by Elias Deukmajian | Bathroom Remodel
Remodeling your bathroom can be tricky. Small spaces and cramped layouts, are often combined with the inevitable and insatiable need for more storage space. That’s why it helps to go into any bathroom remodel with a game plan, clearly defined priorities, and a thoughtful budget. Getting creative with bathroom remodeling can not only save you a great deal of money, but it can cut the renovation time in half. There are a lot of things to consider when you decide to finally renovate the bathroom, and they should all involve how to maximize your space for your individual living conditions and needs. Here are some bathroom remodel tips and techniques that will thrill you and your family, leaving you with the bathroom you always dreamed of on a budget.
A Little Paint Goes a Long Way
You’d be surprised about the difference paint alone makes. Paint can brighten a bathroom space, making it feel a lot larger than it really is. Choosing paint colors that lighten up the room will help make your bathroom space more enjoyable to spend time in, and will give the illusion of an overall bigger bathroom. If you plan on keeping the color of any cabinetry or the flooring the same, consider choosing a color that will also work well with those materials. Paint is the cheapest, easiest way to update a room and increase value.
Don’t Move Things Around
One of the biggest expenses when undergoing a bathroom remodel is having to move plumbing around. It is usually in your best interest to keep the plumbing right where it is, unless it has to be moved for a specific reason. Working with existing plumbing keeps the overall remodel process much simpler. Working around plumbing can still leave you with a beautiful, new bathroom—you can make a bathroom work without uprooting the entire layout, especially if you don’t plan on living in the same house forever.
Update Existing Cabinetry
Depending on how well your existing cabinetry works in the space, you could be able to simply update what’s there. First, it’s important to assess whether or not the cabinetry will take up too much valuable space. You might be able to eliminate cabinetry and add upward shelving instead. This can increase the amount of space in small bathrooms where cabinets take up a majority of space. If you decide to keep the existing cabinets, you could refinish them, paint them, and/or change the hardware on them. Pretty soon, and for a really low dollar amount, your old cabinets look brand new, and have transformed the bathroom space. Furthermore, adding drawers and shelves inside non-functional cabinetry can greatly improve storage space and will save money in the long-run.
Consider Changing the Lighting
Small bathroom spaces can be made more unpleasant by inadequate or off-putting lighting. Bathrooms are the space we use to get ready to begin every day; spending this time everyday in lighting that brings out horrible skin tones, and reflects off of certain paint colors poorly can really dampen our day. Changing the lighting in your bathroom is a simple, easy way to add depth to the space, making it feel larger and overall much more functional. Work with an electrician to add more lighting if needed, as adding lighting might be a necessary expense in the long-run. You might even consider adding a ventilation system while you’re at it—and they’re usually pretty easy to install. You should consult with a professional building company to assess your options.
How We Can Help
Here at Kitchen Emporium, building and remodeling in the areas of San Fernando Valley, San Diego, San Marcos, and other Southern California locations, we have a wide range of experience with bathroom projects. We tailor our building and remodeling approach to our individual clients’ needs, and focus a great deal of attention on coming up with a remodel plan that specifically addresses those needs without sacrificing others. Affordability is of great importance to our clients, so we make it our mission to offer a lot of choices and options that all stay within your budget. If you are thinking about starting a bathroom remodel project, or need help executing a current project, contact us today. We look forward to helping the remodel process be less stressful and more productive.