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Bathroom Remodels

More and more people want luxury in their bathrooms. Whether it is comfort you are looking for or a future selling point, bathrooms are getting more and more attention than ever. Skillz Construction can make your bathroom remodel experience a pleasant one. Plumbing, electrical, tile, drywall...we do it all so your project can move fast! To help you get started, see our Bathroom Remodel Planner.

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Bathroom Remodel Planner

Before starting on any project, it is good to have a plan. Below are some common questions with tips to help you plan your bathroom remodel project.

  1. Do I just need new finishes or do I want to move the fixtures, such as sink or bath?
  2. What items/materials do I need to select?
  3. What kind of bathroom flooring do I want?
  4. In the shower, do I want a full tile shower, a tub/tile combo, or a fiberglass surround?
  5. If I do a tile shower surround, what options should I consider?
  6. What are my options regarding shower enclosures?
  7. Is there evidence of dry rot in my bathroom?

Question: Do I just need new finishes or do I want to move the fixtures, such as sink or bath location?

Tip: Moving fixtures, such as the sink, shower, tub or toilet, will cost more. However, if you want fixtures moved, it is less expensive to do the entire project at one time. When considering moving fixtures, it is also good to keep in mind if the bathroom will need to be used by some one older and needs to be more accessible.

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Question: What items/materials do I need to select?

Tip: This depends greatly on your project. Here is a suggested list:

  • Vanity
  • Knobs
  • Sink
  • Faucet
  • Mirror
  • Lights
  • Flooring type and material (either tile or linoleum)
  • Baseboard or tile base
  • Bath: bathtub/fiberglass surround or tile
  • Shower Valve and Trim
  • Toilet
  • Toilet Paper Roll Holder
  • Towel Bars
  • Exhaust fan
  • Paint

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Question: What kind of bathroom flooring do I want?

Tip: In bathrooms there are two common options, tile or linoleum. Laminate flooring is not recommended in a bathroom because overtime it will swell and pucker due to water. Tile is better quality product than linoleum, has a wider array of options, and can add to the resale value of your home. If you like tile but are concerned about it being cold, there are under floor heating options or new composite material options that looks like tile.

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Question: In the shower, do I want a full tile shower, a tub/tile combo, or a fiberglass surround?

Tip: Tile showers have a better aesthetic appear, more options in colors and add a nice selling point your home. Alternatively, fiberglass surrounds are easy to clean and inexpensive.

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Question: If I do a tile shower surround, what options should I consider?

Tip: Here are a few options:

  • In selecting tile, you'll need to consider how large or small of a grout joint you want. Smaller grout joints are easier to clean but are a little more labor intensive to install. Common grout joint sizes are 1/16", 1/8", 1/4".
  • Shower wall tile can be installed to six feet or go all the way to the ceiling. This is mainly a choice of aesthetics rather than function.
  • For a nice break in a tile wall, you can select border pattern to be installed two thirds the way up the wall.
  • Many like to have a inset shelf with a contrasting tile or pattern. Small corner shelves for shampoo are also popular.
  • If you are doing a full tile shower, the tile on the floor of the shower should be no more than 2"x2" to prevent slipping
Picture with text showing what different elements you might want to include in your bathroom remodel.

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Question: What are my options regarding shower enclosure?

Tip: There are many options. Here is a few:

  • Shower Curtain - most cost effective option
  • Shower Doors - various styles can be found. A word of caution: the tracks of sliding shower doors are difficult to clean.
  • Wall with no Door - If your layout allows, a partial wall can be installed to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom. A poplar option is using glass block.
  • Heavy Glass Doors - 1/2" swinging glass doors installed with clips and no track add another level of elegance to any bathroom.

A good resource to see different types of shower enclosures that are available is www.cardinalshower.com

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Question: Is there evidence of dry rot in my bathroom?

Tip: If you feel any soft spots, or paint is bubbling and flaking then you may have dry rot.

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