Bathroom remodeling projects are some of the most popular home improvement projects in the United States. A freshly updated bathroom is inviting to both the house’s residents and its guests. We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so it makes sense that giving these important rooms a makeover is so popular. And, bathroom remodeling projects tend to add value to our homes. Studies of home sales suggest that bathroom remodeling can recover up to 85% of the costs associated with the project when the home is sold.
Not every remodeling project has to be a complex, multi-week affair. Here are some quick updates that add beauty and function to our bathrooms.
Paint and Trim
Nothing adds bang for the buck like a fresh coat of paint. With paint, we can change the color of the room completely, add accents, or simply freshen up tired wall coverings. Choose colors that bring a sense of peace and tranquility, or spice things up with hot colors that add excitement and energy to the room. Even the largest bathroom will cost only a few hundred dollars at most to repaint, even if you hire a professional to do the work for you.
Painting cabinets and trim in the bathroom is another quick project that will really go a long way toward sprucing things up.
The flooring is perhaps the most important part of a bathroom remodeling project. Here is no place to skimp. You’ll want a water-resistant floor material and one that doesn’t require expense sealing or cleaning to look its best. Tiles over waterproof cement backerboard are some of the most popular finishes. Be sure the floor is level and the backerboard is secured before tiling and grouting. Vinyl or engineered materials are other great choices and tend to be more wallet-friendly than tiles.
In older bathrooms, the lighting tends to leave a lot to be desired. Pay careful attention to the fixtures you choose to add to your remodeling project. Sconces to either side of bathroom mirrors add brightness, while recessed or track task lighting can give you enough light for your daily routines. Don’t forget to add lights to the shower enclosure or over the tub, two areas that are traditionally dim in older, outdated bathrooms.
For even more drama, consider adding lighting to the interior of bathroom cabinets. This helps bathroom users find what they are looking for more easily and is a custom touch that is sure to thrill homeowners and guests alike.