18 May Why You Should Consider Remodeling Your Bathroom
Before engaging in any home improvement projects, it’s important to ask yourself why you want to remodel. Is it simply to change the look of your home? Are you wanting to add to the resale value? Are you interested in making functional changes so that your home is better-suited to your needs?
Whether you’re looking to redecorate for yourself or to add to the resale value of your home, the bathroom is a great place to start. Bathroom revamps are versatile – they can involve steps as simple as swapping out the hardware on your cabinets, or as complicated as ripping out the bathtub and replacing it with a walk-in shower.
We’re going to look at some of the reasons you should consider remodeling for yourself and suggest which remodels would be best to increase your home’s value. Let’s dive in.
Remodeling for yourself
You may want to remodel your bathroom for yourself if you’re not happy about how your bathroom looks, or if you’re not satisfied with how it functions. Let’s take a brief look at both scenarios:
Remodeling for aesthetics
There are so many aesthetic redecoration options – some of which will tie into functional remodels, which we’ll discuss next.
It’s worth noting that most aesthetic changes, like repainting your bathroom or changing the hardware on your cabinets, fall under the category of “renovations”, not remodeling. Remodeling usually involves changing the layout of your bathroom.
You can, however, remodel for aesthetics, as well. You could rip out worn flooring and old fixtures, and replace them with beautiful, new, tile flooring, granite countertops, and modern sinks. Go for an aesthetic remodel if you’re looking to create your dream bathroom – your imagination is the limit.
Remodeling for functionality
Functional remodels are more common than purely aesthetic remodels, but you’ll definitely be making a lot of aesthetic choices in a functional remodel. You’ll want to consider functional remodeling if:
- The size of your family has changed
- The needs of your family have changed
You may, for example, want to consider remodeling for aging in place. Walk-in bathtubs, easily accessible sinks and cabinets, and floors with improved traction can all help homeowners stay comfortable and safer in their homes. These remodels can also be useful for people with limited mobility.
Another common functional remodel involves installing a wall between the tub/shower and toilet from the sinks and mirror. This allows one or two people to get ready for their day while another person is showering or using the toilet. These types of remodels are great for people with larger households.
Some of you may be asking: “If I’m doing a functional remodel, should I replace my plumbing?” It’s a good question. In certain types of remodels, you’ll need to replace some of your plumbing – say, for example, if you’re moving one of your fixtures from one wall to another.
All of your drains need to be connected to your home’s sewer line, and all of your fixtures must be attached to your home’s water supply. These connections might not be readily available if you’re moving fixtures from one wall to another. That means there may be extra plumbing costs associated with some forms of functional remodel – something to keep in mind!
Remodeling to sell your home
If you’re remodeling in order to sell your home, things are, in some ways, much easier. You can simply research what kinds of bathroom remodels provide the best ROI in your area, and commit to those remodels. Bathrooms sell homes – people are far less inclined to buy a home with a bathroom they think needs work.
In areas that are family-friendly, get a new tub instead of a shower. In neighborhoods with young professionals, walk-in showers may be your best bet. In either case, wood cabinets and stone floors, along with new fixtures, make a huge impact. It’s worth mentioning that, if you have the space, adding a second bathroom (if you only have one) may be a better ROI option than renovating your old bathroom.
We hope this article has given you some inspiration – there are a lot of great reasons to renovate your bathroom. If you’re looking for more advice on how to remodel your bathroom in a San Antonio home, get in touch with us! We’d love to help you set and achieve your remodeling goals.