Many homeowners put off remodeling their bathrooms because they’re not sure how to start or when is the right time to do the job. If your bathroom is outdated with fixtures that don’t work properly and finishings that look dull and dirty no matter how often you clean, the time is now! Bathroom remodeling can be intimidating, but the process can be cost-effective and even enjoyable with good planning.
The Basics of Bathroom Remodeling
Is a bathroom upgrade really worth your time and money? The answer is most definitely yes! Most sources report you can expect to recover between 70-78% of bathroom remodeling costs. That’s a great recovery rate, on par with a major kitchen renovation. So whether you are thinking of selling in the near future or renovating for your own use, upgrading the bathroom is a sound investment.
Getting started is the hardest part. Even the best remodels are an inconvenience. And it’s difficult to prepare yourself for the experience. But a bathroom upgrade is also exciting. Tips encouraging homeowners to set a budget and keep color pallets neutral are helpful, but they’re also common. Read on for ideas that will save money, improve design leave you with a bathroom you love.
Tip #1 Hire an Expert
Even a small-scale renovation can quickly spiral out of control for a do-it-yourselfer. Working with a full-service remodeling company can save you time and money in the long run. A pro can offer ideas you hadn’t thought of before and save you from making costly mistakes. Renovation experts also have design, lighting, and flooring networks to help you put it all together. Don’t be that person with a half-finished reno project you’re embarrassed to show the neighbors. Hire a reliable contractor and be sure the job gets finished and gets finished correctly.
Tip #2 Keep the Same Footprint
Unless you have an awkward bathroom layout that seriously interferes with function, stick with the room’s original footprint. It will decrease costs and headaches. Relocating pipes, drains, and electrical systems is an expensive undertaking that can quickly eat up your renovation budget. Avoid making these kinds of major changes if you can, and you’ll have more money to spend on the appliances and fixtures, and finishes.
Tip #3 Design for Yourself – Or Resale?
Before paying for that bold wallpaper or expensive high-tech toilet, take a moment to think about your future. If you plan on staying in the home for the next seven years or more, then by all means choose the pink flamingo paper! No matter what you do, your design will probably be considered outdated by the time you put the home on the market, so you might as well enjoy it. But if you expect a move is in your near future—five years or less—choose design elements with a more universal appeal. Design a bathroom that a potential buyer won’t see as an immediate do-over.
Tip #4 Highlight the Lighting
There’s something about a poorly lit bathroom that makes it feel unsanitary. Skimping on lighting is a mistake that affects both the function and the design of a bathroom. Like every other room in the house, a bathroom needs task, ambient, accent, and decorative lighting. One ceiling light is not enough! Too many homeowners opt for fancy finishes but don’t allow enough money for the lighting that will make those finishings stand out. Save money in the budget for beautiful fixtures to add life and improve function in the bathroom.
Tip #4 Keep it Clean
This isn’t a tip about housekeeping, but one about the materials you choose to put in the bathroom. Think about how you use and clean the room and the kinds of cleansers materials will be regularly exposed to. Natural wood floors and stone tile may be beautiful, but porous materials like these aren’t appropriate for rooms where splashes and messy accidents are common. Choose finishes that are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to stains and scratching. Today there are many choices in every budget and style to fill those requirements.
Tip #5 Ventilation Matters
Removing moisture from the air is important for preventing the growth of mold and mildew. The humid air in a bathroom doesn’t stay there, it increases the humidity throughout the entire house. And that increases the chance for mold through the entire house. Make sure your bathroom remodeling project includes a properly vented fan (one that goes to the outside, not just the attic) as well as an operable window.
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Seven Valley Home Renovations LLC is a full-service remodeling company based in Liverpool, NY. We operate with honesty, integrity, and professionalism to help make your bathroom remodeling dreams come true. Contact Seven Valley if you’re considering remodeling the bathroom—or any room—in your home.