May

01

Insight on Bathroom Remodeling Trends

No longer just a utilitarian space, today’s bathroom can be a place of luxury and convenience. “Achieving this is a matter of keeping up with the latest design elements,” said Marie Owens, designer with Callen. “There are many common themes incorporated into this year’s bathroom remodels, including man-made products that mimic natural materials, plenty of texture, and decorative details,” added Marie. So, if contemplating a bathroom renovation, here are some popular trends to consider for the remodeled space.

Insight on Bathroom Remodeling TrendsRecent technological advances have led to porcelain tile that looks exactly like hardwood flooring. “There are plenty of colors and plank sizes to choose from, allowing for the creation of everything from a rustic to modern aesthetic,” Marie said. “Additionally, because porcelain is not a natural material like wood, it can get wet and the only maintenance required is a basic cleaning.”

Next, are decorative shower niches, which are getting a little something extra – beautiful accent tiles. The design element not only adds a focal point to the bathroom, but also helps to break up the shower wall. Additionally, it can allow for the introduction of color into the space.

Another trend is utilizing engineered stone instead of marble. “Quartz and porcelain do a beautiful job of impersonating marble down to the veins. Plus, they offer a slew of benefits,’ she said. “Unlike a natural marble stone, these materials are non-porous and do not need to be sealed. Their non-porous nature also means that tile or countertops will not stain should something accidentally spill.”

White on white follows. White is considered to be the color of perfection, evoking a feeling of wholeness and completion. With this current trend, various shades of white cabinetry, countertops, and tile are all working together to create a striking, monochromatic space.

Next is texture, which is being incorporated into a bathroom space to create interest. “Texture is particularly used in monochromatic color schemes,” said Marie. “This includes textured wallpaper, tiles, glass, and metals.”

While not considered a necessity, many homeowners are opting for heated flooring in their master bath. This popular amenity is a welcome comfort during the cold winter months, plus it can be programmed to make it more energy efficient.

Lastly, sound systems are incorporated into the bathroom design. For many, music is a part of their morning routine. “Therefore, more bathrooms have blue tooth speakers installed into the ceiling or showerheads with music streaming capabilities,” she said.

Sep

26

Where Your Money Goes in a Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular home remodeling projects for a homeowner to undertake. Multiple factors are involved that can cause renovation costs to fluctuate from $5,000 -10,000 on the low end, up to $50,000 or more for a full luxury master bath remodel. As you plan your budget, take a look at this basic cost breakdown to get an idea of where your money will be going.

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Minor bathroom remodeling in Brookfield, WI, can be very affordable. If, however, more extensive renovations are planned, labor costs can quickly rise. On average, 60-70% of bathroom remodeling costs are labor and associated expenses, with only 30-40% covering finished bathroom products like the sink, bathtub, and flooring. Keep in mind your goals for the project to keep costs in check. If you’re planning on moving in a few years, a “refresh” instead of a complete overhaul of your bathroom is more appropriate.

Plumbing Relocation

One of the biggest factors that will determine labor costs for a bathroom remodel is whether or not the project will require relocation of plumbing, which entails a considerable cost increase in labor and expenses. Due to the high moisture content in bathrooms, it’s possible that unexpected problems such as mold, rot, or outdated plumbing or wiring can pop up when you tear things out. These issues will have to be remediated before proceeding. When determining your budget, plan some wiggle room and consult with an experienced contractor who will help you know what to expect.

Tile Installation

The other component that tends to increase labor costs is the choice of tile for bathroom flooring, backsplashes, and tub and shower surrounds. Tile installation is time-consuming and laborious. While smaller tiles tend to be less expensive, they also take longer to install which means more labor charges. Customized inserts will also increase expenses, as the cost to cut them can range from $12-$40 for each insert.

Callen, the leader in bathroom remodeling in Waukesha, WI, has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you plan the perfect bathroom remodel. Just give us a call today at 414-765-2585 for a free consultation!

Mar

07

How to Plan for Your Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling a bathroom may seem like it’s not as extensive a project as a kitchen. After all, you’re working with basically four pieces – tub, toilet, shower, sink. But just like any other renovation, careful planning is necessary to ensure a successful outcome.

“There needs to be forethought before the project begins,” said Paulette Sodemann, a designer for Callen Construction. “Important considerations should be answered before you get started. It will be helpful for you to make a project plan to understand the steps necessary to get the job done.

“As you start planning your project, consider your lifestyle and how the bathroom fits into the picture,” Paulette advised. “Consider how you’re using it now and what you want this remodel to accomplish.”

March - bathroomHow long will you be in the home?

How long you plan to be in your home is a huge factor in the decision-making process.

“This will determine how much work and effort you will put into remodeling the bathroom. If this will be your home for the long haul, then you can give it a complete makeover, budget permitting. If you plan to move out in a couple of years, a refresh to increase the value of the house makes sense. Either way, this is something to consider so you and your designer can plan accordingly,” she said.

Know your budget.

It’s critical to decide what your budget will be. Know how much you want to spend and then plan for an additional 10 to 20 percent in a contingency fund for unexpected expenses. When you know your budget, the contractor can make the proper recommendations and help you prioritize your decisions.

Keep in mind that new configurations of tub, sink, or toilet may require additional plumbing and pipe placement, which also impacts the budget. It’s important to factor that into your overall plan and budget from the beginning.

Determine your wants and wishes.

Check out websites like Pinterest and Houzz, as well as shelter magazines and Callen’s project gallery on its website, to gather ideas of what you would like your new space to look like. Draw up a list of features you need to have and features you wish you could have. This will help your designer create a plan based on what you want to spend and the space available.

“There are many decisions when it comes to materials and finishes in the bathroom. This extends to cabinetry, flooring, backsplashes, countertops, lighting, exhaust fans, faucets, sinks, and more,” Paulette said. “Your designer should discuss with you different price points and differences in quality, maintenance, and durability.

“If this is your home for life, you also want to consider features that will allow you to remain in your home, should health or mobility issues become part of the picture in later years,” she said.

Find the right contractor.

Choose a contractor who has an established business and is knowledgeable about interior remodeling. Ask for references and follow-up on them.

Another key thing to consider is whether you have a comfort level with him/her. Can you communicate easily? While the contractor may not be the person who will be on-the-job daily, he should brief you on who will be, and how available they are for questions and project updates.

Expect the unexpected.

“Before you undertake your remodeling project, keep in mind that once that tub or shower is ripped out, the plumbing behind the wall may need to be updated, the same with electrical and the overall condition of the walls,” Paulette said. “There may have been an undetected leak and you might have a mold problem. This is something that your contractor will be able to remediate, but you need to be prepared that this can delay the project’s timeline and incur additional expense. If you are prepared for the unexpected, the process will be much less stressful.”

For more information on planning a bathroom remodel, or to schedule an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.

Feb

15

5 Tips to Preserve a New Bathroom Feel

You spent a great deal of time preparing for a new bathroom, collecting photos of design ideas, discussing plans with design professionals, and then observing the renovation occur.

The project is now finished, and you are able to fully experience your bathroom. To keep your bathroom looking as good as the day the project was finished, Callen offers five tips to preserve the look and feel of your new bathroom.

1. Remain clutter free by using storage space.

The remodeled bathroom likely has a vanity cabinet or recessed medicine cabinet with ample storage. Be sure to properly use the storage space to keep countertops and the floor clear, which will make the space easier to clean.

Callen Blog Photo - 5 Tips to Preserve a New Bathroom Feel 0215162. Daily maintenance of the new space.

Taking a few minutes each day to tidy the space is the most efficient way to keep the bathroom looking new. Removing moisture, hair, soap scum, and dirt daily will ensure the space does not look dingy, plus it will protect the new fixtures and materials.

One example is the glass shower enclosure. There is soap residue after each shower that if allowed to build up becomes tough to clean. It also leaves water spots, which can etch the glass causing irreversible damage. Use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to wipe down the shower after each use to prolong the life of your glass shower.

Daily cleaning also helps the sink and faucets. Be sure to rinse away soap residue and wipe the sink and faucets with a microfiber cloth.

3. Establish a periodic cleaning routine.

The following are tips to be completed occasionally to keep the new bathroom glistening:

  • Scrub shower heads with an all-purpose cleaner, or depending on the finish, use a softer cloth. Every-other month clean the shower head by securing a plastic bag filled with undiluted white vinegar over the showerhead. Leave it in place overnight, and the next day scrub the shower head and run hot water through it.
  • Spray the glass shower enclosure with a cleaner and wipe it down using a microfiber cloth. For built up dirt, you could occasionally wipe the glass with a dryer sheet.
  • For a tub, tile walls, and floor, run hot water with the bathroom door closed before cleaning. Steam and heat help to loosen dirt and make cleaning easier. You can use a standard or disinfectant cleaner unless otherwise instructed.

4. Consider natural alternatives to cleaning the space.

Everyday household products like vinegar and baking soda can be very effective in keeping your new bathroom clean. Here are a few examples:

  • Let vinegar sit in metal tracks around a shower door to loosen dirt and then wipe clean.
  • Use baking soda to clean grout lines.
  • Use fans and natural light to remove moisture.

5. Some products or finishes may require special care.

Your bathroom design expert should instruct you if there are any special cleaning requirements for your products. Most products used in a bathroom are designed to wear well and withstand moisture and dirt. Be informed before finalizing product selections if your chosen faucets, countertop, or floor need a special care routine.

If considering a bathroom remodeling project, contemplate picking an easier to maintain design. A frameless shower, for example, is simpler to clean than one with a metal frame or tracks. An open shower design is another option, one that gives your bathroom a spa feel, is accessible, and straightforward to maintain.

Callen Can Get You Underway

Callen’s bathroom designers have plenty of bathroom concepts to get the ball rolling on your ideal design. Call Callen, the leading remodeling company in Brookfield, for inspiration on how to get started with bathroom and kitchen remodeling in Milwaukee.