Savvy Space Saving Ideas

Even a small bathroom can require costly materials for a complete overhaul. But this project doesn’t have to break the bank. We recently remodeled a bathroom for about $2600, plus what we paid a plumber to move some water lines. Here’s what we learned that could help you with your renovations.

Updating your sink’s hardware or other bathroom fixtures — such as the tub handles, control knobs or shower head — is a great way to give your bathroom a newer look without spending a lot of money on a total remodel. Several finishes are available for sink faucet fixtures and other bathroom fixtures, including chrome, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, steel and brass. You should choose styles and finish carefully because of the strong impact faucets make to overall decor.

Between two main bedrooms is a stairwell the ceiling part of which is blocked with a false slopping ceiling. Seeing an opportunity for reclaimed wasted space I checked in the loft to see whether the bedroom walls either side of the stairwell was loadbearing e.g. whether the loft rafters ran parallel with the walls or across them. As it happened these walls are not loadbearing and therefore no worries about additional structural supports in knocking part of these walls down.

Unless you are creating a period wall full of dado-to-frieze pictures, wall décor should generally be hung so that the middle of the picture (or grouping) is at eye level (from either a standing or sitting position, depending on where it will be viewed from) or a little (2 to 3 inches) lower than eye level, with spacing between pictures fairly equal or visually balanced.

For most bathroom remodeling projects, you can typically expect to pay about 10 percent or more of the total value of the project as a deposit. Never pay more than a third of the total cost of the project of the down payment, and never pay in cash. Be aware that especially in bathroom remodeling, contractors will frequently find hidden problems. Adding an additional 10 to 20 percent to your overall remodeling budget can help reduce the strain of these types of problems.

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