Callen Construction Provides Insight on Bathroom Remodeling Trends

June 4, 2014

Designers for Callen Construction, Inc., a full service remodeling company serving southeastern Wisconsin since 1986, are using information from a recent design trend survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to assist homeowners as they contemplate updating their home’s bathrooms.

Topping the trend list is an increasing demand for accessible baths and contemporary styling. Fading fast are Provincial, Tuscan, and country/rustic styles and the distressed cabinet finishes that often accompany them, along with their companion bronze, terracotta, and red color schemes. “Gray is the color rising in popularity, the third most popular behind beige/bone and white/off-white,” said Dave Clark, an award-winning design specialist for Callen Construction based in the company’s Muskego office. “Accompanying this are quartz vanity tops, wall-hung vanities, open shelving, under-mount sinks, and ceramic or porcelain floors with radiant floor heating.”

With an eye toward “aging in place,” bathroom features include a demand for shower benches and comfort-height toilets and vanities. “That goes hand-in-hand with master bath remodels for those 50 and older that prefer eliminating the tub in favor of having a very large walk-in shower,” Clark said. “Surrounding those showers are all glass enclosures with many homeowners preferring frameless glass.”

While multiple showerheads and rain showers are popular with a younger demographic, the homeowners surveyed who are over 55 prefer handheld showers and sliding bars.

Tubs are still an essential for many homeowners, especially those with young children. “For those of any age who prefer a tub, freestanding models are chosen over drop-ins, undermounts and other styles,” Clark said. “When it comes to faucet finishes, brushed nickel and polished chrome are the front-runners.”

Regarding lighting, LED is becoming very popular in remodels along with pendant lights on either side of the vanity mirror.

“Although these are trends Callen designers are aware of, each bathroom remodel we do is specific to the homeowner’s wants and needs,” Clark said. “Before the first line of a design plan is drawn, we have a lengthy consultation with the homeowner so we can provide them a design unique for them. The trendiest bathroom doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t fit with personal comfort, function, and style.”

Callen’s Muskego showroom on 131st and Janesville Rd. contains a variety of samples, including full kitchen and bath displays featuring Kohler and Starmark Cabinetry products, countertops, as well as Infinity® Fiberglass replacement windows from Marvin.

Callen is a member of several home improvement and area associations, including the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, National Kitchen & Bath Association, the Metropolitan Builders Association Remodelers Council, Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.
For more information or to schedule an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509 or visit

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