Is there a bathroom remodel or repair in your future?

Three common things I hear that prompts a bathroom remodel:





My must-do ideas when remodeling a bathroom:

  • GRANITE COUNTERS: I start by searching for a solid slab remnant as a cost effective way to eliminate grout.  Another plus, granite or marble counters can become the focal point of the room.
  • FLOOR TILE: I use nothing smaller than 12×12 floor tiles that are set with a gap no larger than 1/8″ together minimizing the grout lines that can stain over time. Don’t forget to maintain the tile every year by sealing it with the proper treatments if it’s natural stone.
  • GROUT COLOR: Selecting a grout color for the floor and shower is important to cut down on the amount of possible stains that can accumulate over the years.
  • ADJUSTABLE SHOWER HEAD: I always suggest adding an additional shower head on a diverter valve that is hand held for cleaning and rinsing the shower. Most hand held shower heads can be mounted on an adjustable slide bar that doubles as a grab bar.
  • SHAMPOO STORAGE: Adding shampoo niches are a must in the shower to gain storage. There are many sizes that can be custom made to accommodate anybody and any amount of hair product. If there is an opportunity to install a bench I suggest  a floating style so there is room to store items under it.
  • EXTRA SPACE: There are tricks in custom cabinetry to give bathrooms more storage space.  When choosing new cabinets,  I prefer full extension drawer guides.  Increasing the depth and height of the cabinets will also add space.
  • LIGHTING: Minimize shadow lines and maximize visibility by adding lights on each side of the mirror rather than only above  the mirror.  Also, add appropriate lighting in your shower based on size and tile color.   To make general lighting effective, new technology allows recessed lighting to be used without any glare from the ceiling.


Luxury additions:

  • FLOOR HEAT: Installing electric floor heat is essential to give a luxury feel to any bathroom.  Floor heat can be placed anywhere in the bathroom even under tile in the shower floor. I always install a programmable thermostat so your floor is warm when you get up and shuts off when you are away so there is no electricity wasted.
  • ACCESSORY LIGHTING: Lighting can add a dramatic difference to a room.  Add indirect lighting on a separate switch that is easy on the eyes in the middle of the night, such as under the toe kick in the cabinet, behind an elevated mirror on the wall, in the ceiling with diffusers, or in the side of a skylight cavity.  Add direct lighting to highlight areas in the bathroom.
  • TOWEL WARMER: While the electrician is adding new wiring,  running a line for a towel warmer is an easy upgrade if you have the space to hang one on the wall.
  • ADD SPEAKERS: Consider adding speakers in the wall or ceiling if you enjoy listening to music while soaking in the tub or hearing the news report while in the shower before work.


Consider these changes in your bathroom remodel and you will have an amazing new master bath that becomes your relaxing haven.

Ask about these other items for your bathroom remodel or updating project.  Framed vanity mirror, floor tile layout and design, contrasting colors, natural stone vs. porcelain tile, curbless shower, steam shower, Marmoleum, cork flooring, current local codes and requirements, instant endless hot water, frameless shower door, and  body sprays.


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