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Nationwide, one of the most sought after home improvement projects for 2013, based on total expenditures is bathroom remodels according to current research released by Remodelers Magazine's highly regarded annual Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report for 2013. Chris Tollefson, LASCO Remodeling and Construction's Remodeling Coordinator, says, "The role of bathrooms has transitioned to one of comfort and luxurious moments; bathroom remodels are sought for providing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Consumers are spending more time using their bathroom time for spa moments of peace and a place to unwind and prepare for life's busier activities."

Measured against stabilizing house values, bathroom remodeling projects are increasing as bathrooms are one room that everyone uses multiple times in a given day.

  • An upscale bathroom remodel that costs $50,007 has a resale value of $29,162 at a cost recoup of 58.3%.
  • A mid-range bathroom remodel rough costs $15,782 with a resale price of $10,295 at a cost recoup of 65.2%
  • A mid-range bathroom addition average cost of $37,501 would have a resale price of$20,569 at a cost recoup of 54.8%
  • An upscale bathroom remodeling project dropped from 2011- 2011's cost of $56,084 to 2011 - 2012 cost of $54,374

Bathroom remodeling trends that LASCO Remodeling and Construction finds Texas homeowners want in 2013:

Custom Bathroom Tile & Stonework

Tile and stonework can give bathrooms that crisp, spa-like feel that immediately offers the soothing atmosphere of relaxation. Using nature's incentives and the natural elements of earthy and neutral-toned stone is definitely on-trend. Building stone and tile into a bathroom's design is smart looking and moisture resistant. LASCO Remodeling and Construction bath remodels are designed to prevent leaks, mildew, and mold up front. Porcelain, glass and ceramic tiles are available in inspiring choices. New expanding lines of such tiles are particularity slip resistant.

Custom Vanity & Cabinetry

An organized bathroom can make all the difference in a day's start. Building a custom vanity that is meant just for personal belongings and style is a wonderful way of welcoming morning routines efficiently. With custom cabinets featuring ample storage for daily necessities, a bathroom design can incorporate the perfect blend of beauty and function. Some homeowners are requesting television screens custom built into medicine cabinets and vanity mirrors.

Eco-friendly Bath Fixtures

Choosing the right bathroom fixtures goes well beyond choices of color and style. "About a quarter of households undertaking home improvement projects in 2011 did so for energy efficiency purposes," states Harvard's Housing Stock: Ready for Renewal Report. Toilets, faucets, shower-heads, and bathtubs are offered with Eco-friendly aspects that can help save homeowners money on water bills in addition to being planet-friendly.

Low-Profile Linear Shower Drains

For safety purposes low-profile linear drains are ideal for zero-threshold shower designs. Home builders are able to minimize the slope of the shower floor, sometimes placing the drain at the outside edge of the shower, creating a wheelchair-friendly curb-less shower. Nearly invisible tile-in channel models end up hidden by shower floor tile are becoming the standard for upscale bathroom remodeling projects.

Well-Insulated Stone Bathtubs

Luxurious bathtubs are a top trend for 2013 bathrooms. From well-insulated stone tubs to trendy freestanding tub styles with depth for soaking, to highly advanced Jacuzzi bathtubs, homeowners can build a five-star quality spa right in their home.

Big Windows And Lots Of Natural Sunlight

Bathrooms are meant to be enjoyed to a new measure and that includes sunlight. The right window treatments or heavily wooded lots may work to offer privacy combined with high energy efficient green windows.

"A naturally soothing and luxurious environment with the ambiance of hominess will be a top priority in bath remodels in 2013," predicts Tollefson.

Remodeling your home's bathroom has a number of potential benefits: improved aesthetics, safety, comfort, not to mention that more than 60 percent of the project's cost will likely come back to you if you sell your home. The available fixture and decorative options are nearly endless. But one factor does put a limit on the project, at least for most of us: cost.

So what does a bathroom remodel cost? How can you plan a reasonable budget and keep the project within that plan?

Reasonable expectations

Before getting into specifics, it's important to understand that remodeling a bathroom can involve a number of different skills and materials. Although the space itself may be fairly small, the project can get big in a hurry.

This is because of the features unique to bathrooms: they are high traffic areas, containing specialized fixtures such as shower and toilet that require specific skills to install them correctly, and they are the only room in the house with so much potentially damaging water flowing through it at all times.

Don't expect even a small bathroom remodel project to be inexpensive. The average cost nationwide in 2011 was around $16,000, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Setting a budget

So, it's important to set a budget realistically based on your needs and desires. Based on the $16,000 average, and the rough breakdown provided by the NKBA, here is what you can expect each aspect of the remodel to cost:

  • Labor: 20 percent ($,3200)
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent ($2,560)
  • Fixtures: 15 percent ($2,400)
  • Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent ($2,240)
  • Countertop: 7 percent ($1120)
  • Floor: 9 percent ($1,440)
  • Doors and windows: 4 percent ($640)
  • Walls and ceiling: 5 percent ($800)
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent ($800)
  • Design fees: 4 percent ($640)
  • Other: 1 percent ($160)

Of course, these are all simply averages, but it should help you determine where your particular needs may fall on the price scale. By speaking to a qualified bathroom remodeling contractor like LASCO Remodeling and Construction and shopping around for the styles and qualities of fixtures and decorative elements you're interested in, you can determine what you need included in your remodel.

Prioritizing your remodel

Realistically, the above information may have you convinced you're not in the market for a complete remodel at this point. That's OK. A lot of benefit can be derived from just updating a portion of the bathroom, perhaps leaving the door open for future upgrades down the road.

An important thing to remember, though, is that you need to choose quality over quantity. It would be a waste of time and money - and a source of future aggravation - for you to purchase a cheap, low-quality toilet and sink just to allow you to redo the floor at the same time.

With the amount of use these items receive, their quality will not pass the test of time and you'll end up replacing them again in the near future. The same reasoning applies to settling on the lowest estimate provided by contractors rather than basing your hiring decision on the quality, experience and expertise of the contractor.

Prepare for inconvenience

This aspect of a bathroom remodel is often overlooked, but it's important nonetheless.

No matter how large or small your project ends up being, it's going to cause some level of inconvenience as it essentially removes one of the highest-traffic portions of your house from use for the length of the project. Be sure that alternative facilities are available either on sight or nearby, and that you and your contractor are firmly on the same page as to how long the project should take and when you can expect to use your new bathroom.

While there are too many variables to provide a valid average timetable for your remodel, there is a likelihood your bathroom will be under construction for several days, even up to three weeks or more.

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5 common bathroom remodeling mistakes to avoid

When it comes to home improvement projects, taking an old bathroom from dingy to dazzling can add significant value to your home — especially if you do it correctly.

It's all too easy, however, to get sidetracked during a bathroom revamp and find yourself drowning in unexpected costs and unanticipated problems. That's why it's critical to avoid these common bathroom remodeling mistakes.

Budgeting too little

According to Remodeling Magazine, the average cost of remodeling a bathroom is $16,634. You'd be wise to budget more than this though, especially if you're doing your remodel in an older home. In fact, if your home is more than 50 years old, you're likely to find galvanized steel pipes in the walls. You're probably going to want to replace them with more durable PVC or copper plumbing, which will reduce problems that can come when the steel pipe corrodes. Also, because bathrooms are wet areas of the home, be prepared to encounter water damage and possibly even mold, which can increase the price of the project exponentially.

Being trendy

If you've ever shopped for a new home, you've come across once-trendy bathroom nightmares everywhere: pink tile that was in vogue in the '50s, avocado green sinks and toilets that were popular in the '70s and Jacuzzi tubs that were all the rage in the '80s. Instead of going with the latest design fad in your bathroom, consider designing in a more classic, timeless way. You can never go wrong with neutral colors, simple tiles and a fresh, clean look. You might not get a shocking contemporary design now, but you also won't shock future buyers with a style that's gone the way of the shag carpet.

Cheaping out

While it's important not to overspend on your bathroom remodel and to shop for the best deal on fixtures and materials, it's equally critical not to try to save money in areas of the project that will only cause you more trouble later. Shoddy sink and shower fixtures will only need to be replaced in a few years. Cheap cabinets will have doors that don't fit properly and will always be a source of frustration. Using substandard underlayment on your subfloor can lead to water damage. And installing an inexpensive diverter valve in the shower means that you might never stop fighting a hot-and-cold water war with the other people in your home.

It's equally important not to skimp on paying for a quality contractor and to remember that the person who gives you the cheapest quote might not be the best person for the job. You'll want to hire someone who actually specializes in bathroom remodels because particular challenges exist with this kind of work that you don't find in general carpentry projects. You'll also want to make sure your remodeler works with a licensed and insured plumber.

Ignoring clearance distances

When remodeling a bathroom, it's so easy to get swept up in the fun stuff — colors, tiles, fixtures — that you actually forget that the space is about function first, then form. So before you begin breaking down walls and moving plumbing around, be sure that the bathroom will work in a logical manner. You don't want your knees pressed up against the side of the shower when you're using the toilet or to have shower or cabinet doors that bang against other surfaces or a bathroom door that can't open all the way because it's blocked by something else. Lay everything out on paper before beginning, making sure to accurately measure distances and clearances.

Doing it yourself

Unless you're a contractor yourself, chances are good that you'll want to hire a professional to oversee your bathroom remodel. While you might be able to work with him or her to save some money by doing small parts of the project yourself (like removal of old tile or painting), you could create huge expense either now or in the future if you botch the plumbing or rewire the room incorrectly.

What do Americans want in a bathroom?

Popular bathroom details saved to ideabooks create a spa-like feel. Freestanding and architectural deep soaking tubs are a favorite indulgence, as are luxurious plumbing fixtures for the bathtub and shower. Coveted color schemes in remodeled bathrooms are neutral in modern and traditional spaces alike, from a palette of browns, to shades of gray, to white on white. People are mixing tiles and creating a focal point with unusual tiles in contrasting colors, tiles with sparkle, and in a different shape or scale than the primary tile choice.

Many homeowners are also opting to build for their specific lifestyle, from incorporating a television, to using only green products, to applying a universal design scheme that will enable them to more easily age in place.

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