Bathroom Renovations & Additions That Are Worth The Money

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Hi my lovely peeps!

Today I have a special guest coming in to talk all about Bathroom reno's and what to spend your money on and what not. Because we all know that Bathroom & Kitchens can take the most and we can spend money on things we don't need, rather then what we do. Well Catherine is here to tell us it all, so I'll turn it over to her!

Bathroom Renovations and Additions That Are Worth the Money

One of the most difficult things when it comes to renovation is making it fit within the designated budget. Sure, you may have the idea of what you want and where you want it, but sometimes you a) won’t be able to afford it or B) will realize that it’s not worth the price.

Furthermore, you need to think about the reasons why you are going through with this remodel in the first place. When, let’s say, one of your bathroom elements breaks down, you can use the opportunity to update your entire bathroom. In other situations, you will try to make your bathroom more beautiful or more efficient. Finally, you may intend to sell the house in the near future and improving your bathroom may seem like a great way to boost the resale value of the entire home.

Be that as it may, here are several bathroom renovations and additions that are more than worth it, regardless of what you have in mind. In order to make things easier, we are going to proceed step by step.

Wall tiles

The first thing we need to address here is the issue of tiles, which can be installed both on walls, as well as floors (something we will discuss a bit later). As a wall addition, tiles are usually installed on the parts of the wall that can easily get wet such as around bathtubs, or as accent surrounding the faucet. The reasons behind this move boosting the overall value of the bathroom are both aesthetic and practical. First of all, the right choice of tiles can make your bathroom look completely majestic but it also makes your life much easier maintenance-wise. While this is usually best left to professionals, you can make this project more affordable by learning how to DIY.

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Next issue that needs to be addressed is the one regarding the choice of the bathroom floor. Keep in mind that different solutions cost differently. For instance, marble can cost you around $16 per square foot, whereas going with ceramic tiles usually costs ten times less ($1 to $1.6). Still, there is one more thing to consider here - while marble is a more expensive material, it requires professional installation, which makes it even more expensive. Your other options here are linoleum, porcelain and wood, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

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Make sure to accessorize

Bathroom without accessories is just dull and boring. It will need a few pieces to elevate its spirits and make it utterly yours and mesmerizing. So, focus on small things that can make this better. You can easily place a small table next to the bath and always keep a vase with fresh flowers on it. Also, you can invest in small decorative baskets and display your scented candles and soaps. To make things even more interesting, you can research your options on acquiring custom mirrors and making them work for your fresh new bathroom.

Bath or shower

The question of bath versus shower is centuries old and is definitely not the one that is easy to give an answer to. The shower is usually favored by those who are trying to save room in their bathroom and value functionality and expediency above all else. On the other hand, a bath is an obvious choice for those who put leisure first. If we had to choose, however, considering both personal and resale value in mind, we would probably have to go with baths.

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Toilets and sinks

Since we got those three issues out of the way, it is only logical to proceed with other important bathroom elements: the toilet and the sink. It would be wise to go for the low-flow ones. Still, this choice mostly depends on the question of whether you intend to boost the sale value of your home or reduce the cost of utilities. Be that as it may, these low-flow elements can reduce your bathroom’s water consumption by the astounding 40 percent.

Plumbing and electrical

Next thing on the list that we need to pay attention to is the question of plumbing. While this can be a hefty investment, it is something you will have to deal with eventually and now might be the perfect

time for it. Same goes for any intended electrical work, such as installing new switches, outlets and lighting fixtures. Light is especially important here, seeing how it can make or break the entire look of your bathroom. So, you should aim for quality fixtures and your bathroom will look mesmerizing.

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One last thing is the question of towel racks and cabinets. An average price of a towel rack rarely exceeds several dollars, unless, of course, we’re talking about a designer item. In this case, it can cost as much as several hundred dollars. As for the cabinets, you need to keep in mind that the bathroom air is usually very humid and heavy, which is why you need something resilient and durable. Some even suggest making this into a DIY project and trying to restore some of your old furniture pieces to fit this role. This being said, shabby chic is definitely back. Besides cabinets, you can easily rely on other storage solutions. If you are in need for some extra storage that will uplift your design you can easily rely on bathroom vanities and their sleek lines or interesting colors.

As you can see, renovating your bathroom can be a difficult process. Still, this is not something you are expected to do every day. Seeing how it is one of the first places any potential buyer will visit upon their inspection, it is a priority for all those who intend to sell their place in the future. Either way you look at it, investing yourself into this bathroom renovation is worth the effort.

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Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

Thank you Catherine for joining us today and giving us such a great insight on Bathroom reno's and what to spend the extra budget on and what maybe we should rethink.

Its so important we make the best choices for our season of life at that moment and maybe even for the future.

Have you done a renovation? Do you have any tips?