One of the best renovation projects for an older home is to update the bathroom. According to real estate experts, you can recoup up to 80 percent of your renovation costs when you sell your home. Remodeling or upgrading your bathroom doesn’t even have to be expensive. It can be as simple as painting the walls and installing new faucets. If your bathroom is overdue for an update, you can make a major change by learning how to install a bathtub. This isn’t too difficult, but it is a bit easier if you’ve done some home remodeling in the past.
Home improvement stores sell a wide variety of beautiful bathtubs and showers. They range from very simple tubs to jetted spas. You can also work with an interior designer and create your own home spa, but this will be a bit more expensive.
Depending on the scope of your renovation, you may be able to install a completely different tub. If you’re not able to enlarge your bathroom and need to stick with the old configuration, you still have some options.
There are many different types of bathtubs, including acrylic, fiberglass, steel, cast iron, and marble. Acrylic costs less than fiberglass but lasts much longer. Steel is a good choice if you like the industrial or rustic look and are lighter than cast iron.
Cast iron tubs are very nice and extremely durable. They are very heavy but will retain the heat for much longer than other tubs.
A really beautiful choice is cultured marble. These are the top-of-the-line but are worth a consideration. When it comes to marble, you can choose a marble surround that will go over your existing tub or purchase a new tub of cultured marble. Either of these is beautiful.
If you learn how to install a bathtub, you can probably do much of your bathroom renovation. Choose fixtures and a tub you love because you will be using them a long time.