Bathroom Remodeling | Best Pick Reports

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.