Coming up With Usable Solutions
If you are a first time renovator, coming up with usable bathroom renovation ideas can sometimes be daunting. But don’t fret; many others have traveled in your shoes before, rest assured you are not alone.
So, let’s shed some light on how you can come up with some good bath reno strategies, get it done right the first time and save yourself a few headaches. First let’s examine the problem. The good thing is that in every remodeling problem lies the solution.
If you break down exactly what you need accomplished and then what you plan to do to get there, then with a game plan, your upgrade project should proceed according to your outline.
As obvious as this may seem, you’d be surprised at just how many homeowners out of unbridled frustration run down to their local home improvement store and start buying on a whim as they go and then regretting it later when they have to return the items or worse, having to live with their impromptu purchases.
Before you even step out of your home, you must decide just how far you are willing to go with your bath ideas. The first question you should be asking yourself is – what is my budget and then the next question is whether or not you plan on changing your bath layout.
Looking at Your Development Options
The idea of changing your washroom layout is going to be your most expensive option when determining your bath renovation costs and will establish just how much money you will have left over for flooring or installing new fixtures like lights, tubs, toilets, faucets and showers.
Therefore you should resize only if absolutely necessary to accommodate your needs. Preparation and demolition costs can pile up quickly, and home improvements run the risk of emptying their wallets.
If you are wanting to expand your bathing space, try to explore possibilities of expanding through walls that do not bear weight. Load bearing walls will be expensive to move or remove because of the major building construction involved.
Unfortunately, if you are remodeling an older home, you may have to upgrade all or most of your fixtures just to meet modern energy efficient standards and building codes.
When coming up with lavatory remodeling options, one of the most popular bathroom renovation projects is re-tiling your washroom floor or walls.
This can really make a huge difference in bringing the look of your lavatory into the twentieth century especially if you are using large bold tiles that make your fixtures standout more because the large tile patterns are less distracting than their smaller subway counter parts and tend to give your bathing space a cleaner modern feel.
Pick an Area to Highlight
Replacing your lighting fixtures can add sparkle, drama or subtle ambience to your bath depending upon your lighting needs. Try to install a dimmer switch so you can adjust the mood when you just want to linger and relax in your bath.
Track lighting can add a dramatic touch and can also be used to direct light to parts of your bathroom where needed such as a changing or shower area.
And remember your outdated electrical system may not need to be completely replaced to meet new building codes, it may just need a few modifications such as replacing non-grounded outlets with “ground-fault current interrupter” outlets, otherwise known as GFCI outlets. If you are unsure, seek the advice of a qualified electrician.
Faucets and sinks can be used as centerpieces to highlight your design aptitude with the intent of projecting a sense of style. The trick when changing your fixtures is to create the look without the expense. No one can really tell the difference between a solid brass faucet and one that is simply brass plated.
Save Money When Building
Replacing your toilets and taps with water saving models is a good green choice with “umpteen” amounts of models available to you and as stated before is written into most modern building codes anyway.
While replacing taps and lighting fixtures is relatively easy, tubs and showers. On the other hand, are a little more involved and may require the assistance of a plumber to add or replace old plumbing lines but the actual building of the shower enclosure or removal and drop in of a new bathtub can be done by the ordinary weekend handyman.
If a contractor is involved one way of saving money is to buy the fixtures on your own and then supply them to the contractor. Another way of cutting your remodeling cost is instead of replacing your shower or tub, you can install a liner over your tub or shower if there is no major water damage to the drywall structure of your interior space.
As with all bath renovation projects have a strategy in place, arrange a working plan with a timeline and the day to day tactics, steps and who you may need to call in to undertake a part of your renovation project that you feel uncomfortable with. Stick to your blueprint and measure your progress.
When a Plan Comes Together
Checking off each task as it is accomplished will give you the confidence and encouragement to go to the next stage in your washroom restoration plan. Whether you are giving your bathroom a facelift or a full upgrade just remember that when coming up with bath enrichment answers, your budget will determine what you can or can’t do.
But even if you do have a small budget, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can come up with a master plan then implement your lavatory remodelling ideas as the money becomes available, one step at a time. The question you should be asking yourself is do these fixtures funtctioally need to be replaced (do they work properly) or just aesthetically.
They may be outdated and ugly but still functional, fortunately they can be replaced at a later date when they fit better into your budget. And if you feel you aren’t that creative, you can always hire an interior designer to manifest your bathroom concepts into reality.