The decision to undertake a bathroom remodel often comes with high hopes balanced by logical considerations for planning and budgets. Beyond merely making a style update, a bathroom remodel also includes the opportunity to make the space as functional and timeless as possible. If you’re like many homeowners, you probably already have a mental list of things you’d like to change or do differently the next time around. If you couple this with the hours spent dreaming on the subjects of style, durability and maximization of space via the inspirations of HGTV and Pinterest, you’ve probably given the remodel a fair amount of thought.
Before starting the remodel though, it’s important to get a clear idea of what you want from the renovation, including everything from the ultimate must-haves as well as acceptable compromises for budgetary restrictions. These considerations should include adjustments for style durability, accommodations for a health problem or disability, and doing the necessary research regarding what changes will result in the best resale value.
Quality not Quantity
Over the last couple of years, there’s been an increasing emphasis on bathroom remodels that incorporate functionality while also accommodating an increasing desire for spa-inspired relaxing features. These trends are also influenced by a general consumer desire to eliminate waste while still incorporating luxury elements. Increasingly this includes swapping out oversized sunken or Jacuzzi bathtubs for minimalistic soaking tubs in a variety of components. These smaller tubs not only provide a spa-like Zen quality within the room, they also take up less space and require less water to fill.
Others are eliminating the tub altogether for the ease of a walk-in shower. Known as a doorless, curbless or non-threshold shower, the design offers an expansive feeling to the room and eliminates some of the cleaning hassles of a tub. The walk-in shower is also a great option in terms of resale values and consideration of possible changes in mobility for the homeowner.
Other Suggestions for a Modern Bathroom Update
- Heated floors
- Water-saving toilets
- Double sink vanities
- Corner sinks and cabinets
- Smaller sinks and vanities
- Built in storage
- Walk-in shower
- Easy-clean floors and surfaces
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