Bathroom remodeling: Create a Safe Environment

If you are about to have bathroom remodel done, you are faced with an exciting opportunity to get a bathroom that is safe and environmentally friendly and which makes life more comfortable and pleasant for all members of your family. Also, if you want to sell your home in the future, you can consider the price of modeling an investment that you will recoup later.

Safety First

Members of our family may have accidents or illness befall them and that may change their needs which affect them in the bathroom more than in any other area of the house. Also, many of the upgrades that we would wish to do in these circumstances benefit the whole family. There is never a time that we like to think about becoming less mobile, having less energy or stability on our feet so why think of your bathroom remodel that way?

Why not approach it as a project that will increase the safety and comfort of your bathroom anyway and get it done now?

Grab bars and low level bathroom suites can aid safety for everyone and if properly placed by bathroom remodeling professionals can add to the look of a bathroom too. It’s important to conform to all Accessibility Guidelines and the professionals know how to do this and still leave you with a good looking bathroom.

Modern Makeovers

Many of the aspects of a bathroom modeling project that you would wish to do for someone who is getting on in years or who has limited mobility, if even only for a short time, are things many of us would really enjoy in our bathroom. Who wouldn’t like a bench to sit down in the shower thus making essential tasks like toenail cutting easier? Or who would turn down the opportunity to avoid slipping on a wet bathroom floor by installing non-slip safety flooring?

Thinking about it from that angle, doesn’t it make sense to do some safety upgrades now and ensure that your bathroom is good for you to retain your independence in advancing years? If you approach your bathroom remodel with that mindset and get it done early, you avoid the problems, stress and added expense of getting these measures put in place in a hurry when you really need them.

Green Remodeling

When people think of bathroom remodeling they often just consider the money they are going to have to pay out. Even though they can see real practical reasons for the remodel, they back off, worrying about what it will cost. They don’t see that by doing the right kind of remodel they can actually save themselves money for years to come.

Most of us these days are looking for ways to save money on our utility bills and we see it as a hopeless task because we know we need to heat and light our homes, we know we need to bathe and to clean clothes. What we neglect to think about is how we can go about these activities with much greater energy efficiency.

Have you heard of a Green Toilet?

It’s not some alien invention or a poorly maintained utility where mold has been allowed to grow. In fact, it’s something that everyone should consider installing as part of their bathroom remodel. No other fixture is called upon to work harder than your toilet. It makes sense to get a toilet that is as environmentally friendly as possible.

The most important factor to consider is water conservation. A low flush toilet which uses under 1.6 gallons each flush is good start. Getting a professional plumber to install a green toilet as part of your bathroom remodel project will help you do your bit towards helping the planet.

Limit your budget

No matter what the scale of your remodel, it’s smart to set a limit to your budget before you begin work. Make a clear list of what the budget covers in terms of materials to labor. Most people will tell you that bathroom remodeling costs can easily get out of hand without a clearly defined budget.

Next, decide which items are “fixed” costs, and which may be available at different price points. If you’re hiring labor to help in the project that cost will likely be locked in by the hour, day, or project. Likewise, some of the basic materials needed to complete your work will offer little opportunity for savings. Examples are tile grout, screws, toilet flanges and caulk.

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