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A guide to bathroom remodeling

There’s a reason many Hollywood actors keep their awards in their bathrooms: all of your guests will be visiting that room at some point, so why not put the trophies where everyone will see them? But even if you haven’t won any Academy Awards, your guests will still visit your bathroom. A bathroom remodel done right can impress your guests and increase the value of your home.

Bathroom remodeling can be as simple as new paint and fixtures, or it can be a total renovation and expansion. If you want to get started with bathroom remodeling, the first thing you should do is evaluate your current bathroom.

Think about these questions to make sure you get the most out of your project:

How many people will use the bathroom?

If a family shares a bathroom, it may be a good idea to have a separate toilet and shower area so someone can take a shower while someone else uses the mirror and vanity.

What is the current state of the bathroom?

Attacking dirty tiles with bleach or an industrial tile cleaning solution, polishing fixtures and adding brighter lights can bring the shine back to your bathroom and cost less than a renovation. But if the bathroom is outdated, falling apart, or just plain boring, consider more extensive changes.

How much money do you have for renewal?

Before you begin, think about how much money you can realistically afford. No remodeling project should put you in debt. Once you have a budget, take a trip to your local hardware store to check prices. Shop around and start looking for deals before you start your renovation project. You don’t need to buy everything at once; you can easily wait for store sales to buy the tools you need and store them.

How much work can one do alone?

If this is your first remodeling project, take it easy. You will need to use this room, so make sure you don’t get in trouble. If your bathroom needs new wiring, plumbing, or even tile, don’t be afraid to ask for professional help. Just be sure to factor it into your budget.

How much space do you have?

If you can knock down walls, be sure to plan ahead. Pocket doors and a shower, not a tub, are easy ways to conserve space.

How long will you use the bathroom?

If you’re remodeling to help sell your home, or could sell it soon, it may be best to stick to simple, conservative changes. Make things work and look clean, but don’t add the hot tub of your dreams.

These questions address some of the most basic points of bathroom remodeling. Plan ahead, make a budget, keep an eye out for deals, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember, bathroom modeling should be fun and the results are all for your enjoyment. Get the most out of it.

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