Coming Clean on Bathrooms
Why Hire a Pro???
Per square foot, the Bathroom is a Boss—a powerhouse of Performance with Zero room for inferior materials, workmanship, or design. Gallons of hot and cold water come n clean, warm, and refreshing and leave us to go to a water treatment facility.
The room is dominated by Tile, Plumbing, Electrical…all skilled Trades, even a seasoned DYI person will flinch.
Why Remodel Now?
The materials have to be waterproof, or, at least water resistant, generally smooth, non-porous cleanable and hygenic, and, durable. Yet, builders still put carpet in the bathroom or scrimp on materials. All to soon, it’s time to at least re-skin the bathroom. Or, the bathroom is just dated.
Sometimes there just more demand than facilities.
As Utilitarian and Function oriented as design and materials have to be, they still express Personality.
If you are considering selling the house in the future, the best ROI may be in adding a half-bath, full bath, or expanding a dated small bathroom.
Times change. And, our homes have. The average square foot of a home built in the 70’s was 1,650 sq feet. By 1985 the American home was 1,800 sq ft, by 1990, it grew to 2,100 sq ft. The Millieum 2000 house was 2,300 sq ft, which was 2,500 sq ft by 2006.
Older bathrooms don’t have the Dual Sinks and vanity space, spacious tubs or whirlpools, and separate shower area, toilet room and changing rooms that are common today.
Today’s well made homes are Greener (when 8-tracks were the rage, water was considered free and “bottled water” unthinkable). Sporting efficient on-demand hot water heaters, low use toilets and shower heads and sleeker lines, the new homes on the market are better in every measure.
What’s the Starting Point for a Bathroom Remodel Budget?
Are you sitting down? The Bathroom Remodel comes with a price tag– if plumbing is moved, etc, a Minor Remodel is at least $18,000 in California, and $14,000 in Tennessee. That’s frugal and on the low end. And, remember, 0% Financing is Available.
A fresh look can be done for less. But, if there is water damage, wood rot, or mold build up, put it on the top of the list and head to the banker (Home Improvement Loans are Tax Deductible).
A bathroom can’t be Paper Mache and Pressboard, but the budget may be happier with Tile than Granite. Framed glass doors are a fraction of the price of the frameless.
Elvis like gold plated plumbing (given some fixture prices they should have gold in them)–be realistic and give your designer/ consultant a budget to work with so they can best use their knowledge and experience to target your priorities. Decide what you want—if a bathtub isn’t going to be used, leave it out.
What’s New in the Bathroom Remodel world?
The Baby Boomers are still full of life but wary of the number of miles on the odometer. Walk-in Showers, and leaving room for wheelchair access makes sense– we refer to open easy access as a “Spa Feel” and are going to have to find a PC way of saying “hand grips”.
This year, the vanities not only have Dual Sinks, but movement continues from under counter or sunken sinks to above counter bowls, and now a forward sitting Country Style Basin sink.
Luxorious Tubs and Frameless glass has replaced Shower Curtains and Sliding Doors. Floor to Ceiling Tile or Slab Granite or Marble on the shower walls with recessed shelves and a built in bench.
And new products like Large format Neolith and Laminum are going to revolutionize the Bathroom with thin, non-porous, strong materials that come in 1 meter by 3 meter pieces (39” x 118”) One Tile is 38 sq feet and is a beautiful, strong impervious material that has the appearance of Natural Stone, Tile. Etc and cost less than poured cultured marble.
Eastco would love to touch base with you, listen to your ideas and goals and see what solutions we can offer.
EASTCO General Contractors in San Antonio, Texas was established in 1976. Our expertise includes commercial, multi-family, and residential construction from ground up new construction., renovation/remodeling, and insurance loss restoration.