Bathroom Results You’ll Love: Bathroom Remodeling Tips

bathroomwhiteWhen it comes to remodeling your bathroom it’s important to remember that it’s one of the main rooms in your home.  So besides looking stylish, you want to make sure that it functions just the way you need it to.  Do you just need the basics?  Or do you crave a spa-like bathroom that you can retreat to at the end of a long, crazy day?


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By considering these 5 bathroom remodeling tips, you’ll be on your way to the bathroom of your dreams…one that’s not only beautiful, but functional.

1.  Dream big…then get real


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Make a list of everything you want in your bathroom remodeling.  Think about how you like to shower.  Do you dream of a handheld or a rain shower head?  What finish do you like on the fixtures?  After you’ve made your Dream List, take another sheet of paper and make a list of exactly what you know you need to make it better but not break the bank.  Somewhere in the middle will be your reality.  But if you don’t make these lists, you’ll never know.

2.  Make a plan…and stick to the plan


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Changing your mind about the products you use in your bathroom can get expensive, especially if you’re moving things around.  Most showrooms will not let you return product.  And if they do, there will be a restocking fee.  And your contractor will also bill you for any changes that aren’t written in the contract.  So that means…If you’re turning a tub into a shower, don’t change your mind and decide to put the toilet there instead!

3.  Keep price in mind


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Your bathroom will have a lot of materials to make it complete.  When you work with your designer, she’ll be able to help you decide where to save money and where to splurge depending on what you value most.  Do you want the full-out showering experience?  Then multiple jets, and two shower heads might be the way for you.  One thing I’ve learned is that bathrooms are very labor intensive.  When planning your budget consider that labor might cost twice as much as your materials.

4.  Find the right contractor/installer


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As I mentioned in tip #3, bathrooms are labor intensive.  So it’s really important to hire a contractor and/or installer who knows what they’re doing.  And it’s even more important to tell them EXACTLY what you want.  They can’t read your mind, and if you’re not specific, you’ll get their vision for your bathroom.  Make a list of questions to ask when you interview them.  And, in fairness to all, make sure you ask the same question to every contractor you’re interviewing.  This way they can all be bidding on the same project concept and you’ll have a more accurate bid.

5.  The right designer can make all the difference


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Your dream bathroom is going to be your personal retreat.  It’s a space to relax at the end of a tiring day.  And it’s a space that requires a lot of decisions. Did you know that bathrooms are the number one room for falls to occur?  A designer always takes that into consideration when designing your space.   Turning a drab, funky bathroom and turn it into something magical is what a designer does best.  From adding more organized storage, to creating that WOW focal point, your designer will take your needs and wants, and turn them into a dream bathroom just for you.


5 Quick and Easy Changes To Bring Fall Into Your Bathroom


Bath AccessoriesBath Decor   Vacation travel is so relaxing, and we spend our time doing things we might not make the time for at home.  One of those indulgences is having a spa day filled with a massage, a facial, and a soak in the hot tub.  Another might be as simple as luxuriating in a nice warm bath in your hotel room complete with candles, wine, and a good book.

Wouldn’t you love to recreate those experiences again and again in your own bathroom?  Well, get the music ready, because you can!  And it doesn’t need to cost a lot or take hours to pull together.
When seasons change it’s so nice to take a fresh look at our surroundings and discover how small things can make a big difference in the way a space feels.  For Fall, warm and cozy is the way to go!
  • Towels – Lucious, thick towels in colors of fall.  (think pumpkins, bayberry, leaves)
  • Candles – Make sure that you add lots of candles in varying shapes and sizes for the best impact.  And don’t forget unusual candle holders and plates.  Search your cabinets.  You propably have just the right thing.
  • Accessorize – Try a large basket on the floor to fill with rolled towels in your new fall colors.  Use clear or colorful containers to store cotton balls, soaps, etc.  Maybe these could be hand made pottery pieces.
  • Paint – Freshen the room with a new paint color or two.  Selecting colors from the warm end of the color wheel will add to the cozy atmosphere.  Think about painting the ceiling to add to the effect.  I often have the paint store take a color that I like and cut it in half for the ceiling to add some contrast.
  • Rugs – Freshen up your floor by exchanging those solid, colorful rugs of summer with something darker.  Maybe an oriental style rug or one with a tribal style.
This list should get you started on the way to a beautiful new look for your “spa” bathroom. Your Assignment: See how many of these tips you can use to create your very our retreat & upload your soothing autumn bath pictures here: ALI On Facebook