Bathroom renovations can seem uninspiring or boring if you have the typical 8 x 5 foot space. You may be under the assumption that there really isn’t much you can do with an area that size. After all, the only room you have is for a single sink, toilet, and a shower or some form of shower-bathtub combination. However, what if we told you that there were ways, using just a little bit of creativity and inspiration, that you too could transform your boring bathroom into a fun, fresh new space.
First, before we get into the design ideas. One thing that is important to keep in mind is that you made need to do a few upgrades to the “skeleton” of the bathroom before you can get into the new design of your bathroom. For instance, homes that were built between 1940 and 1950 have definitely seen their time. In fact, some contractors have said that about 95% of the time when you’ve gutted your bathroom, you will see dry rot and termite-infested wood. Which are issues you’ll want to fix before moving forward. Because after all, putting new tiles down won’t fix what’s going on inside the walls. So, if you have an older home make sure that you include these types of costs into your budget before you get started.
Once the structure of your bathroom is taking care of, now you can shift your focus to the cosmetics of the bathroom. Typically, bathroom renovations can get expensive. But, there are things that you can do to save yourself money while drastically improving its look. For instance, do your best to keep plumbing in place. If you can keep plumbing in place, this can literally save you thousands of dollars that can otherwise be spent elsewhere. Another way you can save money is by either painting the walls or adding something such as a faux Brick Wall.
Painting can drastically reduce your costs when upgrading the look of your walls. However, this may not give you the exact look that you are going for. If you’re trying to go for more sophisticated or intricate feel, yet still want to save money. Faux stone panels could be a viable option. Faux stone panels cost significantly less than using real stone, but they give you the exact same look of the real thing. Plus, if you use faux stone panels you do not have to worry about certain issues such as water damage, from the humidity that naturally occurs in a bathroom. Which, can help increase the life of your brand-new walls.
Another big money saver is to keep your porcelain toilet bowl, and instead just replace the lid. This can save you quite a bit of money, while still improving upon the look and feel of your bathroom. If you’re worried about rust stains or line build up in your toilet there are several products out there that can help strip this away and give your toilet a brand-new, fresh out of the store look.
Areas that you may find you want to splurge o, are a new sink and/or bathtub. These are probably the best areas to spend your money to really help give your bathroom the look that you want. Plus, since you saved money by cutting costs in other areas. You have more money to spend on getting exactly what you want.
Renovating a small bathroom does not have to be boring, or expense. In fact, it can be an exciting adventure that helps you transform an old dusty bathroom into something you’d be proud to show your guests.