OGDEN -- With today's economy, many people are opting to remodel rather than move.
One room in the house that is no longer overlooked is the bathroom. In addition, gone are the days, weeks and months that a remodeling project once required. Today, most companies can be in and out of your house in two days or less.
"After we produce the materials, it takes from four to eight hours to install," said Rebecca Erdmann, co-owner of Sand & Swirl in Ogden. "We use high quality raw materials and usually only have one person in your home working on the project."
Erdmann said people are choosing realistic-type marble, TruStone and cultured granite as the main look in their bathroom.
"A bathroom usually lasts about 20 years," she said. "Today's materials are such high quality they are lasting much longer. Everything is easier to clean and maintain than they were several years ago. There's no grout, and we use a quality nonporous gel coat."
Dane Quittner, marketing director of Re-Bath of Utah in Salt Lake City, said with the high mineral content in Utah materials -- such as lime, rust and calcium -- it's important to get high-quality products that will hold up to the environment.
"Today's products and materials are much easier to clean and take care of," he said. "It used to be that you'd spend hours scrubbing down the bathroom. Now, you can be in and out in five minutes."
Quittner said no-grout tiles, marbles and stones are very popular, as well as vessel sinks that sit on top of the vanity counter.
"They really add to the elegance of the bathroom," he said. "Your choices for the bathroom are no longer limited to one or two certain looks."
Erdmann said a bathroom remodeling project can cost between $450 and $2,000, depending on the look and materials installed.
Quittner said a complete bathroom makeover can even be as high as $19,000.
"That figure comes from the National Remodeler's Guide, but we can do it for a lot less money," he said. "And we're fast as well. A lot of people won't remodel their bathroom because they don't want to be without it, but we can be in and out within a couple of days."
DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen, in South Ogden, also offers custom-designed bathrooms that include a variety of prices, materials, colors and accessories.
Bathcrest of Salt Lake City also offers a variety of easy-to-clean bathroom products, including acrylic bath liners, ceramic tile resurfacing, handicap access and frameless shower doors.