Sep 272013

People are sometimes hesitant to start a bathroom renovation project due to the costs, but the truth is that the benefits you get make it worth every dollar. Below are the main reasons why you should push through with a bathroom remodel.

Bathroom remodel

Adds Value to Your Home

If you’re tired of the outdated look of your bathroom, then it’s about time that you upgrade it. Not only will it make your bathroom look nicer, it will also increase the value of your home. Experts say that a bathroom improvement could give you up to 80% return on the cost of your remodel project. So even though you will need to shell out at least a few thousand dollars for this project, in the end, it’s still a win-win situation for you.


Water Savings

Bathrooms take up the largest percentage of water usage in every home. Even the tiniest leaks in your showerhead, faucet, or toilet can jack up your water bill. Then, when you compute your annual water bill, you could be spending many hundreds of dollars or more because of unnecessary water wastage. 

Aside from getting rid of leaky faucets and toilets, using modern bathroom plumbing fixtures can also effectively lower your water usage by as much as 70%. There are low flow showerheads, faucets and toilets that could save you anywhere from $50 to $150 annually. When you consider the long term savings, some simple changes can be a great benefit.

Energy Savings

Not only does remodeling a bathroom help you save on your water bill, it helps you lower your electricity bills as well. Replacing your CFL lighting with LED lighting can not only improve the ambiance of your bathroom but it can also make it energy efficient. 

The initial cost of LED lighting is higher than CFL but because it uses only a tenth of the electricity used by the latter, you get bigger savings in the long run. Aside from replacing your lighting fixtures, you can also invest in a “green” water heater. The benefits you can get from these fixtures alone should be enough to convince you to get started with your bathroom renovation.

Adds Space

Don’t you hate it when you use your bathroom and you find it hard to move around or can’t find any empty counter space? Well, if you decide to remodel bathroom you will be able to make it more spacious because there are storage designs that will make it appear bigger. The use of space-saving storage solutions will help you get rid of unnecessary clutter so your bathroom will appear neat and organized.

Improves Mobility

One of the issues some people have with their bathrooms is that it’s just not suitable for them. It could be that the bathrooms are being used by elderly individuals or small kids. In both cases, preventing slips and falls in the bathroom is important.

A bathroom renovation can help solve the problem. There are walk-in showers and tubs as well as grab bars that will make it easier for seniors to use their bathroom, and there are also lower sinks specifically made for small kids. There are even handicap sinks and tubs should your bathroom be used by someone with a disability.

Add New Bath Technologies

By upgrading your bathroom, you can also opt to add some pretty cool features to give you a more relaxing experience. You can have music in the shower, or mount an LCD TV on the wall so you can watch your favorite shows while soaking in a warm bath.  

If you have the budget (and space) for it, you can even replace your outdated tub with a Jacuzzi. You can also have your toilet replaced with a more modern and “green” low flow toilet which effectively conserves water.


Remodeling your bathroom provides many advantages, such as adding value to your home, helping you conserve water and energy, adding space, improving mobility, and equipping it with modern features. But most of all, it will make visits to the bathroom more enjoyable for you.


Aug 242010

For a price, you can have a bathroom mirror TV. Basically, it’s a two-way mirror with a flat screen TV behind it. Below is an already published article that summarizes this technology. With permission, it’s reprinted here.

By the way, this little luxury item will cost you from $850 to $3,500 US, quite a bit more than a typical showerhead!

Be Like Trump: Installing a Television in Your Bathroom Mirror

Author: Youri Naimark

Yeah, we know: having a television in your bathroom is a tad ridiculous. No question that’s why Donald Trump has them installed in all his hotel bathrooms! Who needs to watch television while they brush their teeth? But that’s not the point. It’s a luxury, something you can do to make your bathroom truly the best room in your house. With this addition, you can make a regular, old bathroom into your personal place of relaxation!

Televisions that are installed behind mirrors use some pretty interesting technology to keep them hidden. Your mirror will need to be two-way, partially reflective and partially transparent. These mirrors allow things that are brightly lit on one side of the mirror to shine through to a darker side, like a television. By placing a flat-screen television behind a polarized mirror, you can watch your favorite show while getting ready to go out or catch the news before you leave for work in the morning. Best of all, if you don’t want the television at all, simply turn it off, you will only see a mirrored surface where its screen normally appears!

You can purchase a plasma or LCD television screen specifically for mirror placement. Companies like Mirror Media and Seura offer many different choices for these televisions, many of them custom built for your bathroom design.

This is really a project for a professional installer because of the care necessary when handling a large mirror and heavy television. Your bathroom’s lighting may need to be changed, as the polarized mirror is more sensitive to glares and direct light than normal mirrors. Make sure your installer has worked with mirror TVs before and knows how to conceal the wires in the wall properly.

Your installer will need to fit the television into a cut out in the wall behind where the mirror will go. It can be wall hung or flush mounted to ensure that it has the sleek look mirror televisions are known for. If your bathroom doesn’t have a separate circuit or cable hook up, you will probably want an electrician to come check it out. Set up a consultation with one before you purchase your television to ensure that your bathroom is compatible with a mirror television and the cost of installation is within your means. If you are thinking about installing your television in an existing wall, you will probably need a tile installer’s help, as well. It is important that you get a television specifically made for this purpose, they are fog-free and waterproof, features a normal television doesn’t need to have.

No matter what you might think about the level of luxury, bathroom televisions can certainly add elegance and enjoyment to any home spa. Although it isn’t really necessary, wouldn’t it be nice to watch a movie while relaxing in the tub, or watch the traffic report while showering for work? Have your bathroom checked out for compatibility and do some research on the best technology, and you could have your own Trump hotel at home!

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Youri Naimark was an construction engineer for 20 years (specializing in coal mine construction). After moving to US in 2002, Youri scaled down and started a Denver tile installation company.