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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Classic Remodeling's Kitchen and Bath Specialist, Krista Scheider, shares some of the trends she's seeing in bathroom remodels this year. 

Bathroom remodels (along with kitchens) have been one of the most requested renovation projects we’ve seen this year. These projects offer a great return on your investment (according to the 2015 Cost v. Value Report, you can generally recoup about 70% of the cost of your project). And as more and more people opt to remain in their homes for a longer period of time, they are finding that their needs for a functional and luxurious master bath have changed. Here are a few trends we have seen in master bathroom remodels this year:

1. Curbless Showers. This is one of the most popular requests from homeowners. A curbless shower 
    makes the space feel larger and gives it cleaner lines. It's also very important if you are considering
    universal design elements for aging in place (see trend #3 for more info on this).


2.   Free standing tubs and/or large showers.  Gone are the days of the garden tub and the tub/shower combo. Today most homeowners are opting for a large walk-in shower and free standing tub. Some are eliminating the tub altogether and going strictly with a shower. While in the past many thought this would hurt resale values, these days it's more about efficient use of space and Americans tend to take fewer baths than in past years. So don't feel bad about forgoing the tub!

3.   Aging in Place. As we go through the design phase we often think about how our clients' needs
      may change as they age and we try to plan for those needs. This may including thinking about
     installing a curbless shower, strategically placing grab bars, or installing bench seats in showers.
     With a wide range of products available, they are much easier to integrate into the design. From
     faucets and towel bars to shelving and soap dishes, these elegant fixtures provide discreet support, 
     making them both beautiful and functional. 

4.  Toilet Room.  As often as the design allows, we try to incorporate a separate toilet room or toilet
     and shower room into each space. Not only does this help eliminate the toilet as a focal point in
     the room, it also makes the master bath much more accommodating for two people to use at the
     same time. 

5.   Double Vanities. You'd be surprised how many homes in our area do not have a double vanity in
      the master bath. This has become a must-have design element and there are several ways to work
      them into a space. We've done the standard single countertop with double sinks where space 
      allows. When space is tight there are other options such as separate vanities or back-to-back 
      vanities.  As a design-build firm we can get creative and find unique ways to create the space of
      your dreams. 

Check back soon for Krista's top 5 trends in kitchen remodels!

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