Hanover: Giving your Bathroom a Facelift: Remodeling
In our last article we discussed how nothing dates a house more quickly than a bathroom that time has forgotten. Outdated bathrooms can be dramatically revitalized easily. Bath products abound that can give you as lavish a bathroom as you could possibly want. Many homeowners’ want their bathrooms to be totally utilitarian, but others want rooms in which to pamper themselves.
Remolding your current space is usually the least complicated and least expensive option. While the layout of your existing bathroom can be altered to some extent, moving major plumbing fixtures is the most costly aspect of a remodel. Local building codes require minimum clearances between, beside, and in front of fixtures too allow for use, cleaning, and repair.
If you’ve decided to remodel, start with an analysis of your existing bathroom:
What is the condition of the sink, toilet, and tub/shower?
If it’s an older, wall –hanging toilet, you might update the look, perhaps with a low-water consumption style. Many homeowners are moving to large soaking or whirlpool style tubs.
Does the sink have vanity for storage?
If it does, but you just don’t like it, consider replacing it with an up to date style.
Does the sink have independent faucets?
If so, you know how inconvenient this can be. Why not switch to a single operating lever, which is easier to use and gives a better mix of temperatures?
Does your tub include a shower?
One can easily be added with a combination tub-shower valve.
Do or will you need grab bars?
Think about reinforcing the walls, adding grab bars, and widening doors for visitors with physical disabilities or for your later years.
Is your medicine cabinet small and outdated?
Consider the various styles of new cabinets, perhaps with recessed or decorative lighting.
How is the tile?
If it is chipped or cracked and matching tile is not available, replacement may be your best option.
What shape is the window in?
If a wooden window is suffering the effects of humidity, it may be best to replace it.
Many older bathrooms don’t have adequate ventilation.
You may need to add a fan to avoid moisture build-up, which can deteriorate materials and promote the growth of mold and mildew.
Are electrical outlets a problem?
Face it, the number of electrical appliances we use in our daily rituals has multiplied since the time many house were built. That means that you probably want more outlets. New and replacement ones should be protected ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets that are made to shut off automatically when they sense water.
These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself as you start face-lifting or remodeling your bathroom. In upcoming posts we will look at these options in further details and focus on using your existing space or adding on to the house to create a large bath.
Today’s bathroom can be all you want it to be. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the variety of materials, styles, and colors available to you. In the end, you’ll have a well-designed bathroom that functions as beautifully as it looks.