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Angie's List: Bathroom remodel trends

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MADISON (WKOW) -- When it comes to bathrooms, Angie's List says the "sleek and stylish" trend is here to stay for awhile. So if it's time for a remodel of your bathroom, Angie's List has a few things to keep in mind.

Angie Hicks, found of Angie's List says, "Remodeling bathrooms is a popular home improvement project, but they're not cheap. They can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.

But Hicks says many homeowners are willing to spend that because much of the cost, around 80%, comes back to them on resale.

Many homeowners are pulling out their ceramic tile in favor of cultured marble panels, thick-glass shower doors and sleek fixtures.Bathroom design professional Mary Wright says it's not just about staying up on the trends, but it's also easier to maintain. "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."

Hicks adds, "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."

Many homeowners are picking floating vanities, willing to give up that underneath storage space in exchange for a streamlined appearance that makes the room seem bigger. Wright says, "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."

Free-standing tubs are still popular. As for fixtures, chrome, brushed nickel and Venetian bronze are still in style.

One contractor says his average remodeling project is now starting at $20,000 after years of costing about $15,000. Angie warns everyone to be careful not to overspend and then price yourself out of the neighborhood when you go to sell. 

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