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 A well-planned bathroom remodel gives you, the homeowner, a chance to transform an outdated space into a spa-like retreat.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.