According to statistics, the average person spends about three hours in the bathroom each week which makes the bathroom one of the important places in your house.
And if your bathroom is outdated or old fashioned, or is beginning to look a bit shabby, then you probably want to renovate it to give it a new look and make it more comfortable.
There are many reasons why people want to remodel their bathrooms, but all of them fall into two categories: for comfort and increasing the property value.
The good news is that research shows that when you remodel your bathroom, you can recover up to 72% of the cost of remodeling it when you sell your home. But if that’s not what floats your boat, then, the renovation will certainly give it a well-deserved refresh that you and your family will enjoy every time you use it.
Here are some helpful suggestions that might be of use to you if you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom.
DO: Choose The Right Tile For Your Bathroom
If you are going to change the tiles in your bathroom, make sure to choose the right tile for your bathroom. Avoid porous stone tiles like limestone because it can get discolored over time. If you are going to go for natural stone tiles, you might want to go with slate or marble.
Also, avoid linoleum or vinyl because they can be very difficult to seal due to the seams that exist in between these tiles, you may want to go for porcelain tiles instead. Porcelain tiles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and can even mimic the look of linoleum or vinyl if that’s really what you want.
In addition to these, make sure that you choose tiles that are not slippery so you may want to choose tiles that have a matte or sandy finish so that you can have a bit of traction especially when you are getting out of the shower wet.
DON’T: Move The Ventilation or Plumbing
When you are renovating your bathroom, try to resist the urge to move the plumbing even though you might think it’s a good idea to move the shower to the other side of the bathroom because it can be complicated and not to mention expensive. So while nobody is stopping you from moving the plumbing to a different place, it’s not recommended. So try to base all your bathroom remodeling around the existing plumbing in your bathroom.
Another thing that you don’t want to touch is the ventilation in your bathroom for the same exact reason why you don’t want to touch the plumbing. And, while we are on the subject of ventilation, install one if your bathroom currently doesn’t have a source of an exhaust. Ventilation is important because it prevents molds and it keeps your bathroom smelling fresh.
DO: Be Honest With Your Skills
You may have all the plans laid out on how to renovate your bathroom, and are planning to go the DIY route. There is nothing wrong with doing the remodeling yourself, but, before you jump into an ambitious project, take some time to assess if you have the skills needed to successfully complete your remodeling project. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t and turn to the trusted local professionals in your area for help.
DON’T: Do Plumbing And Ventilation Yourself
Unless you’re a plumber by trade or an HVAC professional leave the plumbing and the ventilation to the experts. The first reason is that depending on which country you live in, plumbing and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) requires someone that has professional certification.
And, even if you live in a place that doesn’t require certified professionals to do these, plumbing is not something that you want to fool around with because plumbing mistakes, especially in the toilet, are not going to be a pretty picture.
DO: Choose a Style That Will Last For a Long Time
Unlike curtains that you can change in a whim, or a bed that you can easily buy and replace if you want, bathroom fixtures like the shower or the sink are not something that you can replace immediately. The same goes for bathroom wall tiles. So in decorating your bathroom, you might want to go for neutral shades and colors that are timeless and will still be stylish ten or twenty years from now.
If you have the budget for it, you can consult an interior design professional on how to best decorate your bathroom. But, if you decide to do it yourself there are many software available that can help you with it. Just as the construction company has a construction software for bidding to help them get projects, there are interior software or apps that make use of augmented reality or the placement of virtual objects in a real environment to help you visualize on how your projects will look like.
The bathroom is perhaps the most underrated room in our house, but we’ve all had moments that we want to be alone and unwind, and the bathroom has been our fortress of solitude to take a bath or a shower to refresh our minds and body. And a nicely remodeled bathroom can make it more relaxing for you so that you can recharge yourself in style.