When remodeling a bathroom of an older home, it is very important to pay attention to details that many might not consider. Part of this is due to changes in concept, design, and the meaning of the word ‘standard’. For those homeowners who live in houses that were built prior to the 1970′s, this is even more true.
While many tend to think that today’s ‘standard’ must be better and improved from yesterday’s ‘standard’, that is not always the case. This is why it is ultra important when sitting down with a contractor to ensure that both parties are on the same page. It is not just the laws and regulations surrounding the installation of pieces like the commode and bathtub that need to be discussed, but the quality of the materials and the desired strength of these pieces.
While older homes may have bathrooms that look and feel their age, their fixtures may actually be made with finer workmanship than what is done in today’s manufacturing world. Not only that, but quality of the materials may also be better. In yesterday’s world, it is often the case that better quality pieces were used as ‘standard’ than what occurs in today’s difficult economic climate.
The ultimate lesson for homeowners is to not assume that what is being replaced is really worse than what is coming in. The outgoing tub might have the wear and tear of age, but consider that it lasted decades. Will the new tub do the same?