One of the most important rooms in your home in terms of functionality and facility is the humble but often overlooked bathroom. This section of the site covers this small but frequently occupied room in all its glory.
There are several aspects to this room including the several main functions such as bath, shower, toilet, wash basin, storage cabinets, lighting, decoration and flooring. As well as the accessories and other little extras that can transform it into somewhere special.
Bathroom Remodels Brighten a Home
Many homeowners often never realize the amount of traffic that their home's bathroom gets on a daily basis. I would venture to argue that it's the clear winner in the number of visits and uses per day.
If you home was built more than 10 years ago, it may be time to refresh that functional room and upgrade it. Many of the homes that I go into locally have never had their bathrooms updated or refurbed in the last 20 or more years.
Upgrading or remodeling a bathroom is a pretty easy project that most do-it-yourself'ers can take on or worst case, hire out inexpensively. In a short amount of time you can have a new bathroom that is not only more enjoyable to use, but increases the value and saleability of your home.
Depending upon your budget, this project can cost as little or as much as you like. Below are some of the basic projects that you should consider at a minimum:
- Repaint the room
This easy project can be accomplished by most home owners on a Saturday. Use a paint that is rated for bathroom and kitchen use to minimize any possibility of mildew or sweating paint.
- Replace the shower curtain
Use this in conjunction with the new paint job to change the entire look of the bathroom.
Easy, but more technical projects that will refresh your bathroom can include:
- Replace the toilet
Many older homes have toilets that are approaching 20 years old. Not only will you be upgrading to a nicer looking toilet, but it will save you money as newer toilets use 50-75% less water than units from 20 years ago.
- Replace the faucet, sink, and cabinet with a modern version
This is one of the first things that potential home buyers see when they are looking at your house.
Lastly, these projects are more extensive, but may be a necessity if the bathroom in your home is more than 20 years old:
- Replace the tile on the floor and around the shower/tub unit
While pink tile was all the rage in the 1950s, it is a large drawback to most buyers today. If you have a tub in this bathroom, have it resurfaced to a neutral white.
Again, pink tubs were desired at one point, but not now. This is an inexpensive procedure that can take less than 1 hour to dramatically change the look of the bathroom.
The next time you go into and use your bathroom, have a good look around. Be honest with yourself, has this room been neglected?
If it has, you know what you must do!
Additional Articles and Review Pages
It just so happens that below you're going to find a nice collection of helpful info articles on the subject of improving and beautifying a bathroom. So take a look around here because there might just be the golden nugget of information that can complete your own personal puzzle on how to make the best job on your own special small room.