Everyone likes to save money, but when you do a bathroom remodel, you shouldn’t try to cut corners. Unless you’re doing it yourself. Then you won’t need us! Until you run into some trouble. (We seriously get calls like this. All the time.)
What we’re saying is that bathroom remodels are a big endeavor, and you’re not going to want to do it again in 10 years, so you should do it right the first time. You don’t have to get gold bathroom fixtures like Donald Trump, but you want good-quality products that aren’t too trendy so they won’t look dated in a few years.
Here’s what to do (and what not to do) when you plan your bathroom remodel:
Decide who you’re remodeling for. Are you planning to sell your home? Even if it’s not for another 10 years, if you think you’re going to move, avoid really unusual renovations that can’t be undone when it’s time to hammer that For Sale sign into the front lawn.
Examples: Colored fixtures (here’s what colors are OK: white and off-white), unusual-shaped toilets, retro floor tiles. Instead, paint the walls the color you would have chosen for your fixtures. Get a crazy patterned shower curtain. These are easy enough to change later.
If you want to stay in your house as long as possible, plan to make your new bathroom accessible with a wide doorway, zero-clearance shower and lots of space.
Make green choices. Water conservation is not going to go out of style. In fact, low-flow toilets are mandated in some areas of the country. Pair yours with a low-flow showerheads and faucets, and you’ll have the most eco-friendly bathroom on the block.
Earmark your funds for timeless upgrades. Heated floors are really popular, and no one is going to look at them 20 years from now and say, “Ew! Seriously? Heated floors?” The same with towel warmers. These features are for comfort, and comfort never goes out of style.
Agonize only over the Big Stuff. When you choose a vanity, you can always update it with new drawer pulls, but replacing the whole piece of furniture is pricier, so choose a wood that will last. You can get new faucet handles, or even new faucets, but a whole new sink or tub is a bigger project.
If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, the professionals at Falk Construction can help you make the important decisions. We’ve done thousands of bathroom remodels over the years, and we know all the secrets to getting the end result you’re looking for.
Call Falk Construction today and make an appointment to plan your bathroom remodel.