A bathroom remodeling project can be immensely satisfying on a personal level. You are creating an oasis, your own retreat where you can go to relax, recharge, and escape from the world, at least momentarily. However, even if your head is in the clouds, dreaming of the perfect, spa-like bathroom, be sure to keep your feet on the ground. There are practical considerations that you also need to keep in mind as you plan your remodeling project.
First, you have to remember the purpose of the bathroom. Water is a necessary, ever-present component, and you need to ensure that the materials you choose can withstand not only day-to-day moisture but unexpected leaks and overflows.
Second, think about resale value. A good bathroom remodel can add to the value of your home. However, a remodeling job that’s either poorly done or too over-the-top for potential homebuyers can detract from the value.
Here are some tips to make your bathroom remodeling project satisfying and successful from both an aesthetic and practical viewpoint.
Work With the Layout
You can install new fixtures, like tubs, sinks, and toilets, but there’s very little, if anything, you can do about the existing layout. Those fixtures have to go where the plumbing is. A remodeling professional can help you realize your vision while working with your existing layout.
Choose Muted Colors
There are two reasons for this:
- Softer colors that lean toward the pastel palette are more soothing. You’ll find it’s more relaxing to soak in a hot tub at the end of a long day if your bathroom color palette is muted.
- Bold colors and/or busy designs in a bathroom are not likely to appeal to potential buyers, so having them in your bathroom could hurt your resale value.
The choice is up to you, of course, but muted colors in the bathroom make both practical and aesthetic sense.
Remember the Lighting
It is always important to keep sufficient lighting on the bathroom mirror. Both you and potential buyers will appreciate this.
A bathroom remodeling project can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, but a smart remodel by a professional offers you a good return on investment.