Spring is a perfect time for renovation projects, particularly large ones, like bathroom remodeling. Yet many homeowners eschew bathroom renovations because they’re expensive, time-consuming, and confusing. It’s difficult to set priorities when renovating a bathroom because every part of the room is equally necessary – the tub, the shower, the toilet, and the sink are all vital components. Today, we hope to clear up how to know when to renovate your bathroom and what you should do first.
When and Why to Renovate
Before renovating, ask yourself why you’re doing so and if the project is worth the money. If your bathroom has old fixtures or windows and flooring that are no longer safe, that’s a big reason to go ahead with renovations. Renovations are needed after extensive damage from floods and other natural disasters, in response to faulty wiring, and if your space needs have changed. For example, if you have a high claw-foot tub and slippery showers, but recently had a baby, you may want to renovate for safety’s sake.
Don’t renovate for the sake of modernizing. If you live in a 1950s home with corresponding furniture and fixtures, a modern bathroom will both look silly and break your bank. If possible, perform minor changes or repairs to save money. If you’re a new renovator, you might work on a half-bath before a full bathroom to give yourself practice.
Renovation Tip: Stay Neutral
Real estate agents are told to stage bathrooms so buyers can see themselves relaxing in them. The rest of us are no different. We want the bathroom to be a place we rejuvenate with refreshing showers or long bubble baths after a tough day. Bright colors and overly modern fixtures can cause sensory overload. Stick to neutral colors and sturdy materials, such as tile or marble.
Renovation Tip: Be Creative within Reason
If you’re remodeling on a budget, avoid hot tubs, creatively-shaped sinks, and splashy ceiling or tile designs. These are expensive, and they’re not timeless, meaning they’ll probably feel too showy after a few years. Yet, you can be creative with your bathroom. Add monogrammed towels or linens in favorite colors. Try radiant heat floor mats or towel warmers.
Renovation Tip: Stay Safe
The bathroom will be one of the most frequently used rooms in your home, so make sure it’s safe and accessible for everyone. Speak to a contractor or other professional if you’ll need wheelchair access. Be sure young children can use toilets and tubs independently.