Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular projects we complete. Most homeowners understand that it’s a big investment that requires time, money, and patience. The journey from your initial consultation to the final walk-through of the completed project can be a long ride, but can certainly be worth it if your bathroom truly needs a renovation. Are you wondering if your bathroom needs to be remodeled? Here are some of the most common reasons people choose to remodel their bathroom:
1. It’s All About Aesthetics
The obvious reason most people choose to remodel is to update the look and aesthetic appeal of the room. With all of the popular HGTV shows featuring full-scale remodels and “fixer-upper” success stories, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement and feel inspired to remodel your own home. The appeal of a spacious walk-in shower, a chic new vanity and an elegant free-standing bathtub is often the motivating factor in a homeowner’s decision to remodel a bathroom.
2. Improve Functionality
Does your bathroom feel crowded? Does your vanity lack storage or counter top space? Is the lighting too dim when you go to get ready for work in the mornings? These issues might not sound like a big deal, but for those that struggle with them day in and day out, correcting these problems is more than enough reason to remodel! Updating the functionality of your bathroom could mean a number of things, from rearranging the footprint for a more comfortable, flowing layout to re-designing a custom vanity for improved storage and space optimization. Just because a room is livable doesn’t mean it’s optimally functional. You would be surprised at what a big impact these small changes can make, especially in a small area such as a bathroom. A lot of times, our clients don’t even realize just how much space is being wasted in their existing bathroom design.
3. The Frequent Need to Fix Problems
Just as it is with anything, time has a way of wearing down the new and pristine to old and faulty. This is especially true when it comes to the contents of your bathroom. The constant humidity and moisture that accumulates in the bathroom each day has a harsh impact on things like tile, fixtures, and hardware. They can become cracked, porous, brittle, hard to clean, and even dysfunctional. Plumbing lines leak over time, drywall cracks, and paint fades. You might can fix small issues here and there, but eventually, you will likely need a full remodel to keep your bathroom in optimal working order. When you start to notice back-to-back repairs being done in your bathroom, it might be a sign that it’s time for a fresh start. Not only will remodeling relieve the burden of constant repairs, but it will also prevent the risk of enduring a major (and costly) repair from years of minimal maintenance.
4. A Change in Living Arrangements
Changes in your living arrangements might mean it’s time for a remodel. Combining families or taking in older parents often requires adding a bathroom or modifying the existing ones. Particularly, if aging parents are a concern, universal design can be implemented to create a safer, more functional bathroom. This could include things like installing grab bars, widening the doorways, and modifying showers and vanities to be wheelchair accessible. These features are great for the sake of aging parents and are also a good idea for yourself and your spouse if you intend to stay in your current home for the rest of your life. This is referred to as “aging in place” and is something we suggest to all of our clients that are planning to remodel their forever home. It might seem like something you don’t need to worry about for a few years, but incorporating these features into your remodel now will allow for a much easier transition in the years to come without the need to remodel your bathroom a second time.
5. Increase in Home Value
If you are planning on moving in the future, remodeling your bathroom is a great way to add some value to your home. However, this may or may not be a good financial decision based on your specific scenario. It’s important to be aware that you likely will not get back the full amount that you invested in your bathroom remodel when it comes time to sell the house. On the other hand, a dated, dysfunctional bathroom would provide a legitimate reason for a buyer to submit a below-asking-price offer with the intent of remodeling the bathroom before moving in. Small updates or a partial remodel might be a good option for you if you are planning on selling your home at some point over the next several years.
If you can identify with any of these reasons, it might be a good time to consider remodeling your bathroom! Our team of designers would be happy to work with you to make the most use of the space you have while incorporating a modern design and the ideal aging-in-place features to meet your needs. Our custom design packages include floor plans and 3D renderings of your remodeled space, as well as a comprehensive scope of work document and budget worksheet. The completed package will allow you to see everything from the aesthetic design to every last detail of the construction. If you are interested in a custom design package for your bathroom or have questions about the process, please fill out a contact form on our website and we’ll be sure to get in touch with you!
The Medford Design-Build Team