(ANGIE'S LIST) - What does your bathroom say about you? If it's still full of ceramic tile and clunky shower doors, it says you're getting behind the times.
Remodelers and home builders are reporting that "sleek" and "stylish" are the current trends, and they may be here to stay.
"Remodeling bathrooms is a popular home improvement project, but they're not cheap," said Angie's List founder Angie Hicks "They can cost anywhere from $10,000 to15,000."
An Angie's List contractor survey revealed that homeowners are willing to spend handsomely on better bathrooms because much of the cost – often around 80 percent – comes back to them on resale.
People are pulling out their ceramic tile in favor of cultured marble panels, thick-glass shower doors and sleek fixtures. They want to enjoy their bathrooms, not constantly maintain them.
"They're tired of fighting the grout lines," said bathroom design professional Mary Wright. "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."
"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 frame less doors because they're just easier to maintain," said Hicks.
They also look very modern, much like the floating vanities many people are going to. Homeowners seem willing to give up that underneath storage space in exchange for a streamlined appearance that makes it seem like a bigger room.
"People really like having that open feel," said Wright. "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 remain very popular. As for fixtures, chrome, brushed nickel and Venetian bronze are still in style.