Chances are that when you shop for a house, you won’t find all that you want in the home you purchase. Luckily, no fixtures in your home need be permanent. You can remodel any room in your house to fit your needs and desires.
One room that often finds itself getting a face lift is the bathroom of the home. There are a lot of reasons to remodel a bathroom. Some fixtures may be severely outdated, the layout doesn’t suit the needs of age groups living in the home, or it simply doesn’t suit your taste. Since a bathroom is a private and personal space, it makes sense that homeowners would want to make adjustments to make it the best it can be.
Some homeowners feel daunted by the idea of renovating a bathroom, and myths surrounding bathroom remodeling can deter people. However, these myths shouldn’t prevent you from creating the bathroom of your dreams.
The following are some of the common myths about bathroom remodeling and why they don’t actually matter:
- A bathroom remodel won’t earn you back any money — Of all the rooms you could remodel in your home, bathrooms and kitchens are the ones that can ultimately raise the value of your home. However, even if you plan to stay in your home for many years to come, making changes that will help you appreciate the space more will be worth the money spent, as you will be investing in your happiness and comfort.
- Bathroom remodels cost a lot of money — When many people think of the word remodel, they automatically conjure up an image of starting from scratch with a gutted out room. However, your bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be that extensive. Chances are, there are things you like about your bathroom and don’t want to change, like the flooring or maybe the cabinetry. While you want to make sure that your design is cohesive and all your elements fit together, it’s possible to retain aspects of the original room, which can save you money. Also, depending on which features you want to replace, you can change things out gradually. Even if you have a small budget and are just making minor improvements, as long as those changes make you appreciate your bathroom more, that’s all that matters.
- Luxurious items are a must — The first rule of thumb for any remodel is to stay within your budget. You don’t have to buy any luxury items for your bathroom unless you can afford it. Chances are there are options available that will meet your needs and add elegance to your bathroom without the extra cost.
- A bigger bathroom is better — Some people are under the impression that their bathroom will only be better if they make it bigger. However, you don’t need to make any changes to the size of your bathroom unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you do expand the size of your bathroom, you will likely be cutting into space in other places in the house. If you’re smart about how you use your space, you will be able to maximize the size of your bathroom to suit the features you want to incorporate.
- You should have a walk in shower and separate tub — There’s no denying that it’s nice to have a separate shower and tub. However, these features are not essential to your happiness. You should consider your budget as well as the functionality of both features. If you include a tub, how often do you think you’ll use it? Ask yourself who is using the bathroom. If an elderly relative resides with you and uses the bathroom, consider just having a walk-in shower if you can’t afford both features.
It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to bathroom remodels. As long as you stay within your budget, utilize good design principles, and make changes that make you happy, you can’t go wrong remodeling your bathroom.