Welcome To The World Of Bathroom Remodeling

Written by bprescottJanuary 28, 2012
Remodeled bathroom with new tub, sink, and toilet

Reinventing Your Bathroom with a Splash

On emotional, practical, spiritual, and financial levels, a remodeled bathroom can be a very good thing. Maybe you’re thinking that colorful new wall tiles will lift your spirits when you walk in there each morning or after a hard day at the office. Perhaps that shiny, new shower will recharge you, or a relaxing whirlpool bath in the new tub will wash away the day’s problems. And the improvements are sure to enhance the value of your house. You’ll probably appreciate your brand-new bathroom for years to come. You have to spend time there anyway, so you may as well surround yourself in beauty and luxury.

If that idea appeals to you, welcome to the world of bathroom remodeling. We hold your hand, nudge you along, and help you make good choices as you rethink and design your new bathroom. At first, you spend a lot of time just noodling, or thinking about how to reinvent an old bathroom to create a new and improved one. But all that brainpower won't go to waste. You’ll receive an immediate payback every time you use the new accoutrements in your bathroom and a long-term payback when you sell your house. You can't ask for more than that.

Everybody’s Doing It in the Bathroom

Everybody's doing it. Remodeling their bathroom, that is. Really, there's never been a hotter market for the bathroom remodeling industry. Empty nesters are gutting their kid's bedroom to create their ultimate bathroom spa, and parents in need of pampering are remaking their master bath as an in-house oasis, strictly off limits to the kids. The family bathroom is being redesigned and updated with functional shared spaces for kids of all ages. Even the powder room is getting a makeover with showoff fixtures and fittings.

Homeowners of all ages want to make their bathroom more user-friendly and accessible. In years past, universal design concepts that encouraged wider door openings and low thresholds for a wheelchair were a tough sell. Today, however, with aging baby boomers and transgenerational households on the rise, high-style fixtures and fittings that are easy and convenient to operate have universal appeal. People of all ages are realizing that wider doorways and continuous floor surfaces make spaces feel larger and more open, and they're using universal design concepts to create functional and aesthetically pleasing bathrooms.

Whatever you have in mind for your bathroom,- a simple spruce up or a total redesign- you're not alone. The 2003 Kitchen and Bathroom Industry trade show attracted record-breaking numbers of exhibitors and attendance. Bathrooms are hot. Just look in any magazine or watch any home improvement show. Bathrooms are being face-lifted, made over, and completely rebuilt from the bottom up.

And because of the interest in bathrooms, remodeling has never been easier. If you're ready to attack your bathroom, you have an army of services and suppliers at your disposal. And if you want to do it yourself, you have an array of products and materials designed for you to install.

Receiving Your Just Reward

While you will most definitely enjoy using your new bathroom, you’ll also reap a financial reward. If you're looking for a way to rationalize the investment, consider this: Real estate professionals predict you will earn back almost 100 percent of your investment.

Every year, Remodeling Online does a cost versus value report that compares the estimated cost of professionally installed renovations with the value it is likely to add to the home a year later. The value numbers are based on the opinions of 200-plus real estate agents and appraisers located in the 35 metro markets.

The 2002 report says that adding a bathroom costing $15,058 to a house with one or one and a half baths recoups 94 percent of that investment. This particular project is an addition of a full 6-by-8-foot bath within the existing footprint of the home near the bedrooms.

To update an existing bathroom with new fixtures, flooring, and everything else at a cost of $9,720 recoups 88 percent of the investment. Not a bad return on your money either.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright© 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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