Anytime is a good time to remodel a bath, as long as you invest time in upfront planning. An important first step is to think about your reasons for remodeling, and then you can make progress from there.
Determine why you want to remodel
Before you call in the pros or start picking out faucets, it helps to ask yourself why you want to make improvements, so that you can begin to think about how extensive you want your project to be.
If the main reason you want to remodel is to accommodate a growing family, and you plan to live in your house for some time, a substantial update may be the answer. If your design is outdated, but your space is otherwise working well for you, you may want to consider simple fixes like repainting to save money.
Start setting a budget
Bathrooms are the smallest rooms in most houses, but they can cost quite a lot to remodel, depending on the size, layout and style. If you need help creating and sticking to a budget, you can search online for remodeling cost calculators and estimators. A certified bathroom designer or architect can also help you avoid major pitfalls and suggest ways to save time and money.
Focus on your family’s needs
If you’ve decided to do a full remodel, it’s important to think about how your family will use your new space. Key things to keep in mind include:
• If you’re coming into your senior years, or you’re living with a parent or other family member who’s over the age of 60, you may want to look into bath products that can be fitted with grab bars and other accessible features as the need arises. Aquatic offers a variety of attractive bath products from our Everyday Series that give you this flexibility, as well as a complete line of stylish Accessible showers and tub-showers that are fully configured and ready for immediate use.
• If you’ll be bathing kids, you may want to avoid extra-deep bathtubs and smooth-tile floor surfaces that can become slippery when wet.
• When privacy is desired, or you have two people who will share a bath space, consider having the toilet sectioned off by a sliding door or a short wall.
Choose the style you like best
For a vintage impression, you may want to show off pipes, instead of hiding them behind cabinetry. You can complement plumbing fixtures with a freestanding pedestal bathtub. If modern and minimalist style is what you’re after, you’ll want to make sure every element you choose not only has a clean and beautiful look, but also a distinct function within the space.
Prioritize your wish list
A nice-to-have item for any bathroom is a hydrotherapy bathtub or steam shower, which can make your space even more inviting, relaxing and comfortable. Other enhancements include heated towel bars, under-floor heating and entertainment systems.
As you shop and plan, you may find that your wish list is getting longer and longer. You can avoid overspending by taking a close look at your list and seeing where you can trim back. Instead of updating cabinetry, you may decide to replace doors and drawer fronts. You may also want to consider materials that offer a high-end look at an affordable price. For instance, Aquatic offers shower products with a durable subway tile design that mirrors the style of more expensive ceramic options.
Have fun during the process
Designing a bathroom can be enjoyable and even calming, as long as you have the right inspiration. Aquatic gives you the advantage of responsive customer service and localized technical support. We’ll work with you and your designer to ensure we build the right product, in the right configuration, for you to create the bath of your dreams. Learn more about the Aquatic Advantage.