Bathrooms are one of the most high-traffic areas in your home and they see a lot of wear and tear over time. They’re also one of the most valuable. A well-designed bathroom can increase the sale price of a home by a substantial amount.
A bathroom remodel can add value to your home beyond financial gain by creating a more functional space designed to fit your needs. Zillow data shows that bathroom remodels yield the biggest returns in terms of boosting your home’s resale value. For minor cosmetic changes, you’ll see a $1.71 increase in home value for every $1 you spend. This includes things like painting and refinishing cabinets, swapping out the mirror, or upgrading hardware.
There are multiple remodel options, many of which claim to be faster and more affordable than others. These are often 1-day bathroom remodelers, who give your bathroom a complete makeover in several hours.
If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Here’s what you need to know about 1-day remodels and if there are other bathroom design options that may be a better fit for your needs.
The Pitfalls of 1-Day Bathroom Remodels
Getting a completely new bathroom in just a day seems like a great deal. However, there are some problems that lurk under the surface of a quickie bathroom remodel — both figuratively and literally.
Acrylic Tub Liners Only Cover Up Problems
Acrylic tub liners are almost always used in 1-day bathroom remodels because they are easy to install. They can also make a big visual impact on the space. Unfortunately, these liners are often made with poor quality materials that simply fit over the existing tub and tile.
If there are any structural problems with the tub, they will still be there underneath the acrylic liner. Since it’s impossible to get a perfect fit, there’s also space between the liner and the original tub for mold and mildew to grow. This can trigger the start of underlying structure damage of your home.
This can also create a health hazard for you and your family. As the mold and mildew build, it can seep out of cracks around where the liner meets the original tub or out of cracks in the acrylic itself if it becomes damaged. In some cases, this can make you feel unwell or cause serious health problems.
1-Day Bathroom Remodelers Have a Limited Selection of Materials
Another issue with 1-day bathroom remodels is that there are usually only very limited design and function options to choose from. Many of the tub, cabinet, sink, toilet, and faucet designs are premade and mass-manufactured. This may leave you with having only a couple of different choices in each category.
This can mean you end up “settling” on fixtures you don’t necessarily like or aren’t the best fit for what you need. You’re saving a little extra money, but still spending a lot for something that is only adequate — if that.
It may sound counter intuitive, but 1-day bathroom remodelers can turn out to be more expensive. Actual customers reported paying a lot more to 1-day remodelers than to regular contractors for the convenience of being a one-stop shop. In fact, a 1-day remodel of two small bathrooms can cost almost twice of what a regular contractor would charge.
How Drafting Cafe Architects Are Different
Drafting Cafe Architects understands the importance of good bathroom design, quality materials, and trustworthy craftsmanship. We can help you create your custom bathroom remodel with a larger variety of fixtures to choose from. Our designers will work with you to understand your unique needs, so we can design a bathroom perfectly suited to you. Contact us today for a free estimate for your bathroom remodel.
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