the door and say, "ah." Your master bath can
be more than just functional; it could be a spa.
remodeling continues to be one of the most popular home
improvement projects. It ranks consistently among the
top 10 most reviewed categories on Angie’s List, which
has more than 700 home and health categories.
you’re moving beyond the imagining stage and are ready
to get serious about renovating a bathroom, here are
trends and tips to keep in mind, compiled by our
consumer research team.
you can do with a bathroom depends on its size and who’s
bathrooms are commonly used by kids and guests, and an
update may be focused more on making the most of a
high-traffic, cramped room. Ideas include replacing a
mirror with a medicine chest faced with a mirror, or
replacing a pedestal sink with a vanity that has cabinet
master bathroom, however, is usually larger and more
private. It’s a likely candidate for a spa makeover.
Some ideas from highly rated remodelers:
the tub with a luxury shower featuring multiple
showerheads and handheld sprayers, or a large rain-style
a fresh, clean look with a frameless glass shower door.
with granite or solid-surface materials.
less on the latest design trend or fad, and more on
elements, fixtures and colors that will stand the test
universal design — which is intended to ensure that a
project is useful for people of all ages, abilities and
sizes. Among the ideas: Replace lower toilets or sinks
with taller options that require less stooping or
to do your homework before starting the project. Be
realistic about your budget. The average cost of bath
remodeling in 2013 was $18,538, down slightly from 2012,
according to the National Kitchen & Bath
you start talking to contractors:
websites and magazines for designs and ideas. Research
materials and products at showrooms and retail stores.
This will help contractors more accurately estimate the
time and cost for your project.
to neighbors, friends and family about their projects.
Check contractors’ reviews on a trusted online review
multiple bids and ask for and check references.
Questions to ask include: Did the contractor meet
expectations? Were there delays or miscommunications?
How did the contractor handle requested changes?
at least three written estimates that clearly define the
project and what materials will be used.
sure you can reach a contractor when you need to.
sure the contractor you hire is appropriately licensed,
insured and bonded. Bathroom remodeling work often
requires electrical and plumbing work — two of the
most often regulated trades.
most bathroom remodeling projects, expect to pay about
10 percent or more of the total project amount as a
deposit. Never pay more than a third of the total cost
as a down payment, and never pay in cash. Be aware that
especially in bathroom remodeling, contractors will
frequently find hidden problems that need to be
addressed. Adding an additional 10 to 20 percent to the
project budget can help reduce the strain of these types
for stress. How will the project change your routine,
especially with the bathroom? Where will materials be
stored? What are the working hours for the crew?