Are you considering a bathroom update? According to the National Association of Realtors, an updated bathroom can result in a 71 percent return on the money invested.
When planning a project, remember the five Ps: Poor Planning Produces Poor Product.
To help select a direction for the space, walk around your house and look at the colors, patterns and styles that appeal to you most. Do you like florals or shabby chic? Vintage with antiques, or contemporary? Whatever style you select for the bathroom, make sure it fits with the overall design of the house.
When selecting colors, consider that small spaces often look best with neutral colors. Bold colors often work best in larger spaces and can make a dramatic statement. Painting is the least expensive and easiest way to freshen up a bathroom and give it new life.
Installing an additional window can add beauty and light. If that is not an option, consider replacing old light fixtures. You can also add can lights and switch to LED bulbs.
If you select a complete remodel, that could involve installation of a new bathtub and/or shower and vanity. Options include soaking tubs, large showers with hinged glass doors, body jets and ceiling-mounted rain shower heads. The vanity faucet or bathtub fixture could extend from the wall for a dramatic look. New vanities that offer vessel countertop sinks can add an element of art to the space. If a new vanity is outside the budget, upgrade the hardware on the one you have.
If the toilet is out in the open and seems to be on display, you might want to consider hiring a plumber to relocate it, or consider adding a half-wall to conceal it.
When replacing bathtubs, showers, toilets and vanities, it is best to choose neutral tones. That way if you decide to update the bathroom again later, you won’t break the bank with more replacements.
Storage is important in a bathroom. It’s best to keep personal items stored away. If there is a lack of storage space, consider adding an over-the-toilet cabinet or decorative baskets.
Don’t forget the floor. Travertine or ceramic tile is a timeless upgrade. If that is too expensive, add area rugs that fit your theme. Not only will they add a touch of elegance, they will help keep your feet warm.
And remember, if you want your bathroom to make an elegant statement, stay away from cutesy clutter. Add mirrors, towel bars, hand towel holders and perhaps a scented candle. Stay away from Aunt Mabel’s collection of pottery or Beanie Babies.
By Jeffrey C. Glover, licensed and insured general contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County and has lived in the Acworth community for the past 17 years.