Tips on Remodeling a Bathroom

Thinking of remodeling a bathroom?  It doesn’t have to be a stressful project. A well-planned bathroom remodel gives you, the homeowner, a chance to transform an outdated space into a spa-like retreat. Before you begin, consider these tips to ensure a stress-free renovation.

Determine Your Budget

First, focus on your budget before making any remodeling decisions. Your budget will help determine how much you can spend on the project. Break down your total budget into categories, such as construction, flooring, walls, plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware. Setting a realistic budget will prevent your remodel from getting out of hand.

Design It Yourself

You can save money by creating the bathroom layout and design yourself. Find ideas through the internet, through bathroom retailers, at your local home improvement center and also through home design magazines. Visit some model homes for an up-close look at the latest bathroom designs and products. Computer-aided interior design tools allow you to be the architect and designer.

Change the Mood With Paint

Paint the walls for an easy bathroom remodel. A new coat of paint will instantly transform your tired walls.

Light the Space

Anyone who spends time in front of the bathroom mirror knows the importance of good lighting. Instead of harsh “Hollywood” lighting strips, consider light bars placed above vanities and sconces flanking each side.

Refinish Porcelain Surfaces

Rather than replacing big-ticket items such as a bathtub, toilet, tiled shower enclosure or sink, hire a contractor to refinish or reglaze the porcelain surfaces. Refinishing porcelain surfaces will save money and project time. The entire process takes roughly 48 hours to complete and involves minimal clean up.

Keep Existing Plumbing Intact

Keep your budget in line by leaving plumbed fixtures in their current locations. Use the savings to upgrade your lighting or cabinetry.

Add Small Touches for Big Impact

An inexpensive way to give your bathroom a new look involves a simple hardware change. Replace cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and switch plates—even faucets and showerheads.  New hardware in the bathroom creates instant impact.

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.