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Bathroom Remodeling IN CHICAGO’S NORTH SHORE

designing a spa getaway in your own home

planning your north shore bathroom remodel


Bathroom Remodeling in Chicago's North Shore

Did you know that the bathrooms in your home are among the most trafficked rooms? For some reason, most bathrooms are still thrown together with whatever leftover space and design there is in the budget and floor plan.

Imagine if you had time to pause your day. What if you had your own spa oasis within your very own four walls? Every bathroom deserves to be carefully crafted - from start to finish. The elements that come together to make a bathroom feel thoughtful and well-designed can be challenging, but that's why you want a Design Build Team on your side.


Bathroom Remodel Planning


When using a Design Build Remodeler for a bathroom remodel, the planning stage sets the foundation for the whole, seamless process. Most North Shore homeowners aren't sure what a bathroom remodel entails beyond what they can find from a quick Google search.

In this stage, you will work closely with a Design Build Team who will focus on your bathroom - from start to finish. Together you will review design, budget, layouts, materials, and the overall goal of your bathroom remodel. Here are 10 tips to make sure your bathroom remodel is a success. At the end of the day, what matters is that you are comfortable throughout the whole remodeling process and that you get the bathroom of your dreams. Proper planning sets the foundation for a successful project.

While planning, avoid these common bathroom remodeling mistakes.


Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design

Any successful remodeling project relies on a thorough assessment of your needs and desires in order to develop a great design that will deliver the results you expect. You’ll want to meet with a professional who will understand what you want—and who knows how to pass that information onto the craftsmen who will be doing the work. There are no “one-size-fits-all” remodeling plans that will deliver exactly what you need. This comes with planning, communication, and a dedicated professional to oversee the entire remodeling process knowing your goals.

For some home addition inspiration, check out a couple of our recent projects:

Project - Bathroom Remodel in Glencoe

Project - Master Suite & Hall Bath Renovation in Libertyville

Project - Master Suite Renovation in Lake Bluff

If you're looking for further design inspiration, check out these tips for a small bathroom and potential luxurious upgrades.


BDS EricksonA 027-min-456785-editedProcess

What is the process for a bathroom remodel? At BDS we follow what’s referred to as the Design/Build approach to creating your bathroom remodel. In short, it means that the individuals remodeling your home are a division of the same team as the individuals who design your space. Design build remodeling is a seamless process designed around ensuring that the homeowner is always at ease. Learn why Chicagoans are choosing design build more and more every day.

There are so many benefits to choosing Design Build Remodeling:

  • Everybody is on the same page - working with you in mind.
  • The designer isn't going to create a design that the builders can't build.
  • That can lead to a better result because important details don't fall between the cracks.
  • It can also reduce the amount of time needed to complete your project.
  • You'll know your final costs going into the project.


Bathroom Remodeling CostCost

A bathroom remodel changes the way you enjoy your home. While it may be one of the most expensive rooms per square foot to remodel, it is easily one of the most beneficial rooms to remodel (especially including a high ROI). Estimating cost is impossible until we start a conversation around size, materials, timing, finishes, and more. There are several factors that influence the cost of a bathroom remodel. 

It's important to know what to expect as you begin your bathroom remodeling journey, so here are some helpful benchmarks around cost.


BDS EricksonA 024-min-291888-editedBudgeting for your Bathroom

While you should have an idea of the general cost of a bathroom to consider one, you have to have a reasonable budget and an actionable plan to afford the remodel to get started. So how do you get started budgeting?

Budgeting often means considering all of your options. What is the goal for the renovation? Are you adding utility to your bathroom? Are you simply giving the space an updated design? Working closely with a design build remodeler can help make all these conversations and considerations feel seamless. Working with a team means that the focus is on finding the perfect solution to you rather than simply passing a baton on to the next team. At BDS, we know that any renovation is about the journey just as much as the outcome, and we are here to guide you to your dream bathroom!


Contractor Selection


With a bathroom remodel, the contractor you work with is just as important as the design, the materials, and the cost of the project. You’ll want to work with someone with whom you’re comfortable. It’s essential that you deal with someone who listens to you and understands what you want—and can pass that information on to the individuals doing the actual work. If you don’t have that kind of relationship, it can make the remodeling process stressful.

It’s one thing to acknowledge the importance of choosing the right remodeling contractor. But how do you actually go about finding one you feel confident using? What are the key things to look for? This post walks you through some key steps in finding a North Shore home remodeling company you can trust.

As an award-winning Design Build Remodeler, we take pride in listening to our clients and then meeting their specific needs. The relationships and the trust we build with our clients is what keeps them coming back to us for additional projects.


There are so many advantages to remodeling your bathroom - not just for your family but also for all of your guests! It is an involved process and you’ll want to be well prepared before you jump in. That’s why at BDS we invite you to contact us with specific questions you may have. We’re always happy to talk to you and help you with information that will help you make the best decisions for your family’s home.

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