Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, so it’s not surprising that it shows the signs of wear and tear more easily. From dirty grout and cracked tiles, to a lack of storage, often we ignore the small things because we see and put up with them everyday. But if your bathroom has broken fixtures, leaks or just looks tired, it could be time for a bathroom makeover.
If you have all or some of the following 5 signs, a bathroom remodel is on the cards.
1. Lack of Functionality
If your bathroom just doesn’t work for you and your family, you might want to consider a bathroom revamp. This could be adding more storage, new lighting, a bath/shower or changing the layout completely. A bathroom has to be convenient and comfortable for your everyday life. A functional bathroom can handle your everyday tasks.
A bathroom revamp doesn’t have to be invasive or too costly. For example, you could simply update the light fittings and use stronger bulbs, add extra task lighting or install a skylight. Of course the more can you see in your bathroom, the more you’ll spot other things that need to be done!
2. General Damage
If you’ve moved into an older style house, chances are the bathroom is looking worse for wear. Cracked tiles, rusty fixtures and leaky taps aren’t a pleasing aesthetic. No matter how hard you try to keep it clean, the bathroom just looks old, tired and broken. Older bathrooms also have a lack of proper ventilation which can lead to mold and mildew.
You don’t have do a full overhaul all at once, but it pays to fix more serious issues such as leaks and mold as soon as you can. When you have the budget, look at further bathroom upgrades such as tiling and swapping out leaky faucets with shiny new rust-free fixtures.
3. Outdated Decor
If it looks like its from the 1970s, it’s time to consider a bathroom makeover, especially if you’re selling in the near future. A bathroom renovation will give you a modern, fresh bathroom with high quality fixtures, and this is a huge selling point.
You don’t have to go crazy with a Jacuzzi tub or gold plated taps, but any kind of bathroom upgrades that concentrate on modernizing the decor will be a good investment. Decor changes include:
- Freshening wall paint
- Modernizing tiles
- Matching taps and shower faucets
- Changing the towel rail
- Updating the vanity
- New bath or shower unit
- Updating storage cabinets
4. Storage Issues
A lack of storage is frustrating, as it means keeping necessary toiletry items and towels in another room. It can also mean your bathroom looks cluttered and messy if you don’t have enough space to put things.
Storage is something that potential homebuyers will be looking for, so you can’t go wrong with a bathroom revamp if it solves this issue. There are lots of clever solutions when it comes to bathroom storage such as installing extra shelves, fitting a cabinet into a corner nook or adding a pull out drawer. It’s always a good idea to discuss your remodeling options with a bathroom designer, as they may be able to offer solutions you haven’t thought of.
5. Safety Concerns
Bathrooms should be safe places but many accidents unfortunately occur here since it’s a wet room, and it has hard surfaces. Floors can get slippery causing falls. Lighting may not be adequate leading to trips and falls. Poor ventilation can cause a build up of mold and mildew leading to skin allergies and asthma attacks.
If you have children or elderly parents staying with you, then fixing any issues before accidents happen is a good reason to invest in bathroom renovation. Here are some safety features you can add to your bathroom makeover to ease your concerns:
- Ditch throw rugs or slippery floor coverings
- Install grab bars or rails around the shower, bath and toilet
- Add non-slip strips, mats or tiles in your bath and shower
- Add a night light or an illuminated switch
- Add a handheld or adjustable shower head
- Add an accessible walk-in shower
If you’re experiencing any of these 5 signs, it could be time to consider a bathroom remodel. If you would like to learn more about bathroom makeover options, contact Kowalske Kitchen & Bath today. We offer a free in-home consultation.
To see some of our bathroom remodeling projects, visit our Bathroom Project Gallery.
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.