Whether they’re replacing outdated appliances or simply livening things up, there’s no doubt that homeowners love to remodel their bathrooms.
According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodeling is the most requested job in the United States and accounts for 78 percent of renovations, so bathroom remodelers are kept pretty busy.
When broken down further, the numbers tell the tale of what’s being renovated as 90 percent of homeowners are changing the style of their master bathroom during an upgrade and 87 percent of homeowners renovating their bathrooms are updating their shower. Furthermore, more than four out of five homeowners are replacing major bathroom features such as flooring, countertops, sinks and showers.
Whether you’re putting in a new shower, replacing a faulty sink, putting up new wallpaper or putting new flooring in a bathroom, there are plenty of DIY tips that come in handy when undertaking bathroom upgrades.
- Have A Plan: Whether you’re planning on remodeling a bathroom yourself or hiring a professional, having a plan is essential. That way you know exactly what your goals are and you can communicate them to professional bathroom remodelers if they’re the ones undertaking the project.
- Don’t Mess With Plumbing: Replacing toilets or bathtubs in your bathroom isn’t easy, but you can save some money during remodeling by using existing plumbing. According to Home Advisor, the average cost of shower/tub installation and walls can range from $400-600 plus extra if there are any complications. Home Advisor also estimates the average toilet replacement costs around $350 or less, but complications could crank up those costs by several hundred dollars. Simply put, leave plumbing where it is and save money where you can.
- Spruce Up The Mirrors: Mirrors can add character to a room, but keep in mind what they might reflect. Hanging a mirror in the right spot can visually expand a space and can also make a statement in a small space. A framed, full-length mirror for example can add a certain something to that room. Don’t be afraid to spruce up a mirror with a colorful frame to add character to your bathroom.
- Take 10 On The Toilet: It’s already been established that replacing a toilet costs money. Rather than having bathroom remodelers replace your latrine straight up, take a minute to reconsider that decision. You can save money by replacing the lid and the toilet seat, giving your commode a fresh look while still retaining use of your existing toilet.
- Invest in furniture: Furniture is usually the third most expensive thing a person will ever buy after a house and a car. With so much cost associated with furniture, it pays to invest in good, quality pieces. No one is suggesting you need to invest thousands of dollars into bathroom furniture, a few well-placed pieces can hide plumbing fixtures and add a little something more to the bathroom.
- Say Ta Ta To Tile: Tile and bathrooms seem to go hand in hand, but there are plenty of alternatives to consider. Rather than defaulting to tile, try putting in wood paneling or tile-looking replacements. Some of these alternatives might require a bit more maintenance, but they can give your bathroom a fresh vibe instead of using plain tile.
- Add Shelves: Instead of feeling closed in and cramped by clutter, shelves take up less space and can showcase your bathroom rather than making it look like a storage closet. Using some sort of shelving can open up your bathroom and take away the stress of clutter. Use store towels and easily store different toiletries and other bathroom essentials such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
Whether you use bathroom remodelers or tackle your bathroom as a DIY project, there are many ways to do a bathroom remodel and many benefits you’ll reap afterwards. Not only will your bathroom look brand new, but it offers a major return on investment as bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4 percent ROI.