Home Improvement

Considerations for Choosing Your Shower Surround

A bathroom remodel is one of the most exciting home improvement products you can undertake. It not only enhances the functionality of your bathroom, but greatly improves your enjoyment of the space.

While shower surrounds may not be the first thought that comes to mind when considering a remodel, they can significantly enhance the overall look and feel of the room once your project is complete. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making important decisions about your shower surrounds or enclosures.

Create a Theme for the Room

There are many themes that are common for bathrooms. Some of the more popular themes today include nautical or beach themes, natural themes, spa themes, or even fun kid-friendly theme when designing a bathroom for children or for the entire family. Choose one theme you desire for your entire bathroom and then make all other decisions from there.

Set a Budget

Everyone would love to have a home remodel where the sky was the limit. Most people, though, have very specific budgets you can work with. Set overall spending limits for the project and keep in mind specific spending limits for each part of the project. That lets you know how much money you have to work with and can provide as a touchstone through the project to keep everything in line.

Choose Materials

You have a wide range of materials available for shower surrounds. This includes fiberglass, vinyl, natural stones, ceramic tile, and even galvanized steel. The key is to find a material that ties in with the overall theme of your bathroom – or at the very least complements the theme.

Consider the Costs

There’s more involved in the costs of your shower surround than the materials alone. There are countless other costs to bear in mind as well. Especially if the surround you select requires you to do serious plumbing work. You may even need to call in professionals to install the plumbing and the tile – which can have a substantial impact on the cost of your remodeling project.

The more complex the installation, the bigger the costs will be. If you plan to go the do it yourself route for installation, don’t forget to budget for the tools you’ll need, too.

Choosing shower surrounds for your bathroom can be a fun task. Keep these things in mind to keep the selection process on point and on budget.