People are sometimes hesitant to start a bathroom renovation project due to the costs, but the truth is that the benefits you get make it worth every dollar. Below are the main reasons why you should push through with a bathroom remodel.
We understand that not all bathrooms are the same. Select the bathroom type you want to remodel here:
- Small Bathroom Ideas: take a look at some ideas for designing your small bathroom. These bathrooms are by far the most popular types.
- Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas: Be inspired by these amazing photos for your master bathroom.
- Walk-in shower Ideas:
- Half bath
1. White Modern Bathroom theme
2. Grey and White bathroom
3. Traditional Bathroom Style
4. Eclectic modern farmhouse
5. Mid-century Modern Ranch Bathroom
6. Transitional Bathroom Style
7. Beach Bathroom Style
8. Tropical Bathroom Style
9. Rustic Bathroom Style
10. Farmhouse Bathroom Style
11. Victorian Bathroom Design
12. Southwestern Bathroom design style
13. Craftsman Bathroom Style
14. Wall Hung Bathroom Toilet Design
15. Walk-in shower
16. skylight bathroom design Style
17. Floating basin sink
18. Antique Bathroom Faucets
19. Led Bathroom Lighting
20. Kids Bathroom Décor
21. Bathtub Focused Bathroom Décor
22. Rain Shower Head
23. Bathroom Exhaust Fan
24. Bathroom Underfloor Heating
25. Bathroom for the elderly
26. Bathroom Bidet
Reasons why Bathroom Remodeling Might be for you
1. Adds Value to Your Home
If you’re tired of the outdated look of your bathroom, then it’s about time that you upgrade it. Not only will it make your bathroom look nicer, it will also increase the value of your home. Experts say that a bathroom improvement could give you up to 80% return on the cost of your remodel project. So even though you will need to shell out at least a few thousand dollars for this project, in the end, it’s still a win-win situation for you.
2. Water Savings
Bathrooms take up the largest percentage of water usage in every home. Even the tiniest leaks in your showerhead, faucet, or toilet can jack up your water bill. Then, when you compute your annual water bill, you could be spending many hundreds of dollars or more because of unnecessary water wastage.
Aside from getting rid of leaky faucets and toilets, using modern bathroom plumbing fixtures can also effectively lower your water usage by as much as 70%. There are low flow showerheads, faucets and toilets that could save you anywhere from $50 to $150 annually. When you consider the long term savings, some simple changes can be a great benefit.
3. Energy Savings
Not only does remodeling a bathroom help you save on your water bill, it helps you lower your electricity bills as well. Replacing your CFL lighting with LED lighting can not only improve the ambiance of your bathroom but it can also make it energy efficient.
The initial cost of LED lighting is higher than CFL but because it uses only a tenth of the electricity used by the latter, you get bigger savings in the long run. Aside from replacing your lighting fixtures, you can also invest in a “green” water heater. The benefits you can get from these fixtures alone should be enough to convince you to get started with your bathroom renovation.
4. Adds Space
Don’t you hate it when you use your bathroom and you find it hard to move around or can’t find any empty counter space? Well, if you decide to remodel bathroom you will be able to make it more spacious because there are storage designs that will make it appear bigger. The use of space-saving storage solutions will help you get rid of unnecessary clutter so your bathroom will appear neat and organized.
5. Improves Mobility
One of the issues some people have with their bathrooms is that it’s just not suitable for them. It could be that the bathrooms are being used by elderly individuals or small kids. In both cases, preventing slips and falls in the bathroom is important.
A bathroom renovation can help solve the problem. There are walk-in showers and tubs as well as grab bars that will make it easier for seniors to use their bathroom, and there are also lower sinks specifically made for small kids. There are even handicap sinks and tubs should your bathroom be used by someone with a disability.
6. Add New Bath Technologies
By upgrading your bathroom, you can also opt to add some pretty cool features to give you a more relaxing experience. You can have music in the shower, or mount an LCD TV on the wall so you can watch your favorite shows while soaking in a warm bath.
If you have the budget (and space) for it, you can even replace your outdated tub with a Jacuzzi. You can also have your toilet replaced with a more modern and “green” low flow toilet which effectively conserves water.
Planning Your Bathroom Improvement Project
A bathroom improvement project is not a weekend project and shouldn’t be considered as such. It will probably take 3-6 weeks and anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 to remodel your bathroom, depending on its size and how much you want to do.
It is very important that you plan your bathroom renovation so as to ensure that your project will go smoothly and create fewer issues along the way.
Here are the steps you need to take for your bathroom improvement project.
Step 1: Research and get ideas
You may not want to hear it, but before starting any bathroom remodel, you need to do your homework. It’s just like building a house. Before you can build one, you need to research possible designs and concepts, available products, costs, color schemes, floor plans, etc.
When you remodel your bathroom, you need to check the designs that are currently in trend which you can find by browsing the Web, checking out showrooms, and reading home improvement magazines. Read Finding Ideas for a Bathroom Remodel for more information.
Step 2: Prioritize
Once you have gathered ideas and concepts, you need to sit down with your family and talk about the upcoming project. Everyone should participate in making the bathroom plans and giving their own ideas and suggestions.
Ask people what bothers them about the current bathroom and what kinds of items they would like to have in there. Think about what fixtures and accessories need to be replaced.
After gathering all the information you must then sit down and determine which items are the “need to have” and which items are the “want to have.” Write down a prioritized list. Start with the most important items and work your way down.
Step 3: Set a budget
You can do a bathroom remodel budget planning in two different ways. You may already have a set dollar limit. Then start going down the prioritized list and stop when you reach your budget number. Be sure to allow at least a 10% overrun.
The other way is to go down your prioritized list and put cost estimates next to each item. When you reach a number that makes you (or your bank account) uncomfortable, it’s time to stop.
To get a more accurate budget, you may want to visit a home improvement store or call a local supplier and ask for quotes on the items you will need. You can also scour the Internet for prices and make price comparisons so you can find a supplier that offers the most competitive deals.
Aside from the cost of upgrades and replacements, you will also need to set aside a budget for permits and fees, and other incidental costs that may come up as you go along with your project.
Step 4: DIY vs contractor
Finally—and this is the most crucial step in your bathroom remodel project—you need to decide whether you will take this project on your own (DIY) or if you should hire a remodeling contractor.
Despite what you see on TV home improvement shows, bathroom renovations take special skills, especially if you plan a complete overhaul. If you have neither the skills nor the knowledge for getting it done right, it might be more economical for you to hire a contractor. On the other hand, if you believe in your own capabilities and you can enlist the help of your family members then perhaps doing it yourself won’t be such a bad idea.
If you plan a DIY project, you will need to buy the materials and arrange for their delivery. If you will be hiring a contractor, get bids from different contractors, and then make sure you sign (after you’ve read) the contract. Choose a contractor wisely and make sure you select one that not only charges fair rates but also has a good reputation, an extensive portfolio, and one that is legally allowed to offer their services in your state.
Obviously, you won’t be able to use your bathroom fully when it’s being renovated so you need to make sure everyone in your household understands this. Depending on the scope of the remodeling, it could take more than a month to complete the project so everyone must have a clear understanding of this scenario. A portable toilet may be needed during this period.
Remodeling your bathroom provides many advantages, such as adding value to your home, helping you conserve water and energy, adding space, improving mobility, and equipping it with modern features. But most of all, it will make visits to the bathroom more enjoyable for you.