Are you still waiting on that personal spa space that you’ve been dreaming of? Perhaps now is as good of a time as any. Remodeling bathrooms are in the top three best returns on your investment for home resale value according the National Association of Realtors. Additionally, the Cost vs. Value Report states that remodeling bathrooms can bring a 73% return on your investment. If you are still concerned about the cost, consider these budget oriented tips for getting you the most bang for your buck.
1. Paint! Painting your dated space can be the quickest and most dramatic project for your new bathroom space. Most painting jobs can be completed by the homeowner even if you have never done it before and can be completed in one day. If you have more wall space in your bath and are afraid of expensive tile designs, try decorative paint techniques like stripes or glazing. Techniques like these can be done by the do-it-yourselfer as well, but can require a little more diligence.
2. Let there be Light! The outdated lighting in most bathrooms not only produces poor lighting but can also produce poor mood and tremendously devalue an otherwise decent space. Soften your lighting and bring in the opulence. Nicer fixtures often only cost a few dollars more than the basic plain ones. The impact of grandeur that the perfect fixture can produce for your space can be well worth the extra dollars spent and can personalize your retreat room even more.
3. Throw out that old Mirror! Many budget bathroom remodels are a complete success and do well for changing their previously dated look, except for one thing. So many remodels are completed around an old standard frameless mirror. This can be the easiest fix and what better to show off your new stiped paint and crystal chandelier than looking at them again in the perfectly accessorized mirror. Choose a common theme for your style and look around. Mirrors range in price greatly, but a find can be had for far less than you might think if you compare. For a greater budget conscious find, don’t forget to look at second hand shops. Mirrors are cleanable and frames can be painted or stained if they aren’t perfect. If formality is needed in your space, try a Venetian mirror for a sophisticated impact.
These steps can evoke some theatrics to your existing stale bathroom and are simple tricks that decorators use to wow in show houses all the time. Accessories also make a big impact. Don’t forget about the little details in creating bathroom remodeling success like the perfect spa towels folded just like the pictures, some consistently colored soap dispensers, and a serene crystal vase with a simple white flower.
If you are thinking of a bigger overhaul and still worried about budget, consider a refinance. With refinance rates often well under 5% from companies like Prospect Mortgage, it may actually save you money to refinance your existing loan, take out some equity, and get the ultimate spa bath that you have been dreaming about for a long time. Broadening your budget offers a different 1,2,3, but can be just as simple of a process. Start with the basics, identify your theme, and get started now.