Thanks to the struggling economy, homeowners are not buying as many new homes as they were just a year ago but they sure are bullish on remodeling the one they have. You don't have to build a whole new home to get the extra roominess or amenities that you need: put yourself into the hands of a skilled contractor and remodel your existing space into something really special. We all like to pamper ourselves a bit, so how about redoing your tired master bath? Here are the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling to whet your appetite for change and give you some ideas on what you can do.
Get Rid Of That Tub
If you are strictly "shower people," your children are grown and gone and you have limited space, there's really no good reason to keep that old tub around. Why not go for it and have a large, airy, shower installed? The hottest trend is to install two shower heads so that two can shower more comfortably together at the same time. If one of the shower walls is an exterior one, have the contractor install a glass block window to let more natural light in without letting the neighbors see in.
Speaking of letting more light in, how about enlarging existing windows and installing skylights to create a really natural-feeling oasis with plenty of sunshine? Add a deluxe soaking tub, a collection of living green plants, and some bubble bath and you just may never leave the bathroom!
What could be more luxurious than getting out of the tub or shower on a freezing cold winter's morning and stepping onto a heated bathroom floor? Having radiant electric heat installed as part of a remodeling project is relatively inexpensive and it's a small touch that will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also be a real selling point when you go to sell your home.
A "Vantastic" Vanity
Having just one vanity in a master bedroom is simply not right. After all, there are two of you using that space! Having two separate vanities with two sinks makes life a whole lot easier, and today's sink designs are out of this world. You can choose to have elegant copper sinks and fixtures installed within equally elegant granite or marble countertops. Some faucets protrude directly from the wall, giving the appearance of an indoor fountain, right in your own home!
Having a master bathroom that is a real showpiece of functionality and style increases the value of your home as well as the pleasure that you take in living there.
So, you have decided to remodel your bathroom and you have also decided to replace those old, worn out cabinets which have seen better days. Bathroom cabinets play a major role in maintaining an organized bathroom. Besides being of maximum utility, they are one of the most eye catching fixtures of the bathroom. They also consume most amount of the bathroom remodeling budget.
Since cabinets take a huge chunk from your budget, decide how much you want to spend on cabinets, in advance. You can do this by first deciding where you want your cabinets. Then take measurements of the area. Decide whether you want stock cabinets, semi-custom or custom cabinets. Stock cabinets are the most inexpensive ones followed by semi-custom and then custom cabinets. When you meet the expert with these rough ideas and figures in mind, he can give you a more accurate picture.
As mentioned earlier, there are three types of cabinets available in the market. You have to choose from them according to your budget and your specific requirements. They are Stock, Semi-custom and Custom cabinets.
Stock cabinets are inexpensive and most popular. They are mass produced and built in standard sizes and shapes. The choice of color, design and style is limited.
Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets which can be changed in some ways to meet individual requirements. They offer more choice of color, finish, design and size. They are more expensive than stock cabinets.
Custom cabinets are the most expensive cabinets. They are made to order cabinets. They are made to suit your specific, individual requirements. They offer the widest range of color, design, style and size.
According to the method of assembling, there are Framed and Frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets are American cabinets and frameless cabinets are European style.
In framed cabinet, a frame is placed around the front of the cabinet opening. It is also called face frame. It is used to secure the door to the cabinet. Framed cabinets are more expensive than frameless cabinets because they use more material.
In frameless cabinets, there is no face frame and door is hung directly on the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets occupy lesser space than framed ones.
While selecting cabinets for your bathroom, keep in mind that your cabinets should match the rest of your bathroom. Doors and drawers of the cabinets should operate smoothly. Don't just go by the looks of the doors of the cabinets because it's the quality and construction of the whole boxes that counts.
Careful planning is the key to a successful bathroom-remodeling project. Before you begin any work in the bathroom, create a budget, a floor plan, a list of supplies, a timetable, and important legal considerations. Let's break it down by subject.
First, create a budget. Determine how much money you can comfortably spend, and save about 20 percent for emergencies. Get estimates for the work that needs professionals, and always include electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, and drywall installation costs in your budget.
Second, design a floor plan. Ask yourself, will you be working with the existing space or will you be adding on or knocking down walls? Check to make sure you will not disturb the electrical wiring, plumbing, or zoning regulations. Next, measure the amount of space you have and draw a floor plan. In drawing the plan, first put in all the items that are fixed. For example, if the toilet must be in one place because of plumbing, it is a fixed item. Experiment with how you like your floor plan, using different arrangements, with different types of cabinetry, shelves, or even walls. You might try pocket doors to save space, and corner sinks, floating sinks, or pedestal sinks to save even more space. L-shaped vanities and alcoves also save space. In addition, corner showers conserve space, and clear glass in showers creates the illusion of even more space. You may want to add windows or mirrors to let in light.
Third, make a list of the supplies you'll need and make sure they are available when you need them. Some typical supplies include sinks, flooring, wall tile, countertops, lighting, medicine cabinets, showers, bath tubs, cabinets and cabinet handles, toilets, extra storage, faucets, toilet paper holders, paint or wallpaper, chairs, accessories (like storage containers and/or artwork), as well as tools you have or can buy.
Fourth, create a timetable. Talk to experts or people at home improvement stores to plan how much time you'll need. If you're hiring contractors, work with them to design a timetable you all can follow.
Plan projects according to the time you have available. Put in a new toilet and sink one weekend, for example, and paint another. You don't have to do it all at once, so plan sensibly. Don't paint the walls or install woodwork until the hardware is taken care of -- you don't want to damage work you've already done. Above all, be flexible and allow time for the unexpected or even emergencies to happen.
Fifth, keep in mind legal considerations. Get and post a building permit, pay any necessary fees, make sure you, your contractor, and any workers have insurance coverage, and keep children and animals away from the construction area.
By following these checklists, your bathroom remodeling plans will be a snap