Your bathroom gets a lot of use so it deserves a decent makeover when things start to look a little tired and the paint is peeling.
If you are looking for some inspiration on how to transform your bathroom and ways to get it done, here is a look at some of the classic signs that it is time to remodel, plus some sensible remodeling strategies including water-saving features and picking the right countertop surface. There are also some tips on the best way to pay for a new bathroom.
Dingy walls and mold should be enough to convince you
It is all too easy to become comfortable with your own environment and gloss over any problems that you would notice if you were viewing the room for the first time, but there are some problems that simply can’t be ignored.
If your shower area or other parts of the bathroom are displaying even mild cases of mold, it is time to take evasive action, as it not only looks unsightly but it can lead to further expensive damage and even health problems.
If the walls have been painted and they are looking decidedly dingy and some parts are peeling, this should also be the tipping point and a catalyst to get planning an overdue makeover.
Other issues to look out for include bathroom hardware that has seen better days and might even be cracked as well as outdated, plus some leaky faucets that are wasting water and costing you money.
Get a new shower
On the subject of water wastage, it is worth remembering that a typical shower will account for well over 15% over your annual water usage in the house, powering through 2.5 gallons per minute while you wash.
Update your shower with a more water-efficient version that comes with a WaterSense label, and you will still enjoy a great showering experience but you will save thousands of gallons of water every year, making it a real win/win situation.
If the toilet is a bit long in the tooth, there is a fair chance that it won’t be very water efficient either, especially if it is more than ten years old. If you upgrade to a newer model you could also make a big difference to your water consumption figures as well as improving the look of your bathroom.
You could also consider the idea of a bidet toilet seat, which is a modern bathing solution that will ensure your bathroom is on trend, plus it is a touch of luxury combined with efficiency. You could go a step further by installing an entirely new toilet, such as a Toto toilet, many of which have a bidet already built-in.
Pick the right countertop
One of the most important aspects of your bathroom makeover is choosing the right bathroom countertop.
It would be wise to spend just as much time and attention picking the right countertop as you do trying to get just the right color scheme and fittings.
Your bathroom countertop will see a lot of action and it has to be up to the job of contending with plenty of splashes of water plus all the cleaning chemicals and spilled toothpaste that will land on the surface.
What you need is a surface that satisfies your design aspirations and looks the part, but just as importantly, it needs to be robust enough to cope with everything that is going to attack the surface.
Granite is popular in the kitchen but because it is porous and vulnerable to staining it is the touch of luxury that wouldn’t be such a good idea in the bathroom. If you do want a high-end alternative, take a look at quartz, as it performs better than granite in the bathroom but still looks the part.
You don’t want to update your bathroom only to find a short while later that your countertop is already starting to show signs of wear and tear, so make sure you pick your surface with care.
Paying for your plans
The most obvious solution to paying for your remodeling plans is to use some of your cash reserves, but if you don’t have a lot of spare cash or it would leave you short, there are some viable alternatives.
Depending on how ambitious your makeover is and how much you need to borrow, you might consider a home equity loan or a personal loan, but again you need to be sensible and avoid over-stretching yourself.
You should be able to make some relatively inexpensive improvements to your bathroom without breaking the bank. One thing is for sure, you will notice the difference and enjoy spending time in your bathroom after you have updated and upgraded its look.
Nicole Hart is on her second home renovation. The first one was out of necessity, but now she’s just developed a knack for doing them up. Nicole also enjoys sharing her tips and ideas online.