A bathroom renovation can be a big investment and an inconvenience to your household. How do you know if it’s time to remodel your bathroom and worth the ordeal? In this post, we’ll look at the top 10 reasons to take the plunge and spend money on a bathroom renovation.
10 Reasons to Renovate Your Bathroom
The cost of a bathroom renovation is enough that it’s not something you jump into impulsively. Before you start on a project like this, evaluate the cost-benefit ratio and be sure it’s worth the time and energy.
There are definite signs that it’s time to remodel your bathroom. If any of these 10 things apply to your bathroom, a renovation project is in your future!
1. Plumbing Problems
Minor plumbing problems like a leaky faucet can easily be fixed without a major renovation. But if there are bigger issues, or if you have a leak behind the walls, ignoring the problem could lead to much bigger problems down the road, such as:
- Rotted flooring
- Peeling paint
- Mold and mildew
- Loose and broken tiles
Fixing plumbing problems must be a top priority.
2. Property Value
A bathroom renovation typically has a 62% return on investment. And bathroom renovations ranked in the top 3 renovations for ROI in Canadian housing markets, according to a recent RE/MAX study. Clearly, a bathroom renovation can increase your property value, especially if your home is older.
3. Safety Hazards
Safety is essential in your home, and a bathroom is a common place for hazards. If slipping in the bathtub or shower happens regularly, for example, it might be time to consider a renovation. Slip-resistant flooring, a walk-in shower, or grab bars for the tub and shower are helpful additions.
4. Mold & Mildew
Mold and mildew—even when you can’t see them—are serious health hazards. Especially for anyone with respiratory problems or allergies, a wide variety of symptoms caused by mold or mildew can lead to complications.
A poorly ventilated bathroom is more susceptible to mold and mildew, but the frequent, sustained exposure to moisture can make mold and mildew a real issue in any bathroom. Mold and mildew can spread and lead to rot and decay in the walls and flooring, so if you have any, it’s time to renovate your bathroom.
5. Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation
Lower your utility costs and do your part to protect the environment by replacing your bathroom fixtures.
On average, your toilet and shower account for about half of your household’s daily water usage. Low-flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets significantly reduce your water consumption and lower your water bill.
Installing a window can improve ventilation, reduce the need for using the fan, and help regulate the temperature in your bathroom. In-floor heating can also help, and replacing your fan with an energy-efficient model is always a good idea.
6. Poor Functionality
Sometimes a bathroom design or layout just doesn’t work. Maybe you don’t have enough counter space to accommodate everything you need to get ready for the day each morning. Or the door hits the toilet or vanity when it’s open. Or it’s awkward to get into the shower. There can be any number of functionality issues in a bathroom, especially if it’s small.
A bathroom remodel can help you maximize the space and create improved functionality with a better layout, more storage, and efficient features that appeal to your family’s needs.
7. Accommodate Special Needs
The needs of any family change over time, and those changes sometimes demand adjustments in your home. For example, a newlywed couple can get by with just a shower, but when young children come along, a bathtub is a necessity. Or as your family grows, two sinks are preferable to one. If your family’s needs are changing, it might be time to renovate your bathroom.
8. Small Space & Insufficient Storage
A small bathroom poses numerous challenges, and storage is a big one. If you simply don’t have enough space in your bathroom for basic supplies, check out these 15 ideas for bathroom storage to maximize your space. A bathroom remodel might be in order.
9. Outdated Style
If your bathroom is outdated, a facelift can transform the room into a space that’s truly inviting. It might be as simple as a fresh coat of paint and a few other cosmetic changes. Older bathrooms will require something more extensive, especially if fixtures are severely out of style. (Remember the classic green and yellow bathroom fixtures of the ‘70s?)
10. Lack of Luxury
You spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It’s worth creating a space you enjoy being in. A bathroom renovation can make your bathroom look and feel luxurious. Imagine sliding into a soothing bath at the end of the day in an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. It’s worth it!
Expert Bathroom Renovations
If you know it’s time to renovate your bathroom, but don’t know where to start, the experts at Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations are here to help. We can look at your bathroom to assess what needs to be changed and how to transform your bathroom into a space that meets your needs, suits your preferences, and fits your budget. Contact us today for a free consultation.