Bathroom Renovation Tips

Renovated traditional style bathroom.

A bathroom renovation is one of the best investments you can make in your home. A renovated bathroom will provide years of comfort and will increase your home’s resale value. A clean, updated bathroom is a huge selling point for homebuyers; if you are planning to sell your home. Professional realtors will tell you that bathroom upgrades usually provide a good return on your investment.

Here are some tips to consider if you are planning to renovate the bathrooms in your home:

  • Plan your bathroom renovation. Think about how much you want to spend and what realistic changes you can make in the space you have.
  • Try to work with your existing layout so you don’t need to move any of the plumbing in your bathroom.
  • Check with your local municipality to determine if there are building code requirements for your bathroom renovation and to see whether a building permit will be required. 
  • Plan for adequate “deck space”, which is the flat area around the sink when installing a new sink. Deck space is used to set down makeup, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other daily bathroom essentials.

Renovated modern bathroom.

  • Try the bathtub in the showroom before buying it; to make sure you find it comfortable.
  • Consider refinishing your bathtub to restore its color and finish; if it is only slightly worn out.
  • Choose a toilet for its practicality first and its appearance second. If your bathroom space is large enough consider installing an elongated toilet for more comfort.
  • Reduce the water consumption costs for your home by installing environmentally friendly water efficient toilets. Toilets account for aproximately 30% of an average family’s home water consumption.
  • Select a bathroom color scheme that matches the mood you want to create. Warm color schemes in the bathroom tend to create a warm and energetic mood, whereas cooler color schemes tend to create a soothing and relaxing mood.

  • Choose environmentally friendly low or non-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, which are also mold and mildew resistant when painting your bathroom.
  • Install radiant subfloor heating to help keep your bathroom warm, dry and comfortable.
  • Select ceramic, stone, or marble tiles for your bathroom flooring; they are durable and attractive choices for bathroom flooring.
  • Choose a bathroom countertop that is water resistance and easy to maintain. Consider a countertop made from marble, granite, slate, sandstone, glass, tile or laminate. These materials are durable and attractive.
  • Consider using environmentally friendly recycled floor tiles and countertops for your bathroom renovation.

Renovated modern luxury bathroom.

  • Select a mirror for your bathroom that is not wider than the width of your bathroom vanity. For a bathroom that will often be used by two people at the same time, two mirrors mounted over double sinks are more practical and stylish than a single oversized mirror.
  • Make sure there is at least one bathtub in your home. Homes without tubs will appeal to fewer buyers.
  • Consider using eco-friendly water efficient showerheads, and faucets.
  • Install faucets and showerheads that complement the design style of your bathroom. Porcelain-brass combos are typically traditional, while gooseneck and waterfall faucets look contemporary. Basic faucets even chrome-brass combinations, work nicely in neutral bathroom schemes.

Renovated traditional bathroom.

  • Provide adequate lighting over your sink mirror and install dimmers to allow for lighting variety. Proper lighting can greatly improve the look of your bathroom.
  • Select a combination of overhead lights and wall sconces to lighten up your bathroom and to prevent shadows.
  • Consider light fixtures that use LED bulbs.
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation and airflow in your bathroom to prevent moisture buildup, rot, and mold.

Follow these bathroom renovation tips and you will be able to plan a functional, stylish, and beautiful bathroom that meets your personal needs, reflects your own style, and adds value to your home.



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