It’s a question for the ages, do I need a bathtub in my bathroom remodel? Will I reduce the value of my home if I don’t have one? The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Traditionally a full bathroom, especially the master bathroom includes a big bathtub or Jacuzzi feature. As we move into the future, fewer homeowners are embracing the big tub in the room. They are looking for smaller, more decorative free-standing tubs so they can install larger custom showers. Custom meaning special shower heads, steam rooms, body sprays, and other features. Some are opting out of a tub in their bathroom remodels. Let’s take a look at today’s growing “no more tub” trend.
Today’s generations of homeowners are realizing that a bathtub that is not being used that much is taking up space that could be used for other functional uses. They would rather opt into some luxurious features in the shower.
A spa bath could be replaced by multiple special shower heads with rain features and fragrance options. Shower stalls also feature convenient seating, in the place of a bathtub.
Baby boomers are finding that getting in and out of a deep tub is difficult and at times not safe for them. To meet this need, demand for walk-in showers/tubs is growing.
If your local market includes an older demographic, then showers are preferred over bathtubs. Bathtubs support aging in place. In this case, go for a large, shower with walk-in door options if possible, to make access easier.
Consider including a built-in shower seat and handheld shower head. Some showers are wheelchair accessible, so the bathroom space needs to be large enough for a wheelchair to roll in and out of. This is a newer phenomenon making the traditional tub a thing of the past.
A bathtub takes up a lot of space in a bathroom. Many times it just simply gets in the way!
Today’s homeowner would rather enjoy more space for a larger shower with additional features like a built-in seating area, and more shower features. Plus with the additional space, they can increase the size of the counter area, add a seating area, or even enjoy more storage space.
Today’s newer homes usually include more than one full bathroom. If this is the case, since there are other tubs in the home, homeowners are deciding to increase the size of the Master Bathroom by removing the bathtub and updating the shower or closet space without decreasing the value of the home. Younger families appreciate homes with bathtubs for their children.
Yes, today’s busier lifestyles may or may not be here to stay. Just like fashion, interior design and home trends fluctuate throughout the generations. Currently, potential buyers are looking for luxurious oversized bathrooms with larger showers and trendy designs. It’s probably a good prediction that the big, bold bright colors and designs that are popular today will not be the look of the future. Some expert realtors, contractors, and interior designers recommend sticking with the tried and true neutral styling that will never go out of fashion. Boring? Yes to some but valuable to others.
And then there is the ever-changing technology that is transforming our homes, even our bathrooms into smart homes. It doesn’t matter what the space looks like, with just one click of a button or statement to our artificial intelligent best friend, Alexa, the shower is turned on, the lights are dimmed and music is playing for us. Who knows what the next big thing in tech will be.
The key to enjoying your bathroom, whether to have a bathtub or no bathtub, is as personal as your preference to shower or take a bath. Create a home that makes you and your family happy. If you are flipping a house or planning to sell your home, consult your realtor or contractor for their advice. The larger shower with all the special features will probably remain the hot selling feature for now and into the near future. But having a bathtub is not a bad idea. Families with young children enjoy taking relaxing baths before turning into bed, so not having a bathtub in the home could send them shopping elsewhere.
When re-designing any bathroom in your home, and considering putting your house on the market, think about your lifestyle preference and not the trends. You should enjoy your home, not design it for someone else. But, even if you do not take a bath or need a bathtub, it makes logical sense to have one bathtub in the home.
The holidays bring people together. It’s the time of year that you can enjoy the company of your family and friends as you celebrate this joyful season. That means that it’s time to deep clean every nook and cranny of your bathroom! After all, you want to make sure the space is sparkling clean and ready for use.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry; we have a few simple reminders to help you achieve a perfectly cleaned bathroom that your guests will appreciate. To kickstart the deep clean, let’s take a look at how you can get the space ready for your next holiday party.
Remove all clutter from the area. If you have small children, this means removing their toys and toilet bowl attachments out of sight. Remove all laundry, unnecessary items on the sink, and of course, any trash or debris that may be lying around. You want the space to look as clutter-free as possible.
We don’t mean just to wash your clothing. This is also the time that you should take down and launder shower and window curtains and any washable rugs. Doing so will make your space look and smell great! Keep in mind; you should add fresh linens so that your guests may dry their hands after using the restroom.
You want every space to be sparkling clean. Start by wiping down the windows, shower doors, and mirrors. These spaces are usually covered in fingerprints and smudges, so wiping them down will give the space an instant facelift.
Make sure that the counters and all fixtures are thoroughly cleaned. You may want to polish your fixtures to give them an even cleaner shine and that deep clean feeling.
Floors should be scrubbed thoroughly. Be mindful of corners as well as baseboards. You’ll want to be sure to wipe down these areas by hand, as most cleaning products will not get to these areas adequately. Doing a little more work will have a huge pay off in the end.
Make sure that the toilet bowl is completely clean—this means no water stains! Take a moment to wipe down the outside and the base of the toilet to ensure that the entire bowl is cleaned.
Make sure that your bathtub doesn’t have any toys or used washrags sitting around the edges. Clean the tub thoroughly and make sure that there is no hard-water build up around the drain. Speaking of drains, you should take a moment to clean out the drain of any debris.
Bathrooms can become somewhat of a “catch-all” in some homes. If this sounds like you, take a moment to remove any items that aren’t necessary. You may also want to put away some items that are too personal such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and other sensitive items that you may not want to be displayed.
You can make the space feel even fresher by adding in a toilet bowl fragrance, spritzing the area with a holiday scent, and making sure that all of the trash bins have fresh bags.
During the holiday season, you want to be sure that you have prepared the bathroom for guests. You may want to have extra soap, lotion, and toilet paper available. Make sure you incorporate adequate storage so that these extra items are easily accessible, but not out in plain sight. This will help the space look tidy and fully stocked for guests.
One of the best cleaning products you can possibly use is just regular vinegar. Vinegar can tackle harsh build-up and can make cleaning a breeze. A simple mixture of 1:1 vinegar and water and you can clean your entire bathroom essentially with this one concoction. It simplifies the process without sacrificing quality cleaning. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the space smelling like harsh chemicals. It’s certainly a simple approach to cleaning that many of us can appreciate.
There are many small touches you can do to make your space feel welcoming. You can add in some greenery, have artisan soaps available for use, and even add little pops of holiday décor. Doing so will make your space feel even warmer and more inviting.
At Columbus Bath Design, we are always looking out for our customers. We want to help you get your space holiday and guest-ready by incorporating a quality cleaning strategy that works. If you want to do even more with your space, reach out to us to schedule a design consultation. We are happy to answer your questions and walk you through various design options. Give us a call today for more information at (614) 907-4558!
A bathroom remodel is the perfect opportunity to create a relaxing, functional space in one of the most important rooms in the home. By following smart tips and avoiding these myths, you can ensure that your remodeling project goes off without a hitch. Here are 5 common myths about bathroom remodeling that you need to know before you get started:
1) You have to have a big budget
While a bathroom remodels can get very expensive, you do not need to have a big budget in order to achieve the final result you desire. Set your budget first, and then look for ways to save while getting the features that you want.
2) You have to make your bathroom bigger
Another myth is the idea that you have to expand the size of the bathroom in order for it to be worthwhile. This is not true because, with the right layout and design, you can make even a small bathroom feel spacious and comfortable.
3) Your remodel needs to add luxury
Not every home requires a Columbus Bath Designroom. Simply aim to create the bathroom design that you desire, without worrying about making it high end. You want a remodel that makes your space functional and stylish for years to come.
4) You have to separate the tub and the shower
Not every home is suited to having a bathroom with a separate tub and shower. You may not have the space, the money, or even the interest in separating these features. Work with the space that you have if you don’t want to expand, and design a combination shower and tub that meets your needs.
5) It isn’t worth the investment
The bathroom and the kitchen are two of the best rooms in the home to invest your money and time. Set your budget for a bathroom to remodel and focus on achieving the design that you truly want. It will pay off in the long run.
When it comes time to remodel the bathroom, the most common upgrade is a new bathtub liner. This is a molded sheet of plastic or acrylic that is placed over an existing tub. It is a more economical option than resurfacing an old tub and takes little time to install. Since this is a large investment, it is important to learn some cleaning and maintenance tips to keep it looking its best. By using the right products and procedures, you will extend its life.
Cleaning Tips. When cleaning your new tub liner, expensive products are not necessary. Many times, these items are abrasive and contain chemicals that dull the shine of the liner. Chemicals often cause cracks that require expensive repairs as well. Some of the best cleaning solutions can be mixed from common household ingredients. For instance, regular dish detergent and water provide an excellent shine. Vinegar and water may be used to soften hardened minerals. For disinfecting, diluted bleach is effective at killing germs and eliminating mold.
Maintenance Tips. Thanks to hair and other debris, a bathtub commonly becomes clogged. There are various drain cleaners on the market, which are meant to open the pipes. Liquid products work the best. However, the caustic agents may lead to damage of the liner. When pouring the cleaner into the drain, it is advised to use a funnel so that spills can be prevented. Also, it is wise to read the directions and use only the recommended amount. People tend to go overboard and dump more than necessary down the pipe. When this occurs, the cleaner often explodes back into the tub and causes damage to the acrylic material.
Other Bathroom Tips. When installed properly, a tub liner will never leak. From time to time, it is important to inspect the caulking along the seams and drain to make sure everything is secure. This prevents water from penetrating and getting between the old and new tub. If this occurs, the standing water may become stagnate, cause a terrible smell, and encourage dangerous mold growth.
A tub liner is a smart investment, but it is imperative to keep it properly cleaned and maintained. Following the above bathroom tips, you should keep it shiny and attractive for many years. For more information, visit the liner experts at Columbus Bath Design.
No matter how clean your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the colder winter months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.
Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.
Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.
Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.
Claim Space Over the Toilet. The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.
Clean Up the Vanity. How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.