Hints on updating bathrooms
You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. A bath remodel with a national median cost of ,000 will recover about 58% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home.
You can afford that Italian tile you love if you can live with the total square footage you already have. If you miss the storage, replace a mirror with a deep medicine cabinet.
Keeping the same footprint, and locating new plumbing fixtures near existing plumbing pipes, saves demolition and reconstruction dollars. Multiple shower heads and radiant heat floors are fabulous adds to a bathroom remodel.
Four-bulb lighting fixtures work well for side lighting.
Today, shopping for bulbs means paying attention to lumens, the amount of light you get from a bulb — i.e., brightness.
Once work has begun — a process that averages two to three months — resist changing your mind. Some contractors include clauses in their contracts that specify premium prices for changing original plans.
If planning isn’t your strong suit, hire a designer.
Better models have whisper-quiet exhaust fans and humidity-controlled switches that activate when a sensor detects excess moisture in the air.
Related: Everything You Need to Know about Exhaust Fans Bathroom storage is a challenge: By the time you’ve installed the toilet, shower, and sink, there’s often little space left to store towels, toilet paper, and hair and body products.
Here are some ways to find storage in hidden places.