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"Bathroom Remodeling"

by Jennifer Weldon

Remodeling your bathroom will not only give you a sanctuary to retreat to, it will be a wise investment in your home. Money spent on bathroom renovations is usually recouped when you sell your house. So you can start planning your bathroom remodeling project with a sense of ease. Before beginning any remodeling project, you should thoroughly plan out the entire project, from what you are doing, how you are doing it, and who is doing it. A professional contractor is a great resource to bounce ideas off of, get tips on the latest products, and oversee the entire project. When planning your bathroom renovation, here are some ideas to consider:

Change out Fixtures

Chances are, your current bathroom fixtures are years old. They may be dingy and tired looking and just plain out of date. New styles and finishes will give your bathroom a facelift. You can upgrade your old tub with a new jetted tub. Old shower stalls can be replaced with floor to ceiling tiled walk-in showers. There are many new toilet designs featuring different heights for more comfort. In most cases, you will have to utilize the same space when renovating your bathroom, but a better designed space can make the bathroom feel larger.

Go Green

It is easy to incorporate green features into your bathroom remodeling project. Plumbing fixtures now come in low-flow models to conserve water. There are also double flush toilets that use less water than old models. When choosing new lighting fixtures look for LED and CFL options that will use less wattage. You may also consider enlarging any windows or adding skylights in the ceiling to take advantage of natural light. Some of these eco-friendly upgrades will cost you more initially; however, the energy costs you save over time will pay for themselves. Plus you will feel good knowing you are helping the environment.

Luxury is in the Details

When you are remodeling your bathroom, you will want to add special touches to the room to create the luxurious haven you crave. In-floor radiant heating systems can be installed underneath your tile floor. By setting a timer, you can be sure to wake up every morning to a toasty floor beneath your feet. Your towel racks can also be equipped with warming units so you can enjoy fresh, warm towels when emerging from your shower. Defogging systems on mirrors clear your mirrors for you. There are a range of innovative products on the market these days. A professional contractor can help you sort out what is important to you and how to incorporate it into your bathroom renovation.

Storage Space

It is likely that one of the reasons you are remodeling your bathroom is that you feel cramped and don't have enough room to store what you need to inside the bathroom. In addition to laying out the new design to take advantage of the space you have, you will also want to consider these storage needs up front. In lieu of a knee space at your vanity, you may prefer drawer or cabinet space. Extra shelving or cabinetry can be added to accommodate your needs. There may even be room to install a small linen closet if you do not already have one in your current bathroom.

Professional Help

With so many options and choices to consider, you should seek the help of a professional contractor to help guide you through your bathroom remodeling project. They will apprise you of the newest trends and styles in the market. They will also be invaluable in scheduling and organizing your project. Their relationships with subcontractors such as plumbers, electricians, cabinet and tile installers, and more will ensure you receive the highest quality work at the best price.