Unexpected Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel
As a homeowner, you know that there are certain rooms that tend to get the most use, the kitchen and living room being only two examples. More than any other area, however, the bathroom of any house gets the most use every day. This means that the faucets, toilet, and bathtub or shower can easily garner wear and tear, along with the flooring, due to foot traffic. Here, we will look at some of the unexpected benefits of a bathroom remodel, and if such an investment may be right for you and your family’s home.
Bathroom Energy Efficiency
Believe it or not, your bathroom can also be a major source of expense on your monthly energy bill. Briefly consider how you compare electricity use in the bathroom to the kitchen, bedrooms, and dining area. All rooms need power for appliances, but if you ask any energy provider, the consistent use of heated water throughout the shower and faucet can quietly raise the energy bill more than your televisions and computer area. If you’re considering a new bathroom or remodeling project, take this opportunity to add energy efficiency to your list of high priorities. A new shower head, bathtub fixtures, and vanity lighting can all be factored into the remodel budget as “energy efficient” alternative appliances. According to electric providers, homeowners who have already made the switch during their renovation project have led to an approximated overall savings of $1.5 billion in electric rates and 70 billion gallons of water over the past few years. Besides all the personal financial savings, there is the additional benefit of being more modern and environmentally responsible.
Increased Overall Home Value
If a new dream bathroom is on your list of home improvement projects, you can be happy to know that a new bathroom will also greatly increase the overall value of your home. As any reputable bath remodel company will attest, if you ever decide to sell, the type of bathroom within the house is one of the biggest selling points to attract potential buyers. New floors and fresh tile work, replaced fixtures and a modern tub, or more modern alternatives for cleaner and renewed workmanship (including modern plumbing) are all attractive elements in revamping your home for future use. As previously mentioned, a switch to energy efficient appliances can also go a long way towards updating your house as a modern structure, and the great work you’ve put in will truly show.
More Storage and Floor Space
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, many homeowners opt to work with a contractor who is open to redesigning the existing space, working with the current layout as dictated by the location of the plumbing. However, even within those limitations, a bathroom renovation can still lead to completely new motif and the removal of old or unused fixtures for an increase in floor space. In addition, new cabinets and perhaps a revamped vanity not only gives an opportunity for electric utility options to bring down your energy bill, but also a chance to open up the room itself for additional storage space.
Consider replacing all of your old furniture to match a more modern motif, while also looking at new options for additional shelving, stylish storage racks, and art pieces that can double in function for holding towels, sundries, and replacement necessities such as rolls of toilet paper and new tissue boxes. This creative approach not only works to make the bathroom more user-friendly and welcoming to guests, but you can also remodel the master bathroom and enjoy the new additions yourself. A good contractor with years of experience will be able to lay out all the potential options, while also getting a feel your own style and needs.