Tips on Remodeling a Bathroom


Remodeling a bathroom need not be a stressful project. A well-planned bathroom remodel offers homeowners the chance to transform an outdated space into a spa-like retreat. The details, however, can sometimes be overwhelming. Before beginning a bathroom remodel, consider these tips to ensure a stress-free renovation.

Determine Your Budget

  • Focus on the budget prior to making any remodeling decisions. Your overall budget helps determine how much you can spend on the total project. Break down the budget into construction, flooring, walls, plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware categories. Setting a realistic budget prevents the remodel from getting out of hand.

Design It Yourself

  • Save money by creating the bathroom layout and design yourself. Ideas can be found on the Internet, through bathroom retailers and at your local home improvement center. Home design magazines with photographs and plans provide inexpensive inspiration. Check out 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 in a trendy color will instantly transform your tired walls. If the bubblegum pink tile drives you to distraction but the budget does not allow for new tile, pick up a can of epoxy tile paint and neutralize the problem.

Light the Space

  • Anyone who spends time in front of the bathroom mirror knows the importance of good lighting. Stay away from the harsh "Hollywood" lighting strips and concentrate on stylish light bars placed above vanities as well as sconces flanking each side. To complete a relaxing bath area, add a chandelier for romantic, ambient lighting.

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. The contractor might make it sound like an easy change, but the associated labor and construction costs could easily blow the budget. Take some of the savings and upgrade your lighting or cabinetry instead.

Add Small Touches for Big Impact

  • Sometimes the smallest things make a big statement in a bathroom remodel. 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 rubbed bronze or brushed nickel hardware in the bathroom creates instant impact.

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