Most of our waking hours at home are spent in the kitchen and the bathroom – it’s no wonder that these rooms are at the top of the list for desired home renovations. If your home is your oasis, you don’t want your oasis to be outdated or uncomfortable. But, because home design trends are always changing, that may be exactly what you have. Perhaps, your bathroom was built in the 1970s, and you are surrounded by oranges, yellows, and browns. Maybe your bathroom is the product of a Do-It-Yourself renovation that you didn’t do and you don’t like. Or, it may just be that your bathroom was designed in an era when smaller bathrooms were the norm, and your family could use a little more space. Whatever the reason, remodeling your bathroom is a great way to update your home.
Renovating a bathroom is no small feat. Repainting walls is one thing, but tasks such as laying tile and any type of plumbing require experience. Let the skilled professionals of Forever Builders step in while you step back. Our years of experience make us experts in bathroom renovations and all the many details that go into it. We pride ourselves in working with each customer to create a bathroom that works best for them, within their budget, and delivered on time. If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom in 2018, here are ten remodeling ideas that are popular right now and can bring your bathroom up-to-date with the latest styles and functions.
1. Modern Farmhouse
The rustic farmhouse look is all the rage right now, for every room in the house. Bring some of that rustic romance into the bathroom, but with a modern twist to keep it up-to-date. This bathroom captures the rustic sentiment of the farmhouse look with its wooden vanity, woven baskets for storage, and shiplap ceiling. But, modern touches keep it firmly in this century. Notice the contemporary feel of the glassed-in shower, the sleek white tub, and the monochromatic color scheme. These touches give the bathroom the feel of farmhouse chic without having to live in an actual farmhouse. Other elements of the farmhouse style you may choose to incorporate into your bathroom include bead board wall paneling, painted cabinetry, painted shiplap for the walls, planked wood flooring, and galvanized metal touches throughout. Ask our design team how you can add this simple, sensible style to your newly remodeled bathroom.
2. Custom Storage
Bathrooms require a lot of things–toothbrushes, soaps, cosmetics, blow-dryers, and more. Countertops can disappear in an instant. Because it makes sense to keep the items you need in your bathroom, talk with your builder about custom storage options. If you like the look of open shelving, think about what you would keep on those shelves. Your builder can work with you to design shelves that can adequately hold everything you need in an attractive fashion. Or, if you prefer to keep things behind closed doors, custom cabinets are another great option. Depending on the look of your house, you can choose solid wood cabinets or glass-paneled doors. Our design team will create storage solutions specifically designed for your space, making the most of every available inch. Having a customized storage design makes for a result you simply cannot achieve when purchasing storage solutions off the shelf. Choosing storage that works with your needs – whether that means shelves, drawers, or cabinets with pull-out shelving – will keep your bathroom clean, beautiful, and free from clutter.
3. Personal Spa
Whether your space is large or small, consider transforming your bathroom into your own personal spa. It is, after all, the only room in your house in which you are practically guaranteed privacy. With a large tub for soaking, you can relax in peace and quiet. You can even upgrade to a massaging whirlpool tub or add a shower with a steam function. Use gentle lighting to create a peaceful atmosphere. Utilize the space around your tub for bath salts and scented soaps. If you have the room to do so, leave some of the floor space open to create an open-air feeling. But, even with limited square footage, you can capture the feeling of a spa. Plan storage solutions so that your countertops will be free of clutter, add a white noise machine or some gentle background music, and you can have a mini-spa all to yourself.
4. Freestanding Tubs
If you want to be on-trend in 2018, freestanding tubs are definitely one way to go. This update is ideal for turning your bathroom into a retreat–there is nothing like a soak in a freestanding tub to make you feel like you are removed from your daily routine. If possible, situate your tub close to a window to make you feel connected to nature. A freestanding tub is a great solution for a bathroom large enough to also hold a walk-in shower, but can also work on its own, especially if you have another shower elsewhere in the house. When you hear “freestanding tub,” you might think first of a clawfoot tub, but there are numerous modern versions available as well. A freestanding tub will definitely become the focal point of your bathroom, so choose one that draws the eye, and then design the rest of your bathroom around it. Available styles include French cottage, sleek modern, and even cast iron! Work with your bathroom remodeler to find the model that suits you best and works in the space you have.
A contemporary feel, with clean lines and lack of clutter, works especially well in a bathroom. This look is characterized by sleek, sharp edges – think quartz counter tops, strictly rectangular cabinetry, and no molding. Polished chrome is often used for hardware because of its clean, shiny look. All white or light colors are a good choice for a contemporary bathroom and give it an open feel. A monochromatic color scheme can make the bathroom feel large, even if the space is small. The contemporary design is typically minimalist, with no clutter or frou-frou details. Storage is designed to keep items off the surfaces in order to preserve the clean look. With all of the things that can accumulate in a bathroom, this look works well to keep clutter at bay. If this look seems right for you, our design team would be happy to talk with you about incorporating contemporary elements into your new bathroom.
6. Ditch the Tub
Getting rid of the tub in the master bathroom may seem crazy at first, but it is a trend that is gaining momentum in 2018. Many homeowners want to maximize utility from the space that they have, so they plan their remodeling efforts around function first. For some people, that means removing a little-used bathtub in order to free up space in an otherwise cramped bathroom. In a room where every square inch counts, shifting from a bath to a shower may allow you to add other features, such as a second sink. Or, it may simply free up room so that the remaining features are not piled one on top of the other. Going tub-less is not for everyone, but it might be the right choice for you. Don’t be afraid to try something unconventional. If you are intrigued by the idea of a tub-free bathroom, we can work with you to make it happen.
7. Bright and White
All-white bathrooms are a great way to bring a dated bathroom from the past to the present. When you choose white everything–cabinetry, walls, and trim – the entire bathroom lacks contrast from object to object or surface to surface. Factor in chrome fixtures, mirrors, and windows, and the lines blur into each other. The result is that the space seems larger than it is– a bonus if your bathroom is small to begin with. White on white makes a clean, elegant statement that can work with any style, from traditional to modern and everything in between.
8. His-and-Her Sinks
While bathrooms with two sinks are fairly common with new construction, older homes are more likely to have just one sink in the master bath. But, as the number of a couple in which both partners work, more and more people prefer a double vanity with double sinks. If space allows, adding another sink to the master bathroom is a great update that may even improve your relationship! His-and-her sinks allow the two of you to brush your teeth without bumping elbows or spitting toothpaste on the other one’s hand. You are free to be as clean or messy as you like, on your own side. Side-by-side sinks are a good option if your bathroom has at least 6 feet available for counter space. The larger vanity may even give you extra storage space.
9. Have Fun With Your Tiling
Tile comes in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and colors, allowing you to personalize your new bathroom. Colorful tile can add a pop of color to your bathroom, giving you a chance to bring a little bit of your personality into the bath. In a bathroom that is otherwise white, tiling just the shower in, say, bright turquoise, really makes it stand out. If you like the look of glass tiles but shy away from the cost, consider tiling just one wall to get the feel of glass tile without the full expense. For a more traditional look, stick with a neutral tile color. Depending on your budget, you can tile the shower alone or extend that tile to the walls. Play around with different shapes to find the one you like best – tile comes in hexagons, rectangles, squares, and even irregular shapes. With so many options available, the choices are almost limitless. There’s no doubt you can find the tile you love at a price that works for you.
10. Make Your Bathroom Accessible
For the millions of Americans approaching retirement, and for the many who are already there, remodeling a bathroom to keep it accessible at any age is a vital update. Changing the features of your bathroom can allow you to stay in your home for years, even if your health and motility change. If you are planning to remodel your bathroom anyway, why not plan ahead by adding elements of universal design? These features make your bathroom accessible to anyone, of any age and motility, benefiting you and any visitors you may have. Universal design is meant to be universally accessible, so there is no downside to implementing it now. Some examples of universal design include doorways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, lever handles that are easier to operate than standard knobs, a comfort height toilet, and grab bars near the toilet and in the shower. By incorporating universal design into your bathroom remodel, you prepare for the future while creating an attractive and updated bathroom now.
Let’s Build Your Dream Bathroom
These are just ten of the top trends in bathroom remodeling right now, but at Forever Builders, we are committed to building you the bathroom of your dreams, whether it is with the trends or a timeless classic. Whichever direction you choose for your bathroom, let Forever Builders take you there. Our skilled staff is ready to help you navigate the multitude of decisions that come with remodeling your bathroom. Our design team will work with you to create the look and feel that suits your needs and your personality. We will consult with you to determine what type of bathroom you would like and what kind of a budget you have, and we will take it from there.
With so many options available, we can create the bathroom you want and abide by your wallet. Our team will plan everything in advance to minimize disruption in your home. Once the work begins, we will keep you informed of our progress, from demolition to completion. We are committed to completing your bathroom renovation on time and to your satisfaction – our work is not complete until you are satisfied!
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