Bathroom Remodeling Trends and Contractor Talk

Bathroom Remodeling Trends and Contractor Talk

Remodeling your bathroom will change your perspective on life on a daily basis as you start and end your day in a greatly improved space. Utilizing some of the latest trends can add to the enjoyment of your bathroom.


Linear Drain in the shower

A linear drain is a thin wide drain that is designed into the shower pan during a bathroom remodel. It will require some planning, or experience, to correctly execute. The shower floor can be a flat surface and sloped to the drain. Most showers have a “Bowl” design with the drain in the middle.

Linear Drain is a Top Bathroom Trend
A linear drain helps eliminate the “Bowl” shower floor. Sloping the shower floor to the drain with a flat surface.

Solid Surface Curb Top

A curb is the shower feature that you step over that is designed to keep water from migrating out the door onto the bathroom floor. It is usually tiled with finished tile on each side or metal trim. Covering the top of the curb with a neutral color solid surface material improves the clean look of a shower curb.

A solid Surface Shower Curb
Use a solid surface material on the shower curb top to eliminate grout lines at the busiest spot in the shower.


Curbless Shower Design

Room Addition Projects Go Curbless

Planning a Room Addition Project – Go Curbless on your walk in showers

Curbless showers are far superior to the traditional shower with a curb. Stepping up into the shower is inconvenient compared to the ease of walking into a flat floor shower. If you are planning new space for your home it is easy to design and plan to have a curbless shower. 

Your Room Addition Contractor can handle the details to make necessary changes to an existing plan to make the changes to execute a curbless shower.

Remodeled Bathroom With Shower Curb
A beautifully remodeled master bathroom with curb at shower.
Curbless Shower Design
A walk in curdles shower completed with the room addition project.

Your curdles design does not require additional floor space. It does require some consideration in the framing directions from the Architect as well as knowledge and skill on the part of the installation crew. Executing this type of shower does not have to add expense to the finish work.

Linear Drain on Curb less Shower
Curbless showers often have linear drains
Transition from shower to floor
This stone to ceramic transition clearly shows the separation from the shower. It is common to continue tile straight into shower. Here the stone shower floor clearly shows the shower floor.
Frameless glass walk in shower

Bathroom Remodeling Made Easy

Bathroom Remodeling can be made easy by following a few easy guidelines.

When doing a bathroom remodel it is sometimes overwhelming  to get the process started. Following a few simple guidelines can help make the process easier.

Frameless glass walk in shower
Completed Master Bathroom Remodel with walk in shower, subway limestone tiles and frameless glass shower
  1. Shop for finish materials in advance. Having an idea of what items cost and the look you are going to accomplish will go a long way to making the process easier.
  2. Get referrals – Having a referral to a bathroom remodeling contractor who is experienced will take much of the pressure off of you and your family.
  3. Be prepared to modify your bathroom regiment. Taking a bathroom out of commission for any period of time will put additional pressure for bathroom time on the remaining bathroom(s). Everyone will need to be considerate of each others needs during this time.
  4. Choose materials that you really love. Selecting finish materials that are exactly what you want can greatly affect your overall satisfaction. Don’t settle for less!
  5. Enjoy the process. Your bathroom remodel may not go exactly as planned but does not have to be a disaster either. be prepared to modify the plan should unexpected surprises come up. Many times an unexpected detail that is carefully considered and discussed can make the project come out better than expected.
  6. Order tile on time or only purchase what is in stock at the time of purchase. Many tile stores do not stock materials. They will have to order the materials from a wholesaler. If your contractor does not have an account at the wholesalers (as we do) then you will need lead time in order to have the tile store source the materials. Many tile stores get bad information on availability and the tiles may take much longer than expected to get to your home.
Bathroom Remodeling company tips.
Bathroom Remodeling company tips.
Master bathroom remodel including walk in shower, hand held shower head and frameless glass partition.
Hand held shower head for this beautifully designed master bathroom remodel.
Limestone subway tile and Master Bath Shower Head
Customer selected Master Bath Shower Head
Location of the Master Bath Shower Mixer is carefully hidden behind the pony wall.
Located on the interior of the pony wall, this Master Bath Shower Mixer is not seen when entering the Master Bathroom.
Tile in-lay shower drain covers come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Tile in-lay shower drain. These drain covers come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Bathroom remodeling trends for 2017

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Planning a bathroom remodeling project requires some investigation of bathroom remodeling trends and the costs associated with bathroom upgrades.

Bathroom Layout –

Most bathroom remodels will require that each fixture be placed in the same location as the original design dictated. If you are lucky enough to have the space to move items around then now is the time to consider a change of floor plan.

A bathroom layout remodel allows for the relocation of bathroom fixtures.
A bathroom layout remodel allows for the relocation of bathroom fixtures.

Walk-In Bathroom Shower –

Changing out a bathtub for a walk-in shower will reduce your Real Estate listing from a “Full Bath” to a “3/4 Bath”. Although this is considered a detriment to listing parties the potential buyer of a property will appreciate the updated look and operation of your bathroom. Consider a full size walk-in shower on your next bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Materials –

Materials change as fashions change in the construction industry. Recently travertine stone has been replaced with ceramic and porcelain tiles once again. The larger tiles of the modern design world have overtaken natural stone finish materials in bathroom remodel trends.


Bathroom Remodel Trends
Bathroom Remodeling Trends


Bathroom Lighting –

Bathroom remodeling trends in lighting make it to where you have more control over the options available. Code requires an occupancy sensor on most projects. Additional circuits can be installed for over the vanity/sink area lighting, inside shower lighting and task lighting.

Trend Checklist –

  • Towel bars and hooks
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Cabinet above toilet for storage
  • Recessed shower nook
  • Shower bench seat
  • Hand held shower sprayer
  • Heated bathroom floor
  • Trench drains
  • LED Lighting