How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

You have been dreaming about remodeling your bathroom for quite some time or perhaps just in the past few months.  And now, you are wondering how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget.  We can help! Working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom knowing you made an educated investment to get the most for your budget.

As You Begin

Research online to answer key questions to identify your needs.  What is the overall aesthetics you want? Houzz and Pinterest are good resources for all things design.  What are the current issues with the space that need to be addressed? Is there a deadline for when the remodel needs to be complete?  What investment are you willing to make?  Are you ready to create a space where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day? First, you need to know how to plan your bathroom remodeling budget so that you align your wants and needs.

Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget

In general terms let’s define budget.  Budget, as a verb in our application, is the amount you allow or provide for an item. The total amount of money you are willing to invest in remodeling your bathroom is the budget. Most of us may have no idea what construction and material costs can add up to when remodeling.

Several factors impact the overall cost: the size of the space, the potential of water fixtures being relocated, the expense of the finish materials, and the labor to plan and execute the project. The budget should include an allowance for everything necessary to complete a remodel of the space.  When creating your budget include the cost for all the finish materials: floor, shower tile and fixtures, shower glass, bathtub and fixtures, toilet, vanity, sink and faucet, mirror, paint, lighting, additional storage, bath accessories, and window treatments. Then the cost of labor.

If the cost of everything added up is less than or equal to your budgeted amount, you are almost ready to start. As a professional remodeler, we always discuss the potential of unforeseen circumstances or last-minute changes that may occur in a remodeling project.  Set aside 5%-10% of your overall cost, depending on the scope of your remodel project, as a good buffer.

What if the Remodel is More Than Your Budget?

If your dream bathroom remodel is going to be more than your budget, you do not have to give up yet.  There may be a way to get the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.  As your remodeler, we can show you superior products within your budget that are like what you selected.  For example, Chrome finish fixtures cost, on average 25% less than the same fixture in brushed nickel.  Also, there are several porcelain tiles made to look like natural stone, but they cost less and do not need additional maintenance.

With our help, you will find the materials that will fit your budget.  If there are still budget issues with your dream bathroom remodel, we can also help you cut out some of the little extras that you will not need immediately.  Additional luxury items such as a towel warmer can always be added later.

Last-Minute Budget Decisions

Keep your budget in mind as the remodeling project is being done.  After demolition, many people recognize the potential for the space they had not seen before.  You may need to or want to make some important last-minute decisions. You should work with your Contractor to investigate those last-minute or in progress decision points.  It can be easy to agree to an expensive item when the excitement of your new bathroom remodel is in progress.  However, taking the time to realistically look at your budget can help you invest wisely and get what you want.

Spending the time preparing for your bathroom remodel can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the end. You will be prepared for any last-minute questions and have the answers ready instead of wondering what you should do, which in turn can delay the work being done. By working with a professional remodeler starting at the budget phase, you will find that at the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom without worry.

Let Us Help You Love Your Home Again

We will help you do the homework to make the best decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring for your bathroom remodel. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule your free 60-minute consultation! Our award-winning design team and craftsmen are ready to make your vision for your dream bathroom a reality.

You can also find ideas for your bathroom remodel on our project page here and at our sister company, Homework Remodels.

9 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Value

Recently, our sister company, Homework Remodels, was cited in this blog by with RedFin Real Estate. We are excited to get to share her blog here about 9 simple home improvements that can increase value.

Keeping up on your home maintenance is an important and crucial part of being a homeowner, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. In addition to keeping up on basic maintenance, there are many other projects you can do to help your home potentially sell for more. Whether you live in a city like Atlanta, GA, or a smaller town like Cheney, WA these simple home improvements can increase your home value.

1. Replace the garage door

A new front door or garage door is one of the best returns on investment. A new garage door can increase your home value, as well as improve the appearance of your home. Replacing or having an old garage door fixed is a simple home improvement that can increase your home value substantially.

“Everyone knows that first impressions are important when it comes to a home. Depending on the style, the garage can take up as much as 30% of the front of a home. That’s why when replacing an old garage door with a new, upscale garage door has significant impacts on first impressions and can help you sell quickly! In fact, nationally, in 2020 homeowners can expect up to a 94% return on investment for their garage door replacements on average. In some regions, this return on investment surpasses 100%.” Overhead Door

2. Remodel your kitchen and bathroom

The majority of buyers looking for a home that has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals to do these simple home improvements, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.

“It is best to hire a company that not only restores your existing washroom, kitchen cabinets, and floors providing a range of products and options but a company that can also remodel according to your taste! As you are doing renovations, decisions may change due to unforeseeable factors, so it is best to work with a company like Bathtub Guru that can do both restoration and remodeling.” Bathtub Guru

“We believe a remodeled shower adds value to your home – which can be as easy as tiling your shower from floor to ceiling (up to 10 ft) for extra bling. If you are looking to add more of a high-end touch, use exotic granite for the countertops. Lastly, always add a shower door to retain heat and apply “red guard” to your mud set throughout the whole shower for extra seal protection that lasts longer.” –Arlington Custom Builders

“When trying to find the right home service provider for you, search for local companies. Be wary of companies pouring money into promoted ads on the top of your web searches and those sent via “Directories” promising to connect you with the best local home improvement professionals. These companies will end up having a much higher price. We’re a small local company who invest more in our people and processes than our marketing. We can provide a fair price because we aren’t spending an arm and a leg on web leads.” Center Point Renovations

4. Replace windows

It is advised that you replace any old single-pane windows and install dual pane windows instead. If you have the extra money for this, they are very attractive and people really find value in them. Replacing windows can give your home a new look, increase natural light, save your money on heating and cooling, and add value to the price of your home if you are considering selling.

“It is incredibly common that homeowners need to repair their windows to satisfy an inspector’s report, and they always want to do it as cheaply as possible. I would advise settling on a dollar amount to escrow so the new owners can make the decision on what quality level to pursue. That way they can do the cheap fix or maybe decide to replace all the windows or something in between. After all, the inspector has flagged 1 or more windows, and the reality is that all the windows are on a decreasing timeline to needing future repair or replacement.” –Brad AlexanderZen Windows 

 

9 simple home improvements

5. A fresh coat of paint

If you decide to freshen up your home with some new paint, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. This new paint can bring a more simple, sophisticated look to your home. A freshly painted front door and entryway also make a great welcoming statement for the home and can refresh any interior space.

“Paint your house as soon as you want to list it. Painting your house is the fastest and most affordable way to add notable curb appeal to your home. A painted house will start to generate buzz and put a coming soon sign on the front yard. Make sure to choose a company that gives you a value paint job, not just a cheap paint job.” Tulsa Christian Bros Painting

 

6. Update hardware and fixtures

Just as new fixtures can bring a home into the present, updated hardware can create a new look for a small investment. Updating hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms is a great way to modernize your home. You will want to keep your hardware consistent throughout your home and don’t forget to take looks and function into consideration.

“Look up, replacing old recessed fixtures, outdated ceiling fans and chandeliers can instantly refresh any home. Also consider replacing outdated almond-colored switches, outlets, and switch plates. These are great budget-friendly updates and can help you sell your home more quickly.” –Melissa Frederiksen, Atmosphere 360 Studio

7. Minimize and declutter

Decluttering, paring down, or purging is the first step to clearing away excess clutter so you can start organizing your space. You must declutter in order to open up room in your existing space. This is so critical if you are wanting your home to look better ion listing photos or sell for more. Decluttering is a simple home improvement that can make your home look much better.

“A clutter-free home will sell more quickly and for more money than one filled to the brim. Decluttering will not only enhance your sale but with less stuff, it will also make it easier to organize and maintain your next home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or right-sizing, the selling, and moving incentive works beautifully for getting you to evaluate your belongs and release excess clutter.” –Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized! 

“Installing shelves, hooks, and racks in your garage and basement to store your tools and belongings will make it easy to quickly locate what you are looking for as well as making a huge visual improvement. Using clear bins makes it a snap to find what you are looking for when you need it.  Labeling all of your bins and hooks makes it easy to put things back where they belong. Our preference is metal shelving with wheels: sturdy and functional. It makes entering these spaces pleasant, it’s worth the effort.” –Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants

“Keep a seasonal maintenance list of everything in your home. For example, in the spring wash your deck and seal it if the manufacturer suggests it. Keep a list with dates of when you sealed it. You will be able to show possible home buyers how well you took care of your deck.” –Vickie Dellaquila, Organization Rules

8. Take care of the exterior of your home

“The best home maintenance tips are not over the top, they are simple ones that keep your home running and looking its best. Clean your gutters, make sure if you have a sprinkler system that the heads never spray on your home, wash your home every year and repaint every 4-5 years depending on your area of the country. Stay on top of these maintenance items so that when you get ready to sell your home, you don’t have to discount your price for all of the deferred maintenance.” –John Rogers, John Rogers Renovations 

9. Service all systems

It is best if you service all systems in the home. This is a great way to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. It can be a simple home improvement that can add value to your home. If you have any appliances or systems that are more than 10 years old consider replacing them with newer better functioning ones.

“Looking to reduce utility cost; maximize energy efficiency and improve the performance of your HVAC system, we encourage homeowners to increase their attic insulation. Depending on the age of your home the guidelines for maximum energy efficiency could change from what the builder provided and overtime blown insulation can compact. Additional attic insulation can range from a straightforward DIY project with Batt Insulation to professionally installed Spray Foam Insulation. ” – Sheila Lanier, Homework Remodels 

 

Award-Winning Greater Phoenix Remodeler

Tri-Lite Builders’ goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

Five Items That Will Transform Your Bathroom Into a Spa

Have you pictured yourself in a high-end, luxurious spa, wishing you could emulate this experience in your very own home? Creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom could do more than just give you an escape after a long day; it could increase your home’s value should you decide to sell your home down the road.  The benefits are endless, so if you’re looking to turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis, check out these five items that will transform your bathroom into a spa.

Large Shower

Showers are becoming larger and if you have space, we recommend that you install one that will fit two people. Dual rainforest showerheads allow everyone to be under the water at once and full-body jets will add a massage-like experience during every shower. Plus, these showers can come in handy in the future if anyone in your family needs assistance while showering.

Chromatherapy

Ambiance lighting has always been necessary for long and relaxing soaks in the tub, but chromatherapy takes this a step further. The water in your shower or tub can be programmed to turn one of eight colors, depending on your mood for the day.

Heated Towel Drawer

Warm towels, warm robes, and warm pajamas can all be yours when you install a heated towel drawer in your bathroom. There is nothing better than stepping out of the shower or the tub and surrounding yourself with warmth as you are trying to forget about the long day you just survived.

Heated Floors

If you dislike waking up in the middle of the night and walking onto the cold floors in your bathroom, then we recommend that you install heated floors during the remodeling process. The radiant heating mats are placed underneath the flooring that you choose and will keep your feet warm even if you have the air conditioning on full blast.

Bar

Not every bathroom has a bar in it and yours can be one of the first to have this wonderful feature. You can use this space in many ways including a spot for your coffee maker, wine, or other beverages that you want to enjoy while you are relaxing in the tub, getting ready in the morning, or unwinding at the end of a long day.

Create the Bathroom You Deserve

We recommend that you dream big while planning your bathroom remodel. Instead of only thinking of your current needs, we suggest that you think long-term and plan for the future as well. Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

It’s That Time of Year!

Whole Home Remodel in Biltmore, Arizona

NARI CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD PROJECT

*This is from our sister company, Homework Remodels. 

It’s that time of year! The NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project submission!  Our project is being submitted in the Entire House category, $250,000 – $500,000.   This entire house project is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry experts who select winners based on each entrant’s submission, which includes “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focuses on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

OUR PROJECT’S BACKGROUND

We are excited to give you a little bit more background on this amazing whole house renovation in Biltmore for our clients.  Our clients wanted to turn their rental property into their part-time residence. With this lifestyle shift looming it was time to put their personal stamp on this investment property and check off all the must-haves on their list. They had lofty goals that would alter both the inside and outside spaces, but they needed assistance fine-tuning it all. That’s where we came in! Continue to read how this house became our NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project.

DESIGN AND PLANNING PHASE

During our Design and Planning phase, we prioritized their list and allocated a budget to each action item. For this home, virtually every surface would be modified.  The owners purchased this house for its million-dollar view of the mountains, thus giving them space to enjoy its view was monumental. Their outdoor living space was as important to renovate as was their interior.

THE KITCHEN

The Kitchen needed a floor to ceiling update. We modified built-in closets and an awkward shelf unit to improve efficiency and increase storage capacity. New cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplash, and lighting were installed. With very little room to rework the floor plan, we made sure that the space functions well. Thus, we curated a well-organized space with ample cabinets, tall wall cabinets, and interior cabinet storage solutions.

THE LIVING ROOM

The Living Room retained its existing layout but needed a fireplace façade update. The launching point for the silver Travertine used around the home, we installed the new stacked stone facade and coordinated the fireplace hearth with the silver Travertine coping stones.  Then, we added a custom reclaimed wood mantel. By replacing an unnecessary sliding glass door with a window, we created new space for furniture placement.  Then, in a corner near the kitchen, we added a dry bar with cabinets to complement the kitchen.  Glass front cabinets, a wine fridge, and a custom decorative backlit glass countertop make this space unique.

THE MASTER SUITE

In the Master Suite, we focused on comfort, color and then creating a bathroom to accommodate aging in place. The bedroom’s high ceiling left the space extra warm in the summer and cool in the winter. To assist with the comfort level, we installed a new Pella sliding glass door with shades between the glass and a mini-split heating and air conditioning unit. In the Master Bathroom, to achieve a more open feel, we removed a doorway and built walls to create a private water closet and pony walls for a zero-clearance shower. This new walkway would provide access to an additional clothes closet that had previously been part of a guest bedroom.

In need of a home office, a large guest bedroom was divided to create a home office while keeping a guest bedroom with a closet and access to the attic. The whole home would receive an update for paint colors, flooring, millwork and lighting.

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

This homeowner’s renovation included a total remake of their outdoor living space. The landscaper refreshed with new plantings, then the boldest change was the new fireplace they built near the updated spa for additional privacy. The new stacked stone fireplace adds ambiance and warmth for enjoying crisp winter evenings. The new Travertine patio and wall caps replaced the worn terra cotta. Lastly, they added a built-in barbeque with a bar area to complete their new outdoor living space. This amazing space is perfect for serving and hosting!

FRONT OF HOME

This area begged for design details.  Thus, we added new garage doors with windows, adding natural light in the garage.  The silver Travertine patio extends around the palm tree giving them a spot for a bistro table where they enjoy morning coffee. Then, we painted the band around the top of the home and the columns along with the fascia to complement and outline the roof. New coach lights are the finishing touch for the front of the home.

THE END RESULTS

Our clients are thrilled with their ‘new’ home and we are excited to share it with you! With any project this of this magnitude, there are always challenges that create change orders to our best laid out plans.  Good communication throughout this entire project kept everyone on the same page.  This project truly enhanced the home, through functional living space, well-planned design elements and added convenience for the homeowners.  Their future is bright as they look to age in place within their home.  We believe it is a perfect submission for the NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project.  See more of Homework Remodels’ featured projects here as well as our own here.

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Exquisite Bathroom Design Elements

 

The average bathroom is roughly 40 square feet or 5 x 8 feet. This is plenty of space for a shower and tub combo, toilet, and sink with vanity. But we aren’t here to talk about the average bathroom today; we’re going to talk about the important elements of exquisite, luxurious bathroom design. You may even consider this the ultimate guide for designing your dream bathroom if you wish. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

  1. Floor Space – Floor space can be used strategically to create the illusion of a larger bathroom in a small space or to give you plenty of separation in a very large space. A large bathroom will automatically feel more luxurious than a small bathroom, but floor space isn’t the end.
  2. Amazing View – Every luxurious bathroom needs an amazing view. Your view could be the landscaping in your backyard or the scenery in the distance, but large windows create a sense of luxury.
  3. Quality Materials – Never settle for cheap materials that will need to be replaced repeatedly when you’re designing a luxury bathroom. The materials you choose will reflect the quality of the bathroom, so choose wisely and choose quality.
  4. Multiple Textures – Use furnishings and decor with a variety of textures and designs. A solid marble bathroom would be amazing, but consider breaking it up a bit with copper, glass, and stone.
  5. Sumptuous Finishes – The perfect shiny finishes will make a big difference in the appearance of the bathroom. Choose finishes that reflect light and direct it in angles that are sure to be amazing.
  6. Elaborate Details – Ornately finished mirrors, decorative window treatments, and elegant lighting will help polish up the luxurious appeal.
  7. Decorative Artwork – Artwork creates a beautiful and sophisticated appeal in the bathroom. Use large pieces of artwork as an accent wall or to bring attention to a specific area of the room.
  8. Elegant Lighting – Make the most of your bathroom lighting options by highlighting the areas you love the most. Shine a spotlight on the artwork; add large candlesticks around the freestanding tub, install large windows and LED recessed lighting for ambient and natural lighting options.

Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to discuss bathroom design options and ideas with Tri-lite Builders. We have been assisting homeowners in the greater Phoenix area with incredible bathroom designs since 1982. Our goal is to remove the stress and allow you to thoroughly enjoy the bathroom remodeling process. Take a look at what our clients say about us before you make your final decision to remodel with us.

Kitchen Lighting can be Challenging

 

Kitchen lighting is one of the finishing touches that can be the most challenging. Remodeling the kitchen is never something we embark on lightly, and we always want to ensure that your new kitchen is better than the old in every way. Lighting is something not all homeowners take into consideration, so here are 8 things to keep in mind while choosing your kitchen lighting before we even finish the design process.

  1. No Set Rule – Please keep in mind that there is no set of rules to follow when lighting your kitchen. Most kitchens do have ambient lighting, task lighting, and a few other types. This doesn’t mean your kitchen has to have the same types or locations. You know how you use your kitchen – let that be the guide to choosing your custom lighting.
  2. Improve Functionality – Everything you add or change in your remodeled kitchen should add functionality to the room, and this includes the lighting. Add over-sink lighting if you need more light while washing dishes or preparing foods, add task lighting if you need more light on the countertops or over the stove, add over-cabinet lighting for a lovely room-brightening effect, and add under-cabinet lighting if you need it.
  3. Decorative Options – The cabinets you choose will make a huge impact on the overall appearance of your new kitchen. Choose cabinetry with functionality in mind, but don’t forego style entirely. Some cabinetry or floating shelving for decorative purposes is good, too. Backlight glass cabinet doors to showcase some of your nicest decor.
  4. Pendant Lighting for the Island or Bar – We agree that pendant lighting adds a lot to a room, but you have to be picky about where it goes. You can’t really use pendant lighting over the range or the kitchen sink, but it looks pretty amazing over the kitchen island or bar area.
  5. Ambient Lighting – There are several ways to improve ambient lighting in the kitchen. Add canister lighting, also known as recessed lighting, add a skylight or solar tubes, or add more windows. Transom windows are a lovely way to add a decorative appeal to your existing windows while bringing in more natural light.
  6. Track Lighting – Another beautiful and artistic way to add ambient lighting to the kitchen.
  7. Control Mechanisms – You don’t want to use a single point of control for every type of lighting in the kitchen so that a single flip of a switch turns everything This wastes energy and provides far too much light for practical use. Choose multiple on-off switches and place them in strategic areas. Consider also creating a smart lighting system that you can control with your smart phone or tablet.
  8. Fixtures and Faceplates – Choose decorative faceplates and fixtures that add to the overall decor of the kitchen. Really take your time when searching for the perfect fixtures and faceplates, because the more you customize them, the more unique they will be.

Tri-Lite Builders is home to some of the best builders in the greater Phoenix area. We truly enjoy helping homeowners transform their homes into something spectacular. Here are several examples of our work if you would like to view our handiwork before you give us a call at 480-895-3442 to get started on your kitchen remodeling project.

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