What Should Be Considered When Making Plans to Remodel Your Bathroom

Your bathroom isn’t just another room in your house. In fact, it’s one of the most important spaces in your home.

As such, it should be a personal retreat rather than a hazardous problem or an embarrassing eyesore.

Your bathroom is where you clean and refresh yourself and your family. It’s the root of good hygiene and a place for relaxation.

However, if you feel like your bathroom no longer provides you with this relief, it’s time to consider a remodel.

Reasons to Remodel

When it comes to bathroom renovations and remodeling projects, there are countless reasons people decide to go for it.

Perhaps it’s a change in lifestyle, a problem that needs to be fixed, or simply a much-needed upgrade.

Although emergencies can force you to remodel sooner—burst pipes, broken fixtures, etc.—the trending national average for bathroom remodeling is still 4-5 years.

It’s at this point that colors go out of style and people get sick of the look.

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, take inventory of your motivation and goals in remodeling.

Top 10 Common Reasons for a Bathroom Remodel:

  • Remove bacteria, mold, and/or mildew
  • Fix leaks and plumbing
  • Replace current damages
  • Add safety and accessibility features
  • Increase home value
  • Corner Shower in Frost with Bench Seat
  • Remove outdated tubs and tile
  • Add to aesthetics
  • Save water, energy, and money
  • Install upgrades/new fixtures
  • Create a personalized escape with a bathroom you love

Of course, there are other reasons, but these 10 are the most common—these are the ones we hear over and over from our customers.

Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold and Mildew Growth

Bacteria growth is a strong catalyst for bathroom renovations, especially because of the threat it presents to your health and safety.

When water, moisture, and humidity have damaged old bathrooms, the space is prone to bacteria growth that creates mold and mildew.

We all know that mold is dangerous—it comes with a host of issues like bronchitis, asthma, allergies, and severe breathing problems.

Children are known to be especially susceptible to these issues too. The longer it remains, the more severe the health problems can become.

It’s vital that you take action.

Leaks and Breaks

Leaks and breaks also tend to drive people towards remodeling.

Quickly fixing leaks and plumbing issues, as well as keeping the room clean and updated, will go a long way in preventing that mold.

Leaky pipes aren’t the end-all be-all of bathroom remodeling, though. Call a plumber and attempt to repair them first.

Same goes with damaged materials. If you can repair them without a full scale remodel, attempt to do so and save yourself some money.

However, if the same problem occurs again, or different breaks occur regularly, then it’s time to remodel.

Having all that extra moisture everywhere from broken parts is too dangerous.

Overall Aesthetics

Bathroom remodels also update the style, looks, and aesthetics of bathroom spaces to design a more practical and pleasing room—don’t we all want a relaxing escape of a bathroom?

Bathroom Options & Accessories

If you have an older bathroom, you may not even realize the possibilities available to you in fixture upgrades:

  • Glass shower doors
  • Waterproof walls and counter space
  • Detachable shower heads
  • Removing (or adding) a bathtub
  • Dual sinks
  • Cleanly sealed wall panels
  • Floating vanities
  • Additional storage

Let your wildest designs come to life as you work with your remodeler to design the bathroom of your dreams.

Long-Term Benefits of Remodeling

Beyond addressing your immediate needs, bathroom remodels offer additional benefits that impact your life in the distant (or not so distant) future as well.

Here are a few long-term benefits of a good bathroom remodel project:

1. Increase Home Value

Real estate agents always say that bathrooms and kitchens are what sell houses! It only stands to reason that a bathroom remodel can do positive things for your home’s value.

Not only will your home show better as buyers walk through, but a quality bathroom remodel is consistently within the top 15 home renovation projects that offer a solid return on investment—bathroom renovations have a consistently high ROI.

2. Add Safety and Accessibility Features

The goal for many remodels is to make the bathroom safer and more accessible for those with limited mobility or strength.

With supplemental safety features and upgrades, you can rest assured knowing that the bathroom is a safe place once more.

As bathroom technology advances, so does the capacity for them to become more accessible. It’s becoming less and less of a problem as the demand for accessible features increases.

Your average bathroom remodeler will offer all kinds of basic to advanced equipment to help with this:

  • Grab bars
  • Non-slip mats/textured floors
  • Benches
  • Handheld shower heads
  • Low-threshold bases
  • Walk-in tubs

3. Conserve Water / Energy and Save Money

With energy-conserving upgrades, you can save resources and money!

By swapping out old products for newer, more efficient options you can save money on both your monthly water and power bills.

The options for energy efficiency in bathrooms have greatly expanded in recent years:

Modern low-flow showerheads

Reduce the amount of wasted water by a monthly average of 60%.

LED lights

Decrease the amount of electricity being used, resulting in an average annual savings for homeowners of $225.

Dual-flush toilets

Cut water usage by 67% when compared to traditional toilets.

As energy costs and public demand for more energy efficient technologies increases, manufacturers will continue developing new models with each passing year.

Opting for energy efficient models during a bathroom remodel will save a lot of money in the long run.

Know Your Options

Whether you’re thinking about a remodel for safety, convenience, or style, it’s important to understand all your possible choices.

Making the most of your bathroom renovation depends on it.

Bathroom Renovations

That’s why you should work with a remodeling company that is willing to walk you through all your options:

  • Colors and textures
  • Material options
  • Accessibility features
  • Energy efficient models
  • Warranties
  • Getting Started

And if you’d like help working through any of these areas, we do this every day at Five Star Bath Solutions!