Atlanta Remodelers Discuss Bathroom Trends

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by Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List

One project to consider if you’re thinking about updating your home this year is bathroom remodeling. And it’s a project that makes financial sense: A well-executed bathroom remodel can provide a homeowner with an 80 percent return on investment when selling a home.

Whether you simply add a fresh coat of paint or go big and transform the entire space, a bathroom remodeling job can increase your home’s value and make it more accommodating to your needs.

Homeowners are planning on staying in their homes longer, says David Sturm, owner of Attention to Detail Home Remodeling in Roswell, which means they’re selecting projects that maximize space in the bathroom and add comfort, especially with larger projects.

“Right now we’re seeing homeowners choose an open space plan with plenty of room for double vanities or two single vanities and extra storage,” Sturm says. “People are upgrading their master bathrooms to also include larger walk-in showers and soaking tubs.”

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Barbaro Ponce, owner of Adapted Living Spaces in Atlanta says many of his clients are opting for “accessible” remodels, by transforming the bathroom to add space and make it more functional for aging adults. The most popular addition is the walk-in shower, which sits low to the floor and minimizes the risk of falling.

Ponce says his clients are also updating their showers with ceramic or glass subway tiles. The small, sleek tiles resemble brick and have a glossy surface and thin grout line. They create a simplistic, retro look and come in a wide range of colors.

If a major bathroom remodel isn’t in your budget this year, you can still make big improvements without spending thousands of dollars. Popular but inexpensive projects include installing new faucets and fixtures, repainting the walls or adding new mirrors and lighting.

If you plan to remodel, there’s a good chance your bathroom will be out of commission for days or even weeks, so you might need to use a different bathroom in the house. Don’t forget to plan ahead and get specifics about the project timeline with your contractor before work begins.

Make sure to get at least three estimates that clearly define the scope of the project and the materials that will be used. Ask for references from past clients and follow up with them. Georgia requires contractors to be licensed, especially for plumbing and electrical work, so make sure you hire a qualified, licensed professional.

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