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Bathroom Remodel 101

Bathroom RemodelingKitchen and bathroom remodels are two of the best investments you can make in your home. When buyers are shopping around, these rooms are at the top of the list for “splurge” areas. Even if you aren’t preparing to put your home on the market, a nicely remodeled bathroom can add years of enjoyment. It also increases your home’s value when you want to take out a home equity loan for other projects.

Before you ask your contractor to break out the sledgehammer and bust through your vanity, make sure the master bathroom is the place where your money is best spent. If you only have one bathroom in your house and your “master” is technically everyone’s bathroom, consider diverting your funds to build a second bathroom. According to research by the National Association of Realtors, adding a bathroom can increase the sale price of a home by 8.7 percent!

Where do you start? Begin with a call to the team at Handyman Professionals. Schedule an appointment to discuss blue-sky wants, realistic needs and bottom-line budgets. Research blogs (like this one!) and Pinterest online to find inspiration photos for your master bathroom remodel. Prepare a folder with photos and print outs and bring those to your consultation.

Walk in Shower Master BathOne place in your bathroom to get more bang for your buck is the shower. Walk-in showers have started replacing large, jetted bathtubs in bathroom remodels. Many older homes don’t have room for both, so homeowners are forgoing bathtubs for spacious, tiled showers. If space allows, add a bench to your new shower. Not only can walk-in showers be a beautiful addition to a master bathroom, but they also offer functionality for homeowners nearing their golden years or who may have limited mobility. For both form and function, add a hand-held shower sprayer, in addition to a standard wall-mount or rain head nozzle.

Flooring in bathrooms have moved away from 12×12 ceramic tile. Trending in today’s bathrooms are geometric or patterned tiles. Tiles are also laid in more interesting designs, like herringbone. While wood isn’t functional flooring in bathrooms, wood-look tiles are also finding their way into today’s bathroom remodels.

Vanity styles in traditional or craftsman homes range from those that look like furniture to classic cabinetry. Homeowners looking for a contemporary style may lean towards floating cabinetry.

Whether you decide to build an additional bathroom or completely remodeling an existing bathroom, the team at Handyman Professionals can walk you through the process step by step.

For more bathroom remodel ideas, read Big Changes to Small (Bathroom) Spaces.