Have questions about bathroom remodeling? Take a look at our bathroom remodeling FAQ, and feel free to contact us if you don’t find an answer to your question!
Q: How much does bathroom remodeling cost?
A: Cost depends on many factors: size of the room, quality of materials, etc. The national average for a master bath remodel is in the $15,000 to $20,000 range. If you are working within a set budget, it is best to share this information with your designer. It will be much easier for them to make recommendations regarding materials and options. If you are planning a major remodel involving plumbing or electric renovations, or there are unknown conditions that will only be apparent after the demolition, it would be wise to allow for an additional 10 percent for changes or add-ons. Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center will make sure your bathroom remodel fits your budget!
Q: How long does bathroom remodeling take?
A: Again, depending on how involved the project is, you can expect anywhere from one to four weeks, if not longer. Your designer should be able to put a schedule together to let you know approximately how long each portion of the remodel will take, and what work will be happening in your home on which day.
Q: What are my shower material options?
A: There are a few options for shower surrounds. If you choose tile, you have a variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and accents from which to choose. Ceramic and porcelain will be less expensive than marble or travertine, which also need to be sealed and require more maintenance. Many showers are dressed up by installing a decorative listello or glass mosaic accent. If having a tile shower floor installed, a mosaic of 2×2 or less is most common.
If you prefer a shower without grout, cultured marble or acrylic panels are available in a variety of sizes that can accommodate most layouts. Shower pans are usually sized to industry standard, but often custom sizes can be fabricated as well.
Q: What are the differences between bathtub materials?
A: The most popular choices for tub materials are gelcoat, acrylic, enameled steel, and cast iron—and they all have their pros and cons. One of the least expensive options, gelcoat is a resin material applied to a mold, then backed with fiberglass. It is also less durable than other materials and must not be cleaned with anything abrasive. Acrylic tubs are made from thicker plastic, and are shiny, durable, and much lighter than metal tubs. Due to acrylic’s flexibility and heat retention abilities, many manufacturers use it to mold whirlpool and air baths. As with gelcoat, acrylic tubs should not be cleaned with anything abrasive. Enameled steel is the least expensive of tub materials and consists of a stamped piece of steel finished with porcelain. Enameled steel tubs are easy to maintain and are resistant to most chemicals and abrasive cleaners. Cast iron is one of the most expensive tub materials and is made from melted iron poured into a mold. These tubs are extremely heavy and are more labor-intensive to install. However, they are also extremely resistant to chemicals, denting, and scratching.
Q: What are the benefits of ADA-height toilets?
A: ADA-height toilets have now become the standard in many bathroom remodels. The bowl sits about 2 inches higher off the floor, making it easier to sit and stand back up. Most ADA toilets also have elongated bowls, which provide a little more room at the seat. Remodels are often done to accommodate the Aging-in-Place market, where homeowners wish to remain in their own homes should they develop health issues. Addressing the potential need to have more accessibility should health issues develop is much easier when planned for in advance.
Q: How important is lighting and ventilation in my bathroom?
A: Lighting a bathroom properly requires more light than you may think. Ideally, you should have a moisture-proof light above the shower and/or tub, overhead lighting for the room (which provides your down light) and wall sconces at the mirror to provide even lighting for your face without casting shadows. Unfortunately, this is not always possible to achieve due to layout and space restrictions.
More often than not, a vanity light is placed over the mirror above the sink, and can usually be installed with the shades facing up or down. Ventilation fans are available with both night light and room light in addition to the fan. These are ideal for bathrooms that can be well-lit with one center light, and the fan motor should be sized based on the square footage of the room. A timer switch can be installed for the fan to ensure all of the moisture is removed from the room and the fan doesn’t get left on by mistake.