Bathroom Remodeling and Creative Home Improvement

Danielle Bonk
More and more home owners are opting for bathroom remodeling, attempting to add value to their homes. Many of the home improvement television shows recommend bathroom remodeling as one of the most guaranteed ways to add thousands of dollars to the selling price of a home. Besides the obvious financial gain, the benefits of a remodeled bathroom are, of course, the almost limitless artistic designs and creature comforts that come with it. With so many choices out there, bathrooms can now find a balance between form and function.

As with any home improvement project, one must always begin with a plan that includes a budget. Typing in the phrase “bathroom remodeling” into any search engine is guaranteed to drum up dozens of professional renovation companies, home remodeling contractors, detailed photos, and do-it-yourself sites. This can get overwhelming. After assessing the many options, selecting a specific course of action can narrow down the search, making the process a little less daunting and a lot more enjoyable.


Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities are a staple of any style bathroom. They can range in price from the low hundreds to the high thousands, depending on the material chosen and one’s budget. Many times the mirror will be sold separately. Bathroom vanities can be stand-alone or attached counter spaces. The style, material, and color should depend on the desired feel of the room. For instance, if the bathroom is small, a granite top with a small pattern or solid light color can make the room look larger. Choose hues that belong to the same family to create a relaxing environment, or choose colors adjacent to the main room color to create drama.

There are several possible bathroom designs and vanity styles to choose from, the main two being traditional and contemporary. A traditional bathroom vanity can have many different “looks,” and some can even resemble family heirlooms. Contemporary pieces are less “homely,” usually opting for bold, solid colors, and tend to be more costly than traditional bathroom vanities.

Bathroom Cabinets

Replacing or updating the bathroom cabinets is an essential part of bathroom remodeling. Bathroom cabinets, usually an extension of bathroom vanities, come in a variety of styles and materials. Solid hardwood vanities are generally pricier and require a laminate of matching texture and color. An alternative is medium density fiberboard (MDF), which is a composite made of scrap wood and resin. MDF is a popular material for bathrooms because it doesn’t warp in harsh, humid conditions. Glass, usually accompanied by chrome accents, is also used for bathroom vanities and will give the room a contemporary feel. It also tends to be more expensive.

Bathroom Sinks

Traditional sinks are generally oval or bowl shaped, and made of porcelain. Porcelain sinks are the most practical material because of their durability. Other sink styles can be different shapes, like square, and can be made of glass or pottery. These types are more suitable for modern bathrooms. Overall, there are two basic sink styles: vanity and pedestal. Vanity bathroom sinks sit in an existing vanity unit and the piping is not seen. Pedestal sinks attach to the wall and the piping is exposed. Pedestal style sinks are ideal for smaller bathrooms since they don’t take up much space.

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is an important and often overlooked part of bathroom remodeling. Yet much of the ambiance of a room comes from strategically placed light fixtures of the proper intensity. There are generally two categories of bathroom lighting: task lighting and ambient or general lighting. Task lighting is practically placed in the room—usually close to the sink—and sufficient for smaller bathrooms. Ambient and general lighting are additional accent lights used for illuminating dark corners of larger bathrooms.

No matter what aspects are renovated in a bathroom remodeling project, the outcome will undoubtedly increase the value of one’s home and add style and flare to an otherwise lackluster room.


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