Bathroom improvement can easily add to the value of your home and provide among the best returns on investment. However, most bath remodeling projects are very costly. The good news is that they don’t have to be. You can deliver a big face-lift for your bath on a cheap remodeling budget with careful selection of products and projects.
Here are five tricks for great looks, safety and water savings on a budget:
Add safety with grab bars: Incorporate the universal design basic of grab bars installed in showers, around tubs and adjacent to toilets. For optimum strength and safety, they should be 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches in diameter and mounted a comfortable distance from the wall (usually 1 ½ inches from the wall; as a distance test, you should be able to fit your fist between the grab bar and the wall). Select grab bars that attach to the wall at both ends for horizontal or vertical mounting, or choose hinged styles that attach to the wall at one end and rest against it when not in use. You can also shop such specially detailed collections as those from Moen to flawlessly coordinate with other fixtures in the room.
- Bring in a bench for the tub or shower: Yet another welcome safety accessory for your cheap bath remodeling project is a bench for smooth entry to and exit from a tub and stable seating in a shower. In addition to many varieties of adjustable benches and seats, there are folding models and wall-mounted collapsible seats that are simple to install.
- Let there be light: Generous lighting is a must in a bathroom for countertop tasks, illumination around mirrors and overall safety. If your present fixtures allow for more wattage than you’re currently using, amp things up with the next level in light bulbs. Also look into replacing older fixtures to brighten the room with a new look as well as better lighting.
- Be generous with water savings: Install a WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucet or faucet accessories, and you can save more than 500 gallons each year without a detectable change to your daily routine. High efficiency showerheads are also hitting the market, and are worth adding to your shopping list when you consider that showering represents about 17 percent of indoor water use. Water saving faucets can be a cheap addition to your remodeling project.
- Furnish with fun finds: One of the current trends in bathroom design is furniture, whether in the styling of fixtures and storage or overall accessorizing of a room. Flea market finds such as small chairs, carts and stands are cheap and can be refurbished and repurposed to add flair to your newly remodeled space, and you!