Remodeling parts of the house is a cost-effective way of making your house look brand new without the expensive cost of building something new. A bathroom remodeling can be carried out to replace worn out parts, upgrade or modernize its looks, increase its utility, expand it, or simply to make it more beautiful. Here are tips to remodel your bathroom.
Make a Plan. The first step to any endeavor is planning. Planning a bathroom remodeling fundamentally involves assessing the existing bathroom space and components. In this way, you can pinpoint exactly what needs to be changed as against what simply you want to change. It would sensible to make comparisons by checking with bathrooms you have seen in hotels, with your neighbor or even in the magazine to see what is most appealing to you in terms of design and utility. In making the evaluation, you should also consider your future plans. If you plan to sell your house and simply want to increase its property value, then modest cosmetic changes will do just fine.
Planning the bathroom remodeling also involves preparing the budget. Note that you should be generous in allotting budget when it comes to faucet, sink or toilet, to ensure quality because these are components that are regularly used and can be a total hassle when they get damaged for repairs. It is always smart to seek professional advice in order to be sure especially because any mistakes (i.e. water not draining correctly, leaking faucet) in the process would be stressful in the future. Finally, you should be ready for the inconvenience. Once the remodeling starts, you should have a plan where to do your natural necessities because you cannot use the bathroom for some time.
Focus on functionality. While a major objective of any remodeling endeavor is to redecorate or enhance the gorgeousness of a room or area, functionality remains as its primary design principle. Thus, the remodeling should not focus on the type, brand, color or design of the tiles, faucet, toilet, shower or bathtub. It should focus on improving its utility such as drainage, storage and lighting among others.
Keep the existing piping system. Changing the existing plumbing system in your bathroom would involve a major revamp. Unless you really are planning to do so, maintaining your existing piping will save you a lot of money for renovation. This is especially advisable if you reside in very cold regions in order to prevent your water piping channels to get transmitted through an exterior wall. However, you may consider a major revamp of your plumbing system if it requires major repair.
Upgrade toilet seat and lid. Instead of changing the whole toilet bowl, you can opt to simply change the toilet seat and lid to give it a fresh new look. Buying a new toilet bowl will not only cost more but would also entail additional installation fees. While at this, you can also simply change the countertops of your vanity cabinet to provide a new look to it instead of changing the whole cabinetry. This is advisable if you simply want to give your room a fresh look without spending a lot of money.
However, if you are truly planning to change your toilet bowl, you might as well opt for the electronic Japanese toilet bowls, which is the most distinctive feature of the Japanese toilets that’s why they are heralded as the best toilet in the world. The Japanese toilet bowls have built-in bidet, heater, and sound. Note however that the installation of this toilet bowl entails specific plumbing and electrical system requirements.
Mix lighting. Proper lighting is important to brighten up the bathroom. But since you are remodeling, you may consider mixing up lights to provide a modernized look and feel to your bathroom. Depending on your taste, design or theme of your bathroom, you can try a set of unique brackets, decorative candelabrums or jazzy pendant lights. You can add bright and dim lights to your vanity nook or add overhead under cabinet puck lights or a set of the lamp fitting beside the mirror, among others.
Install drawer storage or cabinets. Storage is a necessity. If possible, include built-in cabinets by cutting around the plumbing and use interval within the wall. This will provide more space for your bathroom. You may also construct cabinet up the wall like that in the kitchen or simply put an interesting piece of furniture as your cabinet. For small bathrooms, you may consider using open shelves because it creates the illusion of space. Under this heading, do not forget to also install or assign a medicine cabinet, which should ideally be placed adjacent to your vanity table.
Change or replace tiles. If you simply want a cosmetic upgrade, changing your tiles would impress a major change in the look of your bathroom. The design and color of your tiles would also have a major impact on the theme of your bathroom. However, if you are the conservative type, you can opt for the classic white tiles. This is advisable if you want to make a timeless design for your bathroom because this tile never goes out of style.
If you plan to change tiles, you may altogether consider trying other alternatives to tile such as cured wood panels, acrylic sheet materials, board and batten, Quartz, boards and batten, bricks, porcelain, bead board or cultured marble and natural stone. Instead of using tiles, you can also opt to simply repaint the concrete wall, which is easier to maintain, clean and change or cover it with wallpaper, which you can do on your own.
Incorporate Multimedia. If you are remodeling your bathroom, you might as well incorporate the modern trend of bringing electronics into the bathroom to make it more relaxing and entertaining. You can opt to put built-in holders for television or mobile devices in your vanity or bathtub area or allot spaces for Bluetooth speakers or other entertainment devices which you can play while having a bath or doing your personal necessities.