Chicago Bathroom Remodeling Decisions to Consider

Expansion or modernization? While the primary concern of many homeowners is improving the appearance of the existing bathroom, others have larger plans. Some seek to create a master bedroom, master bathroom, and walk-in closet out of two smaller bedrooms. Still others want to create a bathroom suited to their own special needs, such as handicap accessibility. If the design change is radical, consider seeking the advice of a qualified architect.

What type of vanity/countertop? Many homeowners prefer custom-designed cabinets and countertops. Others choose pre-manufactured, off-the-shelf options. In general, off-the-shelf options are more cost-effective. Additionally, a wide variety of materials are used for bathroom countertops, including cultured marble, man-made solid surfaces, and natural solid surfaces such as granite and tile. While prices of natural solid surfaces vary widely, they are usually more expensive than man-made solid surfaces.

What type of shower or bathtub? A wide variety of shower or bathtub options exist. Some homeowners choose pre-manufactured, one-piece shower stalls. Others combine a pre-manufactured, one-piece shower pan or bathtub with tiled walls. Others use all tile or natural solid surfaces for the walls, and some prefer custom-made, glass shower-stall walls. In general, most of the materials used for countertops are available for shower-stall walls or pre-manufactured, one-piece shower stalls, tubs, or shower pans.

What type of fixtures? A wide variety of fixtures at a wide variety of price points are currently available. A high-quality bathroom-remodeling contractor will suggest showrooms that showcase products for various budgets and tastes.