Retreating to our bathroom should be like escaping to an oasis. It should provide relief and relaxation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often, the bathroom has become the chaotic room where we get ready in a rush, leave in a mess, and avoid as much as possible. Maybe standing in our bathroom means we're surrounded by outdated decor and a dysfunctional layout. Or worse... perhaps your bathroom is harboring bad plumbing, leaking tubs, and ever-growing mold. It's time for an update.
Plumbing Is Priority
With so many beautiful features in a bathroom, it’s a little painful to put your dollars into the pipes that will be buried behind your walls. However, this is a very wise and necessary investment that will lay the foundation to a long-lasting bathroom.
The older your home, the more likely you will need a plumbing update. PEX is the standard for new plumbing. Replacing your pipes with this material is more than just advisable, it’s a must. If you’re not familiar with PEX, here are just a few reasons to upgrade.
- Resists the scale build-up common with copper pipes
- Does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water
- Much more resistance to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic
- Does not transfer heat as readily as copper, and so conserves energy
- Has fewer connections and fittings, reducing the opportunity for leaks
Ensure that your contractor is knowledgeable of PEX and how to install it properly.
Addressing the Bathroom Basics
The remodeling needs of one bathroom will vary from that of another. Homeowners will have different priorities, and necessary repairs will force their way onto the renovation list. Factors to consider include the following:
- Will you be selling soon?
- Is there water damage or mold that needs to be addressed?
- Does your bathroom hold all the elements that your lifestyle demands?
- Is the layout efficient? If not, is it possible to change?
- What can you afford?
For those selling their home soon, a bathroom remodel should have universal appeal to attract the most buyers. The most expensive finishes will not be necessary to achieve the look you need. Modest upgrades can bring your bathroom up-to-date without breaking the bank.
Anyone with water damage or mold must remediate this problem for health and safety reasons. Long-term effects of a moldy room are hazardous, and a damaged structure is an accident waiting to happen.
An efficient bathroom with all the necessary elements is every homeowners dream. Maybe your bath tub doesn’t have a shower. Or perhaps that shower head sprays on your neck as opposed to your head! Remodeling is the time to address the little inconveniences.
Where to Splurge
Some things in a bathroom are bigger ticket items than others. And, some of the spa-like features that everyone loves will come with a hefty price tag. What deserves your dollar and what are you willing to skip?
Tile throughout the entire bathroom will be quite an investment, but it is a classic look that you can enjoy for the long haul. In addition, tile is lower maintenance than many of the alternatives. This waterproof feature comes in endless options, from stone to glass, and the result is beautiful.
Don’t worry. Other options exist if you want to go waterproof. Luxury and Engineered Vinyl Plank are very up and coming flooring materials that are great for wet rooms, such as a bath. This wood-like look is beyond popular for its durability and affordability.
Fixtures, sinks, and toilets should probably be on your list of upgrades. These fundamental features make a big impact on the final room. New faucets and a squeaky-clean toilet can make a bathroom shine.
Updating the vanity and maximizing storage is another move that will really payoff. Custom vanities are ideal and are comparable in price to many of the high-end, store-bought ones. Before you assume that you cannot go custom, get a quote and consider all your options. If you don’t have a place for storage, look to add shelving anywhere that makes sense.
Time to Relax
Ideally, when your bathroom is done, you can enjoy a worry-free room that functions well and looks beautiful. Don’t forget the finishing touches that give the room some splash. Linens, hardware, and modest décor will round-out your remodel and bring it all together!