Fast and Easy Bathroom Upgrades You Can Totally Afford
Economical Ways to Improve Your Space
The bathroom is the most used and most neglected room in the house. But of all the spaces in your dwelling, it is by far the easiest to upgrade with a few neat tricks. We want to share these ideas with you and help you with your economical upgrade.
It’s time for an upgrade. And the first target on the agenda is your bathroom. And it doesn’t matter if you pick the master or a guest bathroom, changing a few things out, giving your bathroom a new life and vigor doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Actually, many of the bathroom items you want to upgrade are very easy on the wallet.
Why is it so much easier to upgrade a bathroom than any other space? Square footage. Bathroom units are often smaller, so there is less to do. If you want to knock out a wall and make it larger, that changes things, but for this particular situation, let’s say you leave it the same size it was before you decided to renovate.
Getting Your Plan Together
We are all busy people. And if you love to DIY, the last thing we need is a long-term project, especially in a high traffic space. So, to mainline the efficiency of upgrading your bathroom design, you need four things:
- A budget
- A shopping list
- A carefully constructed plan
- Essential tools like cordless drills, screw drivers, plumbing tools etc.
The budget is evident. You never want to be halfway through swapping out lighting or replacing a bathroom fan and realize you are officially out of liquid cash. Knowing your budget saves you from frustration and embarrassment if you have guests during the upgrade.
The budget will tie in with your shopping list. If you have a hard number, you can spend on this or that, it tempers you against overspending on luxury home upgrades that essentially negates all other areas you wish to change. For instance, buying a lovely faucet versus the one you budgeted for can mean you can’t afford that new shower upgrade.
The plan is your guide. It gives you an area, a conservative but doable timetable, and keeps you on point. If you are a planner and a stickler for staying on schedule, the plan is a wonderful tool. If you aren’t, it is a reminder of what is essential over the frivolous time-wasting activities, like watching that show again for the 5th time.
Your To-Do List
Here are some bathroom ideas from plumbing professional Ali Reynolds that you can do yourself, and you will be impressed by the results and respect a job well done:
- Bathroom Lights: You might be saying to yourself, “I’m not an electrician. I can’t do lighting.” You are correct. Anything involving electrical work or plumbing, unless you know you can do it safely, should only be handled by a professional. What you can do is pick out the type of lighting you wish to add to give the space a new glow.
- Bathroom Fixtures: The most frequent item people want to swap first and foremost is the fixtures, and a new shower head is easy to take care of with minimal effort or skill. An adjustable wrench, some Teflon tape, and it is easy on, easy off. The faucet on the sink is also a common switch point; although it takes a little more work, it is still reasonably priced.
- Bathroom Storage: Take a look under your bathroom sink. You know, inside the cabinet. What do you see? We imagine a pretty big collection of random bathroom items piled haphazardly on top of each other. This is an opportunity. A cluttered space clutters the mind. Get some baskets, some wall mounts like DIY towel rack, and get that space organized.
- Bathroom Furniture: Depending on the space, a small bench or even a table can liven up the room. But the most common bathroom furniture people incorporate into their need is over the toilet storage cabinet. We already covered storage, but this has the bonus of shelving as well. Great for books, select products, or even some lovely bathroom plants.
- Bathroom Accessories: When we say accessories, we mean features. What feature is easier or cheaper to add than little things like matching soap dispenser and toothbrush caddy. This is an easy way to put in a simple but useful item that will accent the space with your personality. So, go wild with it. A shower caddy is also a great addition.
The is a difference between your bathroom and a bathroom for you. Your bathroom is a bathroom in your house. It is a room with a purpose. But a bathroom for you is a space designed to make you feel better about the area. You are calmer, you enjoy taking long baths in it, and feel the draw to spend time in it. It seems odd, but don’t you want all your rooms to have this effect? Have you done any inexpensive, efficient renovations?
Archie was a builder for more than 40 years. Mainly after his retirement the enthusiastic electrical works in garden and writes for a blog Homemakerguide.com to keep himself occupied. His many years of experience can get you the right tool reviews whether it is a drill, welding machine or so. An impressive fact to note about him is that almost everything in his house is a representation of his skills made by his hands.