Major Remodels: Kitchens and Bathrooms, Part 2
A continuing discussion on why these rooms are so popular to remodel.
To continue the post from July 27th, Kitchens are becoming gathering areas, and therefore more than just the functional space they had been at the start of the 19th century. Bathrooms are just as important, and still maintain the functionality of space they have been since they were attached to homes. However, now they are becoming luxury spaces in homes/apartments/condos mostly because of disposable income and a need to update old fixtures.
More and more people are turning tired old bathrooms into true luxury spaces. Aside from the bedroom, the bathroom is one of the few places where people relax - this is why the Bathroom ranks up as a Top 3 Remodel. Many homeowners choose to include such features as waterproof speakers in the showers, wall fireplaces, televisions built into the mirror, there is an endless list of things that can be done in residential bathrooms. Many Seniors should consider remodels to their bathrooms if only so that they never have to move out and can age-in-place, making their bathrooms a priority at the beginning of, or before, their retirement.
"Spa-like" has become the catch phrase for a lot of bathroom remodels - and sure who doesn't enjoy a trip to the spa now and then, but you could get fed up with the design and feel of that style rather quickly. Bathrooms are meant to be relaxing, but most spa-like bathrooms will have hard edges, lots of cold feeling materials and may not truly reflect a homeowner. A home should be an extension of the owner, of that I have no doubt, and if you love hard lines and edges, your home should reflect that. If you are more inclined to prefer comfort over trends, try something else- but keep the little gadgets and gizmos (TV mirrors, waterproof speakers, etc).
Often times, people will D-I-Y these projects (Kitchens and Bathrooms) and there is nothing wrong with that if they are hands-on, crafty people. But when it comes to gas lines, drains, plumbing lines and electrical - PLEASE look into getting a General Contractor/Plumber/Electrician for those areas of the project - you don't want the headaches of poorly done plumbing that can lead to leaks/overflows/drainage problems. And if you want to change the wall a fixture (sink/shower/tub/toilet) is set on, you really should get a pro to help you out.
Public Service Announcement : Contractors, Plumbers and Electricians (HVAC guys too) should be Licensed, Bonded and Insured - It protects your home, your wallet and your piece of mind.