From Margaret on November 3rd, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel
A bathroom remodel is one of the best improvements you can make in your home or apartment.
This remodel gets you one of the highest returns on investment of any home project—over 70 percent, which means that if you sold your house within the next year, you could be getting seven cents to the dollar on what you put into it. Not to mention that great improvements increase the value of your home. And add beauty and functionality in the meantime—for you.
A small bathroom remodel is especially important in places like Los Angeles, where real estate is tight and homes, condos, townhouses, and apartments often come with one single bathroom. Which means that the bath has to be fabulous—it has to provide every need while being easily accessible. No sending visitors to the guest bathroom while hiding the monstrosity of your own.
Remodeling a small bathroom may seem small and simple due to the size of the room, but there are many technical as well aesthetic elements involved. As you gather your small bathroom ideas, start now to look for a contractor in your area who can first give you an estimate, and help you realize the dream of your new bathroom.
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If you’re a Los Angeles resident, or if you live in a similar climate, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind as you consider your small bathroom remodel. You have the advantage of accessing your temperate climate year-round. Consider your windows. Could you replace your current windows with ones that open and allow for fresh air to filter in, keeping your bathroom fresh and fog-free without needing electricity?
Proper ventilation is necessary in your climate, especially if you life closer to the water, since mold and mildew are notorious for growing behind bathroom walls and hiding in crevices. Talk to a window contractor to understand which type of window is best for your small bathroom.
With the climate in mind, consider going with a nice coat of paint if your bathroom has been covered in wallpaper. The upkeep and touch-up process is much easier, not to mention that paint is less expensive and easier to do yourself if you’re trying to cut bathroom costs that make sense in the long run.
Also take a look at your flooring, and if it could use replacing. A favorite flooring on CalFinder is bamboo, which gives a warm underfoot hue, comes from sustainable forests, and does well in moist rooms like the bathroom.
If you are working with only one bathroom in your dwelling, make sure that you make improvements that cover a large area of need. You may be a shower person, but consider others who may use the bathroom who are solely bath people. This could be simply adding a shower curtain to your clawfoot tub, or it might mean putting in a shower/tub combo.
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