bathroom remodeling

Did you buy your house already knowing you wanted to change the bathroom?  Tired of paint, tile, and fixtures that aren’t to your taste? Now may be the time for you to start your much-needed remodel!

But even if you know what you like and don’t like, planning out a bathroom remodel can be a complicated process. You don’t want to overlook important details or waste money.

We’ve got seven amazing bathroom remodeling tips and ideas to help you out!

1. Small Touches Make a Big Difference

Small changes make a big difference! Switch out light fixtures. Repaint the walls.

Choose a simple wall tile or an accent tile. Refinish your tub. Replace your toilet.

These may seem not-so-small to you, but they’re much smaller than gutting a bathroom! You may be surprised how big of an impact these changes can have.

2. Keep the Plumbing In Place

If you want to save time and money, consider keeping your plumbing in the same place. If you don’t have to move it for your design, then don’t!

Talk to a remodeling professional about the plumbing in your bathroom. They’ll tell you what’s possible for you and if a small plumbing change is possible without huge costs.  Typically, moving a toilet is the most challenging and should be avoided.

3. Don’t Forget Ventilation

The worst thing you can do is forget to include ventilation in your remodeling plan. No or poor ventilation leads to mildew and mold buildup!

Make a vent and/or fan a priority. Good ventilation will pay off in the long run because your paint and tile will last longer.  Vents can be placed high on a wall or a ceiling and can be hidden easily.  Ventilation fans come with different sound ratings and unique features, so stop by your local hardware store and browse the selections in person.

4. Be Smart About Flooring

You may want some beautiful flooring you saw in a picture, but is it waterproof? Is it slippery when wet?  Durable, waterproof flooring is vital in your bathroom remodel.

You can find many such flooring types that are also pretty, timeless, and flattering.  But look at the flooring you want in person.  Touch it, bring home a sample and really make sure it’s the right fit for your bathroom.  Do not rely on a photo online as it may not accurately represent the floor you’ll ultimately have installed.

5. Maximize Your Space

Have a cramped bathroom? You’ll need to get creative with how you use every inch of it.

Maximize the space in your cabinet(s) with shelves, stands, and pull-out baskets. Add a floating shelf or two to a wall, if you can (keep in mind where doors open, so you’re not compromising that space).

Consider replacing your flat mirror with a cabinet mirror. The back of the toilet is a flat space that often goes unused. Consider putting a basket there filled with hand towels or bathroom accessories.

Don’t feel like you need to enlarge your bathroom to have a successful remodel. Check out this article about maximizing tiny spaces.

6. Lighting Is Everything

Your light fixtures, light bulbs, and natural lighting make all the difference in your bathroom. If your bathroom is small, try recessed lighting. Experiment between warm and cool light so you know which bulbs flatter your space.

If your room has a window, you’re lucky! Take advantage of that natural light, and try not to cover it with anything.  In a worse case scenario, use an opaque film on the actual window to let in light but block an outside view. 😉

7. Keep Resale In Mind

If you’re totally redesigning a bathroom to your liking, consider whether you plan on moving in a few years. If you do, keep resale in mind when you’re decorating!

Try to stick with timeless, more universal styles and colors. Anything too trendy will be likely out in five years.

You don’t want your newly remodeled bathroom to be a turn-off for potential buyers. If you’re putting money into it now, you want it to pay off in the long run!

Bathroom Remodeling Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

A little intimidated by the idea of bathroom remodeling? It’s okay, you’re not alone. This task can be daunting to anyone.

Keep our seven great tips and ideas in mind as you start your remodel. And don’t hesitate to contact a professional to help you!  Often times we can find ways to save you money and stick within your budget.  So give us a call!  Visit our contact page for more information.

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