Aside from the kitchen, a remodeled bathroom makes a home feel refreshed. Bathroom remodels seem inexpensive given the often tiny square footage they assume, but the costs do add up. Spanish inspired floor tiles, clawfoot bathtubs, new tiling for the shower, a custom vanity, and mirrors to hang above, these are only some of the costs. And then there's the decor, the new fancy towels, the hardware, the knick knacks or little art hangings. It may be easy to pour the budget into these aesthetic transformations, but how about the deeper needs?
Before spending your budget on a bathroom remodel consider what needs to be done internally to make your bathroom efficient and disaster proof.
Many of the new toilets and showers that homes come with today are more efficient. The question to ask, especially if you have an older home, does your water heater need to be replaced? You may have avoided long bubble baths or luxurious showers because your bathroom has been needing an update. Once your bathroom is beautiful you'll certainly be spending more time loving it, and your water heater will also be put to the test. It’s important to have the right water heater for your needs. Avoiding water heater repair is best, and installing a tankless water heater could be better.
As important as it is to have the right heater, it’s also important to take care of it. Minerals in your water supply can form a sediment that can damage or hinder water heater performance, this can result in an expensive repair if left unchecked.
A new shower and shower head could mean longer showers. Many people have gone to the extreme and installed a shower timer to help keep track of time. If the cost of water is high where you live, you may consider installing low flow (or adjustable) shower heads; this may be challenging to get used to if you have high pressure, but it could help lessen the bills.
Towels and Paper
It may seem crazy to some, but many people will only use a towel once before throwing it into the dirty laundry basket. Towel racks are not only to display the clean, pretty towels, but they're also intended to hang dry the used towel for your next shower. I'm not sure what is recommended, but 2-3 times used before washing doesn't sound so bad.
Toilet paper is also another over-used necessity. Choose a paper that moves through your plumbing safely, but also meets your standard. If you're planning on installing a new toilet/shower for your remodel, having a plumber check the piping for efficiency and pipe health is a great idea.
If you're in the process of or thinking about updating a bathroom in your home we're excited for you!
*This is a collaborative post.