Ultimate Guide to Remodeling a Bathroom

Whether you are planning to remodel your en suite bathroom or powder room, you always want the very best results from the project. The cost to remodel a bathroom in Indiana can range from $6,000 to $38,000! Investing that amount of money in anything is a big deal, and a bathroom remodel will be a permanent part of your home. To help you plan the perfect bathroom, we have put together this comprehensive guide to get the job done right. 

Goal

The first thing to do is set your goal. Your goals can widely vary depending on where the bathroom is located in your home, the bathroom size, and who generally uses it. Do you just want to update your current bathroom to a more modern style? Or, do you want to completely change the layout? If everything in your bathroom currently works and severs your needs, you probably just need to update the room and add your own style to it. If you have faulty plumbing, the whole bathroom will likely need to be redone, giving you the freedom to design it however you’d like. Do you have enough storage? If you already have a linen closet, simply hanging a new door or even repainting can help modernize the room. If you need more storage space, you should look into vanities or linen cabinets. Take time to think about your needs and prioritize your goals.

Budget

To update a half-bath or small bathroom can be done for under $5,000. While a large en suite bathroom can easily cost upwards of $25,000 for a complete remodel. If you are hesitant to invest that much, keep in mind that most homeowners will recoup 50% of the cost put into the project in their home value. A beautiful bathroom can be quite the selling point! You never want to cut corners when choosing your contractor or the materials. Check out claytonhoover.com/what-to-look-for-in-a-remodeling-contractor for tips on choosing the right contractor. The best way you can save money during a bathroom remodel is by keeping the layout relatively consistent. Unless you will already need plumbing work to be done, moving any plumbing will add a lot of extra cost to your renovation. You can also save money by planning your remodel during the fall or winter months when contractors have more time and lower costs. 

Design

Wet rooms are growing in popularity! Wet rooms have a reputation for making your bathroom look much larger, raising your housing value, and tend to be handicap accessible. Unlike traditional bathrooms, wet rooms are fully waterproof and have little to no division between the shower, bathtub, toilet, and sink. However, you trade off storage and a spot for things to stay dry. Whichever route you choose, a wet room or a traditional bathroom, you should look into the following materials when planning your design: 

  • Ceramic tile

  • Water-based latex paint

  • Lighting 

  • Fan/Ventilation

  • Fixtures (faucets, sinks, toilets, showerheads, bathtubs, towel bars, etc.)

  • Storage (pedestal sink vs. vanity, linen closet vs. cabinet, open shelves vs. drawers, etc.) 

You can see our partners and where to shop for materials at claytonhoover.com/bathrooms.

Professionals

When you are ready to start your remodel or if you need a little more help planning the design, you should start looking for a reputable contractor. Selecting the right contractor can save you time, money, and stress. It’s well worth it to find the perfect contractor for the job. 

  • Look local. Contractors in the South Bend area will be close by if you need anything. 

  • Ask friends and family for referrals.

  • Meet with multiple (at least 3) contractors.

  • Request work samples (before and after photos) from previous jobs.

  • Ask the contractors if your design will work or how they might change/improve it.

  • Get written estimates before you sign a contract.

  • Check the contractor’s licenses and insurance. 

When you ask the right questions, you can find the right remodeling contractor.

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