While discovering you're ready for a Shower remodel is exciting, doing a shower remodel for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s so much to consider like what’s your timeline and budget? What bathroom products should you get? What kind of bathroom style ideas suit you best? With supply chains being unpredictable, preparing now for your next bathroom shower remodel will not only help you plan around any expected delays, but also make sure that your shower remodel process is as seamless as it can be. We’ve highlighted all the things you should consider when preparing for your shower remodel project.
Decide Why You Want To Do A Bathroom Shower Remodel
One of the most important things to consider when planning your shower remodel is determining why you are doing a bathroom shower remodel in the first place. According to HGTV’s Top 15 Home Updates That Pay Off, minor bathroom remodels are at the top of the list with an average return at resale of 102 percent. If you are preparing for a remodel to add value to your home, then a shower remodel is one of the best ways to do so. We’re always getting asked in our experience how much does a shower remodel cost? The truth is a bathroom shower remodel cost is entirely dependent on the individual homeowner. The Average cost of a bathroom remodel with a shower is $14,000 USD across the USA as per the 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home Study: Renovation Trends, making it one of the most financially rewarding renovations you can do. With this, it makes sense to invest in higher quality shower remodel products that will add more value to your home. If adding value to your house sounds great, but your bathroom shower remodel is a gift from you to you then that’s also a great reason to undergo your remodel. Maybe you’ve been pining pictures of your dream bathroom on your Pinterest boards for years and now you’re ready to take it from a vision to reality. We think it’s as good a time as ever to start putting some solid plans together for phase 1 of your bathroom remodel.
Shower Bathroom Remodel Cost: Budget
Since you now know what the average cost of shower remodel is, it’s time for you to decide what your budget is for your shower remodel project. Even if you don’t want to do a full bathroom remodel, apps like Smart Reno Estimator will help you get a budget range based on if you’re painting, changing fixtures, updating flooring and/or improving your shower stall. According to, Brian Johnson, principal, Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, Mt. you should plan to add a 30 percent cushion to your bathroom budget. Surprises come up and having a budget with some wiggle room will allow you to plan and coordinate your bathroom remodel project with ease.
Connect With A Certified Contractor
The aspects of your bathroom you can’t see are just as important as what you can visually see. Which is why we always recommend you consult a certified contractor for your bathroom remodel projects, especially if this is your first diy shower remodel. Consulting a bathroom pro can make sure that what’s happening behind the scenes is sound and won't cause any long term issues to your revamped bathroom space. There’s lots of people who like to take risks and try new things, but this is not one of the times to take risks, we repeat… consult a certified contractor. Wondering where to find a certified Contractor? Check out Houzz for their list of pro’s near you.
Reduce Your Shower Maintenance
Shower gunk buildup happens, especially in areas that struggle with hard water and mineral buildup. If your bathroom hasn’t been updated since the late 80’s, maybe reducing your maintenance requirement will finally be what tempts you. There’s a ton of innovation happening in the bathroom design space. Gone are the days of squeegeeing the glass after a shower, with fog/streak free glass being in our opinions a gift from the gods. But what if your shower could go one step further? What if we told you that your shower system could have minimal maintenance?
Rainfall Shower Head vs Shower System
When you traditionally think of a shower, showerheads come to mind. In more recent years using a rainfall shower head has become all the rage. Now we’re seeing tech innovation use the calming experience of a rain head shower by creating the next shower frontier, shower systems. A rainfall shower head is just that a shower head and although it provides decent pressure, it doesn’t offer an integrated experience like a shower system that saves water, energy and money. RainStick Shower is redefining what it means to be a shower system. RainStick is a WiFI-enabled shower system that offers 2X the flow rate and 80% water and up to 80% energy savings. By being a recirculating shower, it uses a single drop of water 6 times for the duration of your shower. This shower system allows you to customize your experience, while also providing a rain head shower experience you have come to love and expect from a standard shower head. RainStick was designed to require minimal maintenance ensuring your shower system does the heavy lifting for you. Having a shower system that also is a recirculating shower in your next reno project won't only help take your renovation to the next level, it also means you are investing in technologies that make the bathroom space smarter. Read our blog Everything You Need To Know About Recirculating Showers to learn more.
Top 3 Things We Recommend Including In Your Bathroom Remodel
We’ve been there with shower remodel projects and assure you that if you are doing a DIY shower remodel you’re going to want to have a well laid out plan. This isn’t an IKEA wardrobe that you can buy a piece at a time and assemble as you go, it's an undertaking that could render your bathroom out of use for a prolonged period of time. Above all else, we think the below are the most important things to have for your bathroom shower remodel
- Timeline- Don’t have a reno project start hot and run cold. Have a realistic timeline for your shower remodel and the cost for a shower remodel can increase dramatically if you’re rushing your completion date.
- A certified contractor- DIY projects can save you serious renovation costs, but we recommend leaving your plumbing and electrical needs to the pro’s to ensure your project is done correctly.
- A Budget- It’s not enough just to dream it. Although a bathroom shower remodel project can be done fairly quickly. It’s important to plan out what you’re doing before going ahead and purchasing products you’d like to have in your space.
Bonus: A RainStick Shower - If a shower remodel that adds to your home value isn’t enough value for you, how about a product that saves you on average $700 annually off your water and energy bills?Bonus: A RainStick Shower - If a shower remodel that adds to your home value isn’t enough value for you, how about a product that saves you on average $700 annually off your water and energy bills?
Show Us Your Completed Shower Remodel
If you’re new to RainStick let us introduce ourselves and say that we’re BIG fans of bathroom shower remodels, if not the biggest. A shower remodel can be a lengthy process (especially with supply delays), but we’d love to see your projects at all stages of your journey and would love to hear about what you found helpful in this blog. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.