Bathroom remodeling projects range in scope, and much depends on the current state as well as what the homeowner wants to achieve. If you have put this off, you can end the year on a high note by finally remodeling your bathroom. You may be surprised to learn just how much you can achieve even with limited time.
- Widening the door. Sometimes a wider bathroom door is simply a matter of aesthetics. In many cases, this is necessary to make accessibility possible for wheelchair-bound family members. Check the building codes and disability standards in your area before proceeding.
- Put in a new toilet. Many of the toilets being manufactured today have attractive designs in addition to useful features. Look for a model that uses less water, and ask about the features available. No touch flushing, warm seats, and more powerful flushes are some of the selling points of these products.
- Rethink the lighting. A single light source in the bathroom may not be doing the space justice. Task lighting should be installed for the vanity to make grooming easier, and you can consider a lighted mirror as well. LED bath bars can help to improve lighting in this space, and they can be installed vertically or horizontally depending on the size of the bathroom. Since many people use their bathrooms for relaxation, a dimmer switch would be another good addition.
- Choose a new color. If you are going to remodel the bathroom, you should make updating the color a priority. Selecting the right color for the bathroom is not always easy, since there are so many different elements to tie together. Beige and other neutral tones can make things simpler. Blues, greens and black and white combinations also deserve consideration.
- Selecting tiles. Generally it is best to use no more than three tiles in a bathroom, regardless of size. Choose one main tile that will stand out, and the other one or two should be less elaborate. Tiles for the bathroom floor should have a non-slip texture. Some types, like natural stone, require more maintenance, so keep this in mind when making a selection.
Finishing touches like freshening the grout and caulk should be among your plans for the bathroom. Old bathtubs do not always have to be replaced, so explore the option of refinishing to save money.