Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has several tricks up our sleeve when it comes to renovating local bathrooms. Styling them is another matter. We can make suggestions, but when it comes to the day-to-day use of the room, it’s 100% your taste that matters!
Still, we’re often asked, “How can I make my plain bathroom look better/more luxurious/nicer…?” There are many variations of the question, but customers are basically asking the same thing. They want to know how to create a stylish bathroom like the ones they see in magazines and online.
We have come up with one simple tip that can answer all varieties of this question:
Put unexpected yet classy items in the bathroom.
By taking a piece of furniture, a home accent or a fixture that would look right at home in the living room, dining room or bedroom and transitioning it to the bedroom, you can effectively create a unique yet sophisticated look.
We’ve seen this trend for a while now. It started with dresser vanities – the kind that are hollowed out so that they hide the plumbing, then a sink either sits on top or is dropped down into the top. From there, the trend spread like wildfire.
Here are a few other examples we like:
We love sharing our ideas with local customers just like you! Give us a few minutes, and we can provide you with all the inspiration you’ll need to renovate and decorate your boring bathroom!
Before you dismiss the idea completely, listen to what Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has to say about concrete floors for your Overland Park bathroom. You may be surprised about some of the advantages and disadvantages, as many of our skeptical customers are at first.
Just the idea of it seems foreign, but we’ve seen beautiful, polished and stained concrete floors in practically every room of the home: converted basements, living rooms, and kitchens. So why not in the bathroom as well?
Before you begin this project, you should have your contractor check out the subflooring to make sure that it can handle the weight of a poured concrete floor. Once this preliminary inspection is complete, you can continue your research to see if a concrete bathroom floor really is right for you.
First, let’s look at the benefits of concrete floors in the bathroom. Many of concrete’s advantages make it a very similar option to tile flooring. For example, it is water resistant like tile, and it is easy to clean and care for. It’s incredibly durable, and with stain and sealant, you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind bathroom floor.
Now we’ll cover concrete’s disadvantages. Getting the finish right is tricky. It will either be too rough and uncomfortable on the bottoms of your feet or too slippery and dangerous when wet if not done exactly right. It’s best left with a semi-smooth finish for interior purposes. Concrete, like tile, is cold to the touch, and takes a long time to heat or cool. Also like tile, concrete can stain, so it must be treated with a sealant.
Overall, concrete floors are one of our favorite design elements of the past few years. They are especially great for an industrial style bathroom with exposed plumbing and iron fixtures, and they can also bring a sense of unity to an indoor-outdoor bathroom.
We love the look, and while a concrete bathroom floor isn’t for everyone, we think that they make a great addition to many homes!
One suggestion we give our Overland Park customers is to think about heating their concrete floors. If you’re installing a new concrete floor, pouring it over insulation or adding a heating element such as hot-water tubing will help a lot, since concrete is very slow to heat and cool. This technique is used with tile very effectively as well, and it will keep your feet – and the entire room – nice and toasty even on the coldest mornings!
If you aren’t completely sold on the idea of a poured concrete floor, you could do something really unique and use concrete pavers for your flooring. To pull off such an idea, you’ll probably need some professional help, but here at Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling, the customer’s wish is our command, so we’ll do whatever it takes to make their dream come to life!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has gotten more and more questions in recent years about refinishing bathtubs rather than replacing them.
Many of our Olathe customers think that they can do the job themselves or find the service very affordably, so we thought we would provide a little information about refinishing a bathtub, also called reglazing, versus replacing it.
There are many companies that specialize in bathtub reglazing, and even more in the Olathe area – including Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling – can replace your bathtub, so there will be no shortage of teams to do the work for you.
So let’s look at some of the pros and cons of refinishing a tub versus replacing it.
Why Reglaze a Tub?
They don’t make ‘em like they used to, as the saying goes. In the late 1800s, a cast iron claw-foot tub was a luxury item. Ironically, they still are today, but instead of being made of heavy cast iron, they are fashioned from lighter fiberglass or acrylic.
Therefore, glazing is a pretty common practice with antique, claw-foot beauties because they are rare, and those who want authentic rather than look-alike, refinishing is the only way to go. But this technique can be done with any cast-iron, steel, or fiberglass tub regardless of its age.
Replacing a Tub
An old tub can be hard to remove, making your labor cost much higher. You could end up spending ($1,000 or more in labor alone, even if your replacement tub is inexpensive. The flooring, trim and plumbing may be affected during the replacement, so these will need to be repaired as well.
However, an advantage of new appliances is that they may have up to a 25-year warranty. A new tub could, in actuality, have a much longer lifespan than 25 years.
Replacing a tub can be more affordable, costing anywhere from $300-$1000 depending on the type of tub you have and its size. it will look like new again, and you can even change the color of an outdated tub if desired. Reglazing adds another 10-15 years of life to your tub, but no extended warranty usually comes with this service.
Reglazing is a simple process. An experienced contractor can do it quickly, but each step needs to be done with precision so that you can achieve professional results.
Steps in the Reglazing Process:
In the opinion of Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling, either option is viable for our Olathe customers. If you’re debating about having a tub refinished, it’s a dependable service that can give you great results faster than replacing a tub entirely.
Usually, replacing your tub is a better option if you are doing other bathroom renovations because there will likely be more demolition to be done anyway.
We’ve seen great results in both cases, and we’d solidly recommend either one for our valued customers!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is your source for endless bathroom remodeling ideas! We can accommodate any budget, any time frame, and any style preferences. All you have to do is come up with the idea, and we’ll handle the rest!
In some cases, you don’t even have to have an idea – just the inkling that it’s time for a chance is enough! Call us when you’re ready to update your Overland Park bathroom, and our creative minds will get to work immediately, brainstorming all the ways we can give you a fresh, new bathroom update.
For many of our customers, the changes they expect are primarily cosmetic. We do a lot of quick, easy, inexpensive bathroom remodeling jobs for home and business owners all over Kansas City, so we know exactly what you’re looking for in an OP bathroom remodeling company!
Fast, Easy Bathroom Remodeling Ideas
When customers tell us they want to update the appearance of their bathroom without doing a complete bathroom renovation, these are a few of the services we suggest:
Call us when you’re ready for a hassle-free Overland Park bathroom remodel!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling specializes in all bathroom remodeling tasks an Olathe customer could ever need including traditional and custom tile. Laying tile for the floor or in a shower stall is definitely a chore you can do yourself, but it isn’t as easy as some DIY websites might lead you to believe.
If you don’t have the time or patience to install tile yourself, call Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling!
But if you’re a weekend warrior, let us provide you with the steps we follow for professionally installed bathroom tile.
A Few Tips Before You Begin
These tricks of the trade will be lifesavers if it’s your first time installing tile:
When you’re ready to begin, you’ll want to have a far better grasp on each of these steps than is presented here! This guide is only meant to give you an idea of what is involved the tile-laying process.
You’ll need to let the mortar dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding. Finally, do these last steps, and you’re all done!
8. File the rough edges of your tile, especially around doorways. This will prevent you from cutting your feet on the jagged edges.
9. Remove spacers and apply grout. This process deserves an explanation of its own!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling advises Olathe do-it-yourselfers to work carefully and slowly with mortar, removing excess after each step if necessary so it won’t dry on the surface of your tile. It’s extremely hard to remove once it’s dry, and you run the risk of damaging your new tile.
The entire process of laying tile involves a lot of technique and is much simpler the more skill you have. That’s why we recommend that you hire a general contractor like Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling for your tile needs.
Over half of the water used in your Kansas City home runs right down the bathroom drains. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can remodel your residential bathroom with water conservation in mind, allowing you to use less water for the same daily activities.
You can easily upgrade a few of your bathroom fixtures and cut the amount of water it takes for you to get ready each day by a third or more!
Bathroom Appliances and Fixtures that Conserve Water:
These faucets are designed to reduce the amount of water that is wasted while brushing your teeth or washing your hands or face. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can recommend a stylish low-flow faucet that will complement a new bathroom renovation, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for saving the planet!
Simply attaching a faucet aerator (available at your local hardware store for less than $5) can reduce the amount of water your bathroom faucet pours out, and you can probably install it yourself.
If you’re concerned with water conservation (and your energy bills), you probably monitor everyone’s shower length already. Installing a shower head that is designed to conserve water is another great way to watch your water use!
You can choose from low-flow shower heads which use about half the amount of water that regular shower heads do, or you can invest in smart shower heads that can be linked to your smart home technology. These cool gadgets are sensitive to your preferred water temperature, reducing their flow to nearly nothing when your water reaches a pre-determined temperature. You can adjust it back to full flow when you step in.
Using technology like pressure-assist allows newer toilets to be more energy efficient than ever. You may prefer a duel flush or a low flow toilet to accommodate your water saving needs. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can recommend the type that is right for you.
Today’s toilets use much less water than ones from just a few years ago. If your toilet is 10 or more years old, it might use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush! Leaks can cause even more water waste, so you definitely need to stay on top of toilet repairs, too!
Maybe you have seen these on social media and thought they were prototypes, too theoretical to be incorporated into your Kansas City bathroom remodeling project. You’ll be delighted to know that these tubs have been on the market for several years, and they are getting more affordable every day!
With a tilting bathtub, you can only use the amount of water you need and create depth in certain areas by changing the tub’s angle. Choose from a foot bath, a half body, or a soaking full-body bath!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is excited to help our customers save money, save water, and save the environment with water-saving appliances and fixtures like these!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can assure you that as long as there are bathrooms, there will be bathroom tile!
Tile will never go out of style because of its flexibility in design options and versatility of uses. We can professionally install tile in your bathroom on the walls, in the shower, on the floor, or as a backsplash. Customers have gotten creative over the years, asking for unique tile accents in their Kansas City bathrooms, and we have delivered time and again!
The benefits of tile in the bathroom are undeniable:
According to the Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling pros, the key to tile that will remain stylish for years to come is sticking to basic tile and designs.
This rule of thumb applies to homeowners who plan to live in their house for 7 years or less. The creative freedom you have with your bathroom tile is somewhat subdued by the resale prospects of a home that is fully customized to your liking.
Choose from these and other types of bathroom tile to create lasting looks:
There are a few more pro tips that we recommend to give your bathroom tile longevity, regardless of whether or not your style changes.
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is your best choice for bathroom remodeling in Kansas City! We love exploring tile options with our customers to come up with interesting designs that are anywhere from traditional to one-of-a-kind.
Remember that bathroom tile is easy to replace and usually inexpensive since these are smaller rooms in your home. So it’s no big deal if you change your mind a few years down the road. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can offer you more contemporary tile options if you decide to replace your residential bathroom tile.
Call us for tile installation or renovation of a residential bathroom that includes new tile. We can create interesting patterns with basic tile, or we can offer a wide range of unique tile in many different materials, shapes, and sizes.
The stress of remodeling is enough to do any homeowner in, but when you’re A) remodeling a bathroom and B) your home only has ONE bath, well, that’s a whole different kind of stress! You can’t live without a bathroom for very long, so time is of the essence when you’re remodeling the only bathroom in your home.
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is here to assure you that it IS possible to remodel a bathroom, even if it’s your only one, without losing your mind. With our help, you can complete the project with spectacular results and very little inconvenience.
Here’s how it’s done:
Plan your renovation to be done in stages. We’d especially recommend only working on one water source at a time, so at worst, you’re without a toilet or shower for a day, but not both at one time. You can always use the kitchen sink for washing hands, brushing teeth, etc. Just be creative and flexible! Taking a shower at a friend’s or family member’s house won’t inconvenience either of you too much if it’s just for a day.
Have all the materials on hand. Waiting for shipments can eat up a lot of the renovation time of most projects, but if you only have one bathroom, you won’t have that luxury. Some items can take 8 weeks or longer to ship, so plan accordingly and don’t schedule your renovation until you’re sure everything will be on site. This also gives you the benefit of shopping around before the renovation begins, having time to choose the exact fixtures and appliances you want with zero time constraints.
Choose an experienced remodeler. If you are doing the work yourself, we commend you! But if you are going to trust a pro with your one-bathroom renovation, make sure you ask the right questions. How experienced are they with these types of renovations? Experience with single-bathroom renovations is definitely something you will get when you choose Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling! It might sound like a shameless plug, but we have the goods to back up our word!
Have as much of the prep done as possible. The more of the demolition you can have done ahead of time, the less will be wasted on removing wall paper, tearing out old tile, or removing light fixtures. And much of this, you can do yourself, saving money as well as time. You can have all of the materials ordered and all necessary building permits in hand when your bathroom remodeler arrives.
The best piece of advice Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can offer you is to redesign your bathroom to make the most of the space.
If it’s your only bathroom, consider a Jack and Jill sink and separate shower and bathtub for convenience. You should also incorporate more storage in the bathroom because – well, do we really have to explain that one? And finally, talk to your Kansas City bathroom remodeling contractor about adding electrical outlets (again, a no-brainer!)
We’re more than ready to get going on your one-bathroom home’s renovation. With adequate planning, your project can go off without a hitch!
We try our hardest to be the best general contractor in Kansas City!