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5 Signs It’s Time to Remodel Your Bathroom

June 7, 2011 / News

Holes in the floor, a rusty bathtub, a toilet that just won’t cooperate—these are the types of big-ticket bathroom problems that require major repairs. But what about the smaller signs that it’s time to upgrade your bathroom? They might not be quite what you expect.

1. The little things start to go wrong.

All bathrooms are prone to everyday wear and tear, but some problems require more than a simple repair job. When the tile grout beginning to flake, the whites in the bathroom are turning yellow or the ceiling starts crumbling, it’s time. Depending on the cost of serious repairs, it may make sense to spend a little more and create a brand new bathroom.

2. You’re stuck in a retro rut.

While it’s true that yesterday’s trends often resurface, some are best left in the past. Be honest, how many of us still have the avocado or gold tubs, toilets and sinks from the ’70s? Trust us, those looks aren’t ever coming back. If your bathroom sends you into a time warp, it’s due for an update.

3. You’re thinking of selling your home.

Why would you remodel your bathroom if you’re not planning to stay there forever? The answer is simple, making relatively small changes is a smart way to raise your home’s value. And renovating your bathroom hardware and fixtures is a great way to make your home stand out on the market without costing a fortune. If you have an older house, that can add value.

4. Your family’s needs shift.

When your family situation changes, so does its needs. Whether you need a second bathroom for children on the way, or find your mobility is changing, your bathroom needs to change with these situations. For example, many older adults feel they need to replace bathtubs with walk-in showers for safety, but still want an attractive space.

5. Your bathroom isn’t “you”.

Chances are, if you bought a new construction home there are standard-issue faucets and fixtures in the bathrooms. They may be functional, but there’s nothing distinctive about them. If these details don’t fit your personal aesthetic, it doesn’t take much to find a look that goes with your style. The fixtures in a bathroom are like furniture. Whether you prefer classic lines or sleek modern curves, a few small changes can make a big impact.

Article Copyright © 2011 Kohler Co.

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