Bathroom Updates that Don’t Require Remodeling

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The bathroom is an important part of the house. That’s an understatement! A fancy bathroom can make a house pop and make it feel like a home.

You can add great art, like Mason Jar Wall Art or classy framed pictures, but at some point you may need to make some substantial upgrades. Upgrading it not only helps the appearance of the space but gives an added level of comfort and relaxation.

The bathroom is where we get ready for the day, relax in the tub, and scrub off the grit and grime of a hard day at work.

Upgrading the bathroom takes time and effort, but when you are done it is well worth it. Let’s look at upgrades that make a huge difference without requiring remodeling. Knocking down walls or pulling out all the counters is a whole other conversation.

Tips for the Planning Phase of Your Upgrades

You will want to look at the cost of the items you are replacing or upgrading. The overall cost can include faucets, light fixtures, flooring, paint, etc.

Budget how much you can spend overall and then for each item. Decide how much you can afford and plan accordingly so you do not go over budget. I recommend shopping around to find the best deals. Sometimes this means looking for sales, price comparing on the internet, and even ordering online.

Look at how much value your upgrades will bring to your home. Plumbing experts say the cost versus value of upgrading your bathroom is roughly this:

    Estimated Cost       Approximate Value

$1000                       $800 – $1,300

$2000                       $1,600 – $2,600

$5,000                      $4,000 – $6,500

$7,500                      $6,000 – $9,100

$10,000                    $8,000 – $13,000

According to Consumer Reports, “Bathroom remodeling guide: Dos and don’ts”  one of the worst mistakes is not spending enough time in the planning process. They recommend spending “several weeks to a few months on the planning process.”

Now, if you’re anything like me, then you won’t really want to plan for that long! But I realized that part of the planning is the dreaming that goes along with it. That is a sort of planning after all.

Many of the upgrades in a bathroom are relatively inexpensive and easy to change. They can also be done piece by piece instead of remodeling the whole room at once. When you are upgrading your bathroom you should think about whether you are doing these upgrades to please you or to please future buyers.

If you are planning to stay in your home for quite a while you should create your bathroom to suit you and your style.

If you know you will be selling soon you should try to get the most bang for your buck and upgrade to please future homeowners.

Some Upgrades to Think About

  • Bathroom fixtures are the first step to give your space a new look. Faucets can be drab and boring, but they can also be fancy, quaint, country chic, or even modern and sleek.
  • Shower heads are another fixture you can upgrade. They make some fancy shower heads, like the rain shower heads. Money Crashers’ article, “8 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget”, suggests going “green with your upgrades” by getting water saving fixtures including faucets, toilets, and shower heads.
  • Drawer pulls, door handles, and shower curtain rods can also be replaced. Money Crashers suggests buying some of these items used. Places they recommend are Craigslist, eBay, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
  • Flooring can be a huge upgrade in bathrooms. If you bathroom has carpet, you can upgrade the floors to tile or a nice vinyl flooring. These will be durable and long lasting. If you already have tile floors, you can re-caulk and grout any dingy looking places to give your current tile a newer look.
  • Painting walls and cabinets is a wonderful and easy way to revitalize a space. Paint can bring a space together and give a pop of color. Painting can also remove odors from the room and I’ve experienced that first hand. I moved into an older home where smokers lived. I thought I’d never get the smell out, but it was in the walls and ceiling so a fresh coat of paint took care of it. Money Crashers recommend using a “high quality paint with a satin finish.” It will cut down on potential mildew growth, since bathrooms can be a damp place.
  • Replacing light fixtures can add brightness to the room and create ambiance. Consumer Reports says, “the goal is to bring different layers of illumination into the room.” The right kind of lights will not only help you to see in the entire room but will brighten the space so there are no shadows on the vanity or other areas you use regularly.

Giving your bathroom a facelift can be a daunting task, but with proper planning, budgeting it can be done. Paint, new fixtures, new flooring or refurbishing the old flooring, and new lighting can bring new life to a worn out space.

Photo Credit via Flickr Creative Commons: highfithome, Aqua Mechanical, Darren B, Craig K, Dennis S, Nate V.

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