The Bathroom Revolution
Per square foot, your bathroom has more equipment than any other room in your house. It's expensive space, and every inch counts. This is increasingly true today as bathrooms are asked to do more than ever before. Fitting it all in during a bathroom remodel is no simple task.
The Changing Role of Today's Bathroom
The role of the bathroom is changing rapidly. The importance of the bath in our homes has grown dramatically just in the past 20 years. Spacious rooms, closeted toilets, double bowl lavatories, whirlpool tubs, and large walk-in showers have found their way into our homes. No longer just a functional room, the bath is becoming a luxury retreat. Purely utilitarian functions of bathrooms are now being relegated to small cubicles. Toilets are housed in separate enclosures; tubs, showers, and lavatories are placed in distinct areas.
As a culture, we are in the process of transforming the bath from a purely functional space into an opulent private retreat. To many homeowners, baths have become "morning" or "evening" rooms. The average bathroom in new housing has tripled in size over the past quarter-century. Boundaries between the master bedroom and master bath are dissolving. The bath blends into a dressing area that seamlessly merges with the sleeping area. Meanwhile, new equipment is moving in. Exercise machines, personal spas, televisions, telephones, audio equipment, and even fireplaces are being introduced into the bathing area.
Bedrooms and baths now form a kind of inner-sanctum where people can indulge themselves in the lap of luxury. The bath is becoming our private sanctuary — a place to get away from it all.
The Small Bathroom Remodeling Specialists
Unfortunately, our houses do not automatically adapt to these new trends. And, those of us who still own the home we bought 20 years ago probably still have that old, tired, well-used bathroom squeezed between two bedrooms and the stairs.
It's not that we would not like to own one of those new, spacious, designer baths featured in all the bathroom remodeling magazines and on television home improvement shows. It's just that those expansive flourishes of Italian marble, porcelain plumbing fixtures by the square yard, and as much sparkling chrome as a '58 Cadillac grill all have to have someplace to go, and we just don't have the floor space.
And, if we did happen to have an unused 200-300 square feet of space sitting around, we probably have better use for the $40,000 it would cost. We are, after all, Nebraskans. And, although we like beautiful living spaces as much as the next guy, this is one place in the world where common sense still tends to prevail — at least most of the time.
That's where we can help. We know that most of our clients do not have the floor space required for a grand "designer" bath. So we have become the small bath specialists — using imagination, ingenuity, and creativity to pack more design, more features, and more utility into less room. We know how to plan and build distinctive bathrooms that conform to all of the accepted design rules, building and safety codes.
Most importantly, we know how to remodel bathrooms so they are affordable using painstaking design, cost-saving construction practices, and careful substitution of less expensive alternatives that will still give you that special look and feel that is uniquely yours.
We will work with you through a three-step design process to merge your ideas and lifestyle with the available space and structural requirements into a design that meets both your needs and your budget; guiding you through the myriad of choices available for your new bathroom and helping select the right products and materials for your pocketbook.
Our Plain English Warranty
We guarantee our workmanship. And, we back up that guarantee with written warranties: a warranty on our cabinets for as long as you own your home, and everything else for a full three years. Compare that to the skimpy one-year limited warranty offered by our competition.
Our promise is very simple: if any defect in our workmanship is discovered at any time during the warranty period, we will fix the problem at no cost to you. We could not make it simpler. No other remodeling company that we know of has this much faith in the quality of its work. We promise to do it right, and we stand behind that promise.
A Bath That Reflects Your Unique Style
Our common-sense, adaptive design and building practices result in bathrooms that are precisely fitted to our clients.
Every bathroom we build is unique. We do not build cookie-cutter bathrooms. We never ask our clients to adjust to a bath that does not quite fit because it is the only one we can buy from our preferred cabinet or fixture supplier. We seldom use stock factory cabinets, so we are not restricted to the stock sizes and a limited menu of features that most factories offer. We make our own cabinets out of any wood, in any style, and in any size needed; and as far as accessories and organizer go — if it is made someplace in the world, we can get it, and if it's made out of wood, we can probably make it.
All of our cabinets are custom-made and custom fitted to you, your bathroom space, and your lifestyle. But, even with all of this customization, our prices are usually lower than those charged by big lumber stores for their standard factory-built cabinets. How can we do that? Our low-overhead approach and local Nebraska cabinet shop means we don't have to add the cost of an expensive showroom or cross-country shipping to the price of our cabinets
So, Let's Get Started
When you are ready to remodel your bath, fill out our Bath Remodel Planning Questionnaire. This will get you started with a design for your special bathroom.
If you are not quite ready yet, take a look at the list of articles below. These are just a few of the many remodeling articles we have on our award-winning website to help you get started. Even more articles are listed in our Index to Articles.
When you finish reading, contact us and let's discuss how we can help you design and remodel your bathroom into the space you always dreamed about.
Bathroom Remodeling — Some Basic Reading
Don't miss any of the articles listed below on this page. Each one has been written by one of our expert designers or remodelers and contains the distillation of years of bathroom remodeling experience and know-how. You must become a minor expert on bathrooms. Before you sit down with us to work through a bath remodeling plan, you should have a very clear idea of the look you want to create, the features you want to include, and the space you have to work with. The articles run the entire gamut of design issues: cabinets, fixtures, flooring, lighting, and more, much more.
For a complete list of articles on this website, visit our Index to Articles, or use the site search utility below. When you are ready, contact us and we'll get started designing your special bath.
- Cabinet Basics Oak, maple, hickory, ash, cherry. Faced and unfaced. Framed and frameless. Custom, semi-custom and manufactured. MDF, Melamine, Thermofoil, even steel. So many choices. How do you pick the cabinets that are just right for your remodeled bath? Click here to find out.
- Getting More Bathroom Space Our fondness of open spaces within the home doesn't end at the bathroom door. Unfortunately, the acreage needed to create that spacious feeling just is not available in many older bathrooms. Often the key to updating a bath is creating more space — or at least the illusion of more space. This article examines where additional space can be found for your remodeled bath, both outside and inside your existing bathroom.
- Flooring Options for Kitchens and Baths Wood, stone, vinyl, ceramic tile, laminated flooring. What are the pros and cons of each? What is the best flooring material for your remodeled bathroom? Learn the fundamentals of bathroom flooring.
- Living Through Remodeling - A Survival Guide Bath remodeling will disrupt just about every routine you have; including some you are not aware of having. But, this noisy, gritty process doesn't necessarily mean you will be tearing out your hair. With a little advance planning, it is possible to live through even major renovations with your sanity and good nature largely intact. Check out our remodeling survivors guide.
- New and Traditional Countertop Choices Is solid surfacing, laminate, stone or tile your best choice forcountertops in your remodeled bath? Or maybe something more exotic. Take a look at the incredible selection of moderncountertop materials.
- Redefining the Arts & Crafts Bath Remodeling a bathroom to complement an early 20th-century Four-Square house does not require slavish copying of every tiny design detail of a Craftsman-era house. Witness this elegant bath that follows Art & Crafts design principles while incorporating modern fixtures and refinements.
- Illustrated Rules of Bathroom Design The Kitchen and Bath Association has published guidelines for designing a safe and functional bathroom. Created and maintained by a panel of expert designers, these recommendations should be closely followed in any kitchen plan.
- Saving Household Water Fifteen billion gallons of fresh, treated water are used in American households every day. It not only deletes our water sources to waste this water but costs a fortune in electrical power to treat and pump it into our homes. Find out what changes you can make in connection with remodeling your bathroom to reduce your impact on the environment while saving up to 33% of your water bill.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Lavatories, Commodes, Sinks and Basins The choices of bathroom fixtures for your remodeled bathroom are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets, and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for choosing sinks and lavatories for your new bathroom.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Toilets The choices of bathroom fixtures are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets, and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for selecting the right toilet for your bathroom remodel.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Showers and Bathtubs The choices of bathroom fixtures are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets, and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for selecting the right bathtub and shower for your bathroom remodel.
- Sources of Supply: Faucets Thinking about buying a faucet? Before you do, see our list of major faucet manufacturers with ratings and guidelines on what to look for and how to select a good, lifetime faucet for your remodeled bathroom.
- Taking the Crook Out of a Crooked Bathroom Among the major problems of this bathroom was that its walls were crooked, and looked it. See how we remodeled this bathroom to fix this problem without rebuilding the walls, opened up the room visually, and provided some unique storage in a small guest bathroom.