Living Through a Bathroom Renovation





renovated bathroomThere’s so much that goes into a bathroom remodeling project that unless you’re a professional who does it every day — or a homeowner who’s been through the process numerous times — then all the nitty-gritty details, processes, options and decisions are going to sound like they’re in a foreign language. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for the test and see the before and after renovations pictures as a job well done.

Consider leaving those vintage finishes. The point of your bathroom remodel might be a fresh, new look, but some things are easier to replace than others. For example, in older homes, wall tiles may have several coats of concrete and maybe wire lath. The difficulty in removing these can cause labor costs to skyrocket. Instead, you might want to keep the vintage tiles and spend your time and money elsewhere. And vintage finishes such as tile can be a cool feature as well.

Renovation On a Tight Budget

Plan a lighting scheme. The best approach to a well-lit space is to incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting. Modern renovations is what people are looking for.

Understand that when you  redo house the standard bathroom dimensions. Knowing a few key measurements, like the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet, will help you plan your remodel more efficiently.

simple renovationPlan the right height for your sink. Typical counter tops are 32 to 34 inches off the floor. But you need to consider how your sink will add to or take away from the counter top’s height. If you have an above-counter vessel sink, for example, you’ll want to make your counter height lower so you can wash your hands or brush your teeth comfortably.

Consider a corner sink. If you’ve got a tight space with potential traffic-flow problems due to how the entry door or shower door swings open, then consider putting your sink in the corner to free up space.

Or a tiny tub. If you’ve got a small bathroom, you may think that a bathtub is not an option. But many companies are shrinking their models down to accommodate chic little spaces

Pick the right vanity. Vanities aren’t just for looks. Get one too big and you could mess up your bathroom’s traffic routes. Too small and you’ll be scrambling for more counter top space and storage. Pick the wrong material and you could have maintenance issues on your hands.

Splurge on a few high-end materials. A little designer secret is that because bathrooms are usually smaller spaces, splurging on a few higher-end materials and finishes can be a good investment that can make your space seem incredibly luxurious. So before you issue a mandate that your bathroom will feature only the most basic, affordable materials, look at materials for wall and floor coverings, counter tops and more on the higher end of the spectrum. You might find that adding one or more of these materials to a small portion of your bathroom is within your budget. All home renovations need to be worth the trouble but some can actually make you money.