Renovating or remodeling your shower is a home improvement that will boost your quality of life and the value of your home. Start by asking yourself how much work you want to do. This will help you determine what kind of shower improvement you can commit to. Do you want to convert your tub into a shower, install a new shower base, create a spa area, or simply improve the sealing around your shower walls? Some people find planning a shower reno a major undertaking. By dividing your project into smaller steps and making a list of tasks and materials, you’ll be better able to assess the scope of the job, cost it out properly and determine what equipment you’ll need to do it right.
A minor makeover
A complete overhaul means a bigger investment in terms of time and money. Hiring a professional can be more expensive, but often helps avoid costly mistakes. There are also many enhancements that don’t require a major renovation. For instance, changing the lighting, tiles, fixtures, and accessories can give an outdated shower a modern look. If you love the luxurious look of tile, Utile shower wall panels are a simple solution. With a realistic texture that looks just like stone, tile, or marble, Utile delivers top‑of-the-line results without having to install ceramic tiles or apply messy grout and sealant. Utile wall panels install directly on studs so you don’t have to prepare your walls. In fact, with these panels, you can completely revamp your shower in just one weekend.
Be honest about your own skills
Be realistic about what you can do yourself and what you can’t. If this isn’t your first renovation project or if you’ve already worked with the tools and have mastered certain techniques, you might feel comfortable taking on more complex jobs, like installing a tub shower or doing your own plumbing
Respect your budget
Bathroom and shower upgrades can instantly increase the value of your home. In fact, you can recuperate up to 70% of the cost when you sale your home. But before starting your project, draw up a list of costs required for the materials and labor. Keep in mind all the work that needs to be done, as well as the tools, materials, and labor you’ll need. The more you plan your budget and work schedule in advance, the better you’ll be able to plan the work. And don’t forget a 10% – 15% little contingency reserve
Check the calendar
When calculating your budget and planning your schedule, keep in mind that some renos can take months to complete. Some jobs can be done over the weekend, but others can take much longer. So if you’re renovating the family bathroom, you’d better have a plan so that your family can still go about their daily routine.
Make sure you can afford your dream shower
Be realistic and make sure you can afford the shower you want. Sometimes it costs less to hire a professional to do the job right the first time than trying to save a couple of bucks by doing the work yourself. You’re also more likely to be happy with the results.
Remember—safety first! When in doubt, ask a professional. Never do work that could put your safety at risk. Bathroom renos sometimes require handling large and awkward objects. If you’re worried about having an accident, call a professional or ask for help.
Renovating your shower is a smart investment because it improves your quality of life, increases the value of your home, and makes life easier. Whether you choose to make the improvements yourself or call on a qualified professional, a solid plan is the secret to a successful renovation project.