Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends For 2017 & Beyond

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel you’re probably in the shoes of many homeowners right now in that there are an overwhelming array of options to consider.

Budget, design, functionality, resell are just a few things that have to be front and center on your home improvement checklist.

We’ve broken down 5 of the most common things we’ve seen in the past year and what we consider to be the dominant trends of 2017 and beyond.

1. large format tile

Large format tile is one of today’s hottest flooring trends. From rustic stone-look to sleek high-gloss finishes, the best looks have been expanded to stunning proportions. Because each tile covers more square feet, fewer grout lines are required during installation, resulting in a more streamlined look that is easier to clean.

2.Tub to walk in shower conversions

Many Americans are ditching the plastic tub surrounds and opting for the convenience or a walk in tile shower.  Pre fab tubs and plastic inserts are common builder grade additions but if you want to add value and style to your bath space, ripping out that tub is a good idea.


3. More storage is more better!

That’s grammatically very wrong but you get my point!  Free standing cabinets, larger vanities, shelving, recess in the shower, hidden compartments, you can’t go wrong with adding more storage space.


4.Free standing bathtubs

More and more homeowners are choosing to get rid of that outdated cultured marble jetted tub and opt for the elegance of a freestanding tub look in 2017


5. Lighter is brighter!

One of the top trends that will continue in the new year is the move to lighter more modern and clean looking bath areas. The return to clean and simple is a trend that we’ve seen the past 5 years and will continue well beyond 2017.


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Small Bathroom Ideas


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It doesn’t matter what the size is of your bathroom, it comes down to whether it is functional or not. Small bathrooms need plumbing that flushes as well as drains that don’t clog. When a bathroom ages, it begins to deteriorate in many ways.

Smaller bathrooms are a lot easier to renovate than larger ones as they are on a much smaller scale for hardware and supplies. It can also be a whole lot cheaper to modify a smaller bathroom. Fewer materials mean lower costs. But, just because the bathroom is small doesn’t necessarily mean that the remodel will be easy in any way.

Here Are Several Steps To Take In Order To Get Your Small Bathroom Renovated

  • Define your needs – Define what exactly the function of the bathroom to be. Is it a small powder room or is it a full bathroom? A full bathroom includes major plumbing work such as a tub or shower installation.
  • Plan the remodel out – Planning the remodel out will save you money. Decide what you’re going to change and with what. Everything that is stock made is for standard sized bathrooms. You’ll need to do some modifications along the way.
  • Decide to go with an expert – While it can be tempting to tackle that project yourself and save some money it’s always recommended to hire a professional. There are so many unknowns when remodeling a bathroom it’s vital to have a pro that can tackle any problem that may arise.
  • Plumbing & electrical – While the walls are open, your electrical & plumbing can be installed. Have electricians install the wiring while plumbers install your bathtub and toilet.
  • Flooring – Small bathroom areas can really benefit from new flooring since it’s priced by the square foot. Do not cover the bathroom in real hardwoods because bathrooms have lots of moisture issues that can warp wood.
  • Cabinetry – Custom cabinetry can be scaled down for a proper fit. Smaller bathrooms are often cramped spaces that offer nowhere to place your personal items let alone get ready for work. Cabinetry will provide you with storage that frees up more room.
  • Basic necessities – You can expect to strip down a smaller bathroom in as little as three days. Prepare to not use the bathroom as long as the renovation is going on so make other plans. Bathrooms dating back to pre 1978 will need to take precautions due to led based paint.

Renovation Tips For Small Bathrooms

One of the ways in which you can create a bigger space out of a smaller bathroom is to stay away from darker paints. Dark paints, that surround showers, close the area in making it feel much smaller than it already is.

Beautifying the look of a small shower will take some talent especially if you are trying to make it the focal point of the bathroom. One of the ways in which you can do this is by using natural stone such as marble and onyx.

Mirrors are something that can make your small bathroom look bigger. They don’t need to be hung everywhere, but one at least is vital in creating the illusion of extra space. Don’t exaggerate the space but make it so that it looks bigger than it is.

Lighting is yet another way to make smaller baths look bigger than they appear. Decorative lighting on top of the mirror will certainly do the trick. Lighting creates shadows and illusions as well as bigger spaces. Don’t go too big such as a chandelier because it will make your bathroom look even smaller.

Small bathrooms like big bathrooms are hard to keep clean especially since they are one of the most used rooms in a home. Here are some ways, through remodeling, that you can have a small bathroom that is easy to clean:

  • Have a glass block window installed. Glass block windows stand up to all types of moisture conditions as well as water cycles (hot & cold).
  • Replace cramped smaller tub with spacious shower. Shower stalls are open spaces that are simple to clean as small tubs require getting on ones hands and knees and scrubbing hard to reach areas. Plastic tubs are hard to get in and are generally builder grade and cheap. Replace them with a walk in shower with real porcelain and you’ll never look back!
  • Get state-of-the-art toilet installed. New plumbing items get less dirty than ones which have been there forever.

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5 hacks that will make your Bathroom worth more money!

Baths. Investing in a bathroom remodel yields a staggering $3 to $1, on average, but you’ve got to do it right. Many homebuyers are looking for a master bathroom with two sinks, custom showers, and great lighting. You’ll turn off buyers if you only put in the minimal amount of work. “A lot of folks, when they buy a home, don’t want to have put a lot of work into it,” An outdated bathroom requires a lot of work.” Since bathrooms are especially prone to looking dated, pick neutral colors and finishings.

Also consider bumping out the size of a bathroom. Many buyers looking for a three-bedroom home want two full baths rather than one full and one half bath


Consider the following tips for remodeling with resale in mind:


Talk to real estate professionals. Check out comparable homes in your area. How many bathrooms do they have? Do you need to add a half or full bath to be competitive? Talk to realtors and find out what bathroom features turn on buyers.

Think timeless. Choose neutral colors for a clean look that will last a long time and can be personalized with accessories (towels, etc.).

Add some ‘wow!’ We’re talking wow within reason. For example, if you are already planning on replacing the bathroom floor, you can spend about $600 on radiant heat floor mats that can be positioned as a real luxury attraction to home buyers. “Buyers will remember the bathroom with the heated floors—it gives them an emotional tie,” Snyder says. Also, hand showers are convenient, cost-effective and an upgrade compared to the traditional shower head.

Accessorize. A fast, effective refresh in the bathroom can involve simply switching out towels, replacing a dowdy shower curtain and including an interesting eye-catching piece such as a beautiful vase. Even the way necessities are arranged can make a difference. Roll towels and place them in neat rows on an open shelf. Keep clutter off the vanity countertop.

But how much should you spend?

“I tell clients if you do a complete gut of a bathroom down to the studs and rebuild from the ground up, you are going to spend $8,000 to $15,000, depending on what [features] you put into it,” Perrin says.

Is that too much? “The kitchen and bathroom sell a house,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio. “And most people buy the most expensive home they can afford. So they don’t want to buy a house with a kitchen or bathroom that need to be worked on. That emotional tie is with the house where the kitchen and bathroom are in good condition.”


1). Convert your tub to a walk in shower:

If you’re thinking of converting your bathtub to a shower, you’re in good company. The American Institute of Architects says that the tub-less bathroom is growing in popularity.

Its annual Home Design Trends Survey found that more than 60% of homeowners preferred a stall shower without a tub in 2013. Compare that to 49% in 2012, the first year they specifically surveyed about tub-less bathrooms.

However, there’s a caveat: Even if you only use your tub to wash the mini-blinds, most real estate agents are adamant about having at least one bathtub in your house to preserve marketability.

A recent Houzz poll agrees, with 58% of respondents claiming, “you’ll never sell that house without a tub.”

The conclusion? Go ahead and convert your old tub or tub/shower combo into a cool, walk-in shower, as long as one other bathroom in your house has a tub for tasks such as bathing small children.

2). Install a frameless shower door:

Framed shower doors tend to look bulky because the edges are covered in rubber, metal or some other form of a seal.

Frameless shower doors don’t have those eyesore additions, giving the shower a clean, fresh look.

“It’s a beautiful solution,” says Chris Dearborn, marketing specialist with Oasis Shower Doors in Avon, Connecticut. “It’s minimal. It’s pure glass. It’s almost like a fish tank, instead of having any kind of heavy frame or gasketing that you see with semi-frameless or fully framed.”

If your bathroom remodel includes a beautiful, intricate shower tile design, the frameless glass shower door can also help to showcase it.

3). Smart Storage:

Practical storage will never go out of style. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical space and take your cabinetry up the wall. If built-in cabinetry isn’t an option, incorporate an interesting or antique piece of furniture. Open shelving is still a popular trend that can also be quite practical in the bathroom.

4). Lighting:

A bathroom is the perfect place to get a little daring in your design choices. Try a set of unusual sconces, an ornate chandelier or a set of funky pendants. A variety of lighting offers practical and decorative advantages.

5).Heated Floors

Sometimes luxury can come in the form of a little extra-added warmth. Warm toes and a warm towel can make all the difference on a cold winter’s morning. Radiant floor heat is energy efficient because the heat is touching your body, warming you from the bottom up.



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