Bathroom Remodeling Orange County9 Tips for a Better Bathroom
1. Professional VS. DIY
Do-It-Yourself is #trending right now, whether you like it or not. Doing little projects yourself can be a cool way to put your own special flare on something and minimize costs. There are tons of bathroom remodeling DIY projects that you and maybe a few friends can do, but it’s important to know what you can do yourself, and when you should call a professional. For instance, if you are not a plumber, stay away from major bathroom plumbing projects when it comes to bathroom remodeling Orange County. It may seem like the cheaper option, but could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. Stick to fun bathroom design projects like painting, art, caulking, and shelf hanging. Those are all great and fun ways to save on bathroom renovations.
2. Budget Effectively
Before you start any project, it’s important to set your monetary boundaries. You’ll be surprised with how much you can do with a little. Once you have a realistic number in your head, decide what your “must haves” are and go from there? Do you desperately need a new toilet? Are you thinking that you want some new countertop that might be a little bit pricey? Make your choices. Another way to save money is to shop online! There are so many great deals online that aren’t always in store. (Be sure you check shipping prices and make sure it’s worth it.) If you have a tight budget, consider refinishing instead of replacing. Refinishing items like your shower, sink, tile, and bathtub can cost as little as 10 percent of a replacement. Last but not least, if you really want to keep your costs down, don’t move your plumbing. Leave your toilet, sink, and tub exactly where they are. Besides, there are plenty of other ways to make an awesome bathroom!
3. Make Sure You Have Everything
Special parts and larger items can take a while to come in during the beginning of bathroom remodeling Orange County. Before you start your bathroom remodel, make sure that it has all arrived. This way, your bathroom will be finished as quickly and as effectively as possible. You don’t want to start the faucet replacement process to realize halfway through that you’re missing a few plumbing nuts and bolts.
4. Save Energy
Going green is not only trendy and great for the environment but it is a great way to cut down on costs. Buying eco-friendly lights and other supplies is a great way to lower bills and cut down on waste. Maybe choosing painting a cabinet instead of throwing it away – there’s an easy way to contribute to a better earth. See…this bathroom model is shaping up to help everyone. (Tell that to your spouse if they are on the fence about the remodel.)
Choosing your style and décor for your bathroom remodel is the most fun. Get creative and look for inspiration in magazines and websites like Pinterest and Houzz. Don’t be afraid to make some risky and bold choices or combine different inspirations to create your own unique style! Tile! Color! Curtain! Storage! There are so many decisions to be made!
6. Shower Hacks
Nothing beats taking the perfect shower. One cool feature to considering adding to your bathroom remodel is built in shower storage so that you can do away with those cheap and unsightly, plastic shower units. Getting a curved shower rod are fairly inexpensive and can actually add a surprising amount of space to your shower.
There is nothing worse than doing your makeup in a poorly lit bathroom. (If you’re a guy, ask your wife, sister, or mother…it’s the worst.) Putting sconce lighting at the vanity is a great way to even out the lighting on your face and if you install it at eye level, it will help to get rid of those pesky shadows. Adding more lighting to a bathroom can actually make it seem more spacious than it actually is.
One aspect of bathroom remodeling Orange County that people often forget about is ventilation. While it may not be the most fun topic to think about when redesigning your bathroom, it is one of the most important. Moisture is the absolute worst when it comes to bathrooms because they cause mold and mildew, which can be hazardous to your health and costly to remove. When budgeting for your bathroom remodel, be sure to install a vent fan of appropriate CFMs for the square footage of your bathroom.
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