How Kootenay Locals are Upgrading their Main Bathrooms


Bathrooms are one of our customers most popular room to renovate, after kitchens of course! After all, these are important spaces where we spend a good amount of time — several hours a week, in fact. 

How much will it cost me? 

Perhaps the most important consideration for people embarking on a bathroom renovation is how much it will cost. Obviously, the answer will vary widely depending on the finishes and custom options selected. On a wide basis, the most common budget for, as well as the actual cost of, a master bath renovation is $8,000 to $20,000. Plenty of people spend more, and plenty less, but the majority of these bathroom projects cost between $5,000 and $35,000.

We just can’t stand it anymore. 

Why renovate the bath? Often, it’s because the homeowner can’t stand the old one anymore. And a close second theme is finally having the money to do so.

Upgrading the basics. 

More than four in five local homeowners renovating a master bath are replacing major features in their bathroom renovations, from countertops and vanities to showers and floors. Notably, far less who renovate are updating their tubs or tub-shower combos compared with the large share of those addressing showers.

Supersizing the shower.

Today’s master bath renovators are all about the shower. While the majority of master bathrooms stay the same size during a reno, most homeowners are increasing the size of their showers. 

Popular shower trends are switching to Rainfall showerheads, installing new showers add a dual shower and adding mood lighting.

Tile is still #1 for floors.

Ceramic or porcelain tile is the most popular flooring material chosen as an update, followed closely by stone tile or slab. Among the most popular stones, marble is king, travertine is a close second, and granite and slate are tied for third.

Hardly anyone takes a bath.

Most of us are hardly using the bathtub at all these days. More than half of our clients who own a bathtub and went through a master bath renovation have said that they never use a tub in the course of a normal month. No wonder they are putting their money into showers instead of tubs.

A change in style.

Bathrooms are very personal spaces, so it’s perhaps not so shocking that most clients who renovate their master bathrooms change the style of their master bathrooms when they upgrade. 

Beauty over resale value. 

Beyond specific features or decor choices, the most appreciated design aspects of renovated master bathrooms are their style and beauty. Far fewer owners are valuing a master bath renovation for adding to resale value. This is an interesting trend, suggesting that a gorgeous bathroom is worth it just for the soothing factor.

The pros who make our bathrooms beautiful.

If you’re not doing a renovation on your own, you’re not alone. A whopping 75 percent of our clients who undertook master bathroom renovation projects last year or are planning one this year enlist the help of industry professionals.