Renovating Your Raleigh-Area Bathroom?
Keep These Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Tips in Mind!
If you’ve decided that it’s time to remodel your bathroom, you are about to initiate a project that is much bigger in scope than the size of your bathroom might suggest. As experienced bathroom renovation contractors in Raleigh, Cary, and Apex, we here at Everbuild can tell you that bathroom remodeling is among the most complex renovations.
Due to extensive daily use, bathrooms tend to experience significant degradation over the years. Unlike other rooms in the home, a simple paint job isn’t going to do much to renew it. Sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, tiles, and pipes show their age and deteriorate with the passing years. Inherent humidity damages walls, grout, and tiling while also generating seen and unseen mold and mildew growth. In short, effective bathroom renovation, Raleigh-wise or anywhere in the greater area, means replacing every existing bathroom element (except that antique claw-foot tub or any other one-of-a-kind special touch).
Along with replacement, you should undoubtedly consider reconfiguration, new features, enhanced efficiency, and upgrades to create an ideal bathroom space that will be aesthetically and functionally pleasing and boost the value of your Raleigh-area home. To help you better prepare for your Raleigh-Apex-Cary bathroom remodeling project, we’ve highlighted below the top-five tips you need to keep in mind.
Design and Space
Your Raleigh-area bathroom undoubtedly has a toilet, sink, bathtub, and/or shower, unless it’s a half-bath, in which case it probably only has a toilet and sink. Whatever its features, your ability to remodel the bathroom depends on its existing space. If you have long dreamed of separating your bathtub/shower combo unit by installing a new walk-in shower, the first consideration is whether there is enough existing space in the room. The same goes if your spouse has always dreamt of having a double-vanity or if you are determined to add a linen closet or other storage.
In a similar vein relating to space, rearranging the location of the toilet, sink, shower, and bathtub may pose challenges based on the existing below-floor plumbing and the bathroom’s framing. If you’re dealing with bathroom space that constrains your remodeling ideals, consider whether you can add space from an adjoining room. Your bathroom space may seem especially vexing in terms of remodeling. Your bathroom space may seem to be especially vexing in terms of remodeling, but a skilled design-build home remodeling contractor in Raleigh-Cary-Apex can strategize solutions to fit your budget.
Use the Right Materials
When you’re starting to envision your remodeled Raleigh-area bathroom, closely examine all of its existing features. Which components are displaying the most degradation? Do you see any brown water staining anywhere? Do fixtures leak or drip? Is the porcelain turning gray or otherwise stained? Is wallpaper peeling or paint cracking and chipping? Are tiles coming loose, or is the grout deteriorating? Are there areas of mold and mildew that resist all cleaning products and elbow grease?
If your bathroom hasn’t been remodeled since the 1960s, such degradation should not be a surprise. But if it received a makeover within the last decade or so, the renovator probably used mediocre to substandard materials, fixtures, and other products.
Given the wear and tear of daily use, combined with a harsh, humid environment, we suggest that bathroom renovations should be constructed with the highest quality materials available. While the maxim “you get what you pay for” does not always hold true, some low-cost bathroom construction materials are subject to relatively short life spans.
For whatever reason, some Raleigh, Cary, and Apex homebuilders in past decades failed to emphasize quality lighting in bathrooms—fluorescent lighting over the vanity and a standard overhead light serving as the norm. Given the damp environment, proper lighting in bathrooms is essential to avoid slips and falls and other accidents. It is also crucial for maximizing grooming efforts.
From an aesthetic perspective, the type of lighting and lighting fixtures can significantly enhance the beauty and warmth of your bathroom space while providing the right amount of light to keep you safe and help with grooming. A skilled design-build Raleigh-Cary-Apex bathroom remodeling contractor will be able to recommend innovative ideas for delivering aesthetically pleasing ambient and direct lighting into your bathroom. In envisioning your bathroom renovation, consider also whether existing wall space might allow for the insertion of a window, which can also help with ventilation.
Speaking of ventilation, given the inherent humid climate of any bathroom, air circulation and ventilation are crucial components of quality bathroom design and construction. It’s not just a matter of condensation on the mirror delaying your grooming efforts but also moving that damaging humidity out of the room. Bathroom design elements can help with air circulation, while the proper type and placement of a fan or two can boost ventilation. And a new window can undoubtedly assist during the warm weather months.
Find the Right Raleigh-Cary-Apex Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Contractors who offer bathroom renovation in Raleigh, NC, and the surrounding area are pretty much a proverbial dime a dozen. Therefore, you should seek a contractor with vision and who offers design as part of the build. With over 10 years of home remodeling experience in Raleigh, Cary, and Apex, Everbuild Contractors uses a proven “Design, Budget, and Build” process that produces high-quality renovations on schedule and on budget. To learn more contact Everbuild today at 919-818-0113.