More than ready for a new bathroom? Full makeover or a refresh?
For master-bathroom renovations, in past years, the top motivation was pent up demand — people reported that they had always wanted to do the renovation and finally have the financial means. However a Houzz Bathroom Trends study reveals that the top motivation now is that people can no longer “stand” their old bathroom — a significant shift.
It isn’t always necessary to gut an entire bathroom and start from scratch. But a remodel should be considered only after all the things you can’t see are up to today’s standards.
That includes plumbing pipes that are less than 30 years old, modern wiring with GFCI receptacles and a proper substrates for tile. if those are present and the issue is aesthetic, or the homeowner needs more storage, then a refresh will help.
The design is the critical first step. A bathroom is probably the most complicated project in the house because there is a tremendous amount of water that you need to control. Water, if it goes in the wrong place, is the house’s enemy.
I recommend having all materials in hand before work starts. Sometimes the literature for a faucet might describe it one way, but when you get it in your hands, it’s not quite like that and that may change the design. And sometimes things go out of stock.
For homeowners who don’t want to completely tear out old tile and replace it — like those wanting to update the pink, yellow, and green tile that was all the rage in the 1950s — there are other options. Surface refinishing is less expensive and invasive than ripping out and replacing tile.
Another option is keeping the colorful tile and updating around it to give the bathroom a new look. For example, you could replace floor tile to coordinate with the blue and pink wall tile.
According to a Houzz study, nearly half of master-bathroom renovations include the layout, 62 percent include systems upgrades, and 47 percent modify their walls. When if comes to updating master bathrooms, more than four in five homeowners replace major features such as showers and vanities during renovations.