achieve that spa-like atmosphere!
A Chandelier – A beautiful chandelier above a soaking tub will take your master from comfy to glam instantly! Whether it’s to add extra light, tie your color scheme together, or add a bit of luxury, it’s an easy upgrade that goes a long way.
Rain Shower Head- These are currently very popular and are sometimes accompanied by spa-like shower sprays and jets. It’s a soothing addition to any bathroom, plus it looks great!
Accent the walls with tiles -Add glamour to your bathroom by installing a backsplash of glass mosaic tile on an entire wall or above your vanity. Pick colorful tiles or a fun pattern to energize the atmosphere.
Towel-warmer – What’s better than wrapping yourself up in a warm towel after a great shower? Talk about luxury! The joy from grabbing a towel from heated bars or a bucket warmer is a cozy upgrade that you will use daily.
Did you get some new ideas from this list? We’d love to help with your project – check out our website for more information on how FHIA can help you today or call us at (813) 547-5077.
According to data collected by HomeAdvisor, Americans spent on average $13,000 on home projects in 2020 — nearly 50% more than they did in 2019. Around two-thirds of that went toward renovation projects, and 30% were bathroom upgrades, making it the most popular project other than simply repainting walls. In 2020, 33 percent of homeowners who renovated their master bathroom stated that the main reason behind the renovation was that they could no longer stand the old bathroom. Nearly half of all U.S. homeowners decided to change the layout of their master bathroom as part of the renovations that year. Even more common was bathroom fixture replacement—such bath or shower replacement, shower or bath conversion, or a sink upgrade—with over 4.4 million homeowners reporting having completed one of these types of projects.
At FHIA, we’re well aware of the popularity of bathroom remodeling as its one of our most commonly requested services from our customers in Florida. To us, the reason for the popularity of bathroom remodeling across the country is clear: remodeling a bathroom can be a simple, inexpensive way to refresh and modernize your entire home—and can significantly enhance the value of your home investment.
Whether you’re hoping to sell your home, raise its value, or if you’re simply seeking a more functional, beautiful environment to live in, there are many ways to successfully remodel your bathroom space. For those curious about their options for bathroom remodeling and wondering how to get started, take a look at this complete guide to remodeling the bathroom from your experts in home improvement at FHIA. In this guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about getting started with your minor, major, or full bathroom renovation, and what to expect from your bathroom contractor to enjoy the most successful outcome possible.
What Does Bathroom Remodeling Cost?
There are many, many types of bathroom remodeling projects and options available for home improvement. Determining what each project will cost depends on a variety of factors—including the type of project you’re considering, the quality and price of the materials used, installation and contractor costs, and others.
Major bathroom renovations are the costliest projects on the list of bathroom upgrades—and for good reason. Many full bathroom transformations require significant construction work and an overhaul of all existing walls, plumbing, and fixtures, which makes it a particularly expensive option to consider. If you’re in need of a major bathroom renovation, or any sized remodeling project, it’s a good idea to consult with a number of experienced contractors from reputable companies to ensure that you get the best deal and highest quality results possible for your investment.
Simple, Minor, or Major: Categorizing the Different Types of Bathroom Renovation Projects
As we mentioned in the last section, there is an endless number of bathroom remodeling projects to consider for your home improvement plans. To make the classification easier, we’ve divided them up according to complexity along with a list of examples for each category:
· Simple Renovations: Simple bathroom remodeling projects are the quickest and most affordable options on this list—and can pack a surprisingly powerful punch to improve the look and feel of your bathroom without the high cost of more intensive projects. Some projects can range from re-painting the walls, changing the tile on the floors, or switching out bath liners with new ones.
One of the most popular simple home remodeling options for bathrooms is to replace a deteriorating tub or shower with a brand-new, modern one, or switching up a bath for a shower, or a shower for a bath with a bath or shower conversion. Contrary to popular belief, these remodeling options are simple and affordable, and often can be completed in as little as 24 hours or less by an experienced, licensed bath company.
· Minor Renovations: Bathroom remodeling projects that fall into this category are a bit more intensive, but can still be surprisingly simple and affordable options. These include installing storage space with added cabinets or shelving or improving the design or décor of the entire room in an entirely different theme. For older homeowners or those living with disabilities, another popular option is to add in walk-in tubs or barrier-free shower amenities for safer and more accessible bathing.
· Major Renovations: Major bathroom overhauls are much more intensive than the last two categories, and are likely to set you back a lot more money as well. These renovations are meant to transform the space entirely—whether you’re knocking down walls to create more space, or gutting out the entire bathroom construction and rebuilding it from scratch.Major renovations can add significant value to your home when done correctly, although it’s worth it to reiterate the importance of hiring an exceptional contractor to complete the work. In other words, major bath renovations should not be attempted as DIY projects unless you’re a skilled and professional bath contractor with plenty of design and installation experience under your belt.
Signs Your Bathroom Needs Remodeling
The bathroom of a home is one of the first places of the entire house that deteriorates the fastest. Along with the kitchen, bathrooms are subjected to a considerable and incessant amount of daily use, from water damage, soap scum, and other aggressive wear and tear throughout the day and night.
The signs that your bathroom needs a remodel are usually quite obvious. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a deteriorating bathroom in need of an upgrade:
· Unpleasant Smells: You’ve noticed a heavy, musty odor in the bathroom.
· Mold and Mildew: There are signs of mold or mildew growing in the windows, on the walls, in the tub or in the shower.
· Plumbing Issues: Leaky faucets, running toilets, and other plumbing problems abound.
· High Utilities: You’ve noticed a higher-than-normal water bill.
· Water Damage: If your bathroom is on a higher floor, you’ve noticed water damage on the ceilings beneath it.
· Outdated Design: You’re feeling tired of the décor.
· Tight Spaces: The space is too small and cramped to be functional or comfortable.
· Low Functionality: You’re dreaming of adding a tub or a shower to your bathroom layout.
How Can I Decorate My Bathroom?
Decorating the bathroom area is nothing short of an art form. In fact, there are home design experts that specialize in this important area and are trained in maximizing small spaces, optimizing layouts, choosing new themes, and refreshing old ones. Whether you’re into the idea of testing out a new trend or plan on sticking with the traditional, tried-and-true décor themes to decorate your space, putting plenty of thought into the design is a critical aspect of your bathroom renovation.
According to experts, bathroom design plans for any home should aspire to blend beautifully with the rest of your home’s décor, using high-quality materials, colors, and textures that reflect your own personality and preferences as a homeowner. Also, your bathroom space shouldn’t conflict with the rest of your home. In other words, if your house is modern and decorated in earth tones, choosing a shabby chic bathroom style might not make as much sense as it would if you used modern features in your remodel—for example, a glass shower enclosure, a floating vanity, open shelving, and basic earth tones to decorate. Another point to consider is the longevity of your bathroom design. Some bathroom décor styles stay popular for decades—while others tend to fade out as quickly as they came. If you’re interested in a long-term, remodel that holds its value for years to come, make sure to choose one of the longer-lasting décor styles—like modern, traditional, or rustic. Choosing one of these styles is a surefire way to enhance your home value in the long run, as long as the bathroom remodeling work that’s done is high-quality and durable.
If you plan on using a DIY approach for your bathroom remodel, make sure you research plenty of websites and décor ideas to choose the best style for your fixtures, walls, and other features. For those planning on using a professional bath company to help, ask a design consultant to meet with you in your home to help you determine the best décor options from his or her professional viewpoint. Here are some of the most popular décor designs for bathrooms to consider for your upcoming remodeling project:
While there are many more design styles than the ones we’ve listed, these tend to be the most common ones found in the United States. If you’re unsure of the style you want to use for your upcoming bathroom renovation, consult with a bathroom remodeling company for ideas on how to make the most out of your design plans for a more beautiful bathroom.
Big Bath, Little Bath: Remodeling Smaller or Larger Bathroom Spaces
Space is always an important consideration in any home remodeling project, whether it’s the kitchen, the bedroom, your living room, or another area. In the bathroom, small, tight layouts are very common, but it’s possible to utilize special design techniques to make the area feel larger and give the illusion of more space during your remodel.
Most bathroom design experts are trained in manipulating small spaces with ingenious solutions during the remodeling process. A qualified and experienced professional home designer will know how to work with your home’s specific layout, and provide plenty of options for making the bathroom look and feel much larger than it actually is. Some of these tips include adding oversized mirrors, installing windows, corner sinks, and floating vanities. You also might want to consider removing a bathtub (if you don’t use it), combining a shower and tub with a shower-tub combo fixture, or replacing your bulky shower doors with a clear glass enclosure.
For large bathroom spaces, the design is equally important as it would be in a small bathroom area. Most of us have seen oversized bathrooms before—and many of them can oddly feel “too large,” “too spread-out,” or with an otherwise uncomfortable layout that just didn’t seem to utilize the space to its advantage. This is a common problem with oversized bathroom spaces, and why choosing the layout and design is of the utmost importance.
For larger bathroom areas, the trick is to make your space feel airy and open without looking sparse and desolate. Consider wall partitions to separate the toilet area from the rest of the bathroom, double “his and her” sinks, a luxury spa tub and a shower with seating, and other touches. LED lighting is also an excellent option for larger spaces, with bright lighting over the vanity and dimmers in the tub or shower area for a relaxing spa feel.
What are Some of the Benefits of Bathroom remodeling?
Bathroom remodeling, as we’ve mentioned before in this article, is one of the top remodeling projects performed in the country every year. The reason for the popularity of bath remodeling—whether it’s minor or major—is that the cost/benefit ratio of remodeling a bathroom space is high. While this will depend heavily on the materials you choose and the quality of installation from the company you select, in general, bathroom remodeling can be extremely beneficial for your home.
Here are some of the major benefits of bathroom remodeling:
Added Home Value: In the past, bathroom products were less durable and required intensive upkeep and maintenance to keep from fast deterioration. Today’s products, on the other hand, are significantly more innovative and high-performance than ever before. Replacing old, deteriorating, high-maintenance bathroom fixtures with brand-new, energy-efficient, longer-lasting ones can be a very impactful decision that adds value to your home for years to come.
Easier Maintenance: As stated in the last point, many of today’s bathroom products are made with better technology and more innovative materials that practically clean themselves. For example, some acrylic bathtubs, showers, bath liners, and other products are engineered to never dent, scratch, chip, or rust—and are made with an acrylic material that repels the growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria automatically. This means that with very little maintenance or upkeep required (i.e., no more cleaning and heavy scrubbing), and bath products that stay looking brand-new for years to come.
Improved Energy-Efficiency: Dreaming of a greener home? Upgrading your home with environmentally friendly products like LED lighting, water-saving showerheads and faucets, dual-flush toilets, energy-efficient windows, and other replacements will save the earth while saving you money at the same time.
Greater Health and Wellness: If you’re dreaming of a more luxurious bathroom space, consider spa-like upgrades right inside your own master bathroom. A hot bath in a whirlpool tub or a long soak in a high-pressure, rainforest-style shower can be an incredible way to relax your mind, body, and soul. Upgrading to newer, anti-mold, and mildew-resistant bath materials can also dramatically improve the quality of the air you breathe inside your home, which is another extremely positive benefit of bathroom remodeling.
The Most Common Bathroom Remodeling Projects
Taking a look at some of the most common bathroom remodeling projects in the USA can help you to determine how to most effectively reach your home improvement goals. Here are the most popular projects in the country according to national statistics and our own trends we’ve seen here at FHIA.
· Bathtubs: We’ve noticed that there are usually two different types of homeowners: bathtub lovers, and shower enthusiasts. For those that appreciate the value of an amazing soak in a hot tub, bathtub remodeling options are a great way to update your home with a truly indulgent tub renovation. Replacing the bathtub with a new and improved one, walk-in tubs, bathtub refinishing and reglazing, new bathtub installation, and shower-to-bathtub conversion are at the top of the list of exciting ways to re-do your bathroom focusing on the tub area.
· Showers: For shower loyalists, there’s nothing better than a beautiful, convenient shower to refresh, re-energize, and get clean on a daily basis. Shower improvement projects include shower door and shower enclosure replacement, bathtub-to-shower conversion, full shower replacement or addition, and fixture replacement (replacing showerheads, tile, and faucets, for example).
· Walk-in Tubs and Barrier-Free Showers: When members of the household are in need of safer, more accessible bathing and showering solutions, walk-in tubs, and barrier-free shower installations are an amazing way to renovate the bathroom. Functional and beautiful, these ADA-accessible installations offer peace of mind and can mean regaining independence in the bathroom for the elderly, handicapped, and other low-mobility members of the household.
· Bath Conversion: Converting a shower into a tub, or a tub into a shower, is a quick and affordable renovation option. Homeowners can add significant value and functionality to their homes by choosing to replace old, outdated, and unused fixtures with ones they’ll benefit from more.
· Full Renovation: Re-doing an entire bathroom can be exactly what your home needs to increase functionality, value, and aesthetic appeal. The key is finding a bathroom design and installation company that counts the experience and reliability you need to ensure that the job is well done. Some projects include knocking down and rebuilding walls to maximize space, installing brand-new fixtures like a shower and a spa tub, or re-transfiguring the current space to make it more functional and appealing are at the top of the list of full bathroom renovation projects.
· 24-Hour Bathroom Remodeling: Even though some bathroom remodeling projects are surprisingly quick and simple, and can take just 24-hours to complete, the final results can be nothing short of stunning. These include bath conversions, sink and vanity replacement, tile and flooring replacements, and bath liners, and wall surrounds, among others.
When Should I Remodel My Bathroom? (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall PROS AND CONS)
While it’s clear that remodeling the bathroom can bring many benefits to improve your home’s value, appearance, and functionality, how should you go about deciding when to remodel? While bathroom renovation can be successfully completed throughout the year, there are certain benefits for remodeling at certain times.
Spring and Summer: In the spring and summer months, bathroom remodeling is at its peak—with homeowners busy upgrading their homes at a higher rate than throughout the rest of the year. This is the high season for remodeling, where many homeowners are on vacation and have more time to spend on upgrading their homes. Another benefit of bathroom remodeling in the spring and summer is the weather. If you’re planning a bathroom project that includes tearing down walls or windows, milder weather conditions can help you achieve a faster and less complicated renovation.
The downsides to renovating your home in peak season, however, are important to mention. While the weather and time might help to facilitate a spring or summer remodel, contractors are very busy over these months and finding a reputable one can be difficult. Many contractors are booked and limited on time, which could mean your renovation will take weeks or longer to schedule and execute. You can find a way around this, however, by booking early in the year for prime scheduling options.
Another important downside is the cost. Chances are, you’ll pay higher rates in the spring than in the summer, simply due to the high demand. If your schedule makes a fall or winter renovation difficult or impossible, ensure you’ll enjoy a better rate by interviewing several contractors for free, no-obligation pricing estimates, and comparing the final cost analyses against each other.
Fall and Winter: Fall and winter months can be excellent times for remodeling projects. While you’ll need to work around the weather and pay attention to the forecast for rain, snow, and other limiting climate factors, you’ll likely benefit from lower rates and better availability from contractors.
While booking a contractor might be easier than during the summer and spring months, remember that you’ll still need to plan ahead for best results. Many homeowners are rushing through their home renovation projects and hoping to complete them before the holidays, which means that you can still end up being surprised by scheduling conflicts unless you plan ahead.
Just as in the spring and summer, homeowners are highly encouraged to compare rates between several companies to find the lowest rates and most dependable contractors around. Take advantage of free, no-obligation pricing estimates and in-home consultations to interview contractors and compare costs.
Finding the Right Contractor to Remodel the Bathroom: Why Professionals Matter
In the last section, we stressed the importance of comparing rates and interviewing several bathroom remodeling contractors in in-home pricing estimates and consultations. Any reputable, well-established, and licensed contractors will offer an initial home visit to discuss your plans, inspect your property, and evaluate your home remodeling project—in order to deliver an accurate quote for your plans.
Unfortunately, bad contractors are a dime a dozen, which is why it’s so important to carefully research and interview your potential candidates. Homeowners can be attracted to inexperienced, unlicensed contractors offering impossibly low rates—which often ends up in a costly financial nightmare and home renovation disaster. Contractor scams are very common, however, you can prevent these types of problems by finding the most reputable and reliable company you can to perform your bath remodeling project.
A professional bathroom remodeling company will stand out from the rest—with a fully established online presence that includes a complete and professional website and social media pages and awards from the Better Business Bureau and other reputable home remodeling and contractor organizations. The professional contractor that visits your home will be polite, courteous, and very knowledgeable about your project. He or she will work with you in finding effective ways to complete your project at the lowest rate (while still achieving the best possible outcome).
If you’re considering completing a bathroom remodeling project in your home, we’d love to speak with you. Feel free to contact us to learn more about our remodeling services, including bath liners, wall surrounds, and fixture replacements, shower conversion, bath conversion, walk-in tub installation, and more—by giving us a call at FHIA. You can also request a free, in-home consultation with our team of expert professionals by filling out our online form.
A bathroom renovation is one of the most popular home remodeling projects for homeowners every year, and for good reason. Bathrooms are one of the biggest selling points of a home, and even minor improvements can yield high returns when it’s time to list your home for sale.
Furthermore, bathroom remodeling gives homeowners a chance to update the aesthetics, showcase personal style, and ultimately to have the dream shower they’ve always wanted.
However, despite the many benefits of bathroom remodeling and the popularity of this household project, it can also be an intimidating project for many homeowners. The reason for this is simple: a lot of things can go wrong in a renovation. It’s true that mistakes can happen, but when these mistakes are costly, a decision to remodel a bathroom can turn into a high-stress problem.
At FHIA, we’re Florida’s number one choice for high-quality home remodeling. We’ve been helping homeowners enhance their homes with beautiful bathroom renovations and have seen first-hand what happens when bad contractors and DIY projects go wrong. The key to a successful result lies in the experience and professionalism of your contractor, and in avoiding these most common mistakes homeowners make when starting a bathroom renovation.
Six Mistakes to Avoid
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a bathroom renovation project. Unfortunately, the impulse to rush through a renovation without properly planning it first is where most mistakes occur. If you want to feel confident that your next project is a guaranteed success, then make sure to avoid these pitfalls.
Messing with the Plumbing: It can be tempting to move the bathroom fixtures. Maybe you always felt like the sink would be better on the other side of the room. However, plumbing work is best left to the professionals. New plumbing is costly and is an absolute requirement when you reposition a toilet, shower, or sink in another spot. Instead, have an experienced contractor plan and execute a layout reconfiguration for the best outcome.
Lack of Vision: If you have great ideas for your bathroom redesign, go ahead and share them with an experienced interior designer. Your bathroom remodeling team will want to create a space that truly reflects your vision, so be sure to communicate clearly. Don’t leave the vision up to the designer completely—this can result in a bathroom style that you’re not happy with.
No Contracts: Don’t neglect to get a fixed-price contract in place before work begins. You need to know exactly what is being charged, at what rate, and detailed materials and labor cost sheets. While you’re at it, make sure that the contractor is experienced, licensed, and comes with excellent references before agreeing to anything.
Beauty Without Function: There are some truly beautiful bathrooms out there. With the right planning and execution, yours can be one of them. However, it’s critical that the bathroom remains functional. Unlike the living room or bedroom, the bathroom actually works for you. It’s where you bathe, wash your hands, use the facilities, and more. To that end, make sure your design is stylish but that it also allows for safety, accessibility, and comfort, too.
Compromising on Labor: We get it. Labor is an expensive cost. It’s also a worthwhile cost when done right. Don’t make the mistake of hiring strictly by the lowest price. You could be a victim to poor quality, unlicensed contractors, expensive repairs and replacements, and more. When it comes to labor, you truly get what you pay for. Make sure you choose a contractor that offers fair labor pricing while maintaining a good reputation and expertise.
Lack of Funds: Without a solid remodeling contract in place with a reputable, experienced contractor, you simply won’t know what to expect as far as cost. DIY projects and remodeling work done by less experienced or unlicensed contractors tend to cost more than expected. This is mostly due to poor planning, lack of expertise, rising materials costs, and problems that come up during the renovation. Many renovations fail because the customer runs out of money before the project is finished. Before you start the project, be sure to set up reserve funds for those unforeseen expenditures—or skip doubt entirely and get a fixed-price contract from a reputable remodeling company.
Ranked as Florida’s number one remodeling team, FHIA is proud to offer a wide range of bathroom remodeling services to our customers. From shower renovations to bath conversions, we specialize in beautiful bathroom transformations and one-day remodeling services for homeowners in Orlando and beyond.
Ready to explore your bathroom renovation options? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional remodeling services or fill out our online form to schedule your free, in-home pricing estimate and design consultation.