Posted on July 13, 2010 · Posted in Remodeling

bathroom remodelThe bathroom is a place where you can lock the door and get some “me time.” If you consider your bathroom to be barely functional enough to meet your basic restroom needs, a bathroom remodeling project may be just what you need. Remodeling your bathroom can help you create an oasis within your home where you can retreat.  Additionally, a bathroom upgrade can add long-term value to your home.  It is all a matter of making changes that are smart rather than trendy.

Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Before you jump into a bathroom remodel, examine your budget and thoughtfully plan what you want. You do not want to end up with a tub that is too big or with work left half-done. Consider the following remodeling ideas to give you a bathroom that is stylish and elegant.

Smart Storage

If bottles of hair products litter your counter or you have to walk past a couple of rooms and down a hallway to retrieve a fresh towel, install a storage system to remedy these situations. Addressing storage issues is an essential part of bathroom remodeling, and creating built-in storage can also add extra floor space to your bathroom. Take advantage of the vertical space in the room, which is often unused. Use tall cabinets with drawers so you can hide your toiletries and store your bathroom linens. This works especially well if you are remodeling a small bathroom. In addition, consider installing an electric outlet inside a cabinet so you can charge your rechargeable electronic devices, such as toothbrushes, without having them out on the counter.

Ventilation
Your bathroom may already have a small fan in it, but it is nice to look at yourself in the mirror shortly after you get out of the shower without having to wipe it down with a towel. Installing adequate or additional ventilation will help prevent dangerous mold growth and lengthen the life of furniture finishes. Newer fans are quieter than their older counterparts are, and some come with humidity sensors that turn the fans on automatically.

Adequate Lighting
Gone are the days of applying your makeup in your bathroom only to find you look like a vampy raccoon in normal lighting. A bathroom of any size can benefit from good lighting that complements the wall colors rather than distorts them. Remodeling small bathroom lighting can include placing vanity lights around a mirror.

A Good Soak

The options for stylish tubs and showers are endless. If you have the space, consider installing a soaking tub. If you have only enough room for a traditionally sized bathtub, you can still enjoy a good soak by installing a tub with higher walls. This will allow you to soak more than just your knees when you want to take a relaxing bath.

While you are updating your tub, give your shower a face lift, too. Bathroom shower remodel ideas include increasing the amount of floor space in the shower, adding an extra shower head, installing smaller shower heads along the walls that pulsate water for a water massage or installing shower heads on the ceiling so you get the feeling of being in a warm, tropical rain forest. If you want to include a bathroom shower remodel with all the bells and whistles but are tight on space, think about getting a steam shower instead. A steam shower can incorporate the deep tub, pulsating body-massage water jets, a rainfall ceiling shower, handheld shower heads, lights, a steam sauna and storage for hygiene products all in one unit.

Go Green
One of the biggest trends in bathroom remodeling is the ability to incorporate environmentally friendly and money-saving practices. Ideas to make your bathroom green include installing a cork floor, which feels warmer on your feet than traditional tile floors, and installing a timer on floor heaters. Low-flow toilets and water-saving shower heads can also help lessen your water consumption and still give you the same results as their non-green counterparts. Save on electricity costs by using an on-demand water heater that heats water instantly instead of storing it in a big water heater.

These bathroom remodeling basics will last longer than the trends displayed in magazine articles. When you remodel your bathroom, you raise not only the value of your home, but the quality of the time you spend in that room.

~Flora Richards-Gustafson, 2010

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