Bathroom remodels do not always involve the entire bathroom. In fact, many of the bathroom remodeling projects we’ve worked on involve remodeling just the wet area. Here’s why remodeling the wet area can be a great alternative to a full bathroom one.
What Is a Wet Area Remodel?
The bathroom’s wet area consists of the shower, the bathtub, the walls and the flooring around them. It’s the part that receives the most wear from water, bathing products and everything that gets washed off when you bathe. The rest of the bathroom often stays in better condition for longer than the wet area. Tearing them down during a full bathroom remodel would be a waste.
One of the most common wet area remodels done by home remodeling contractors include bathtub and shower replacement. These areas typically develop stains and mildew as well as rust on the fixtures. It also addresses past remodeling mistakes like choosing low-quality or high-maintenance bathtubs. Another is tub-to-shower conversion, which involves removing the bathtub and replacing it with a shower enclosure. Yet another is mobility renovations, which involves upgrading the bathing area to include safety and accessibility features like grab bars, anti-slip flooring and curbless showers.
Benefits of a Wet Area Remodel
A wet area remodel involves just a portion of the bathroom, which means it won’t cost as much as a full bathroom remodel. This will give you more flexibility on which improvements can be done to your bathroom. It also won’t take as long to finish, which means you can enjoy your new and improved bathroom sooner.
When planning a wet area remodel, it’s important to work with a bathroom remodeler that has experience in such projects. The idea is to remodel just a part of the bathroom, leave everything else as they are and create a seamless transition between. It is also important to hire a remodeling company that has workmanship coverage as part of their warranty as well as general liability insurance in case of accidental damage to the parts of the bathroom that you want to keep.