Bathroom Remodel Trends

Bathroom remodeling is becoming more common and for good reasons. Bathroom designs have gone through a huge change. Many bathrooms that are just 15 years old now look dated. Today’s bathroom renovations look cool with stark color contrasts and unique features. Bathroom remodels are using new materials, textures, and features that have a very enthusiastic and exciting feel. Current trends from an updated bathroom remodel may find the following different features:

  • curbless showers with hidden drains
  • dark dramatic vanities
  • sliding glass barn doors for showers
  • lighting (to determine exact locations)

The results are so stunning, you will want to have a small party in your new bathroom.

Bathroom Remodel Reston VA

There are 1000’s of terrific bathroom remodel ideas all over the internet and in magazines. I recommend cutting and pasting your favorite ideas to create a bathroom that is as unique as you. If you would like help with design ideas and costs, we can help with that as well. Staying within your budget, and creating a bathroom you will enjoy for years is our end goal!

Bathroom Remodel Costs: Where to Save

What is the typical cost for a bathroom remodel? The cost to remodel a bathroom should be in proportion to the value of the home. For example, if your house is worth $450,000 your master bathroom renovation should cost between $14,000 – $20,000. This includes labor and materials.

Inexpensive bathroom remodels with dramatic results!

We offer an experienced staff that finds solutions to your design that will keep your bathroom remodel on a budget. For example, perhaps your bathroom remodel plans could keep the existing bathtub. If the color is not of your liking, have it painted for about $450.00 and look brand new. Removing your tub with a shower base will add $2,000.00 – $3,000 to the cost of a bathroom remodel.

Bathroom before              Bathroom after completed

Using inexpensive tiles for shower walls and floors is another way to keep cost down. There are 100’s of tile options that will create a wow and classic look for less money. Using marble and other expensive material is not necessary to create gorgeous bathroom. Choosing ceramic and porcelain tile will reduce your bathroom remodel costs by hundreds if not a few thousand dollars.


Bathroom Remodel Costs: Where to Splurge

The Vanity

Where would be some wise choices to splurge when considering your bathroom remodel? The vanity is a great place to start. It is the center piece of the room. Take your time when picking out the vanity and avoid the lower end brands at the big box stores. Trying to make an inexpensive vanity look nice is like trying to turn a Yugo into a race car.


Also, consider having an interesting countertop. Granite is nothing new, but the styles of granite have changed. Avoid using inexpensive common granite and consider a lighter granite.  Marble and wood counters are also interesting choices that can give a wow factor in your renovated bathroom. Granite and marble supply stores have remnants that have the previous customer paid for. Often times there is a large inventory to choose from. Suppliers often discount their remnants which gives you the ability to find great counter-tops and a great price!



Investing in unique lighting is something that you will appreciate for years. Local lighting stores are a great source to find that one-of-kind light. The extra $100 or so is well worth the price of the light. The uniqueness of the light will make the bathroom remodel look more custom and add value to your home.

Bathroom Fan

Bathroom fans come rated showing their noise level. I recommend getting the quietest rating. Noisy bathroom fans make the room sound cheap. Spending an extra $75.00 for a quiet one is the best investment you will make in your bathroom remodel.


bathroom faucet

The big box stores do have a nice design selection of faucets. They look great, but there is one downside. The quality of the interior parts is inferior to what you would buy from a plumbing supplier house. Other places to purchase a high-quality faucet include kitchen and bathroom design centers. The faucet will last longer and save you money in the long run. For example, a cheap faucet may last 7-10 years before it needs replacement. Hiring a plumber will likely cost around $$700.00 or more for parts and labor. The other choice is to install a high-quality faucet during your bathroom remodel and –forget about it.

How Long do Bathroom Remodels Take?

How long does a bathroom remodel take is a good question? If the materials are on-site we can off get a bathroom completed in 2-4 weeks. Some extensive bathroom remodeling jobs can take longer. Here is a partial list of the biggest time and cost factors for bathroom remodel:

Converting a tub to a shower. Converting a tub into a shower takes 2-3 days. Additional cost for plumbing and permits maybe required as well.

Bathroom Remodel: Avoiding delays

One thing that always delays a bathroom remodel is a custom glass for the shower. To get an exact size, the measuring needs to wait until the shower tile up. The lead time from measuring to installing custom glass can take 2-4 weeks.

Prior to starting your bathroom remodel, have all the necessary materials on site prior to starting. Frustration enters the project for all parties when materials trickle in one by one. Before the bathroom remodeling begins, have the following items on site.

  • Tile / grout
  • Shower diverter
  • Vanity (required to confirm exact plumbing locations)
  • Shower base (if applicable)
  • Lighting (to determine the accurate location of electrical boxes)
  • Threshold

It would be our pleasure to help you design and budget a bathroom remodel project. We understand that we are working in your home and it is important that we are respectful and productive. Cleaning -up and storing materials where they will not interfere with your daily activities is a must.


Klappenberger & Son has been in business for over 30 years. Let us transform your existing bathroom into an oasis for you and a small group of friends! Please call us or fill out the contact form and will get back to you soon!

Areas we have been performing bathroom remodels include Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC

Annapolis Davidsonville Severna Park Crofton
Columbia Ellicott City Rockville Gaithersburg
Frederick Westminster Sykesville Potomac
Bowie Baltimore Towson Owings Mills
Cockeysville Buckeystown Mt. Airy Clarksville
Georgetown Washington DC Chevy Chase Fairfax
Reston Springfield Leesburg Tysons Corner

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