Things to Consider When Remodeling a Bathroom

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Things to Consider When Remodeling a BathroomRefreshing the look of the bathrooms in your Chicago home is an easy way to improve its appearance and value. Old and dated bathrooms can be simple or complicated to redo, the route you choose will depend on several factors. Here are a few things you should consider before getting started on any remodeling project.

Often how much money you have to spend on renovations dictates what you can do. Completely gutting a bathroom, moving plumbing, and replacing all cabinets and fixtures can be prohibitively expensive. Luckily, some simple things can be done that can have a big impact on a bathrooms appearance. Rather than replacing a bathtub or sink, a cheaper option is to have it refinished. Bathtub refinishing in Chicago homes is a popular option and makes it look like you have a new tub at a fraction of the cost. Refinishing other surfaces, such as sinks and tile, also adds to the new look and reduces the time and disruption that occur with more extensive renovations.

Another inexpensive option is to repaint any walls. Older bathrooms are often covered in outdated wallpaper or unusual colors. Painting with solid, simple colors will give your bathroom a more modern look and comfortable atmosphere. Also, changing the hardware and faucet fixtures can greatly improve a bathrooms look without costing a lot of money. These are tasks that you can do yourself, saving the cost of contractors. 

Lighting can also have a huge impact on a bathroom. Usually bright lights that eliminate shadows on your face will help when placed around a mirror for applying makeup or shaving. Lower lighting may be more appropriate for other parts of the bathroom. Consider using multiple points for light sources, rather than one single lamp, when planning your lighting needs. Changing current light fixtures and adding hanging lamps is a simple task. However, if a new electrical connection is needed, you may want to consider hiring an electrician. It’s important to always follow appropriate safety procedures and local building codes. 

Finally, determine which tasks you can do yourself and which ones will require a contractor. For those tasks you will do, get all the materials in advance, that way you aren’t waiting with a non-functioning bathroom for a tile pattern that is on back-order. Carefully research a contractor before hiring them, talk to old customers whenever possible. Contractors that perform poor quality work can end up costing a significant amount of money in the long run.