Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

If your bathroom is reminiscent of decades gone by – complete with peeling linoleum and pastel tiles – it’s definitely time to think about changing the look. As you begin the redesign process, keep in mind that bathroom remodeling is a serious undertaking, and costs can quickly escalate if you go in without a plan. Fortunately, there are several places where you can reduce costs and save money when it comes to furnishing your new bathroom, while still creating a beautiful, modern space in which to begin and end your day.

  • Accessories. Little touches make a huge difference, but when it comes to bathroom accessories like cabinet hardware, faucets and showerheads, you don’t have to go all-out right away to get the look you want. There are a lot of attractive and affordable options to tide you over until you’re ready to switch them out for upgraded models. So for now, resist the temptation to splurge on high-end alternatives.
  • Mirrors. There’s no denying that contractor-grade frameless mirrors are a little boring, but hold off on buying an expensive replacement. It’s actually quite easy to add decorative trim yourself, or even find a frame that will fit your existing mirror, both of which can be done at your leisure when you have the extra time and money.
  • Vanities. If you have a creative eye, consider thinking outside the box when it comes to your bathroom vanity. With a little imagination, an old piece of garage sale furniture can be turned into a stunning bathroom vanity for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new one. For the countertop, look into granite remnants, which are pieces left over from big jobs that can often be purchased at a discounted rate.
  • Plumbing fixtures. As labor costs make up 50-75% of your bathroom remodel (assuming you’re contracting out the work to a remodeling company), avoid relocating the sink, toilet and tub/shower if at all possible. Using existing piping can save you up to $5,000 in labor per fixture, so it’s definitely worth the effort to design your remodel around what’s already there.

If you’re planning on doing some remodeling but aren’t quite sure where to start, Callen Construction can help. We have talented design specialists who would love to assist you in creating the bathroom desire. Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 to set up a consultation.



Remodeling Trends: The Comeback of Bronze

Stainless steel finishes have been en vogue for the past decade or so, along with nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze, but lately the warmer touch of classic bronze is starting to make a return to the home remodeling scene. Take a look at these innovative new products that can bring the glow of bronze into your home.

Unique Pendants

Pendant lights are becoming increasingly popular. If you are planning for kitchen remodeling in Milwaukee, Callen Construction can install slim-profile pendant lights over your kitchen island, or pendants with wider mounts for the perfect focal point for your entryway or dining room. The combination of a rich bronze fixture with colored glass can result in an elegant look or a more modern, utilitarian feel, depending on the style of your light. Either way, the turn away from chrome and steel will lend a much softer look to the space.

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The warm tones of bronze are also appearing on other surfaces. Paint colors are evolving, and many homeowners are finding that a little metallic shimmer on the walls can really brighten a room. Others are transitioning from the more limited color options of granite countertops to counters made of recycled glass. Glass countertops can be applied wherever natural stone is used, and shards of crushed glass (incorporated during the manufacturing process) in shades of amber and flint are the perfect complement to bronze fixtures. Other common applications are in surrounds and architectural cladding.

Natural Cooling

Cool roof tiles are an ingenious product developed to reduce cooling costs by reflecting solar heat back into the atmosphere. This can dramatically decrease the temperature of a building by as much as 20%. Not only are your energy savings increased, it is also better for the environment and increases the life of your roof. While there are a wide range of tile colors available, choose tiles in tones of weathered bronze and grey to get in on the growing bronze trend.

If you would like to add a little extra shine to your home, call Callen for expert interior renovations, kitchen remodeling, and bathroom remodeling in Waukesha, WI. Our talented design team looks forward to helping you create a more beautiful interior space.