High-quality bathroom remodeling can add value and years of comfort and enjoyment to your home. Next to kitchen remodeling, improving your bathroom is one of the best projects that you can consider.
Before you start remodeling, it’s important to consider your options and set out the goals that you want to achieve. Do you want to modernize your bathroom, are there features that are missing, or do you simply want your bathroom to be more efficient and environmentally friendly?
The following tips and ideas for remodeling can offer perspective and inspiration before you even begin.
Don’t Cut Corners When It Comes to Your Shower and Other Key Features
A quality bathroom remodeling could last for decades or even the lifetime of your home. With some styles, including transitional styles that combine contemporary and traditional elements, your bathroom aesthetic could remain relevant for many years to come.
One way to ensure the longevity of your bathroom is to spend on quality products. Showers, toilets, vanities, and cabinets are available across the price spectrum. Typically, the more you spend, the better the quality will be. Set a budget and then go for the absolute best that you can afford. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.
Examples can include purchasing composite or treated timber cabinets over inexpensive MDF options. Natural countertops will typically last longer than acrylic or fiberglass. Even the quality of your tiles will add longevity, so spending a few extra dollars now could continue to provide value in the future.
It’s not just about durability. Premium products are typically more beautiful and more enjoyable. A high-quality showerhead will provide a better experience than a basic alternative. A large deluxe bathroom vanity could provide more storage space and practicality when compared to a small and inexpensive option.
Budget, of course, is still important, and it’s not necessary to go completely outside of your comfort zone to get quality results. Talk to your bathroom remodel team to get recommendations for quality showers, toilets, vanities and other key features.
Choose Environmentally Friendly Products
A bathroom remodel can help you to increase the efficiency of your home while beautifying it and making it more practical. Choosing efficient showers, toilets, baths, and faucets will reduce the environmental impact of your home while also limiting your utility costs.
The EPA’s WaterSense program is a labeling system to indicate that products meet or exceed water-efficiency standards. Investing in products that carry the label could help you to save money over the lifetime of your bathroom. Even luxury rain shower heads can be designed to meet WaterSense standards while still providing satisfying pressure and flow, so you don’t need to compromise when you want your bathroom to be better for the environment.
Don’t Forget Light and Ventilation
Everybody’s familiar with older bathrooms that are dark, damp, and sometimes outright unattractive. Modern bathrooms are open, light, and get plenty of airflow. Installing windows, frosted, stained, or coated privacy windows can allow light into your bathroom. An efficient ventilation system will help prevent odors and mold.
You could even route your HVAC system into your bathroom to provide warm, dry air during the winter months.
Go Big with Storage for Your Bathroom Remodel
If you have the space, then it’s worth adding more storage than you think you would need. Large vanities, cabinets, shelving, or hidden storage mirrors could give you all the practical storage that you require. Personal products, towels, cleaning products, and miscellaneous items can quickly occupy your storage if you don’t plan accordingly.
Large vanities can offer plenty of surface storage for commonly used items and even decorations. Your bathroom remodel team will be able to make recommendations for storage based on the size of your toilet room.
You could also consider hardware installations for storage, such as soap dispensers, shampoo and conditioner dispensers, hair dryer holders, and much more.
Plan for the Unexpected Before You Begin
Even with the very best contractors and bathroom remodeling teams, the unexpected can occur when you begin your project. Some problems may not become apparent until you have started the projected and are well into the teardown.
Water damage is common in older bathrooms and may exist behind walls, floors, or ceilings.
The best contractors will perform a complete appraisal before work begins, but you should still plan to have some extra room in your budget for the problems that can’t be identified early on. It is recommended to overbudget by at least 10% on top of your initial remodeling quote.
Ready to Begin Your Bathroom Remodeling?
With ideas to get you started, the next step is to start consulting with the professionals. HomeWorx in Iowa can design and install your dream bathroom, with all the modern conveniences.
Contact the team today for a free consultation if you’re ready to make an investment that will pay off for the lifetime of your home.