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5 Common Bathroom Remodel Misconceptions

Are you ready for a new bathroom? Tired of staring at old tile or outdated fixtures? A bathroom remodel takes consideration and planning to begin. But, we want you to embark on this project with a bit more understanding of what a bathroom remodel really entails and prepare you before you start tearing up the tile. 

Take a look at these bathroom remodel myths from RSI’s St. Louis bathroom design team

Myth #1: Bathrooms Are Less Expensive Because They’re Smaller

Myth busted! Just because the square footage of a bathroom may be significantly less than other areas like a master bedroom or a dining room, remodeling a bathroom can be just as — if not more — costly due to the number of materials required. 

Remodeling any part of the home can be an extensive undertaking, but remodeling your bathroom the right way the first time can be incredibly beneficial to your home investment. 

There is a temptation to choose cheaper materials to save on costs when remodeling your bathroom, but “cheap is cheap.” Will the money you are saving now turn into additional costs in the future? 

It’s important to invest in quality materials with the assistance of expert guidance (by a design team like RSI) to not be blindsided by expensive bathroom remodels. 

If you need assistance in finding quality materials for your bathroom remodel, visit one of our bathroom remodel showrooms. Our experts can help you with every step of the way.

Myth #2: A Bathroom Remodel Only Takes a Few Weeks

With bathrooms tending to be smaller rooms, many assume remodels will take little to no time — even as little as two weeks. But that is truly not the case. 

There is constant activity in a bathroom remodel. With bathrooms being a tight space, it’s impossible for multiple trades to work at the same time. And there are many different stages to a bathroom remodel.

Electricians, plumbers, tile setters and painters are all involved in a bathroom remodel — a big project for a small room requires a lot of maneuvering of schedules in addition to materials. 

Certain materials like countertops, plate mirrors, tub decks, and shower doors are often customized and sized according to your space. Measuring, fabrication and installation of these materials all add to your overall time schedule. Consider using standard sizes for shorter lead times.

Want to better understand how long it would take you to redesign and remodel your bathroom? You can schedule an appointment with our bathroom design team.

Myth #3: Moving the Shower Is a Great Idea

When redesigning and remodeling your bathroom, you may be tempted to move the shower to improve the flow of the space, but this is not always a good — or practical —idea. Relocating plumbing supply lines and drains can be tricky, costly and sometimes impossible, depending on the space and location of the bathroom. 

A major change like this will also add additional time (and cost) to your bathroom remodel project. You don’t want to blow your entire bathroom remodeling budget on just relocating your shower. Our designers are here to help you achieve the best flow for your bathroom while leaving your shower in place. 

Myth #4: My Space is too Small for a Bathroom Remodel

With bathrooms being the smaller rooms in a home, you may be afraid your bathroom is too small for a bathroom remodel. But that’s why we’re here. Our designers work with you to maximize every square inch of your bathroom. 

Our bath design team members are experts at finding creative solutions to design a beautiful yet functional space for you and your family’s needs. We can help you redesign and remodel even the smallest of bathrooms to create something that you will love.  

Myth #5: A Bathroom Remodel Does Not Add Significant Value to My Home

For most clients, a bathroom remodel is worth your investment. A kitchen and bathroom are great spaces in your home to invest time and money because they’re some of the most trafficked rooms. They’re also likely to look and feel outdated the fastest! According to the 2021 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report published by Zonda Media, 57% of your investment in a mid-range bathroom remodel in St. Louis is returned in increased home value.

Just remember, a bathroom remodel may not be a small investment, and it will take time, but if you focus on the design you want to achieve (while being flexible when you run into hiccups), it is worth the cost. 

The RSI bath design team can help you with every step of the way, from finding the right materials within your budget to the final installation. We want to help make your bathroom remodeling dreams a reality. A great place to start is by visiting one of our showrooms for inspiration. 

Do you need help designing and budgeting your bathroom remodel? Contact RSI Kitchen & Bath’s bathroom designers today or visit one of our showrooms