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The Best Time Of Year For A Bathroom Remodel

Thinking about upgrading your bathroom? Ready to take on a renovation? If you’re debating about whether or not to move forward with a bathroom project, here’s something worth thinking about: the time of year. While spring and summer may seem like the most obvious choices for remodeling work, there are several advantages for opting out of the busy season. That’s because, believe it or not, when it comes to bathroom renovation, winter may be the smartest and most strategic time to take on the project. 

Why is winter such a good choice? Here’s a look.

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling in Winter

Sure, the temperatures drop and the days darken in winter — but that’s not to say remodeling work can’t get done. In fact, in the case of the bathroom, it may be smarter to plan a remodel for the slower season. Winter is calmer, slower and often more cost-efficient for remodeling projects. Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest perks that come from picking this season for your remodeling job: 

  • Seasonal cost savings.

Remodelers tend to be less busy in winter than in other seasons. That’s good news for homeowners, thanks to the laws of supply and demand. When fewer people are enlisting a remodeling company’s help, you aren’t paying a higher premium for an in-demand contractor’s time. Along the same lines, many manufacturers discount prices on products in winter, due to the slower business of the season. If the project is cheaper in winter, it only makes sense to give this season a chance. 

  • Easier scheduling opportunities.

Besides better costs, the other perk of planning a remodel in a slow season is convenience. When contractors aren’t as busy, you don’t have to fight to get scheduled or face long delays while workers handle other jobs. The colder months may free workers to take your project right when you need them to do it. Instead of having to squeeze yourself onto their schedule, you can often take your pick of timing that works for you. 

  • More and better product selection.

Winter also brings fewer chances for appliances or other materials being out of stock. Because there’s less demand, you have a better chance of getting exactly the items you need for your remodeling job.

  • Winter work that’s done indoors.

The cold temperatures and harsh precipitation of winter make anyone prefer working inside. Contractors are typically happy to take on bathroom remodeling jobs or other interior work in a season when being outside would be miserable. Looking at the perks that come from remodeling in winter, it only makes sense to give this season priority in planning bathroom remodels. When you do, you’ll make the most of the cost-efficient, convenient time of year by planning your job strategically.

How to Make the Most of a Winter Bathroom Remodel

If you decide to take the plunge and book a remodeling project this winter, here are a few tips for making sure you maximize the return on your investment: 

  • Go timeless.

Rather than picking products in step with the latest fads, go with timeless options. Stainless steel, for example, retains its value. Likewise, attractive, well-constructed bathroom cabinets are always an asset. Avoid niche, personalized, highly particular features such as bold colors, odd layouts or funky tiling. Think about how this remodel will look five, 10 or 20 years down the line. Opt for choices that will continue to be valuable. 

  • Budget carefully.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to spend less than 10 percent of your home’s total value on a bathroom remodeling project. While gutting the entire room, moving the fixtures to opposite sides of the room, and picking the top-of-the-line features might be fun, it only makes sense if the costs fit in your budget. 

  • Think about energy efficiency.

Today’s bathroom market includes a variety of bathroom products designed to maximize efficiency. Opt for energy-saving toilets, lighting and/or showers to make your bathroom a financially savvy investment for years to come.

Find Bathroom Remodeling Products at Modern Bathroom

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10 Money-Saving Tips And Tricks To Use For Your Bathroom Remodel


When homeowners think about bathroom remodeling, cost is likely the first thing that comes to mind. That is because kitchens and bathrooms are well-known to be the two most expensive rooms to remodel. However, your bathroom renovation doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Here are a few money-saving tips to help you get your remodel done on a budget.

1. Develop a Budget and a Plan

The No. 1 best way to save money on a bathroom remodel is to develop a thorough plan (and budget) and stick to it. If you know how much money you have to spend on the project, then you’ll know how much you can devote to various aspects of the upgrade. Use your budget to develop your plan, making sure to go over each detail, such as tile work, a new vanity, paint and decor. This way, you won’t have any surprises when it comes to cost or the finished project.

2. Make Your Own Mirror

Finished mirrors and medicine cabinet can add a great value to your remodel. If a new finished mirror is outside of your budget, one great way to save money is to make your own mirror. Simply purchase an industrial-grade mirror, hang it and frame it with moldings. The result is a beautiful, custom-designed mirror at a fraction of the cost.

3. Go Thrifting!

Thrifting is an excellent way to save money on a bathroom remodel. Look for items such as a dresser or standalone vanity that can be converted into a sink, shelving or a mirror. Expert thrift shoppers will be able to turn up objects such as reclaimed lumber that can be used as wainscoting or a cheaper alternative to tiled backsplash.

4. Paint Goes the Distance

Don’t underestimate the value of paint. Painting is one of the least expensive parts of a bathroom remodel, but a new coat has the power to completely remake the look and feel of a bathroom. Add vibrant pops of color for a fresh, bright look. Once the painting is complete, re-assess the project. You may find that the bathroom needs few upgrades beyond the new color.

5. DIY Where You Can

Some tasks — such as plumbing upgrades — are best left to the professionals if you don’t have the knowledge or tools to do it yourself. Other tasks, however — such as tiling or hanging wainscoting — are easy to learn and complete in a weekend. Consider doing some of these tasks yourself to cut costs on your project.

6. Shelving Is Less Expensive Than Cabinetry

Cabinetry can be one of the more expensive portions of a bathroom upgrade, particularly if you want lots of storage or if you have a lot of cabinetry to replace. Shelving is a nice alternative that will give you the same storage, but for far less money. Consider wall-mounted shelves for behind the toilet or floor-standing units for free walls. In addition to providing the storage space you need, shelving offers decorative options. Store necessities including toilet paper and towels in pretty boxes, or use some of the shelves to display decor items such as vases and pottery. If shelving is out of the question, consider these storage options.

7. Toilet Updates, Not Upgrades

A toilet can cost between $100 to $300 or more for higher-end models, plus supplies to install it and the labor costs of a professional to do the job. In many cases, however, there is nothing wrong with the existing toilet. All it needs is a bit of a refresh. Instead of replacing, consider swapping out the toilet’s lid and seat. You’ll be surprised by how this simple fix makes your toilet look like new again. However, if you do need to replace your toilet, follow these instructions to help with the process.

8. Skip Tile in Favor of Less Costly Alternatives

Tilework can get expensive, especially in modern bathrooms where showers, floors, walls and backsplashes are often tiled. Consider the following alternatives to save money on this portion of your project: 

  • Tub surrounds are a fraction of the cost of tiled showers or tiled tub surrounds — a great alternative if you need to replace a surround on a budget. 
  • For the flooring, consider vinyl tile. Shop around and you’ll find that modern vinyl tiling not only mimics the look of ceramic beautifully, but it is also designed to last. 
  • Tiled walls are costly. Wainscoting will give your walls interest and variation for a much less expensive price — and this is a project that is easy to DIY. 
  • There are a few ways to cut costs on tiled backsplashes. Certainly, you can go the DIY route to save money. You can also shop online for overstock tiles or visit builder surplus stores to find smaller batches of tile at a discount. Finally, you may decide to skip tile entirely in favor of cheaper alternatives such as lumber or bead board.

9. Tile Your Countertop to Save Money

In most areas — including the above-mentioned shower stalls, floors and backsplashes — tile is the more expensive route to choose. However, when it comes to countertops, granite and other solid stone surfaces are all the rage — and they’re expensive. A tiled counter can offer a similar look and feel to natural stone, provide all the water resistance you need, and it will be less expensive than solid stone.

10. Don’t Move Plumbing

Moving plumbing is where the real expense occurs. To move a shower, toilet or sink, you’ll need a professional to complete the job — and it’s a job that will leave your bathroom out of service for a few days, at least. If possible, keep your plumbing where it is. You’ll save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your upgrade. 

Bathroom renovations are notorious for their expense. However, if you use these tips to complete your project, you’ll be surprised by how easy and inexpensive your remodel is!

Bathrooms of the Future, Discover New Technologies


For decades after indoor plumbing swept the nation in the early 1900s, bathrooms remained essentially the same. Despite updates in décor, the standard toilet, sink and shower tub reigned supreme. Now, we’re about to see a revolutionary new trend in bathroom evolution.

The High-Tech Bathroom

Since 2000, the smart technology trend has become increasingly popular for use in the home. From programmable thermostats to automated landscape lighting, homeowners (and homebuyers) love technologies that save money, protect the environment, improve safety and comfort, and are just plain cool. 

While many people associate smart technology with other areas of the home, more and more high-tech products are becoming available for the bathroom as well. Here are some of the newest high-tech bathroom trends coming your way.

Touchless Bathroom Technology

We’ve seen automatic faucets and toilets in public places for decades, but now they’re becoming popular in homes as well. Touchless operation eliminates or greatly reduces the likelihood of germ transmission in the bathroom. Touchless faucets are easy to use, and because they shut off automatically when the hands are retracted, they may save water, too.

High-Tech Toilets

The humble commode has come a long way lately. After decades of basic flushers, the cutting-edge models on the market today feature all sorts of technological amenities. Some of these include:

  • Motion-sensing toilets. As mentioned above, touchless toilets are far more hygienic than conventional ones. And they eliminate the embarrassment of the “forgot-to-flush” syndrome, especially for families with kids and seniors. In addition to automatic flushing, some toilet motion sensors can be programmed to automatically raise or lower the lid, eliminating many a marital dispute. Motion-sensing equipment can be added inexpensively to any toilet.
  • Toilet seat warmers. No more bracing to sit on the pot on a cold winter’s day. A heated toilet seat is the perfect solution. 
  • Paperless toilets. Bidet-style toilets have long been popular in Asia, and more recently in Europe. Now, they’re hitting the States, and many are embracing them as a more hygienic, eco-friendly toilet option. While fancy bidet toilets with all the bells and whistles run into the thousands, you can outfit your bathroom with a basic model for well under $500.

Spa-Like Bathroom Amenities

In addition to the high-tech movement, there’s another trend that is affecting how we view and interact with our homes. It’s the desire for a more holistic, relaxed and natural way of life. 

Like a miniature spa, bathroom time provides the opportunity to retreat for a while into one’s own world. It becomes a little sanctuary where the simple acts of applying makeup or taking a bath can become rejuvenating rituals that empower us to tackle the day ahead, or let us wind down into a state of peace at day’s end. 

No wonder so many new bathroom technologies available today are designed not just to save water and energy, but also to comfort the body and satisfy the soul. Let’s take a look at a few of today’s trending high-tech bathroom features. 

  • Soaking tubs — Showers are great for a quick clean, but there’s nothing like settling into a steaming hot tub if you want to truly relax. Remember those wonderful, deep cast iron Victorian bathtubs that let you float away into tranquility? The stand-alone soaking tub is the modern version, updated with clean, Japanese-inspired design. 
  • Rainfall showerheads — If tubs aren’t your style, you might prefer to opt for a rainfall showerhead, for what some claim to be the most relaxing shower experience ever. 
  • Mood-enhancing lighting — Chromatherapy, or colored light therapy, is a popular healing modality that is supposed to help balance mind and body. Some manufacturers are now incorporating lighting technology into LCD shower panels and other bathroom amenities. You can also outfit your bathroom with daylight-matched LED bulbs, or even illuminate your toilet bowl for an unusual night-light effect. 
  • Aromatherapy — Essential oils are relaxing and invigorating for mind and body. Choose a countertop diffuser, or get an aromatherapy attachment for your shower. 
  • Refrigeration — A hot soak can be dehydrating, so why not keep your favorite beverage at your fingertips? A refrigerated bathroom cabinet makes it possible. They’re also great for extending the life of preservative-free cosmetics and body care items. 
  • Bathroom TVs — Yes, you now can get waterproof wide-screen TVs that will withstand bathroom conditions. For some, this may be the ultimate use of technology in the bathroom. 

Whether you love technology for its money-saving or environmental potential, or because it makes life more pleasant or is just plain fun, you’re sure to find a high-tech bathroom feature to suit!

Decorating The Bathroom For The Winter Holidays


Winter is coming quickly! Now is the time to make your home more merry and bright. You may already be planning to decorate common areas such as your living room and dining room with festive winter decorations, but why stop there? Your bathroom could use a little cheer, as well. These happy holiday decorations will help make this small but important part of your house more in sync with the season.

Seasonal Towels

Seasonal and holiday towels make it fun to get out of the shower. Holiday towels typically come in colors specifically for the occasion, while winter towels come in blue, white, silver and gray. This variety means homeowners can choose the best colors for their bathroom. Red and green towels tend to look best in bathrooms with earthy decor and bold colors, while white and blue towels are ideal in bathrooms with lighter, more neutral colors. Some homeowners set out seasonal towels just for decoration and use regular towels for everyday use. If this is the case in your household, be sure to match the seasonal towels and everyday towels so they won’t clash when they’re set side by side. Give your seasonal towels a prominent position in your bathroom by folding them nicely on built-in shelves or by rolling them up in an attractive basket on your sink.

Winter Candles

Winter candles come in a range of colors and designs. One nice candle with an attractive silver candle holder is a classic way to make your bathroom seem warm and inviting on a cold winter night. If you plan to burn your candles, use scented wintery-waxes that smell of gingerbread, apple cider or pine forests. Fully enclosed candle holders are best for burning candles in the bathroom, to prevent the wax from melting all over your countertop. To make your bathroom more romantic, use tealight candles in floating holders with fresh holly. Line candles on your window sill or on the back of your bathroom sink. Keep them lit during special holiday events. If you’re expecting younger guests or if you have little ones at home, keep lit candles up and out of the way.

White Flowers

White roses. Baby’s breath. White lilies. Beautiful white flowers freshen your bathroom and add a charming, wintery touch to your bathroom space. To make your flowers more overtly wintery, contain your flowers in a winter-themed pot or vase. If decorating with freshly cut flowers, use flower food to keep the blooms alive for as long as possible, or grow your own flowers indoors. Paperwhites are easy to grow inside and are popular at the holidays. These delicate flowers grow nicely in peat moss and last for weeks. Plant your blossoms in the late fall to have winter and holiday blooms.

Winter or Holiday Potpourri

No room benefits from potpourri quite like the bathroom. When selecting a winter potpourri, look for a seasonal container (for example: a cookie tin, a winter-themed basket or a fancy chalice). Potpourri containing materials such as citrus, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon can help your bathroom smell like the baking food that people enjoy. Refresh your potpourri monthly to keep its refreshing scent and appearance.

Glass Jar or Vase With Ornaments

Fill a glass jar or vase with ornaments, colored seasonal beads, berries or other objects that remind you of the winter season. Put this on the back of your toilet, on your sink countertop or in another easy-to-see place in your bathroom. If positioning the vase or jar on top of a ceramic surface such as the toilet, place a non-slip pad beneath the object to prevent it from sliding. This is a good way to make use of old glass ornaments that you no longer put on your tree.

Seasonal Shower Curtain

A seasonal shower curtain can completely change the appearance and character of your bathroom during the winter months. When looking for a winter shower curtain, search for pictures of snowmen, snowflakes and wintery scenes with snow-capped trees. If seeking something a little more holiday-themed, consider red and green plaid or a shower curtain featuring ornaments in a pattern.

Mini Christmas Tree

Nothing says "winter holidays" quite like a mini Christmas tree. Set up a little Christmas tree on your bathroom counter and decorate it with small ornaments and a string of battery-pack holiday lights. A real tree will fill your bathroom with a fresh scent, but don't forget to water it regularly.

Some Tips

When trying to decide how to decorate your bathroom for winter, these tips will help: 

  • Put away your normal decor.

This prevents your shelves from becoming cluttered, and attracts more attention to your seasonal decorations. 

  • Match the colors to the color of your bathroom.

Seasonal decorations are much more effective and attractive if they’ve been matched to the walls, floors and other colors in your bathroom. 

  • Sometimes less is more.

          One or two seasonal decorations can make your point without being too obvious.

Have Fun!

More than anything else, decorating your bathroom should be fun. Take input from other family members, browse catalogs and try new decorations with each season. Challenging yourself to do better each year will make decorating your bathroom with seasonal decorations even more fun.


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