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Where to Start with Your Bathroom Remodel

A quality custom bathroom remodel is a pretty large project. Unlike the cheap plastic overlays or fiberglass inserts you see in a big box store that can be done in a day or two (and you get what you pay for), a full, customized bathroom remodel takes longer (30 to 90 days) and costs more, but offers superior quality and craftsmanship that will last decades. Most homeowners don’t know where to start when contemplating remodeling a bathroom, so here we will walk you through the initial process you should take before starting a bathroom remodel.

What is Your Goal?

Before you even call, you should determine what the goal is for your remodel. Are you preparing to sell in the near future and need a superficial upgrade? Or is this your “forever home”? The answer to that question can determine how much you want to invest in the remodel so you can get a decent return on investment.

For the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that you plan on staying in your home long-term – say 10 to 15 years. Again, what is your goal? For example, if it’s a family bath with multiple kids getting ready for school at the same time in the morning, your goal may be to make it more efficient with multiple sinks and a private toilet. If it is your master bath, perhaps you want a spa-like retreat or maybe an ultra-modern, luxurious bath and dressing area. Knowing what you want and how you will use your new bathroom is necessary because you are going to be using it for years to come, so make sure it fits your style and preferences. It also will influence your budget, which is the next step to consider.


How much do you want to spend and how are you going to pay for it? Look online to get a general sense of the cost of building materials as well as the cost of things like fixtures, different types/styles of tiles, flooring, lighting, paint, and accessories. Keep in mind, however, that you also need to factor in additional costs for labor, permits, plumbing and electricity, and taxes.

Almost as important as how much is how to pay. Cash is king, obviously, because you will save money on interest. Most remodelers take credit cards, but then you pay a higher interest rate. A home equity line of credit is often a good option because they have a lower interest rate. And larger companies (like LBK!) offer financing options that are 0% interest for 6 months or more.

Interview Remodeling Contractors

Look for remodeling contractors in your area that specialize in bathrooms (or kitchens and baths). A general contractor or handyman may not have the expertise or experience with bathroom remodels that you want, and you may end up regretting in over the long term. Ask friends for recommendations. Visit the contractor’s website and look for testimonials and photos of their projects. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau to see if they have complaints against them. Discuss your design ideas with them and see if they have thoughts on better designs for your needs. And, finally, get a written, good faith estimate for their work.

LBK Design Build

Many people assume that there is an additional cost in working with a designer for their bathroom remodel. There can be, but not when working with LBK Design Build. We highly recommend working with one of our bathroom designers for a few reasons:
  • It’s free. So why not?
  • They know ALL the products and materials – pros, cons, and price points
  • They are trained to spot problems before they occur
  • They are experienced in managing the process – they know which steps need to come before others to save time and money.
  • Plus, with our design-build process, our designers communicate daily with our builders to ensure that you are getting what you want and with no surprises.
To learn more, schedule a consultation with Nick to discuss your ideas and how our simple remodeling process can help you get it!
Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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