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Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 21, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

Few things date your Rochester-area home more than an outdated bathroom. It’s understandable, it’s no small task to change out bathtubs, sinks, cabinets, and fixtures. Sometimes homeowners ignore their main bath—reasoning that nobody else sees it. But you see your bathroom . . . every . . . single . . . day. It’s one of the most-used rooms in your house. It can affect the way you feel about your whole house. With that in mind, let’s look at some bathroom remodeling trends for 2019 that can give your bathroom a fresh and invigorating look and feel.

The Art of the Bathroom

Using pieces of fine art in your bathroom gives it a whole different feel.  A simple piece of bold artwork lends an unmistakable look to elegance to the whole room. Adding artwork can be effective in your main/master bathroom or in a powder room. And don’t be afraid to use a large painting in a small powder room. The impact can be impressive.

A Spa-Like Look

Homeowners are increasingly creating spa-like looks in their bathrooms. And while you want your bathroom to be comfortable, convenient, and functional, the trend in bathrooms is to make them inviting and visually interesting.

A Concrete Solution

Concrete is being used more and more for sink basins, walls, countertops, and floors. It really can work beautifully when combined with wood, porcelain, or steel accents. A nice feature of concrete is that it’s durable and easy to maintain. It’s a bit more of a sleek, modern look, so you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with that style.

Don’t Lose Your Marble(s)

In-vogue counter and flooring materials come and go. Classic styles remain (and here’s an article that highlights why that’s important). Marble—especially white-and-grey combinations have a timeless beauty that remains popular. There is a richness to the look and feel of this material. And the neutral color lends itself to bold accent colors.

Industrial Design Hits the Bathroom

Industrial design has been popular for a while, but now it’s moved into the bathroom. One way that’s playing out is by having sinks and even showers that use exposed pipes. When done carefully (and tastefully) this industrial look provides a clean, sleek design. Some homeowners lean toward a softer “Polished Industrial Style” such as you see pictured here. It still gives a clean and sleek look, but with a touch more warmth.

White Can Be Alright

There is a lot of white being used in baths these days. Many people love the brightness is brings to the room. Too much white, however, can be overpowering or even make the room feel sterile. As a result, there are a lot of bathrooms being created today that use a strong white background (including white subway tiles) with bold black accents or natural wood accents to warm things up.

Of course, there's more to consider than just the look of your bathroom when you're thinking about a remodeling project. Here’s a helpful article that reminds you about four essential things to think about before you begin the process.

 

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Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Bathroom Design

What to Expect During a Bathroom Remodel

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

On the surface, remodeling the bathroom in your Rochester-area home seems fairly simple. But like any other remodeling project you take on for your home, there are little twists and turns involved in the process. It’s not just your bathroom that’s affected by the project, either. It can require some adjustments in your daily lifestyle as well. Being prepared ahead of time makes all the difference in the world. Let’s take a look at what to expect during a bathroom remodel—and some tips that can make things much less stressful for you.

How Long Is This Going to Take?

A significant remodeling of your bathroom isn’t an overnight endeavor. There are a number of steps in the process required to do a thorough and professional job. Here’s a kind of overview chart of the steps you can expect along the way—including how much time each one takes.

Task

Days

Details

Demolition

2

 

Carpentry

2

You may not need this step depending on the existing structure

Plumbing

1-2

This can take longer if you’re instating a tub or a toilet

Electrical

1-2

This only covers getting the necessary wiring to the bathroom

1st Inspection

1

The inspection itself doesn’t take long but getting scheduled can be an issue. This is out of the contractor's control

Insulation

.5

 

Drywall install

1

 

Drywall finish

2

This includes all the prep work so walls can be painted

Paint

1

 

Final Inspection

1

Once again, the inspection doesn’t take long, but you are somewhat at the mercy of the inspectors

Tilework

2

If you are not doing any tile work, this doesn’t apply

Cabinetry

1

 

Flooring

2

The type of flooring you are installing will affect how long it takes. Vinyl probably takes half a day. Tile or engineered wood will take a little longer

Hookups & Fixtures

2

This includes connecting toilet, sinks, faucets, etc.

Misc.

1.5

It’s always wise to allow for unforeseen issues.

TOTAL

23

 

* Adapted from https://www.thespruce.com/how-long-to-remodel-small-bathroom-1821360


These times are not set in stone, but they provide a sense of what actually goes into your remodel—and why the process may take four weeks or so. More complex remodels will obviously take longer.
 

How Will This Impact Daily Living?

Let’s talk a bit about what you can expect during the process. First of all, you’ll need to become accustomed to someone else being in your house all day. In addition, you won’t have access to your bathroom. That means setting up an alternative place to get ready for work or wind down for the night. Get all of your supplies organized ahead of time so that you’re not scrambling and trying to find what you need at the last minute. Here are some other things you’ll need to adjust to.

It Will Be Noisy: That’ just the nature of construction. Electric saws, drills, hammers, and air compressors are not quiet tools of the trade. You may need to make alternate plans if you work from home. If you have small children that nap, you’ll probably want to find another place for them to do that.

You’ll Deal With Dust: Some contractors seal of the rooms in which they’re working. That helps, but it doesn’t eliminate dust. It’s not a bad idea to cover furniture with sheets to protect them. It may be tempting to run your furnace fan to capture some of the dust, but you’re more likely to simply spread the dust around. Keep an eye on sensitive equipment (computers) and clean them regularly.

Expect the Unexpected: You can pretty much count on running into an unexpected problem or two. It could be the previous wiring that's not up to code or framing that wasn't done properly. You may run into plumbing that is convoluted and needs to be redone. Most of these things can't be detected until your contractor starts the job. It's a good idea to budget a little extra money (and time) for these "surprises."

Changes: You’ll want to plan as carefully as possible up front. But sometimes you’ll see something that just isn’t the way you wanted it. It’s not the end of the world. Just make sure you’re equipped to deal with a bit of extra cost (and time) to get what you really want.

Unexpected Delays: There may be situations in which the manufacturer said your tile or your cabinets or your light fixtures would be ready in two weeks. Then it takes four weeks for them to show up. Knowing that is a possibility ahead of time helps you to deal with the situation.

Be Prepared to Make Decisions: Often you may have to make minor (or even some big) decisions during the process. You’ll have to tell your contractor where you want an outlet installed or where you want a towel rack installed. There are many little decisions that can make a big difference in how comfortable your new bath is.

Preparation Keeps Stress at a Minimum

Let’s be honest: Remodeling is somewhat of a disruptive process. But the good news is that there are things you can do to keep life as normal as possible. Preparing yourself mentally really helps deal with the disruption. Having a good plan for how you’re going to deal without the use of your bathroom for a while makes it easier to do.

 

Another form of preparation that reduces your stress is to make as many decisions ahead of time as possible. Make sure you’re clear about what’s really important to you when you remodel. That doesn’t mean you can’t make small changes but being committed to your overall plan relieves you from last minute, pressure-filled decisions. It's also extremely helpful to have all the materials on hand (fixtures, tile, flooring, etc.) before the contractor actually needs them. You don’t want your remodeler waiting for materials.

 

Knowing what to expect helps prepare you for a much more enjoyable remodeling experience.

 

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2019 Costs of Bathroom Remodeling in Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 7, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

For decades, bathrooms and kitchens have been two of the most popular home remodeling projects. That's really not surprising since those two rooms are generally the most-used rooms in any home. No matter what room you're remodeling, you'll want to keep an eye on the costs. Here's a look at 2019 costs of bathroom remodeling in Rochester.

 

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Bathrooms Are a Little Different

While your kitchen may be visited frequently by other family members and guests, your bathroom is a little different. It is your own private space. You want to make it as comfortable and convenient as possible. You may even want to pamper yourself a bit with a spa-like bathroom. How far you want to go with adding luxury, of course, will impact the cost. It’s really up to you to decide what features are most important in your bathroom. To give you an idea of how the different levels of luxury, size, and features will affect your cost we’ll look at several different levels of remodeling.

 

The figures we’re using for this comparison come from the 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (© 2019 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling

2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com). We’re going to look at typical costs for three different types of bathroom remodels: A Midrange remodel; an upscale remodel, and a universal design (aging-in-place) remodel. First, we’ll define the basic project and then we’ll show the costs (and the return on investment) for each project.

 

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Midrange Bath Remodel

This type of project assumes the updating of an existing 5x7-foot bathroom. It entails replacing all fixtures to include 30x60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4x4-inch ceramic tile surround. The tub will be equipped with a new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control. A standard white toilet will also be installed. The vanity will consist of a solid-surface counter with integral sink. A recessed medicine cabinet with light will be installed. The floor will be finished with ceramic tile floor. And the room will be finished with vinyl wallpaper.

 

COST: Typically, a project like the one described here will run about $20,239 in the Rochester area. If you sell your home in the future, you should recover approximately $10,526 of your investment.

 

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Upscale Bath Remodel

The upscale bath remodel calls for expanding an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within the existing house footprint. The remodeler will relocate all fixtures. The remodeled bathroom will Include a 42x42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip. It will have a recessed shower caddy; body-spray fixtures; and a frameless glass enclosure. The plans also Include the installation of a freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets. Countertops will be stone and will include two sinks.  Two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting will also be installed. The contractor will add a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. All fixtures will be colored. For flooring, the remodeler will use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. General and spot lighting will also be added (including waterproof shower fixture). The cabinetry in the bathroom will have a custom drawer base with wall cabinets. This project also calls for extending any required HVAC and also includes the installation of electric in-floor heating.

 

COST: An upscale bathroom remodeling project such as this one will run about $64,438 in the Rochester area. If you sell your home in the future, you should recover approximately $29,521 of your investment.

 

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Universal Design Bath Remodel

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodel that is based on Universal Design, this update assumes the remodeling of an existing 5x7-foot space. The remodeled bathroom will be wheelchair-accessible (zero- threshold, 36-inch-wide door). It also includes the installation of flat-panel electrical switches at sitting level (36 to 42 inches above the floor). The project also calls for replacing the existing toilet with a comfort height fixture featuring an elongated bowl and bidet-type seat. The existing bathtub will be removed and replaced with a curbless, tiled, walk-in shower that has an adjustable showerhead, fa old-out seat, a thermostatic mixing valve, and a bi-directional glass door. The Universal Design remodel also calls for replacing existing flooring with electric radiant heat beneath new luxury vinyl tile flooring. The remodeler will Install an adaptive living vanity with easy-grasp handles and an adjustable mirror. LED lights will be installed along with infrared ceiling light, a night light, and an ultra-quiet vent fan with humidity-sensing controls. The contractor will install ceramic tiles on the walls with two contrasting color stripes. Nine towel bars that can support 250 pounds will be installed. The storage area will be reconfigured to be accessible from a seated position.

 

COST: If you’re looking at doing a universal design bathroom remodeling project like this one, you can expect to pay about $33,327 in the Rochester area. If you sell your home in the future, you should recover approximately $25,227 of your investment.

 

What Will YOUR Cost Be?

The figures you see posted here are “typical” costs for this kind of project in the Rochester area. Changes in the specific materials and in the exact scope of the project will affect the pricing. These figures do, however, provide a baseline or a framework so that you have a starting point for your particular plan. You’ll want to meet with your remodeler to talk through exactly what you want in your bathroom to ensure that the results meet your requirements. That will also give your remodeler the information necessary to give you an accurate estimate.

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The Fanfare of the Vanities: Which Vanity is Right for Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jan 1, 2019 @ 06:01 AM

If you’re building a new home in the Rochester area—or are considering a remodel of the bathroom in your existing home—one of the decisions you’ll face is what kind of bathroom vanity to install. The good news is that you’ll have no shortage of choices. The flip side of that is that not every vanity is right for every bathroom. How do you sort through the choices? Which vanity is right for your Rochester home?

Different Kinds of Bathrooms

Traditional Bathroom in Rochester NY custom home
 

First of all, you'll want to think about what kind of bathroom you're designing. If you're working on a small powder room, that allows you a lot more flexibility when making your vanity choice. Powder rooms are often unique, fun, quirky rooms that don't necessarily have to conform to the style in the rest of your home. These rooms lend themselves to bold or playful design elements. A Master Bathroom, on the other hand, will usually be tied into the style of the Master Bedroom. And you'll also be dealing with additional components (shower, tub, storage, etc.).  The same is true (to a lesser degree) with a guest bathroom.

In all three cases, you’ll be balancing the form and the function of the rooms. You’ll want to think about how the room looks and how it works to meet the needs of those who use it (whether that’s you or your guests).

Form

Bathroom Vanity in Rochester NY custom home
 

I’ve already alluded to the fact that a powder room can be eclectic, fun, and bold. Because powder rooms are generally small, you’ll want to take space into consideration. That’s where a pedestal sink (that actually doesn’t use a vanity at all) can be a good choice. It takes up less physical—and visual space. Antique cabinet vanities are also quite popular. That can work well if you have a family heirloom that doesn’t really fit the décor of the rest of your home. You can convert it into a powder room vanity.  You can see several examples in the illustration above. This kind of piece also lends itself to creative and distinctive sinks.  You can also take this approach in your guest bathroom or your Master Bathroom, but you’ll want to make sure you can coordinate the look with the other features in those rooms.

Function

Contemporary Bathroom Vanity in Custom Home in Rochester NY
 

Of course, you’ll also want to think about how the room will be used. Here’s an article that talks about what matters most in your Rochester bathroom. If storage space is a concern for you, a pedestal style sink may not be your ideal option. This is more of an issue in guest bathrooms and Master Bathrooms. Those rooms need to be comfortable and convenient for you (or guests) to get ready for the day or wind down at night. Make sure whatever style you choose provides enough room to store the things you need (towels, soap, makeup, shaving accessories, cleaning supplies).

Take a Look

Contemporary Wood Bathroom Vanity  in Custom Home in Rochester NY
 

Sometimes seeing your options is a big help in making your decision. Click here for a look at some of the bathrooms we’ve remodeled in the Rochester area. It will give you an idea of how to marry form and function. Want more ideas? As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of options!

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Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Custom homes, Bathroom Design, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 08:08 AM

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?Every year industry experts talk about the newest trends in the remodeling industry. You’ll hear about these trends on home improvement sites such as houzz.com or on remodeling shows on television. A lot of what you’ll hear or read tends to focus on interior design: What are the “hot” colors this year? What kinds of backsplash materials are “in?” Which hardware finishes are most popular?  Those are all interesting and important items to consider, but which remodeling trends matter most for your Rochester home?

I’d like to suggest that real remodeling trends—ones that have staying power—focus more on functionality and changes that come about in response to homeowners’ changing lifestyles.  Let’s look at a few of these kinds of remodeling trends in some key areas of your Rochester home.

Kitchen Trends

Kitchens have changed dramatically over the years. They’re no longer simply spaces for food preparation. These days, people use them for entertaining, cooking, casual dining, and even family meetings. While color changes and finishes may constantly change, one trend that seems to have great staying power is the use of kitchen islands as a major feature in kitchens because they lend themselves to multiple uses. Take a look at some of the kitchen projects we’ve worked on recently.

Bathroom Trends

Bathrooms are kind of a big deal in today’s homes. There’s a good reason for that. This is a room you use multiple times a day. It’s where you get ready to meet the challenges of the day and it’s also a place you relax at the end of the day. A couple of trends in bathrooms have been to make them more comfortable and functional. That means dual sinks and more space for getting ready in the morning. And when it comes to comfort, many homeowners have replaced old conventional tubs (and even whirlpools) with elegant soaking tubs and spacious showers that enhance relaxation. Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll want to consider as you plan your bathroom remodel.

Interior Trends

Even though open floor plans have been around for a few years they continue to be a popular trend. It’s a way to bring more natural light into your home and it also gives the inside of your home a more spacious feel. Often homeowners choose to repurpose existing rooms to meet their changing needs for things such as a home office, a guest bedroom, or a multi-purpose family room/entertainment room. You can even finish out your basement or convert your garage into extra living space.

Addition Trends

There are also trends in home additions that are worth noting. There has been an increase in the number of multi-generational households over the past few years. Often that requires adding physical space that can be used as an in-law apartment (which can be used for older parents moving in, or for adult children who are still working on getting started in their own careers).  Click here for some inspirational images of how you can add beautiful—and needed—space to your existing home.

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

Rochester-Area Remodeling: Which Projects Make the Most Sense?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 19:12 PM

Rochester-area-remodeling-which-projects-make-the-most-senseThe winter months are a great time to think about remodeling projects for your Rochester-area home. Normal outdoor construction tends to slow a bit and that means quality builders are more available for indoor projects.

But which projects make the most sense for your home? There may be some projects you have to take on simply because your needs have changed. If you have kids that have gotten older and need more space, a home addition may be the obvious choice. But if there are other areas of the house you’ve been thinking about, which one’s will give you the most bang for your buck? 

The 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvalue.com) provides an overview of what a variety of home renovation projects in the Rochester area cost—and what kind of return they provide on the money you invest (the money you’ll get back out if you sell your home). They cover a wide variety of projects, but let’s look at just a few midrange projects here. Bear in mind that these are average figures.

Project Type  Cost                Resale $         Recouped
Attic Bedroom Remodel $48,792 $25,545 52.4%
Family Room Addition             $79,500 $34,667 43.6%
Major Kitchen Remodel $54,231 $31,667 58.4%
Minor Kitchen Remodel $18,587 $10,500 56.5%
Home Office Remodel             $27,596 9,045 32.8%
Two-Story Addition $152,978 $ 63,636 41.6%

As you can see, there’s a fair amount of variety in costs and in return on investment (ROI). But the ROI is only part of the story.  What it doesn’t reflect is the comfort and enjoyment you receive from living in a newly remodeled home. And while a project such as a home office remodel doesn’t generate as much money at resale, if it allows you to work from home efficiently, it can be worth a considerable amount.

These are just a few of the projects you might consider. You can check out Gerber’s remodeling services that include kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions, in-law additions, and more. And if you’re concerned about remodeling during the cold winter months, rest easy— we’ve developed an approach that allows side, back, and second-story additions to be completed while your family remains in the house throughout construction process!

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Topics: garage additions, Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

Is Moving the Only Way To Get the Rochester-Area Home You Want?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

Is moving the only way to get the Rochester area home you wantWhat do you do if you’ve outgrown your Rochester home? Or what if the floor plan and traffic flow of your current house no longer fits your lifestyle? Or what if you simply want a completely new look and feel that will make your house feel more like “home?”

Sometimes when people are looking for dramatic changes in their living situation, they feel like the only option they have is to pack everything up and move to a brand new place. That’s certainly one choice, but what if you don’t want to move? What if you like your Ontario, Victor, Perinton or Webster neighborhood? Maybe you don’t want to give up all your favorite local places to eat, meet others and enjoy the community. And what about the folks who live next door? Good neighbors are hard to find.

Another option is to look at remodeling the home you’re in. You can dramatically change the look and feel of your home—without moving. Maybe a brand new kitchen is what you need to put some spark back into your home. Kitchens today are truly the heart of the home–where most of the social interaction (for both family and friends) takes place. And you’d be amazed at the impact a kitchen remodeling will have on your whole home.

Maybe turning your boring master bathroom into an exquisite escape is what you have in mind. There are lots of things you can do to create a beautiful bathroom in your existing home.

Or maybe you simply need more room. It could be that your kids are getting older and need more space of their own. Or maybe you have an older family member moving in and you need space to accommodate that need. It can be a lot more reasonable to add a room than to sell and move.

If you’re looking for information that can help you decide if building a new home or remodeling your existing home makes sense, download our free e-book, Building a House, Creating a Home. It also contains plenty of ideas on how to make the most out of the space you have.

When it comes to creating the home of your dreams, you have options!

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling

Four Things To Think About Before Remodeling Your Rochester-Area Bathroom

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 15:03 PM

Ask any professional home remodeler and he’ll tell you that kitchens and bathrooms are the two most popular rooms to remodel. Some people are surprised that bathrooms are so high on the “let’s-renovate-it” list, but it’s really not all that surprising. Part of the reason may have to do with the fact that the return on investment for a bathroom-remodeling project is so high (on average, homeowners recover about 75% of their remodeling cost when they sell). Another—perhaps more important—reason is that our bathrooms get a lot of use on a daily basis. A bathroom is a pretty personal space, so people are kind of particular about how their bathroom turns out.

Like any other significant remodeling project, a successful bathroom renovation begins with good planning. So here are four things to should think about before remodeling your Rochester-area bathroom.

1. Vanities and sinks: Your choices of vanity and sink will shape the whole look and feel of your bathroom. How many sinks do you want? If you decide on two, do you want a vanity that will accommodate both sinks—or do you want separate vanities? Do you have enough space to allow for two vanities? Will you be sharing your bathroom with kids—or is this an “adults-only” area? And what about style? Are you looking for a warm and inviting look, or clean, elegant lines? Will your vanity have storage space, or are you hoping for a more “minimalist” look?

2. Speaking of space: It’s easy to overlook the need for storage. After all, it’s not very sexy or exciting. Of course, there’s nothing sexy about a bathroom that has stuff strewn all over because there’s no place to put it. If you opt for a vanity that doesn’t have much storage space, can you (or your builder) “find” extra space in the bathroom so that it doesn’t look cluttered? Remember, most bathrooms need storage for more than just toiletries. Don’t forget to plan for things such as cleaning supplies and other things that you don’t want in your hall closet.

3. Look at the lights. Lighting in the bathroom needs to take a number of things into consideration. If your bathroom is an area of relaxation and retreat, you’ll want to have nice ambient lighting to set the right mood. But that light won’t work so well when it’s time to shave or put on makeup. And if you have any artwork in the room you may want to consider some accent lighting as well to highlight special areas.

4. Don’t Forget to vent. A good builder or remodeler will obviously take this into consideration, but ensuring adequate ventilation is an absolute necessity when remodeling you bathroom. You’ll want good air circulation to mitigate humidity and to reduce the potential for mold. While newer homes are required to have ventilation built into the bathrooms, many older homes don’t.Make sure you talk about this with your builder before construction begins.

All four of those things are important. But it’s also important to have good design ideas for this very personal room. If you’re looking for ways to create a comfortable, relaxing, and intimate space in your master bathroom, we invite you to download our free special report: The Ultimate Retreat—Designing a Beautiful Bathroom. It’s full of ideas you can use to create the ideal bathroom that matches your lifestyle—and your budget.

Editor's Note: Originally posted in 2013 

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Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Interior Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Home Design

Remodeling Your Rochester Bath: What Comes First?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

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When it’s time to remodel, the project most homeowners tackle after thekitchen is the bathroom. Maybe that’s because they get more out of that investment when it’s time to resell. Part of it, however, may have to do with the fact that the bathroom (whether it’s a guest bath or a master bath) lend themselves to personal touches and can exude their own personality. 

So what’s the first thing you want to do when remodeling your bathroom? Before you get too wrapped up in picking out fixtures, tile, and color schemes, you’ll want to do some thinking. Thought is the first thing you want to put into your bathroom! Here are a few questions to consider before you delve into the “fun” details. 

  • Who is this bathroom for? Will this be your master bathroom—set aside for your exclusive use? Or will your kids be using this space as well. Do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate everyone?
  • How many sinks do you want? Some people like the look of a single sink. Maybe you do, too, but are you going to be willing to share your sink or would you rather have one for your own use. This can be really important if two of you are trying to get ready for work at the same time in the morning!
  • Do you have adequate counter space? Can your builder “engineer” more space without adding on to the house?
  • Bath or Shower? Do you prefer taking baths or showers? What about both options? Have you thought about including a whirlpool or spa? Do you want your bath/shower in the same space as your sinks—or separate?
  • Have you planned enough storage space? Storage may not be sexy, but later you’ll be really happy you thought about it. Consider things like toiletries, first aid, medication, and cleaning supplies.
  • What about lights? You can vary the lighting for different parts of the bathroom according to what happens there: Brighter lighting for makeup and shaving, and softer lighting for the shower/bathing area.
  • Can you add “green” features? Conserving water and electricity doesn’t have to be a Spartan experience. You can still enjoy comfort and luxury in your bath while being environmentally conscious 

Looking for more ideas you can use for remodeling your bathroom? Download our free 5-page guide, Design the Ultimate Bathroom here!

Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Bathroom Design

Remodeling in Rochester: Getting a Grip on the Scope of Your Project

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

remodel vise rochesterIt’s relatively easy to come up with reasons to remodel your Rochester-area home. Changes in your family (kids getting older) may mean you need more space. Maybe you and your spouse are tired of sharing a sink every morning and you need to re-do your master bathroom. Or maybe you’re ready for a kitchen that accommodates all the activities that go on there: cooking, entertaining, homework, etc.

There are lots of valid reasons to remodel (including just wanting a fresh new look). But once you’ve decided to do something about it, how do you get a grip on the scope of your remodeling project before it spirals out of control? One of the big questions of course, is: “What will it cost me to remodel?”  The answer to that question depends on what you want to do—and what you can realistically afford.

Unless you have unlimited resources, you probably need to set some boundaries. Here are a couple of lists that can help you get a grip on what’s really important and on what’s feasible.

You Don’t Have to Do Everything

Remodeling your home doesn’t mean you have to completely re-create it. Create a two-columned list of things you like and don’t like about your existing home. This can be very helpful when you talk to a builder or designer because it will give him some specific direction as he creates a plan. Here’s an example:

Things I Like

Things I’d Like to Change

1. Like the natural wood flooring

1. More natural light

2. Like the built-in shelving

2. Better workflow in kitchen

3.

3. Larger, more useable master bath

4.

4. More open space

Then create a second list that records specific features or amenities you’re considering. Divide these into three categories: Essential, Nice-to-Have, and Dream. Your list might look something like this:

Essential

Nice-to-Have

Dream

1. Separate bedroom for Suzie

1. New hardwood flooring

1. Patio with hot tub and grill

2. Double counter space in kitchen

2. Cathedral ceiling in family room

2. Steam shower in master bathroom

3.

3. New lighting in LR

3. Granite countertops

4.

4.

4.

Don’t get hung up on your lists, They’re not written in stone, but they can help you identify what’s really essential and what you can probably live without if they don’t fit your budget right now. Have some fun with your ideas now and put as much on your list as you want (including in the “dream” category! As you move closer to taking action, you’ll modify your lists (particularly the second one). But you’ll have a good idea of what you really need to do first.

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It’s relatively easy to come up with reasons to remodel your Rochester-area home. Changes in your family (kids getting older) may mean you need more space. Maybe you and your spouse are tired of sharing a sink every morning and you need to re-do your master bathroom. Or maybe you’re ready for a kitchen that accommodates all the activities that go on there: cooking, entertaining, homework, etc.

 

There are lots of valid reasons to remodel (including just wanting a fresh new look). But once you’ve decided to do something about it, how do you get a grip on the scope of your remodeling project before it spirals out of control? One of the big questions of course, is: “What will it cost me to remodel?”  The answer to that question depends on what you want to do—and what you can realistically afford.

 

Unless you have unlimited resources, you probably need to set some boundaries. Here are a couple of lists that can help you get a grip on what’s really important and on what’s feasible.

 

You Don’t Have to Do Everything

Remodeling your home doesn’t mean you have to completely re-create it. Create a two-columned list of things you like and don’t like about your existing home. This can be very helpful when you talk to a builder or designer because it will give him some specific direction as he creates a plan. Here’s an example:

 

Things I Like

Things I’d Like to Change

1. Like the natural wood flooring

1. More natural light

2. Like the built-in shelving

2. Better workflow in kitchen

3.

3. Larger, more useable master bath

4.

4. More open space

Then create a second list that records specific features or amenities you’re considering. Divide these into three categories: Essential, Nice-to-Have, and Dream. Your list might look something like this:

Essential

Nice-to-Have

Dream

1. Separate bedroom for Suzie

1. New hardwood flooring

1. Patio with hot tub and grill

2. Double counter space in kitchen

2. Cathedral ceiling in family room

2. Steam shower in master bathroom

3.

3. New lighting in LR

3. Granite countertops

4.

4.

4.

 

Don’t get hung up on your lists, They’re not written in stone, but they can help you identify what’s really essential and what you can probably live without if they don’t fit your budget right now. Have some fun with your ideas now and put as much on your list as you want (including in the “dream” category! As you move closer to taking action, you’ll modify your lists (particularly the second one). But you’ll have a good idea of what you really need to do first.

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling