Sorting Out Simple Bath Renovations

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ June 28, 2010

With so many people writing about the decent rate of return and value of small bathroom remodeling projects, I thought I'd hop on the bandwagon. Of course, your first logical step is to identify low-cost projects and make a list of them in order of cost and your ability to do the job.

Make the lined list, with pluses on one side of the ledger and minuses on the other. A primary consideration, of course, is whether you can handle the project or need to call in a contractor. If the latter seems necessary, don't over-rule the idea--it can still be a valuable project.

Considering Your Remodeling Budget

The writers at Repair Home say you probably need professional help with the bathroom project if you're:

  • Adding or removing walls
  • Installing new ventilation involving the roof
  • Moving a shower, sink, or tub
If you're adding appliances or fixtures, it's a good idea to choose those that come with extensive warranties or energy-smart features.

You can really change your whole bathroom by swapping out small stuff with high visibility. For example, add an attractive mirror, wall covering, piece of artwork, or houseplant. Changing a worn-out or ugly sink or shower fixture can be an easy project to complete on your own that adds value, keeps your family happy, and significantly alters the appearance of this most-busy room.

You'd be amazed how inexpensive attractive shower curtains can be and if you coordinate them carefully with existing paint, light fixtures, and flooring, you can transform the bath--and your mood. Accessorize with candles, mats, towels, racks, and other artistic touches.

Other Easy Steps To Sprucing Up the Bath

One sound remodeling tip for a small bath is to reduce the clutter. If your sink and counter is a huge display space for dozens of bottles of soaps, scrubs, unguents, pastes, colognes, brushes, and hair clips, it's time to move them to drawers or cabinets.

The sheer mountain of bottles, labels, caps, and colors grows twice the size reflected in the vanity mirror. If your sink area is a miniature timeline of photos of your loved ones, think if they really belong in this setting reserved for personal hygiene.

Adding Shower Grab Bars

Putting in grab bars in a bath for older residents is a solid, valuable idea. Our own remodeling expert Brett recommends the process for safely installing grab bars where you need by fastening them to studs.

For now, while money is tight, think small--but be creative!

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