Update Your Old Bathroom with Santa Clara’s Top Bathroom Remodeling Contractors
Start Simple—Update the Color Palette
Avocado, red-orange, and gold certainly had their heydays in the 1970s. However, if you’re still sporting them in your bathroom, it’s time for a change. For your bathroom remodel in Santa Clara, choose from modern colors that will stand the test of time, such as:
- Soft gray
- Creamy white
- Bright white
- Light blue
- Light green
Along with changing the paint colors, there are many other design elements you can update to bring your space into the 21st century. Find out how to transform your 1970s bathroom into a modern one with functional, beautiful features. California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers has a team of experienced bathroom remodeling contractors in Santa Clara who can help you renew your retro restroom into a modern spa you’ll absolutely love.
Ideas for Your Bathroom Update
Chances are you will have to replace the vanity, bathtub, and tiles to achieve a modern look. However, you don’t want to select anything that’s likely to go out of style in a few years. Talk to our bathroom remodeling contractors about enduring trends, and choose elegant finishes, fixtures, and flooring:
- If you have a smaller bathroom, consider contrasting color palettes, such as dark gray or deep blue and bright white. This will leave a clean, finished look that never goes out of style.
- Take out that old, manufactured counter or vanity top. Replace it with granite, natural stone, or a modern manufactured surface that will last for many years to come.
- Popcorn ceilings were all the rage in the 70s. Unfortunately, they’re hard to cover up. Work with our remodeling crew to choose knock-down or other appropriate materials to update the look.
- Polished white marble, porcelain, or other materials can dress up your small or large bathroom. If you want to keep a retro vibe, consider penny tiles in classic colors (black, white, dark blue, etc.) or subway tiles arranged in fancy patterns that are always stylish.
- Match wall and floor tiles with attractive accents, such as veining or speckles. Basketweave and checkerboard patterns add drama and flair. Replace neon accessories and materials for more neutral tones that look chic and classy.
Bathroom Update: Dos and Don’ts
Here are some standard dos and don’ts we’ve learned after renovating many older homes in Santa Clara.
Can you tile over Formica and other solid surface showers?
No, in most cases, you cannot tile over popular 70s bathroom materials including:
- Solid shower surround
Not to worry, our expert bathroom remodelers can remove them prior to moving on with your renovations.
Can you tile over shower drywall?
It’s not a good idea. Drywall isn’t waterproof and can turn into a soppy mess if you get it wet. Instead, consider installing a shower surround to protect your walls and create a smooth finished look.
How can you make your old bathroom ADA compliant?
If you decide to sell or rent out your property, it’s important to understand requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are a few accessories you should incorporate into your ADA planning:
- A walk in (or wheelchair accessible) shower
- Grab bars to make the tub and shower safer
- A sliding door to conserve space
- An elevated, wall-mounted toilet to use your space more effectively
- Safety rails around the toilet
Are you ready to leave the 70s (or 80s or 90s) in the past when it comes to bathroom design? Call 408-360-9700 or contact us online today to set up a consultation with our bathroom remodeling contractors in Santa Clara.
Most of Santa Clara County has single family homes. While ranch style homes dominate, you can also find mid-century Eichler homes, Spanish and Victorian estates, and many other architectural styles. When you partner with California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we’ll create a contemporary remodel that upholds the character of your home. Using local bathroom remodeling contractors in Santa Clara also helps ensure your home meets local building and remodeling codes. For example, you don’t need a permit to replace a sink in the same position as the old one. On the other hand, you need 8 feet of clearance to install pendant lighting according to Santa Clara city codes.