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5×7 Small San Diego Bathroom Remodel

You're looking for a small bathroom remodel but you don't want it to expand into something huge?

You're not alone. We are all preparing to work from home for the rest of 2020 and at least part of 2021. Here are the top phrases people use when sharing why they want their bathroom remodeled now:

  • It's just time!
  • It's so old, I can't even clean the grout anymore.
  • The fiberglass insert is so old, and gross. I need a tile shower!
  • My kids need a cleaner bathroom, this old stuff is so worn out I can't really get it clean anymore.
  • The whole family keeps going through my bedroom to use my bathroom. Enough!

Boy, do we know how it feels to shop for the perfect remodeler for a small project that needs to be done relatively quickly. Seems like all of San Diego is choosing to improve, not move simultaneously.

But don’t worry. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, we will answer a few questions so you can make a great decision about your 5x7 small bathroom remodel.

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Minimal Layout Changes

If you're looking for the most cost effective route, you just found it. Don't reconfigure the room, add, remove or move any walls.

Just gut and replace all your finish materials and update the plumbing and electrical so they meet the current code.

You may have the opportunity to take over a closet space, build a bump out, or expand into the office. All layout changes involve framing, and framing is a lot more labor and materials than a quick-and-dirty "small" bathroom remodel. 

If you want to change your layout, then you're looking at "major" costs in a "small" space and it may be cost prohibitive if there are other things you want to do in the home in the next few years.

Possible Layout Options

There are options, ad infinitum when looking at what you could do in your small bathroom. However, here are two notes on separating the plausible ideas from the best ideas:

  1. It is best to do the separating and hash out a few details before dropping money into design.
  2. It is partly the responsibility of your contractor
  3. BONUS TIP: If you ask "Is it possible?" you will usually receive a "Yes" because that is true based on the building code, etc. But the top five concerns of home owners always include cost...

Please help out your contractor by asking "Would you do this in your house?" or "Do you see a good way to solve xyz problem?"

Let's consider a few of the ideas that are most cost-effective and therefore most popular:

Using a closet - closets are not difficult to move and they are arguably less cherished than the bathroom. Most of us have increasing need for storage, linen cabinets, etc.

Consider this framing option to create a bathroom that could comfortable have more than one person or sibling in there at the same time.

Adding a shower wall - many second or third bathrooms still have fiberglass shower/tub combos.

These are outdated and no one has time to bath anymore. Build a shower wall or have 2 sides of a custom glass shower enclosure. You'll love yourself for it.

Honorable mention goes to: Adding a bump out - The idea is great and they are oh-so-cute.

But do you really want to send plans to the city, have an 8 week delay while your project sits in each department, then have to pour footings for a few square feet in your guest bathroom, hall bathroom, powder room, or half-bath?

Nah, we'd skip it. Typically when you see a bathroom bump out, it's going to be a large bathroom or the master.

Can You Tell Me The Price Per Square Foot?

What a great idea! Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Look at all the bathrooms you've built over the last five years, find the cost per square foot for each, find the sum total cost per square foot, and divide by the number of bathrooms. Ta-da! Average price per square foot!

Not so fast. We would LOVE it, if estimating remodeling projects were this easy.

Hopefully we will make your day if we are able to five you a loose ballpark range based on our experience. That we can do. 

There is a good reason for site visits a doing our due diligence before producing an estimate...a few dozen reasons actually. 

  • how old is your plumbing?
  • when was the last remodel?
  • which waterproofing method do you prefer and do you want a lifetime warranty with that waterproofing?
  • is this bathroom one of many phases, or a part of a larger remodel?
  • are you including your finish materials or not?

Rather than make dozens of assumptions as we chase a moving target, give us a call today (858) 775-7628 to provide specific information about your small bathroom and your unique requirements.

Large or Small Tiles?

We usually get this question because home owners are wondering if they can save on material or labor costs by choosing a specific size. The logic goes something like this:

  • "Larger tiles are popular right now so are the large tiles more expensive? If they are, what sizes still look good but would be less expensive?"
  • "Smaller tiles still have to be installed like large tiles, so is the labor way higher for small tiles? Can I save more labor the bigger I go?"

Great questions, but here is how it really works from our perspective:

  • Large tiles in a large space are relatively efficient to install. 
  • Small or medium tiles in a small space are efficient to install.
  • Large tiles installed in a small bathroom can actually create more work even though there are fewer tiles because you'll have a lot of labor cutting and prepping them.
  • The tile on a shower floor, also known as the shower pan, will almost always by 2" x 2" or smaller. This has two benefits: 
    1. The additional grout frequency between smaller tiles allows more friction, grip, and safety. 
    2. The small 2" x 2" or 1" x 1" tiles are sold pre-installed on a mesh so you will not have 10x the labor to install individual tiles that are a tenth of the size of a larger tile. 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

How Can I Figure Out The Cost Range?

The best way to find the range is to speak to actual contractors. 

Websites that claim to have up-to-date data from home owners "in your area" are:

  • Not invested in the accuracy of that information
  • Not accountable for the accuracy of that information
  • Not actually contractors engaged in building anything
  • Not thorough in the information gathering process, so many costs are not reported
  • They are paid to gather your name and email address, so the lower the prices they list, the more likely you are to provide your information. Not fair to you.
  • Their algorithms include homeowner feedback from 20 years ago. Can you imagine trying to budget for a road trip using the "average" gas prices since 1999?

If you chat with real companies, you'll find that some are high, some are low, and some are in the middle. But if you started online, and now ALL the contractors seems high...there is a problem with your source of information.

Why Choose Teknik for Your Small Bathroom Remodel?

We love helping families in San Diego get remodels completed in record time. We remain in contact with clients for years afterword and we are often invited to their family events. We believe it's because we put our whole heart into what we do. And as a result of being wholehearted, we are also able to help them avoid these three industry pitfalls:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Oceruse of Subcontractors

Still not ready to call? That's okay, you can call us tomorrow, although you'll be in line behind every person who takes action today. And don't worry, you'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee! 

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Five Must Have’s For Your San Diego Bathroom Remodel

If you're one of the millions of San Diego home owners pricing out your bathroom remodel because you've been home so much more, you're in the right place!

Most San Diego home owners start in the information-gathering stage. Once they feel they have a lay of the land, they are ready to begin talking with trust contractors to start getting estimates.

Whether you are kicking tires or ready to start, these five must-have's are for you!

  1. Do the work in one shot
  2. Choose only one company
  3. Do not hot mop
  4. Install dual shower heads
  5. Install a towel warmer
  6. BONUS tip! 
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1. Do It In One Shot

If you're busy, you might think:

  • "I'll convert the tub/shower to a walk-in shower this summer".
  • "I'll replace the sink, vanity, and faucet on my next long weekend".
  • "I'll find the best deal I can on a really quality toilet and buy it during a black Friday sale".
  • "I'll just paint and finish the trim when I can get around to it".

Can we help you out? This is a great way to never finish your bathroom.

We see it all the time. You think it will be quick, but everything takes four times to five times longer than you think it will, and that's without any major issues.

The best way to save time on your bathroom remodel is to choose a reputable company and let them do what they do. Once you've chosen them, you will have access to their resources, discounts, design, planning team, and apps.

Most importantly, you should have a single point of contact for your entire project who will ensure that the work is completed efficiently, and for the cost you agreed on.

We humans get a dopamine rush when we finish a task. Do you really want to rob yourself of the joy of completion?

2. Only Use One Company

If you are bored, retired early, and have extra money lying around then this section is not for you. Please move on to the next paragraph, "3. Use Modern Waterproofing Techniques".

If however, you are in the world of getting the job done right the first time, do not attempt to break up your project and give each portion to the lowest bidder.​

If you think about it, this behavior is based on the following:

  1. "I want to save money by finding the least expensive tradesman from each trade. I will give him the work."
  2. "I want to save money by managing the project myself. This way I wont pay a general contractor to run the job."
  3. "I want to know all the hard costs so I don't pay any hidden fees. I will not pay a markup on anything."

These are fine ideas and may stem from intentions to be a good steward of resources. 

Unfortunately they are misguided ideas. There is a lot of expertise that comes with full-time remodeling when you do it for a living. That expertise springs into action on your behalf when things go awry. And in remodeling, things always go awry.

You can imagine the difference between a five year/ten year do-it-yourself-er and someone with 10,000, 20,000, or even 40,000 hours of remodeling experience.

The ownership team of Teknik has over 20 years of full time experience, totaling over 40,000 hours.

3. Use Modern Waterproofing Techniques

For decades the traditional method of waterproofing a shower pan was the "hot mop" technique.

The process of hot mopping is essentially painting hot tar over the shower pan area. Once it dries there the tar is waterproof and will supposedly prevent leading for decades.

This method however is:

  1. Outdated, there have been better options available for many years.
  2. It smells terrible for a few days after application.
  3. The tile installer cannot begin right away, but must wait a day or two for it to fully cure.
  4. There is no warranty. Eventually it dries out, becomes brittle. Finally it cracks which leads to the dreaded leak that you can't detect until it is too late.

There are several less toxic methods of waterproofing. They also happen to be more efficient, therefore they tend to shave time off of the overall project length.

Call today to find out more about our waterproofing, or visit https://www.schluter.com/schluter-us/en_US/ for some ideas and photos. Need a lifetime warranty? No problem.

4. Install Dual Shower Heads

If you get dual shower heads installed, you'll put yourself in a great position to experience the following:

  1. Increased resale value, you deserve to get the most out of your investment!
  2. A smooth morning routine, all successful people have mastered their mornings!
  3. Your preferred water flow!... one partner prefers rain fall which is always a low-pressure flow. The other partner often prefers a traditional shower head that allows more water pressure.

The feedback that we get from our families is that even if you use it 40% of the time, it will still be worth it. Often they report that they can't believe how much more frequently they use it, compared to what they expected.

Love to do activities together? Dual shower heads are the answer for:

  1. Getting cleaned up to go out to dinner...no need to be late for those reservations!
  2. Returning from the gym together, get cleaned up and get on with your day!
  3. Returning from a trip to the beach together, you do NOT need to track sand all over the house while you wait for the shower

 And there you have it. Six reasons to choose dual shower heads.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

5. Towel Warmer

The smell of coffee in the morning.

The chirping birds in spring time.

The quiet cool air wafting into your bedroom on a Saturday with nowhere to be.

Turning the shower off and reaching for your WARM towel. Ahhh, there's nothing quite like it...gives you goosebumps!

If you're sinking thousands of dollars into your bathroom updates, make sure you add a towel warmer to the electrical and fixture list. The opening cost range for a towel warmer is $200 to $500.

Don't make this optional.

6. A Crank Open Window With Privacy Glass

Natural light, fresh air and quick steam evacuation are three top reasons that home owners love having a bathroom window that opens. Unfortunately many guest or hallway bathrooms have just a small fixed window.

If you have the budget, consider re-framing the opening for a larger window that will allow:

  1. More air flow.
  2. Increased natural light.
  3. Total privacy despite the larger window, providing you use privacy glass.

Worried about the privacy when your slider window is open? Select a crank-open window instead. All fixed!

Why choose Teknik for Your San Diego Bathroom Remodel?

No exaggeration, there are thousands of remodeling companies in San Diego that could remodel your bathroom for you.

So why choose us? Well, if you think it's frustrating to have a kitchen remodel run long, imagine how annoying it is to have such a small project that your contractor refuses to prioritize...

The devil really is in the details. In the world of regular contractors, the smaller your project, the more likely you are to get pushed out on their schedule if they feel like there are other projects more "worth the time".

Basically, this communicates that unless you're spending a certain large sum of money, your project is going to serve as a filler for when they have time between larger projects. 

Don't be one of these cases. Don't choose a regular contractor. Choose a contractor who will prioritize you!

Here are the industry blunders that families avoid when they choose Teknik Design & Remodeling:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors
1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!