Remodeler Shares Bathroom Trends for 2016

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Susan Fancher

Subject: Bold bathroom

I'm ahead of you!!!! I remodeled my bathroom last year with a black cabinet base, soft yellow ivory counter, buttercream yellow on the walls fading up to lighter and lighter hints of white/ yellow at the top. Warm Brown bottom color on the walls to pick up the colors of Browns and ivory in the floor. Midway up the wall at the counter height is a nice molding all around in black with the BC yellow starting above the black molding, fading upwards. B&W prints of Marilyn Monroe in black frames on the walls. Touches of crystals and a small real crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
I call it " Marilyn's Powder Room"!
I love it and so do guests!!

Debbie Marshall

Subject: Jacuzzi

I am considering adding a Jacuzzi tub to my master bath. I like the idea of the the ones with a door that you have a seat in. What would be the things to consider when choosing this type over the traditional Jacuzzi?


Subject: Drawbacks of This Type of Tub

There are a couple drawbacks to purchasing this type of bathtub that you should be aware of. Some users find it unpleasant to sit in the tub as it fills and wait again to exit as it drains. Before committing to this type of bathtub, make sure your water heater is powerful enough to work with this style or you can be forced to put in a new one.


Subject: shower

I have a walk in shower, framed in aluminum. What can I do to the frame without ripping it out

Tracy Garcia

Subject: Bathroom remodel

I didn't know about any trends in bathroom remodels when I had my bathroom remodeled this past May, I just needed one because we had an ugly, impractical master bath.
I looked at dozens of pictures, thought about what I needed, wanted and could fit in our small space.
We did get rid of the tub because we do not have room for both and wanted a walk in shower. I rarely used the tub anyway. I used bronze fixtures for everything but water fixtures where I used brushed nickel. I felt everything being bronze make the room seem dark in ambiance. I chose square vessel sinks because we are tall and when we stayed in hotels or used restaurant bathrooms with vessel sinks I noticed they were easier on the back. I also chose to have an open pony wall. So glad I did that!! Makes for a roomy feel in the shower and an open look in the bathroom. Plus I can change shower curtain when the mood strikes me!
I had 2 pocket walls put in and a corner seat. I also used high end, grouted vinyl tile which is easier on the feet and looks just like the travertine I used in the shower.


Subject: Vinyl tile

I hope you did not use vinyl tile in your shower area. I dont know of one that could withstand the amount of water in a shower. They are not made for that application and will most likely delaminate quickly. An impervious product like glazed tile or better yet, a porcelain tile with power grout is the best, most cleanable surface for any space with consistant water. Travertine should be sealed frequently as it is a more porous stone. From a design perspective, using a fake or look alike product next to the real thing usually draws attention to the fake product and cheapens the overall intention. I hope this worked for you, as its a good solution to save some money!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.