Bathroom Remodeling

By: Brooke Hayles

Bathroom remodeling is one of the most common home improvement jobs. This is because it is used by both family and guests. As a homeowner, you want to be able to take pride in your bathroom.

Advantages of Bathroom Remodeling

While there are plenty of advantages to bathroom remodeling, you should first decide if it is a want or a need. Sometimes, you may just want a change. Other times, families grow and it is time to update and remodel to make more room. Before you start tearing apart your bathroom, you need to know what you want the end product to look like.

The nice thing about bathroom remodeling is that it allows you to experiment with design, techniques and accessories. Now days, people are starting to see the bathroom as a real room of the house, not just a place to get into and out of. New trends include pedestal sinks, towel warmers, warming lights and event stereo equipment built into the ceiling. Also, the updates will be well worth it if you decide to sell your home.

Bathroom Remodeling Designs

Sometimes people have been thinking of bathroom remodeling for years. For others, it is a relatively new itch. Ideas and inspiration can come from magazines, HGTV or browsing your local home improvement store. But, before you start taking out sinks and demolishing cabinets, have a plan.

After you have a plan, you should set a budget. While a little bit of updating can be done with new light fixtures and a faucet, which is not always what you want. If you are going to be completely gutting the room, you need to know what you are in for. It is not unheard of for the project to take anywhere from $5000 to $25,000.

If you have a smaller bathroom, some minor changes may scratch that itch. A new coat of paint or changing the mirror will give the room a new appearance. Also, switching the shower curtain or towels that are a different color than what you usually hang can add a spark of 'new' to your bathroom.

Changing the sink, faucet, tiles and vanity mirror are among the most commonly considered changes for the bathroom. You can do anything from install-heated tiles or maybe just a change in color is what you are looking for. Often, the fist thing you see when you enter a bathroom is the sink. This would be a good starting point for your remodel. Pick the sink and the rest will follow.

New faucets can give your old sink new life. Also, mirrors come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes. No longer are medicine cabinets square and white. Now, you can get them to flush mount right into the wall and the outside mirror can be round, arched, frameless. You can have finishes that are gold, silver, brass or antique. It seems that it is only limited by your imagination.

Why should you consider an Interior Designer

If you are planning an extensive remodel and your budget allows you to hire a designer, it may help the overall look and feel of the project. However, a good contractor will be able to not only do the job, but also help you to get what you are looking for. They will, for example, be able to tell you it may not be a good idea to put 12"x12" tiles in a small space.

One of the really nice things about professionals who deal with bathroom remodeling is that they know what kind of options are out there and can help you stay on budget. If you had a granite counter top in mind, but it would be too expensive, they can direct you to the more cost effective Carrion counters. They know all the latest products because they work with them.

Summary:

With the bathroom being one of the few places that is shared by the entire family and guests, it is a place you should take pride in. It is therefore important that you consider bathroom remodeling to upgrade your bathroom. While some people are good with new light fixtures and mirrors, others will gut the room and start over. What ever you are looking for, there is a wide range of options available.

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