Home Remodeling Guide

Part 1 of Your 2021 Home Remodeling Guide: 5 Bathroom Trends for the New Year

Home Remodeling Guide

With a new year comes a fresh perspective. One of our favorite things to do when the new year rolls around is to examine all of the design elements that are becoming trends for that particular year. As part of our home remodeling guide series, we’ll be reviewing some of the ways to upgrade your home in 2021.

We’re first going to take a look at bathroom trends for this year. 2020 was a difficult year for most of us, so we could all use little rest and relaxation infused into our daily lives – something that can be achieved with upgrades to your bathroom!

Trend #1: Space-Savvy Soaking TubsSoaking Tub
In 2021, it’s all about clean lines and optimizing space, so instead of the large, built-in jacuzzi tubs, we’re seeing beautiful, smaller soaking tubs that may even serve as the focal point of the bathroom. Why not take something functional and make it a design piece?!

Not only do these smaller soaking tubs take up less room, they also use much less water, making them more efficient. And while tubs are getting smaller, showers are getting larger. Big, walk-in showers have been a trend for a while now, and we anticipate that will remain a trend in 2021.

Sink detailTrend #2: Quartz Countertops
While quartz has long been used for kitchen counters, it’s become a popular material for bathrooms. Quartz bathroom countertops have been trending for a while, but there’s become an even greater demand in our “new normal.” Because they are non-porous, they are much easier to clean and more stain-resistant than natural stone, which is perfect for increased use of the bathroom with family members home more frequently these days. Quartz is also stronger and more durable than stone slab countertops, and it comes in a variety of colors and styles, making it a versatile choice.

Trend #3: Wood Look Tile
The shift to more organic designs lends nicely to this trend, by giving the durability and resistance of moisture with porcelain or ceramic, but the look of natural wood. Not only can these be used for the floor, they can also be used in showers or on walls to become the focal point of the space or to make certain areas standout. Wood look tile is also a great option because it comes in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes.

Lighted MirrorTrend #4: Back-Lit Mirrors & Medicine Cabinets
Back-lit mirrors give light to the space, without the glare from a normal light fixture, and create uniform distribution of lighting. They also eliminate the need for other types of task lighting or sconces, keeping the design clean and simple. Smart mirrors that can adjust to a specific setting, e.g. date night prep or getting ready for work, are also available.

Trend #5: Smart Toilets
In our ‘new normal,’ cleanliness is everything. New smart toilet designs offer touch-free flushing and self-closing and self-opening lids, so your hands can stay germ-free! Some even offer a bacteria-killing light that does the cleaning for you.

There are a lot of ways to upgrade and refresh your bathroom; these are just some of the trends for 2021 that we’re excited about and would love to help you with. We hope our bathroom home remodeling guide inspires you to create a relaxing, indulgent space that you can enjoy for years to come!

If you’re ready for a bathroom remodel, have another project in mind, or just have general questions, we’d love to hear from you

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Overwhelmed by 2020? Create an At-Home Spa with these Bathroom Remodel Ideas

2020 has been a challenging year. According to the American Psychological Association, 2 in 3 adults say they have experienced increased stress over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Self-care has never been more important, but it can be hard to find the time, and options to leave your home for stress-reducing activities — like a spa day — are limited, due to safety precautions.

With that said, why not create a spa experience right inside your home? Now is the perfect time for that spa-like bathroom remodel you’ve been wanting!

Not only can you unwind by taking a relaxing shower or bath, but by making the space more inviting and comfortable, you can bring ease to everyday tasks, like getting ready in the morning. Below are a few ways that you can turn your bathroom into a tranquil retreat.

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Build a Separate Tub and Shower

If you have the space, install a separate bathtub and shower as part of your bathroom remodel. This is the ultimate indulgence when it comes to pampering yourself and self-care! Doing so allows you to pick more unique shower and bathtub options, like a soaking tub or steam shower, for example. It also provides the opportunity to bring in some additional aesthetics. A beautiful freestanding tub can be a focal point of a bathroom, as can a shower with ornate tilework. 

Additionally, if you enjoy taking a bath and your partner enjoys a shower, you can both get ready at the same time. A few things to keep in mind:

  • By keeping your shower and bathtub close to each other, the cost to install water supply lines and waste systems will be lower, if they’re on the same wall.
  • Check that both your hot water heater and your water pressure can handle a big bathtub’s demands.
  • Freestanding tubs come in all different shapes and sizes, even if your bathroom footprint isn’t huge, a separate tub still might fit. 
  • There are a lot of different fixtures and amenities to add, like a rain showerhead, dual showerheads, and jets. 

Introduce Neutral Paint and Simple Decor

When it comes to your spa-like bathroom remodel, it’s important to evoke a feeling of relaxation. You can easily do this through paint and decor selections.

  • Choose paint colors that are neutral and calm – not bold or bright.
  • Mix textures to introduce some variety (e.g. floors, backsplashes, shower tile, etc.). Just remember to keep them all within the same color scheme.
  • Add fresh or faux flowers and candles. This will add sophistication to the space.
  • Create storage solutions to stay organized and tidy. Give a home to towels, washcloths, etc. 
  • Install lighting on multiple switches or dimmers, so you can adjust the light levels depending on what you need and your mood.

Bring Ultimate Luxury with Heated Floors
No one likes cold tile, especially in the winter! Instead, step out of the shower or tub onto a warm floor.

Ceramic and stone tiles are ideal for bathrooms, and also ideal for heated floor coverings. And, while heated floors can be expensive, they are affordable in smaller areas, such as bathrooms! Discuss with your contractor the best heating source/option for your bathroom – there are electric and water-based systems.

Are you interested in learning more about our bathroom remodels and how we can uniquely transform your space into a spa-like oasis? Or perhaps you have another project in mind that you’d like to discuss? We’d love to hear from you!

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To tub, or not to tub. That is the bathroom remodel question.

Is a bathtub the right option for your bathroom remodel?

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When remodeling a hall or master bathroom, some homeowners have elected to remove bathtubs in favor of enclosed shower stalls. A variety of factors from lifestyle preference, to resale value, to safety concerns have contributed to this trend. But a growing number of homeowners are adopting a hybrid approach that allows them to keep their bathtubs, while also incorporating a low or zero threshold shower. The bathroom featured here is a good example of this hybrid approach.

While there is no right or wrong answer, whether or not to maintain a bathtub in the space is an important question to consider when planning a bathroom renovation. If your family members enjoy a regular, or even an occasional soak in the bathtub, then the answer is most likely “Yes”.

At Custom Craft, when we meet with clients to plan a bathroom remodel, we ask numerous lifestyle questions like this to learn how you currently use your existing space, any frustrations you are experiencing, as well as your goals for the new space. By taking the time to fully understand your needs, we can better deliver a renovated space that will provide long-term satisfaction.

As always, if you have any questions on a planned bathroom or other home renovation project, feel free to reach out to us at 610-584-0665.

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Considerations for your bathroom remodel

Rainshower-Bath2When discussing bathroom design with our clients, storage needs are inevitably brought into the conversation. Most clients have concerns about the lack of storage space in their current bathrooms which leads to messy, cluttered counters among other challenges. Not surprisingly, in nearly every bathroom we design, additional storage space is a major design objective. Here are a few storage options to consider for your next bathroom:

  • Cabinetry above vanity
  • Custom drawers and cabinets with electric receptacles
  • Tall storage units
  • Open storage spaces

Features for the Shower

An often overlooked, but critical area for storage is around the shower and tub. Corner shelves are commonly used, but a better option is a storage niche if budget allows. A niche is more costly since it involves additional labor and materials. With that said, the cost is offset by the ample benefits they offer including more convenient access to bottles of cleansers, space efficiency, and aesthetics. From a designer’s perspective, a niche also allows for more creativity within the tile design.

Benches for larger shower areas, or foot ledges in smaller showers, are also on the must have list. A few other must haves are grab bars for current needs or planning for the future. Fortunately, the grab bar style, size and finish options are not as limited as they were at one time. It is very likely that you can find a style that compliments the plumbing fixtures that will be used.

For plumbing fixtures, more than one shower head is often desired. If more than one person uses the shower, preferences may differ. One family member may want a rain shower mounted to the ceiling or wall to provide a spa-like experience, while another may prefer a hand shower on a slide-bar which gives more flexibility. The latter also comes in handy for cleaning the shower.

As for shower doors, there are numerous options. Depending on budget, there are standard sizes with finish options or there are custom sizes using framed or frameless doors and panels.

Another consideration is a curbless shower. The advantage of this style is that it reduces the risk of tripping and falling while entering or exiting the shower. Regardless of age, many homeowners are selecting this style of shower because of its clean, streamlined look.

More Bathroom Ideas

For more bathroom design ideas, please view our Houzz Bathroom Shower Organization Ideabook. This should inspire you for your upcoming project. As always, if you have any questions about your bathroom remodel, please do not hesitate to contact us at (610) 584-0665, or via email at: info@customcraftcontractors.com.

Custom Craft Contractors Honored with Local and Regional Awards

Lansdale, PA—Custom Craft Contractors was recently honored with both local and regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards for a bathroom renovation in the Under $30,000 category.  The local awards were presented by the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) at a ceremony held at the Joseph Ambler Inn in Montgomery Township, PA on Friday, January 27, 2012.

CotY Award winners were selected in a blind judging process by an impartial panel of industry experts. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. As a regional winner for this project, Custom Craft is in the running for the National Contractor of the Year Award. The National CotY award winners will be announced in April at the NARI Evening of Excellence.

The CotY Award winning bathroom was a collaborative effort between Custom Craft Contractors and Interior Decorator, Pat Nunan, owner of Lifestyles Design. For this project, the two companies teamed to create a barrier free, wheelchair-accessible bathroom for a homeowner diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” By designing and building a beautiful, yet accessible bathroom, they enabled this husband and father of two young sons to live independently and comfortably in his own home for as long as possible.

In addition to the Contractor of the Year Awards, Custom Craft received a Meritorious Award for a kitchen renovation in the $80,000 to $120,000 category. Michael Foering, Vice President of Custom Craft Contractors was also recognized as Committee Chairman of the Year for his role as the Chairman of the Education Committee for the Bucks-Mont NARI chapter.
NARI Chapters are not-for-profit trade associations committed exclusively to the service of the professional remodeling industry. The NARI remodeling contractor is pledged to uphold the Association’s Code of Ethics and is dedicated to the professionalism and integrity of the remodeling industry.

For more information on Custom Craft Contractors, visit www.customcraftcontractors.com or contact Mike Foering at (610) 584-0665.