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1. Smart Homes Inc.
4.8
from 28 reviews
4.8
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4.8 (28)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 10 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hermosa Beach, CA
"Our experience with Smart Homes was positive. From the initial meeting for an estimate through day 1 logistics and last minute details to get the job done on time. Some of the highlights of the project: Smart Homes offered a very competitive bid, honored it and at no point were there hidden costs or any surprises. We’ve done remodel projects in the past and this was the first time the quoted price is what we paid. The end date was guaranteed. Obviously things out of everyone’s control (like the toilet arriving broken) can affect the schedule, but even so Smart Homes was done with the work and inspections by the quoted end date. And, they even came back the following week when the back-ordered LED mirror arrived to make sure it was installed correctly. Smart Homes assisted with some of the decisions on materials when we had to make last second changes due to discontinued materials. They recommended locations to find what we wanted and made sure the entire project came together and looked like we expected. The team in our house was professional and respectful to the rest of the house, making sure the mess was confined to the bathroom. While onsite they communicated and asked questions when a decision point was reached. They never ‘guessed’ at what we would want, making sure we got what we expected. My only critical feedback would be on the overall communication from the project manager. It was minor and never affected the actual work, but I felt I needed to stay on top of the communication because the front office and the build team weren’t on the same page. Again, it didn’t affect getting the work done as we were available onsite in the morning and evening to answer any questions. We would definitely recommend Smart Homes to our friends. We are planning to remodel another bathroom with them in the coming months."
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5. Denali builders ca
Top Pro
4.9
from 30 reviews
4.9
(30)
4.9 (30)
  • 17 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hermosa Beach, CA
"We are so happy we found Denali Builders for our home renovation project! We completely love how everything came out and have only positive things to say about working with Sam and Denali Builders. We just bought a home and had a project to do renovations in the master bathroom and bedroom. Originally the master bathroom walls housed only the shower and toilet, and the sink was in the bedroom with carpeted floors. We wanted to pull up the carpet, build walls to enclose the sink in with the bathroom, re-tile the bathroom, and put new floors down in the bedroom. We also wanted to re-tile a fireplace that was in the living room. We met with several contractors before getting started and are so happy we went with Denali Builders. Not only was the project completed well, on time, and on budget, Sam was such a pleasure to work with. He was on site every day of work, checking progress and happy to answer any questions we had. His workers were all skilled in their trades, polite, and got their work done efficiently. Also Sam's recommendations for tile and vanity suppliers introduced us to excellent products that were within our price range and better quality that we had been finding at the same price point elsewhere. The shower glass installer that he introduced us to was an artist with his work and his glass doors finished off our bathroom so beautifully. The new floor they put down in the bedroom is really high quality and makes the room look incredible. We are so happy with the way our project came out and would highly recommend working with Denali Builders. We will definitely be happy to work with them again on any future projects."

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Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

How long should a bathroom remodel take?

With proper planning and a good general contractor, your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to take forever. The construction phase of the project will always vary based on your scope of work, the square footage and the condition of your bathroom under the surface layer. Inevitably an 80-square-foot master bathroom with major changes will take longer than a 25-square-foot guest bath undergoing a minor renovation. For a smaller bathroom, a facelift — the industry term for sprucing up the surface layer (such as paint, vanity, tiles or light fixtures) but keeping the existing footprint of the space — may take five to eight working days, as long as there are no surprises like mold waiting when the old vanity comes out. A more complex bathroom remodel that revamps the shower area (customizing the plumbing, installing tile and changing the shower door), updates the flooring and cabinetry, and adds new paint and new lighting could take anywhere from one week to three weeks. A full bathroom remodel that guts the room, changing the footprint and moving the electrical wiring and plumbing lines, could take four to eight weeks or more. To keep your bathroom remodel on schedule, have your materials ordered and waiting, and don’t make any change orders once construction begins. Planning is key to keeping a bathroom remodel on schedule.   

For more on how long a bathroom remodel should take check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

Where should I start when remodeling a bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before starting a bathroom remodel it’s crucial to know what you want and have a clear understanding of your maximum budget. If you’d love all marble fixtures but have $3,000 total, you will have to compromise. Being realistic about materials and money before you even contact a contractor will have you on the road to success. Here are some simple steps to follow in the planning stages of bathroom remodeling:

  • List your remodeling priorities in order of importance (e.g., 1. New shower head, 2. Replace flooring, 3. Install recessed lighting, etc.).
  • Calculate what you can realistically afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. Identify an “all in” price — meaning the absolute maximum you’re willing to pay, as well as what you’d prefer to spend.
  • Gather ideas from Pinterest about colors and finishes.
  • Research the costs of the materials and finishes you want and begin making choices about what is and isn’t possible to fit into your budget (once labor is included). If you’d like to stay under $10,000 total, but really love a $2,000 tub, plan to downgrade in other areas.
  • Request quotes from at least three reputable general contractors, share your vision and ideal materials, and work together from there.

How do I plan a bathroom remodeling project?

If you’re stumped on how to plan a bathroom remodeling project, it pays to hire a designer. This is especially important if you’re changing your bathroom layout in any way. Designers create contractor-friendly drawings indicating exactly where each tile and fixture will be installed, down to the light switches. This investment might cost you $300-$500 but save you significant frustration and miscommunication, while ensuring you get precisely what you want.

If you’re going to do your own design, planning a bathroom remodeling project means being organized and planning ahead. Create a general outline of what you want and the budget you have. Identify the specific fixtures, tiles, paint and vanity you prefer. Get all this organized before requesting quotes from two to three reputable general contractors. Once you find the right pro, get a written contract outlining scope of work, materials that will be used, timeframe and payment schedule. Communicate clearly about when to order your materials so they are ready and waiting by the time the contractor gets the permits. Your job from here is to communicate clearly, pay the contractor as the work progresses, and enjoy your remodel when it’s done.

For more on where to start when remodeling a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

How much does a shower remodel cost?

No bathroom remodeling project is as satisfying as making over a clunky old shower by installing new shower heads, tearing out plastic and tiling the walls, and increasing your water pressure. The cost for a shower remodel really depends on your overall bathroom remodeling project. Nationally, the average cost of a total bathroom remodeling project is $14,000, including the cost of the shower remodel. For a standard bathroom renovation — including taking out the shower and shower pan and installing new shower pan and shower, new shower door, new vanity, new mirror, new bathroom fan, and all new fixtures — the average price might range from $6,500 to $10,000 for labor.

If you don’t need foundational work (like a new shower pan) but want a tile makeover in your shower, the average national cost for tiling a shower is $3,875. The average cost for bathroom tile is $25 per square foot for installation; at that rate, a standard tub and shower combo tile job with walls that are roughly 6 feet to 8 feet high may have tile installation costs that average $2,000. If all your bathroom really needs is a new shower door, door installation averages $250-$510.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom and what it costs for a shower remodel check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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