Most homeowners are going to consider a bathroom remodel
at some point to accommodate their needs and provide daily comfort. Especially if you own an older home you may be considering the idea of upgrading your bathroom for both beauty and function. Even if your bathroom doesn’t seem like a priority, think about how much time you spend each day bathing, shaving, brushing teeth, and generally preparing for daily life. Then think about “what if” those activities could be relaxing stress relievers instead of daily chores, and how a bathroom remodel could achieve that goal.
Cosmetics are the easiest way to upgrade a bathroom. New paint is a quick way to bring new life to an old bathroom. As needed, refinishing the vanity or replacing it with a new one can make a bathroom more comfortable, as can a new floor installation. These are common approaches toward making the bathroom prettier and more inviting, but don’t always accomplish the end goal of making the bath more functional. Consider the engineering aspects of the bath as well as the architectural ones to renovate in a way that will make you love the time you spend bathing each day.
Outdated pipes are associated with older homes, but even newer houses can have pipes that are partially clogged and not functioning properly. You know to hire a plumber when you have an immediate problem, but likely never notice an ongoing issue that develops over the course of years. You’ll be amazed at the increase in water pressure after a professional treatment of incoming water pipes, and how fast gray water can drain after a thorough cleaning of outgoing pipes.
Power outlets can greatly increase your ability to enjoy time spent in the bathroom. It simply is no fun to have to wait for a curling iron to heat because there was nowhere to plug in while running the hair dryer. When you consider flattening irons, lighted makeup mirrors, electric razors, charging stations for electric toothbrushes and other modern beauty accessories, you realize the need for additional outlets.
Another consideration is that of safety. Modern building code calls for GFCI
(Ground Fault Circuit Interruption
) power outlets to accommodate the steam and water in the bathroom. GFCI outlets prevent the possibility of electrocution by flipping an internal circuit upon sensing too much power flowing to a specific device. That’s probably the last thing you’ll think about until it happens, then you’ll be glad you did.
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