are looking for bright new ideas to update their existing
bathrooms. There are many ways to update your bathroom without spending
a fortune. In order to make a realistic budget for your own bathroom
project, do research before you commit to a number. Never set limits in
your head if you are not informed.
Start your research online where you can find dozens of creative ideas
for achieving elegance, comfort and convenience without spending money
on designer. Directing your energy and creativity
new ideas, and focusing on main reason for redecorating your bathroom, will open the door to new opportunities.
When you are almost satisfied with the design, visit your local home
improvement store and start off your window shopping for materials.
Window shopping will help you to know approximate cost before you
commit to a project. Make rough estimate for materials. If you are
doing makeover yourself, apply 25% to 35% on the material quote because
you never know what you are going to run into in a renovation work. If
you are using contractors, we suggest to bring in a few contractors to
get labor estimates. Apply 25% to 35% on the labor quote because you never know what you are going to run into in a renovation work.
Knowing how much your bathroom makeover will cost approximately will
help you with creating budget for successful makeover. When you are
going out to buy the materials, make sure you bring your budget with
you so you'll stay on track.
Before you get started on your own renovations, draw up a timeline with
the contractor so you'll know what to expect. This will give you a
baseline for discussion if things take longer than expected. If you are doing big renovation and need
permits, be sure to build in extra time to get them from your local building department.
are many ways to give your old bathroom a nice facelift:
If you can't expand the
either by building an addition or by incorporating space from a nearby
bedroom or closet, here are some ideas to help you get the most out of
the space you have. Remember, convenient, functional baths come in all styles and sizes.
a small bathroom is a common design problem. You can make it visually
by decorating with light neutral color scheme. Large prints and bold stripes tend to
overpower a small room. Stick to small prints whether you are painting
or wallpapering. Try to limit your accessories and choose clean lined contemporary furnishings. There are fixtures available
will reflect your persona and express your style. Leading manufacturers now work in harmony to create
coordinated bath products. Remember, less can be more!
choosing a wallpaper make sure it is a good vinyl, that isn't
Wallpaper paste is water based and if the shower isn't ventilated
the vapor may cause the wallpaper to lift from the wall. When you
by hand, use an oil-based glue.
to create a sense of continuity. Bathrooms are chopped up enough by
so paint and wallpaper walls and ceiling the same color. If
your color fixtures are outdated, and new ones are out of the
consider having them refinished. White is always a classic and an
If your bathroom is too
for a standard vanity, ask your designer or contractor to build a bank
of cabinets half as deep. Install a bump out sink because a regular
in bowl won't fit in this type of cabinet. Since lower cabinets will be
shallow, you won't have to reach as far for supplies.
you are planning to change your fixtures, you may want to consider
your vanity and sink with a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks promote an
illusion of greater space because the eye can travel beyond the sink to
the wall and floor. Pedestal sink will give you more
space, but you will lose some storage space. Storage space problems can
be solved in a variety of ways. Wall-mounted cabinets are a great way
hide bathroom clutter, without taking up valuable floor space.
Decorative storage units
be installed above the toilet, above the mirror or in the deck space
a raised bathtub. If you purchase a low profile toilet, there will be
more room for wall-mounted storage above. Choose cabinets that are no
than six inches deep so they don't get in the way. A
plastic coated wire mounted on a pegboard above a low profile toilet is
another way to create storage space and works well as a decorative
you don't have room for a regular shower stall, try installing a rounded shower
base in the corner of a small bathroom, leaving no corners to jut out
valuable floor space. A folding door eliminates the need for clearance
space between the pedestal basin and door.
Mirrors are another good trick
to visually expand your space. A long mirror with plenty of lights
the visual space and prevents having to jostle for mirror space when
people are using the bathroom.
Open shelving between the toilet and vanity
creates handy storage space, looks less bulky than closed storage
and eliminates the need for clearance for a cupboard door.
your counter-top over the back of the toilet is known as a "banjo top"
counter. Be sure there is enough clearance space to raise the tank top
should it require service.
light and ventilation are very important in a bathroom. Light expands the
and prevents shadows. Ventilation keeps air circulating. A combination
fan forced heater/ventilator/ceiling light allows all three work
or together. This eliminates the need to buy three different fixtures.
you're concerned about resale value, shy away from ornate designs,
bright colors and overly personalized renovation projects. Pick
something relatively neutral for your countertops and cabinetry, and
then use bright colors and accents in paint.
your decorating style, there are numerous patterns, colors and
available that will reflect your particular tastes and serve to make
bathroom more functional.
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