Bathrooms are an important part of our everyday lives. If your master bathroom is suffering from outdated décor, accumulated damage, harsh lighting or limited storage, your en-suite needs a bathroom renovation. For changes to your bathroom big or small, we can help! Norseman Company in Louisville, KY is the industry leader to keep your bathroom remodel functional, affordable, and stunning. 

Signs Your Bathroom Needs Remodeling

Most homeowners procrastinate renovations because of both the time and money involved. Over time, bathrooms can get dated or suffer from a variety of issues that may make it hard to use this essential space. If you notice any of these signs your bathroom needs a refresh, getting started now means you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come.

  • Leaking – This is a sure sign it’s time to renovate. Leaks in the shower, toilet or sink that allow water to pool and seep into surfaces can be detrimental. Small leaks can quickly grow into a greater problem. Look for subtle signs of leaking like damp areas, soft or bubbling plaster or cracked tiles. Any signs of leaking are worth investigating and finding a solution immediately. 
  • Paint Peeling – Peeling paint can be a sign of too much moisture in your bathroom, which can cause major structural issues. It may also be a sign of a lower quality paint used originally. New paint and a better fan may help remove steam quickly and give your bathroom a fresh update. 
  • Mold Buildup – If it smells musty in your bathroom, you may have a mold problem. Because mold thrives in moisture, a bathroom can be a breeding ground for major mold issues. Look for signs along the edges of your bath or shower between grout lines. Even a small amount of mold can quickly spread and may be much more extensive than you realize. Because mold is a serious health hazard, it’s important that you deal with mold immediately.

  • Outdated Décor – Even the best style doesn’t last forever. If you have a pink tub or glass tile surround in your shower, it might be time for an update. Even small touches like a towel holder or lighting fixtures can date a bathroom significantly. 
  • Damaged Floor – Sometimes you’re faced with a repair that you didn’t ask for. This could be caused by a leak or a flood, and it must be fixed. If this is the case, it might be the perfect time to jump headfirst into a bathroom remodel. If it has to be repaired anyway, that’s the perfect time to make it what you want. 
  • Planning to Sell – Bathrooms (and kitchens) are a huge selling point in Louisville, KY. Take stock of your current bathroom as if you had never seen it before. Would you buy your current bathroom? If not, it’s likely time to make a few changes. 
  • Poor Lighting – If you’ve ever tried to shave in the dark or do your makeup under fluorescent lights, you know how important overhead lighting in the bathroom is. Adequate lighting is important to your morning, but also your evening routine and gives your bathroom a certain ambience that nothing else can.
  • Low on Storage – Bathrooms have a lot of responsibility. They hold everything from towels to prescriptions, makeup to toilet paper, hair products and face products and everything in between. If you don’t have adequate storage, it can be impossible to keep it all organized. A bathroom remodel can give you the storage space of your dreams. 
  • Bathroom Safety Concerns – The combination of a wet floor and hard surfaces make for many bathroom injuries. Floors can get slippery causing falls. Nighttime lighting may not be adequate. Poor ventilation can cause mold and mildew leading to allergies and asthma. Fixing issues before accidents happen is a good reason to invest in bathroom renovation. 
  • Increase Energy Efficiency – Did you know that 65% of the water used in your home comes from the bathroom? Because there is so much water wasted in the home, it’s important to do what we can with energy efficient upgrades. 

Benefits of Renovating Your Bathroom 

Sometimes a bathroom redo is as simple as swapping fixtures. Other times it may be a complete gut job.  Depending on what exactly you would like to change, our bathroom remodeling projects in Louisville, KY can include:

  • Save Money – A bathroom remodel will pay off immediately by replacing leaky faucets, or a water-efficient toilet that can save you big on utility costs. In the long run, a bathroom remodel will pay for itself, and sometimes pays more than 100% value in resale costs. 
  • Create a Space for Enjoyment and Relaxation – Performing your daily rituals in a messy, inefficient space can cause stress and frustration. With a renovation, you can unwind in a spa-like space to help you relax and soothe your stress away. 
  • Reduce Clutter – Poorly designed bathrooms invite clutter, so when you renovate, you can increase storage capacity with the smart designs available in today’s cabinetry. You can finally find discreet homes for your towels, cleaners, toiletries, and medicines.
  • Become More Eco-Friendly – A new renovation doesn’t have to make waste. In fact, your new space can be more eco-friendly by repurposing an older sink, saving it from a landfill or choosing fixtures and materials from eco-friendly companies developing energy efficient, biodegradable, or recyclable products. 
  • You Can Add More Space to Your Bathroom – You don’t have to add on a home extension to create more space in your bathroom. Changing up the layout and using space-saving fixtures can actually add space while working with what you have. 
  • Homebuyers Look for Remodeled Bathrooms – Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the biggest money makers in your home. Homebuyers look to these rooms first and will judge the rest of the home based on these spaces. If your bathroom carries a “wow” factor, it will pay off when you put it on the market. 
  • Correct Certain Features – There may be certain aspects to your bathroom that have caused problems from the very beginning. It could be a sink that perpetually drips or cracked tiles you never fixed, these small features can irritate over time and a bathroom renovation gives you the opportunity to fix any components of your bathroom you’d rather not deal with. 
  • More Luxurious & Modern – Sometimes a remodel comes just because you want to update your space with luxury and modern elements. There are countless innovations for bathrooms from jacuzzi tubs to touchless faucets and rain-like shower heads. The possibilities are endless for you to have your very own spa in your bathroom.

The Process of Remodeling a Bathroom

If you’re working with a small space, or an awkwardly shaped bathroom with quirky pipework, you may have your work cut out for you. However, not all bathroom renovations require you to spend your life savings or re-do all of the piping in your home. In fact, there are many ways to create a whole new space on a shoestring budget.

  1. Your Bathroom Layout – Step one is to get accurate measurements of your current space to plan the layout and maximize every single inch. Designing a bathroom layout you will love allows you to create the space of your dreams. You can tweak and edit the design on paper to make it uniquely yours. When you’re completely satisfied that each part of your bathroom meets your needs, it’s time to get started. 
  2. Electrical First – Finding an electrician early can be beneficial for any rewiring, lighting schemes and the addition of an electric shower or shower pump. If you use a general contractor, they will take care of this for you. A plumber and electrician will work together to plan their jobs according to your remodel schedule. 
  3. Choosing Sanitaryware – All sanitaryware (toilets, sinks, showers, tubs) use both hot and cold pipes. You must choose these fixtures first and ensure the hot and cold pipes and waste are in the correct positions before moving on to other areas.
  4. Mix and match to make savings – Sometimes you can mix and match fixtures to save money in the overall cost of your renovation. Perhaps you can repurpose some of what you already have, or shop salvage sales to find what you want at a lower price. 
  5. Waterproofing – Consider using backer boards to line bathroom walls and shower enclosures to provide a completely waterproof area that is insulated as well. This type of waterproofing will limit the risk of leaks in your new space.
  6. Include Tech – If you’re already installing new features, consider upgrading to “smart” bathroom fixtures like motion-detected faucets, smart home fans, waterproof televisions, built-in lighting, etc. These techy additions can really add a special element to your space but should be planned for in advance so wiring can be added if necessary. 
  7. Install Mirrors – The mirrors used in a bathroom can really make or break your space. Consider going big with your mirrors to give the illusion of a bigger space. Framed mirrors can also give a more polished look but should be planned out ahead of time, so you get the correct sizing.  
  8. Conceal Pipework – For a clean look, ask the plumber to conceal pipework in flooring, ceilings, and boxing wherever possible. This makes tiling and laying flooring much easier and gives a beautiful finish. Of course, vital components will need to be accessible in the event of a leak, but concealing pipework is a simple upgrade that can make a big difference.
  9. Install Recommend Lighting – Lighting should be an essential element of your bathroom renovation. Most bathrooms do not get any form of natural light. This means, you’ll need to ensure your lighting is adequate for your space. You may want to splurge on a vanity fixture around the existing mirror or upgraded lighting in the shower. These changes can completely update and change the entire look of your space. 

Design Tips and Advice on Remodeling Your Bathroom 

Bathrooms are the number one place that homeowners remodel. Why? Because it’s smaller than a kitchen, so it’s less overwhelming – and it’s a space you use every day. Plus, a renovated bathroom pays off big time in both usability and resale value. 

  • Pick the Right Flooring – Pick flooring that is designed to stand up against the rigors of daily bathroom use. Wood flooring is not recommended in a bathroom. Instead, choose tile or vinyl flooring.
  • Bathroom Lighting Matters – The lighting is perhaps the most important bathroom element, so choose wisely. Consider adding lighting around the mirror can be a huge improvement. Separate lighting for the toilet/shower as well as powerful overhead lighting can be great additions. Of course, because bathrooms are often used at night, a dimmer switch is a great idea to see your way without blinding lights at 2 AM.
  • Add One Freestanding Piece – If you have the space, add one freestanding piece such as a chair or cupboard as a design element. This piece can be both practical and decorative but adds an element of elegance to the space. 
  • Add More Opportunities to Hang Items – Hooks are by far the easiest bathroom improvement. They create space almost instantly and can be used for anything from clothing to robes or bathroom towels. Add hooks on the back of the door, the side of cabinets, or on unused sections of walls.

  • Include More Mirrors in the Bathroom – Think outside the box when it comes to bathroom mirrors. When used carefully, they can expand the room visually and add light. Consider adding a second mirror somewhere else in the space in addition to the primary mirror above the sink. 

  • Know the Remodeling Cost – Plan out your budget before you start tearing down walls. It’s important to have your expectations in perspective and know what you’re willing to invest into your space. The size of your bathroom, quality of materials, and any layout or plumbing changes will all affect the cost of a remodel.
  • Understand Standard Bathroom Dimension – Many bathroom fixtures come in “standard” sizing. This is important to keep in mind as you renovate your space, especially if you’re considering changing the layout. While custom fixtures may be an option, they will significantly increase both the cost and the timeline. Below are standard dimensions of your bathroom fixtures: 
  • Tubs – Standard tubs with apron fronts are 60 inches long and 30 to 32 inches wide. The depth can be between 14-20 inches 
    • Showers – Showers are required to have a minimum of 32 by 32 inches of interior space, but most are 36 by 36 square.
    • Toilets – Toilets need a space at least 30 inches wide and 54 inches long but 36 inches by 60 inches is much more comfortable. 
    • Single sinks – For a single sink, you need at least 30 inches of width, but 36 – 48 inches is standard. 
    • Double sinks – Minimum space required for two sinks is 60 inches, but 72 inches will give you more counter space.
  • Plan the Right Height for Your Sink – Be sure to plan for either an above-counter sink or built-in sink and how that may affect the height of your countertops. Typical countertops are 32 to 34 inches off the floor. An above-counter vessel sink may require lower countertops. 

  • Pick the Right Vanity – A vanity that is too big will disrupt the flow of your bathroom. One that is too small won’t provide enough space. Choose a vanity that is the right height, width, and the best material for your space.
  • Double Check Your Tile Size – Surprisingly, most tile is sold in European sizing (millimeters), and so a 12-inch tile isn’t exactly 12-inches. Measure your tile in person and plan accordingly. 

Bathroom Styles That Enhance the Beauty

Your bathroom is a personal space and should reflect your own individual personality. Whether it is sleek modern style you love or a more rustic touch you crave, there is a bathroom style perfect for you. 

  • Modern Style Bathroom – In a modern bathroom you’ll notice bold colors, chrome accents and a high amount of contrast. Modern design calls for crisp and clean lines with sparse elements and minimal fixtures. 

  • Traditional Style Bathroom – A traditional style bathroom will emphasize comfort, functionality, and practicality. The colors are typically neutral while fixtures are relaxing and inviting. Glass, tile, and marble are all parts of a traditional bathroom style. 

  • Beach Style Bathroom – A beach bathroom utilizes watery hues of paint and décor. Ocean themes can be found in tile work, showers, and fixtures. Sand, seashells, jute, straw, and crisp white accents all contribute to a beachy oasis. 

  • Craftsman-Style Bathroom – It’s all in the details in a craftsman-style bathroom. Ornate cabinetry, artisanal furniture, detailed art, all elements that are durable, long-lasting, practical, and functional. 

  • Farmhouse Style Bathroom – A farmhouse style bathroom brings the barnyard into the home with wire baskets, sliding barn doors, distressed finishes, handcrafted details, and an open, casual feel. 

  • Transitional Style Bathroom – If she wants modern but he wants traditional –a transitional style is the best of both worlds. This style mixes a little bit of the old with a little bit of the new. 

  • Contemporary Style Bathroom –  This is the most popular bathroom style. Almost 30 percent of all renovations fall into this category. It is characterized by open space, straight lines, and a clutter-free look.

Do’s and Don’ts For Bathroom Remodel 

Do:

  • Gather design inspirations first, this will help guide the remodel process and keep you from changing your mind over and over again. 
  • Keep high-end items neutral rather than spending money on something that is too unique and eclectic. 
  • Spend your money on high end lighting that is critical to the overall look of the bathroom. 
  • Splurge on the shower that you use every day. Add in the bench, make it bigger, go for the built-in soap dish. It’ll pay off every time you use it. 

Don’t:

  • Go for the statement-making bathtub. It may look beautiful but is often impractical and a waste of space. 
  • Forget your budget. When you’re shopping for finishes, it can be easy to go overboard. Keep things in line and don’t blow your bottom line. 
  • Forget about storage when shopping for your new bathroom. Always look for options with extra hidden storage. 
  • Skimp on the vanity, it is a pivotal space in your bathroom that serves an important role, make sure you choose one you love. 
  • Assume your contractor is on the same page. Always communicate clearly so your expectations are understood. 
  • Forget to install accessible outlets anywhere and everywhere you will use them.

How Long Does It Take to Remodel a Bathroom? 

It’s easy to assume your bathroom remodel will be completed from start to finish over the weekend. More often than not, that is not the case. There are several factors that can affect a bathroom remodel timeline. 

  • Is the project a cosmetic remodel or a strip-to-the-studs rebuild? If you’re stripping to the studs, you’re looking at a significantly longer timeline and you should have another bathroom that you can use while the renovation is completed. 
  • Are you doing the work yourself or are you hiring a contractor? A contractor will get the job done significantly faster than you can do it yourself. They have access to subcontractors who will show up on time, and because this is their full-time job, they have a vested interest to get it done quickly.  
  • If you’re hiring the work out, is the contractor an owner-operator, or is he subcontracting electricians, plumbers, and carpenters? A single owner-operator remodeler is usually cheaper, but also takes longer than a general contractor. Because an owner-operator is juggling multiple jobs while working on their own, your job will take longer to finish. 
  • Are all materials readily available or are they special-order goods that may cause you to wait for delivery? Special order projects or customized materials will take several weeks longer to arrive than materials that are readily available. 

FAQs about Bathroom Remodeling

Everything! You can renovate any part of your bathroom you’d like or complete the entire job at once. The more elements you renovate, the more expensive the cost. However, it’s often better to include all elements in one renovation rather than doing one thing at a time and having constant construction in your space. The main elements of a bathroom remodel include: 

  • Flooring
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Fixtures
  • Vanity and Countertops

This is always a tricky question to answer without specific information. If you’re doing a full bathroom remodel, plan to spend at least $3,500. On average, most homeowners spend anywhere from $6,500 to $15,000 on a beautiful master bathroom retreat. Typically, the labor cost accounts for approximately 50% of the total renovation budget.  

Typically, the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel is the tile work and plumbing. The most expensive area is the shower (which includes both tile and plumbing). 

Your bathroom remodel will pay off big time. You can expect to recoup at least 60 percent of your renovations cost in the resale of your home.

Are You Ready to Remodel?

Your bathroom is likely the most used room in your home. That’s what makes them a huge selling point in the real estate market in Louisville, KY. However, as a high-traffic area, bathrooms are likely to suffer from general wear and tear rather quickly. Putting some work into your bathroom will give you an immediate payoff next time you can enjoy your Monday morning without a cramped bathroom or take a hot shower in a beautiful setting. To create your own spa getaway, give us a call today for a free estimate.