Category Archives: Bathrooms

Small Bathroom Ideas: Designing Bathrooms for Smaller Homes

People are definitely looking for small bathroom ideas, judging by the fact that tens of thousands of people are searching for that term each month. Does that mean homes and therefore bathrooms getting smaller? You’d think so, but it depends on whom you ask. It’s easy to do a Google search and find headlines declaring both. Some articles say Americans are demanding smaller houses while others claim homes are about to be upsized. With that kind of disconnect, no one can say for sure.

What we can say for sure is people are looking for small bathroom ideas. In addition, we can safely predict there will be some kind of trend toward smaller homes (and therefore bathrooms) because we have record numbers of baby boomers set to retire, and many of them will want to downsize to smaller, easier-to-care-for homes. We also have Millennials who can’t afford a big house, and a movement among Americans who are tired of the expense and hassle of maintaining a big house and long for something more, or they’re tired of long commutes and want to buy a smaller townhouse closer to work.

All of those facts add up to one sure thing: More of us will probably be looking for small bathroom ideas in the near future.

As a semi-custom cabinet company well-versed in both kitchen and bathroom design, we decided to proactively speak to this trend by drawing on previous posts we’ve published. You’re sure to find helpful information in at least one of these if it’s small bathroom ideas you’re after:

Whether you’re looking for small bathroom ideas because you’re downsizing, building a vacation home with limited space, or adding a guestroom to your existing house, you’re sure to find design ideas galore in these posts. And if not, just keep watching this space!

How to Start a Bathroom Remodel? With a Bathroom Budget

Although a kitchen remodel is probably a bigger undertaking that does not make a bathroom remodel any small feat. Since the bathroom is such an important room, a bathroom remodel is still a big deal, even if it’s not a complicated as redoing the kitchen. And that’s why many people start by questioning how to start a bathroom remodel.

Our advice? Start with your budget. Below you’ll find tips for starting on your budget and other tips for keeping it in check…

A bathroom remodel is a sound investment
Although you might be motivated by a need for more space or a desire to update your bathroom to get rid of the pink porcelain, a bathroom remodel is a sound investment in your home. So when you see the costs, keep that in mind. Experts say it’s a sure way to increase your home’s value, and you’ll get a return on your investment of up to 80%. That means if you spend $20,000 on the remodel, you might increase the value of your home by up to $16,000.

Not that $20,000 is a magic number. I only used that example for easy math. An average bathroom remodel cost just over $11,000 in 2016 according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), although plenty of people will spend upwards of $30,000 and more for a bathroom remodel.

How to start a bathroom remodel? With a budget breakdown
When you’re starting on your budget, keep this basic breakdown in mind:

  • Most of your cost will go toward labor and installation, about 20%
  • Your cabinets and hardware will probably be your second biggest cost at 16%
  • Then fixtures at 15%, meaning tub, toilet, shower, sink
  • And plumbing plus faucets at 14%

Obviously, you’ll have costs for flooring, painting, sheetrock, lighting and more, but the costs above will probably be your biggest so they are the costs that will eat up a bulk of the budget. Anything you can do to keep these costs down will help you know how to start a bathroom remodel without feeling overwhelmed.

Advice for keeping bathroom remodel costs down
Is the cost of a bathroom remodel starting to make you nervous? Then consider ways to cut the costs before you start putting numbers down on paper. When it comes to the big cost of labor, you can do some of the work yourself to keep that cost down. For example, you can probably do the demolition of the old bathroom and paint the walls and trim once they’re installed.

Keeping fixtures in place also cuts costs. If the tub and toilet can be replaced but not relocated, you’ll save a lot on labor and plumbing costs, for example. The same is true of the sink and shower. Any time the plumbing can stay, try to make it so and you’ll save big on labor and plumbing costs both.

You can also keep your bathroom cabinet costs down by buying from a bathroom cabinets company that offers semi custom cabinets (which are more affordable than custom cabinets). A company like Wellborn Forest Products offers dozens of door styles and countless finish and color options, giving you a plentiful choice without making you pay a plentiful price.

Does Color Count? When Reselling Your Home, Bathroom Color Counts a Lot!

When you’re thinking about paint colors for your new kitchen or bathroom remodel, you might want to look at Zillow’s report on colors in 2017. It delves into which paint colors helped houses to sell for more vs. which colors decreased a home’s market value.

What color cabinets? Find out first
As we’ve mentioned before in this kitchen cabinets blog, it’s likely you won’t stay put in that home where you’re doing your major kitchen or bathroom remodel, because Americans move on average 11 times in a lifetime. For that reason, you might want to remodel with resale in mind, as discussed here. And now this new information from Zillow can help to guide your color decisions, so you’re adding resale value, not detracting from it, when you choose your cabinet or wall colors.

The big bang of blue bathrooms
The 2017 Color Paint Analysis conducted by Zillow is based on a study of over 32,000 photos of homes that sold. From those photos and the sale prices of the homes, the experts at Zillow were able to quantify the effect of room color on a home’s resale value. For example, a light blue or periwinkle bathroom can increase a home’s resale value significantly (by $5,440 according to the study!), while an off-white or eggshell bathroom can decrease the value by several thousand dollars.

And what about kitchens?
The study looked at kitchens too, although that didn’t find the significant price difference like we see with the bathrooms. According to the study, yellow kitchens will lower price while light blue and soft gray blue kitchens will increase the price (by $1,809 on average). In fact, the study found that in general throughout the house distinct colors like yellow and red will decrease the price although not as much as a total lack of color.

Blue has widespread appeal
Note, however, that the upward or downward effect of the color seems to depend on the room. For example, while blue bathrooms can increase the price, blue living rooms tend to decrease the price.

Yet, with the exception of the living room, blue seems to be an appealing color throughout the house. In addition to blue kitchens and bathrooms increasing appeal and sales prices, blue seems to have a positive effect in bedrooms and dining rooms as well. Keep in mind, however, that these are very specific types of blues, such as light cerulean and slate blue and cadet blue, as well as periwinkle in the bathroom. So not just any blue will do!

Although every color choice is on a case-by-case basis and deeply personal, meaning this study shouldn’t dictate your kitchen or bathroom remodel color schemes, it does reiterate the importance of keeping resale in mind should you plan to move again in the future. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can come with a steep price tag, even when you’re saving money by choosing semi custom cabinets. Make sure you get a return on that investment by making wise color and cabinet choices from the start.

4 Extra Reasons to Choose Semi Custom Bathroom Cabinets for Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms get a lot of our attention when we decide to do a remodel. Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms most often remodeled in the U.S., with homeowners spending an average of $11,364 on bathroom remodels in 2016.

People remodel bathrooms for several reasons but usually because they want to update an old bathroom, make better use of the space, or install a bigger tub or shower. Semi custom bathroom cabinets can help with all of those reasons.

Some of the reasons for choosing semi custom cabinets for your bathroom are the same as using them in the kitchen: you get a custom cabinet look without the custom cabinet price, you can get exactly the color or finish you want for your new bathroom, you get a higher quality cabinet compared to ready-made cabinets, and you can get cabinets that fit your space.

If those reasons aren’t enough to convince you, consider these four additional reasons for using semi custom bathroom cabinets for your bathroom remodel:

  1. You can add a linen closet to the bathroom, so towels are right where you need them. A tall, narrow cabinet takes up little room and adds convenience.
  2. You can configure the bathroom to the way it’s used. Are you remodeling your master bath? The guest bedroom? The kids’ bathroom? The little half bath off the entryway? You only have one kitchen in your house, but probably more than one bathroom and each bathroom is used in a different way. Choosing semi custom bathroom cabinets gives you flexibility to design the room to function the way you want based on how it’s used.
  3. You can create a his and hers bathroom without adding on to the house. Semi custom bathroom cabinets can be designed to create separate spaces and even add a little privacy, so there’s a his side and a hers side to this one busy room.
  4. You can get exactly the look you want in each room. Perhaps your master bath is a place of refuge and relaxation and you want a luxurious design, so you feel pampered while relaxing at the end of the day. You can choose semi custom bathroom cabinets detailed to look like furniture for a rich, opulent look. On the other hand, you probably want the kids’ bathroom to be easy to clean and maintain. Sleek cabinets might work best for that room, because they’re easy to wipe down when cleaning.

No matter the reason for the bathroom remodel, the reasons for choosing semi custom bathroom cabinets are clear!

Create a His and Hers Bathroom–and Happier Marriage–with Semi Custom Cabinets

Just what can you do with a bathroom? Plenty when you’re using semi custom cabinets in your new space—and that includes creating a his and hers bathroom.

Would you like a his and hers bathroom?
Your average married couple shares almost everything and has little privacy. That’s just the reality of marriage. You are doing some messy work together, with raising kids and making meals and cleaning house and running errands and paying bills. And you’re doing all of that within the confines of one household, sharing both a bedroom and a bathroom. You see each other at your best when all dressed up for an event. And you see each other at your worst, when down with the flu or dealing with a colicky baby.

So it’s perfectly normal to sometimes want just a little bit of your own space—especially in the bathroom where some privacy is desired or where he’s tired of her makeup all over the counter and she’s tired of fighting for the sink space when rushing to get ready for work in the morning.

What’s the answer? Some people claim separate bathrooms can be good for marriages, but not everyone has the space for two master bathrooms—one for each spouse. So how about a his and hers bathroom instead?

How to create a his and hers bathroom with semi custom cabinets
When you’re using semi custom cabinets, you can create a his and hers bathroom with separate spaces within one room (as opposed to needing two bathrooms). Usually a vanity with two sinks is most common feature of a his and hers bathroom. But you can do much more than that. For example, if one of you is taller than the other, the sinks and counters can be at different heights. If one of you needs more storage space than the other (cough cough she does cough cough), then extra cabinet space can be provided on her side and perhaps the linen closet goes on his side. Perhaps he needs a certain kind of lighting and mirror for shaving while she needs something different for putting on makeup or tweezing brows. Semi custom cabinets help you to make all of that happen.

By using semi custom cabinets you can also create storage space that’s customized to your needs, such as a place to store extra blankets or the beach towels you only use in the summer, or whatever those needs might be.

Finally, using semi custom cabinets for your his and hers bathroom gives you plenty of design options, because you’ll have hundreds of styles and finishes to choose from so you can get exactly what you envision to make your dream bathroom a reality.