What about the flooring? Is it still in good shape, or does it need some attention too?
Whether you prefer vinyl sheet flooring, or ceramic tile, the choices available today are seemingly endless.
Want another way to change the appearance of your bathroom? How about a new vanity top?
Here again, there are many options to choose from.
If you'd prefer a laminate top with a self-rimming china sink bowl, the choices in laminate (Wilsonart and Formica brands) colors and textures have grown so rapidly, it's difficult to keep up with what's available.
Cultured marble vanity tops are extremely popular. The majority of bathroom remodels we undertake involve the use of a new cultured marble top. Ordered to size, with seamless, molded-in bowl(s) and backsplash, this product makes cleaning up splashes and spills a breeze.
Ceramic tile counter tops are also popular in some areas of the country just as they are in the kitchen.
Solid surface materials, which are factory produced, and tend to mimic the appearance of stone and granite, have also gained in popularity...
...along with their virtually seamless, undermounted sink bowl(s).
If you're looking to make significant changes to the room, replacing the vanity cabinet(s) and fixtures is the next logical choice. With all the vanity cabinet styles, wood species, and color options available, there's bound to be something to suit your taste and style.
As far as the fixtures are concerned, the water closet (toilet) is the next most popular item to be replaced. Whether you prefer a one-piece unit, or the traditional two-piece style, there are many styles and colors to choose from. Just be sure the unit is rated at 1.6 gallons per flush (or less) to meet the code requirements.
The project will become considerably more involved if you need to replace the bathtub. Unless there is a free standing tub in the room, the typical bathtub is built-in to the walls. You'll need to open up the walls, at least in the immediate area of the tub, in order to get the original one out, and to install the new bathtub. After the new tub is in place and the plumbing revisions have taken place, the new wall surface can be put in place, and the finish work begun.
With regards to bathtub selection, there are a number of options to choose from. Typically, the least expensive is the "enameled" steel bathtub. Often the choice for rental properties due to its relative low cost, the product is at minimal risk from damage due to rust if the surface coating is chipped or otherwise damaged and exposed to moisture.
The figerglass bathtub, in its varying forms, has become one of the more popular options, due in part to its lighter weight, from an installation standpoint, as well as its reasonable cost. The most common type of fiberglass bathtub has a finished surface called "gelcoat". Gelcoat, in simple terms, can be described as a colored resin, which protects the fiberglass body of the tub. It is considered to be waterproof, but in reality is not suitable for "full time" submersion or contact with water. It's an excellent material for use with a standard type of bathtub, but is not suitable, for example, as a surface material for a hot tub where the water is not drained for extended periods.
The other finished surface material used for fiberglass bathtubs, and hot tubs as well, is acrylic plastic. The acrylic plastic is capable of long term water contact, and has a higher gloss to the finish, but is more expensive to build with due to differences in material costs and production methods.
The third most common option is the porcelain over cast iron bathtub. Often referred to as a "porcelain" tub or a "cast iron" tub, this product is typically very heavy in weight, which makes handling difficult, higher in average cost, but also more capable of holding the heat from hot water for a longer period of time.
Another less common option, but definately worth noting, is the cultured marble bathtub. Built using the same method used to build the counter tops, this option is beautiful to look at. The down side is the heavy weight of the product, combined with a typically higher cost.
A major bathroom remodel can range from gutting the room and replacing everything within, to changing the entire footprint and layout of the room. Whether gutting the room, moving one or more walls, or even adding an addition to the home to expand the area, this level of work can involve a significant amount of time, and usually involves revisions to the plumbing, electrical, and often heating aspects of the home's construction. This work is not to be taken lightly, requires a significant amount of planning, and should really involve a professional contractor, and the appropriate licensed trade contractors as well. Attention to building codes, and the ultimate safety of the inhabitants needs to be considered, and addressed.
Proper planning is key to any successful remodel, and although there are times when some unforseen situation might arise, that's less likely to happen, and less likely to significantly impact the outcome of the project if the advanced planning has been done carefully.
Setting a realistic budget is another considertion. Though there are varying price levels for the many products you may wish to include, it's typically advisable not to skimp on quality. It may come back to haunt you later on.
If you're uncertain about the budget aspect and just what to consider as a target number, perhaps the most recent issue of Remodeling magazine's "Cost vs. Value" report might give you something to think about. The annual report uses set criteria for a variety of remodeling projects. The projects are then priced around the country, and the final values are adjusted according to location within the different regions.
Due to our proximity to the City of Cleveland, Ohio, if you are viewing this locally, you should be able to look at the report for the Cleveland area here for as long as it's available online. Outside the region, use this link, if you'd like to look at the report that most closely represents your area.
I'm happy to be able to say that typically and historically, Eran Building & Remodeling Co. has been able perform similar work in our areas of expertise for less than the stated costs due to careful planning, careful product recommendations, and working hard to keep our own overhead and costs at a reasonable level.
If you live within our service area, and would like assistance with your bathroom remodel, please call (330) 678-5787, or use the form on our Contact page. I would be happy to speak with you about your project.
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