If you didn't have the chance to design your bathroom, or it hasn't been updated lately, your most used room may be ready for a makeover. Do you envision something light and easy, such as cabinet refacing, or do you hear a total renovation calling your name? Here are four sure signs and good reasons to remodel your bathroom.
1. Changes in Your Household
If the headcount under your roof has expanded or shrank, you may want to update the space to accommodate the changes.
More Daily Users — A growing family will put a lot of pressure on a bathroom. Changing the vanity from one sink to two can help ease the congestion outside the door. Also, bathing youngsters may require a different flooring or tub enclosure that can withstand a lot of splashing.
Fewer Users — If you are past the growing family stage and are planning to age in place, you may find removing the tub altogether would work best for you. Switching to a walk-in shower makes a safer bathing experience for the elderly and may even open up more space for storage.
2. You Plan to Sell
Aging bathrooms that haven't been touched for decades will look worn out to potential home buyers. Even though all the elements remain in good shape, those features that excited you when they were brand new will be plenty dated by now. If the porcelain fixtures still look and work well, you may only need a new vanity or cabinet refacing and lighting to put new vitality into an old bathroom. Remember, a bathroom remodel can easily increase the resale value of the home, making your return on investment worthwhile.
3. It Clashes with Your Style
Are you a marble and glass chandelier type, or a country floral farmhouse type? Do you prefer long soaks in a deep tub or luxurious showers with body jets and a bench? It's important to create a bathroom that pleases your eyes and your grooming habits. Why endure a room that opposes those?
4. Damage Occurred
Real life means the occasional accident. If your bathroom sustained damage, such as cracked tile, you should get it fixed rather than live with it. With sharp edges and shards, cracked glass or tile in the right places can endanger patrons of the room. Vinyl flooring with cuts, tears or curling along the edges can allow water penetration to the subflooring and cause rotting. Cracked tubs and toilets can do the same. Not only is mold around the tub enclosure unsightly, but it can also be nearly impossible to permanently remediate without a remodel. Additionally, if the room smells strange, you may have water leaks you can't see, which can cause more extensive and expensive damage if not caught and corrected.
At Kitchen Tune-Up, we're happy to talk to you about the many available bathroom remodeling options. Just call today to schedule your free, no obligation estimate.