Signs You Need a Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms might not be the first room on our mind when it comes to upgrading our homes, but you’d be surprised at how often we need to repair or upgrade something in the bathroom especially when you don’t take much care of it. The bathroom is one of the most crucial places in the home to keep running optimally, and you’d be surprised at how a well-designed bathroom can uplift our spirits and get us off to an excellent start to the day.

If you think you’re due for a bathroom renovation soon, then here are a couple of signs that you should look out for.

Feeling of being cramped

Bathroom storage can be a huge problem especially if you’ve been using the bathroom for a while. You’ll start to leave clothes around, you’ll start to pile up different cosmetics that you never fully used and you might have wet towels laying around that are just soaking up moisture whenever you take a shower.

If you feel like you’re cramped in your own shower, then it’s time to upgrade your storage and throw out anything you don’t need. Get rid of old cosmetics and products that you no longer use, add a cabinet or shelf so you have more room to store all your goods, and keep your bathroom free of excess towels and clothes.

Design is wearing out

Do you feel like the design of your bathroom is wearing out fast? Maybe your paint is starting to flake off due to moisture or perhaps there are signs of mould all over the ceilings. Maybe you’re just tired of the dirty tiles that you constantly have to clean, and perhaps your bathtub is just too dirty and you never want to use it anymore.

If you think that your designs are boring and you’ve lost the motivation to give them a good clean, then you may want to consider replacing them. Seek some inspiration on the various design websites on the internet, look for a new theme to base your bathroom on and consider speaking to a contractor about your plans. This is an expensive way to give your bathroom a renovation, but if you’re tired to a point that using your bathroom feels like a chore, then it’s a good investment to make.

Lack of bathroom decor

If you feel like your bathroom doesn’t really inspire you or uplift you at the start of the day, then it could be due to a lack of decor. Whether it’s small potted plants around the bathroom, some framed pictures or even designs on the wall, a bit of decor can go a long way when used correctly. Check out this website for some great ideas on mirrors that you can purchase. Some of them are even completely immune to the effects of steam, making them excellent for smaller bathrooms.

Decor changes are inexpensive and very easy to add, but some changes (such as swapping out tiles or adding unique patterns on the wall) can be quite expensive and time-consuming.

Low shower pressure

This is a plumbing issue that can be caused by a number of different factors. In some cases, it could be because something is blocking your shower head, it could be due to worn pipes or it could just be because your home isn’t receiving enough pressure from the main water supply. A low-pressure shower is depressing to use and it makes your day just a little slower, and it can eventually get tiring to use.

If you’re experiencing low-pressure issues then it’s a good idea to speak with a plumber about your issues. If you’re lucky then it won’t require a full renovation. However, you may end up having to replace your shower head or carry our serious work on the plumbing in your home. If that’s the case, then you may want to consider a complete overhaul to certain elements of your bathroom such as the taps and the shower.

Leaking faucets

A leaky faucet can be surprisingly frustrating to deal with. This is because the water is technically still being used, resulting in higher water bills that can be mysterious and often hard to explain. However, if you keep hearing leaky faucets or running water, then it might be time to call in a plumbing expert to have your system checked.

These plumbing issues only get worse with time, so make sure you check for pipe failures and loose fittings at the first sign of a leakage or the sound of running water. A full diagnosis will help you identify any issues you might have with your plumbing and is a vital step in preventing potential floods and water damage in the future. It might cost a bit of money to get a full diagnosis, but it’s better than losing money every month on your utility bill.

Unexplained odours and mould growth

If you’re experiencing a funky smell in your bathroom, then there are actually a number of different potential causes that could be triggering it. You can mask it all you want with scented candles and air freshener, but if your bathroom smells really bad then it could be something to do with lingering bacteria or even a non-functioning exhaust fan.

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, then it makes the exhaust fan even more important at helping you eliminate odours. Make sure the fan is cleared and working correctly or else it could cause issues like smelly odours and mould in your bathroom. Unchecked odours and mould growth could cause major issues in the future, especially if the mould growth starts to affect the structure of your home, or the smells start to make their way out of your bathroom and into other rooms.

Hopefully, this article has given you some advice on the types of bathroom renovations you should be considering and when you should be performing then. Renovations aren’t always about luxury–sometimes they can be for the sake of repairing something or improving something in your home.

Signs That You’re in Desperate Need of a Bathroom Renovation

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19 Comments

  1. October 10, 2018 / 9:31 am

    It’s all very true! We have recently done our bathroom up, but really hope one day to fit an ensuite next to our bedroom, that’s the dream anyway 🙂

  2. October 10, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    The bathrooms in my flat were thankfully brand new when I moved in so they don’t need renovating but when we move into a house this is the kind of stuff we’ll be looking into x

  3. October 10, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    we did ours a few years ago as it was so very dated. I wouldn’t recommend doing it whilst 8 months pregnant again though LOL

  4. October 10, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Our bathroom definitely needs renovating. It’s outdated and our toilet and bathroom are separate!

  5. October 10, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I used to design kitchens and bathrooms. It’s amazing how a new one can uplift the home.

  6. October 10, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    so true! We need to deal with our bathroom asap, as the grouting is really crappy these days!

  7. October 10, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Oh I’d love to renovate the bathroom, I enjoying decorating and even though there’s been certain touches to the bathroom, I’d love to just do it all

  8. October 11, 2018 / 8:53 am

    We just sold our home to move back to the city and all of these ring so true when your a home owner. I remember my first house needed the entire bathroom suite ripped out as it was totally outdated and had issues

  9. October 11, 2018 / 8:57 am

    We just sold our house to move back to the city and these are all so true for homeowners. The first home that we bought needed the bathroom ripped out as it was so dated and was having issues

  10. October 11, 2018 / 9:13 am

    We’ve just moved into a new build so I’m hoping I don’t need to worry about this for a bit, aside from storage! Our last bathroom was terrible and we gave it a full refurb before moving.

  11. October 11, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    We have lived in our home now for a good few years, but we still only rent! So a renovation is out of the question. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming of footed baths and rainfall style shower heads!

  12. October 11, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    My bathroom decor is so outdated, I know we definitely need a renovation and hope, we can do it soon

  13. October 11, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    We had a bathroom makeover last year and although we had to put up with no shower or bath for a while, it was definitely worth it!

  14. October 12, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    We definitely need a bathroom renovation! I hate ours!

  15. October 12, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I can definitely say I need a new bathroom as I’ve experienced some of these haha!

  16. October 12, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    We’ve just recently redone our bathroom and we love it – it’s such a small room, so it’s more affordable to redo than other rooms – but it does make a difference. 🙂

  17. October 12, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    All good reasons, especially that low water pressure! Couldn’t deal with a drop in water pressure, it has happened before in rented properties before and I’ve been straight on the phone to the landlord.

  18. October 14, 2018 / 11:25 am

    We recently redesigned and so glad we did, no more leaky tap now. Great tips btw xx