Evaluating Your Bathroom Before Remodeling

Bathroom is the last frontier of personal privacy. In our constantly connected word, where communication is so advanced we rarely have a moment to ourselves, most people still hesitate to disturb someone in the bathroom. That simple truth is one of the main reasons so many homeowners long to create spa-like atmospheres in their bathrooms: behind the closed door lies peace and quiet.

Remodeling a bathroom is generally considered a wise investment. A recent cost-versus-value survey indicates that a remodeled upscale bathroom delivers at least a 77 percent return on your investment. In other words, if you sold your house within a year of completing the project, you’d get approximately 77 cents out of every dollar you invested in it. The return is even greater if you’re adding a master bath to a home that didn’t have one or a second bathroom to a home with only one full bath.

Before beginning a bathroom remodeling project, the first step is to evaluate the current room. Here are some questions to ask yourself. The answers will guide your decision as well as the planning process if you decide to go ahead with the project.

- Is the room large enough?

- Does it include fixtures that appeal to you?

- Are the current fixtures safe? For example, does the shower have a non-slip floor and regulated controls? Are the bathtub controls within reach from outside the tub?

- Is there enough storage?

- Are the furnishings, including the cabinets, attractive and in good condition?

- Is the lighting and ventilation adequate? Attractive? Comfortable?

- Do you enjoy spending time there?

If you answer no to more than three or four of these questions, it probably makes sense to remodel the room. Take note of the elements you are satisfied with and those you think need improvement when planning your new bathroom.