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Angie's List: Bathroom Breakthrough

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"REMODELING BATHROOMS IS A POPULAR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, BUT THEY'RE NOT CHEAP. THEY CAN COST ANYWHERE FROM 10-TO-15,000 DOLLARS," SAID ANGIE'S LIST FOUNDER, ANGIE HICKS.


AN ANGIE'S LIST CONTRACTOR SURVEY REVEALED THAT HOMEOWNERS ARE WILLING TO SPEND MONEY ON BETTER BATHROOMS BECAUSE MUCH OF THE COST - COMES BACK TO THEM ON RESALE. 
PEOPLE ARE PULLING OUT THEIR CERAMIC TILE IN FAVOR OF MARBLE PANELS, THICK-GLASS SHOWER DOORS AND SLEEK FIXTURES. 


"THEY'RE TIRED OF FIGHTING THE GROUT LINES. THEY'RE TIRED OF HAVING TO RE-CAULK. MAYBE THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT SQUEEGEE A LOT. SO BY THAT MAINTENANCE STANDARD, THEY WANT SOMETHING THAT'S EASIER TO CLEAN," SAID BATHROOM DESIGN PROFESSIONAL, MARY WRIGHT.


"CONSUMERS ARE LOOKING FOR LESS WORK AROUND THE HOUSE ESPECIALLY WHEN CLEANING THEIR BATHROOMS, SO THE TREND REMODELERS ARE SEEING IS MORE WALK-IN SHOWERS WITH FRAMELESS DOORS BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST EASIER TO MAINTAIN," SAID HICKS. 


THEY ALSO LOOK VERY MODERN.
HOMEOWNERS SEEM WILLING TO GIVE UP THAT UNDERNEATH STORAGE SPACE IN EXCHANGE FOR A STREAMLINED APPEARANCE THAT MAKES IT SEEM LIKE A BIGGER ROOM.


"PEOPLE REALLY LIKE HAVING THAT OPEN FEEL. THEY DON'T LIKE, NECESSARILY, FEELING SO BUILT-IN, SO COMPARTMENTALIZED IN THE SPACE ANY LONGER. THEY'RE TRYING TO MORE OR LESS TO TAKE DOWN THE WALLS, HAVE A MUCH MORE SPA FEEL," SAID WRIGHT.


FREE-STANDING TUBS REMAIN VERY POPULAR.


ONE CONTRACTOR SAYS HIS AVERAGE BATHROOM REMODELING PROJECT STARTS AT 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

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