Bathrooms are sacred spaces for many of us. They’re also a lot of work, requiring near-constant cleaning and maintenance of some sort. If you think the old bathroom tile is looking a bit off, or perhaps you’re living in an older house and the bathroom feels a little cramped.
Maybe you’ve been wanting to replace the taps and sink for a while but have finally got the finances to do exactly that, you’re in luck. That said, here are five reasons to renovate your bathroom and how best to do so this year.
1. Fix existing problems
Do you know that small repair that you’ve been putting off for a long time? Every day you put off that repair, it becomes a bigger problem for you.
A leaky faucet might not seem like a big deal, but if left unattended, it could cause mould growth and a bigger structural problem than you can handle. Deal with the simple fixes now, so you don’t have to worry about them later.
2. Expanding the space
If you’ve been feeling a little cramped in your bathroom, then one of the reasons to renovate might be to expand the space a little.
If you have the room, this could include widening the space to make room for your dream old-style clawfoot bathtub, or perhaps you’d like to make the space more accessible or functional by installing a walk-in shower.
3. Changing the look
One of the reasons to change your bathroom around might be simply because you don’t like the look of it anymore. It’s outdated, perhaps.
One of the ways in which you could update your existing bathroom without spending an arm and a leg, is to install brass accents such as mirror trim or install new brass taps to replace the older stainless steel.
Alternatively, you could also look at the flooring – can you replace the existing, outdated linoleum with something with an updated wood look.
4. Adding new technology
The technology industry in the bathroom has exploded in recent years, following the trend of ‘smart home’ electronics, the bathroom is no different. If you’re looking for another way to update your space, consider adding new ‘smart’ technology to the bathroom.
Smart mirrors can give you a run-down on the weather and traffic before you head out the door, smart temperature controls can help you have a better showering experience.
If your struggles are with cold in the bathroom, then in-floor heating is a great option — this newer technology is either powered by water pipes that are laid beneath the floor or electrical options.
5. Environmentalism in your bathroom
One of the slowly-rising trends in home renovations is the desire for homes to be more environmentally conscious. Whether this is in building materials, the installation of solar panels, garbage disposal – there is no doubt that homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the impact they have on the environment.
This also stretches as far as their bathroom design. For example, the installation of low-flow toilets that flush with far less water consumption than traditional toilets. Radiant flooring and better temperature-sensitive windows are other options, to allow for better energy efficiency in the summer and winter months.
If you might be looking to sell your house in the near future and are looking for ways to increase the resale value of the house, a newly renovated bathroom can add thousands to the value of the home.
When showing prospective buyers around, you’ll want to make sure that your real estate agent conveys that the bathroom has been newly renovated.
Your bathroom tends to be a space in which you try not to spend too much time — but, if you’re going to spend your time in there, you want to make sure that the space is as clean and functional as possible.
If your current bathroom doesn’t provide that for you, don’t hesitate to spend some money and think of ways in which you could improve your bathroom. If you need a hand with plumbing for your bathroom, then get in touch with Ashbury Plumbing today!