Home for the Holidays

When everyone visits your house for the holidays, things can get a little awkward. Even if you have the most wonderful guests in the world, the cramped space can be uncomfortable. It’s natural to feel like you want your guests to enjoy your home as if it were a five-star hotel, but the fact is that it’s where you live – meaning it’s probably just an everyday home for an everyday family. Still, you at least want your guests to feel like your house is a nice place to be.

Does Your Bathroom Look Presentable?

The bathroom is a sore spot for many homeowners. You want your bathroom to look and feel clean. After all, it’s the place your guests will go to take care of their personal hygiene. Unfortunately many bathrooms just look dirty. They could stand empty and never get used and they’d still look like they aren’t clean.

Discolored grouting, old tiles, an unappealing color palette and mold growing in certain areas can all cause your bathroom to look dirty even when it’s clean. Imagine a bathroom with simple white tiles with brownish or yellowish grout. It’s pretty obvious that no amount of cleaning will make it look good. The same goes for bathrooms with cracked tiles, or ones that look old and outdated. No matter how clean the bathroom is, it still wouldn’t be a nice space to be in.

Taking a bath or shower should be a relaxing, enjoyable part of your day. It should give you time to unwind a little, So while you might be concerned about whether or not your guests will like your bathroom, the fact that you don’t like your own bathroom is just as bad. Unlike your guests, you won’t go home after the holidays. You already are home. But does your home feel welcoming?

If not, maybe it’s time for you to do something about it. Remodeling your bathroom would help you feel at ease when your guests arrive, but it’s also the perfect gift to give yourself and your family this holiday.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Unlike you might have imagined, having your bathroom remodeled isn’t a process that begins and ends with noisy work in your house. Actually, that’s almost the last step. Before you can call someone to help you remodel your bathroom, you need to get creative about envisioning what the space could become.

Step #1: Decide What Isn’t Working

Do you hate the hideous tiles, or are the ugly taps what really get to you? Do you find that you have too little space to store things, or that you’ve got too many cabinets and too little floorspace? Is your bathroom is too dark? Or is the color palette not complementing the natural light you get in the space? Is there mold growing anywhere, or a wall that’s always wet because it absorbs moisture?

These are some questions you need to ask yourself if you want to remodel your bathroom. Before you can start having fun dreaming about the wonderful things you could do, you should do some stocktaking so you know exactly what you’re working with. Take some measurements and realistically ask yourself what you expect from the space – doesn’t matter if it’s more towel rings, light around the mirror or a bigger medicine cabinet.

Once you know what you want to improve, you should get an idea of what’s bothering you the most so that you can prioritize things that you’d rather change if your budget doesn’t allow you to do everything you wanted.

Step #2: Find Decor Inspiration

After the initial step you should know what you really want to change. Based on what you want to change and what you can afford, you should go on to calculate a realistic budget that’s based on research about the cost of building materials and remodeling services. For building materials, you just include anything you want to change, like a new tub, tiles or taps.

The fun starts once your budget is set up. Now you can do Internet searches and find inspiration on sites like Pinterest for your decor overhaul. You can target your pain areas when looking for new, cost effective ideas on how to solve your problems. This is also a great time to look at pictures of bathrooms with different color palates and décor elements so you can get a feel for what looks nicest to you. Depending on what you want, you could adjust your budget in this step, either cutting back on it or adding a little extra (but not too much extra).

Step #3: Talk to A Contractor

Once you know what you want, it’s time to find a trustworthy contractor to do the remodeling work. While you might want to rush out and buy new tiles, towels and other things, it’s best to get professional advice before going further.

A good contractor will be able to make recommendations of what you can do in your bathroom for the best results. Although it’s important to stay true to your vision of what you wanted, you probably don’t know the ins and outs of building and remodeling work, which might mean that some of your ideas simply won’t be doable. At the same time, a professional who does remodeling for a living will know exactly what you need to buy and how much, so you don’t end up buying a bunch of things that never get used. Professional advice can save you lots of time and money and a good contractor can might suggest ideas you never would’ve thought of yourself.

Once you’ve talked to a contractor and bought supplies for the bathroom remodeling work, you’re almost there. Now it will just be a matter of time before you get to enjoy your dream bathroom!

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