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Is remodeling your bathroom high on your list of home renovations? Maybe it should be. Your bathroom is a very important space in your home where you likely spend a great deal of time. People often put off bathroom remodeling because they have so many other more urgent home renovation projects.
However, if you wait too long to fix up your bathroom, you could end up with a plumbing or worse yet, aesthetic, disaster. When people come to visit you, they always notice your bathroom. Luckily, bathroom home improvement doesn’t have to be complicated. Leave the plumbing to the pros and we can help with the bathroom fixtures. If you’ve never installed bathroom fixtures, we’ve got some tips for you to get started. If your bathroom fixtures are in good nick, your bathroom might just need some minor remodeling. As we discussed previously, you can do some super-fast and easy bathroom remodeling by restoring old finishes. It’s amazing the difference it can make to your bathroom. You can clean things up by replacing old dried up caulking around your bathroom fixtures. You can also repaint your bathroom, and fill in cracks and scratches in bathroom fixtures. If you don’t intend to replace your bathroom fixtures, you can add new life to your bathroom with luxury towels, a nice shower curtain, or a new bath mat. If you want an entirely new look, remodeling your bathroom might involve replacing your bathroom fixtures altogether.
This is a much more complicated home improvement project because it involves plumbing. If you have some plumbing experience and you think you’re up to the task, you might try this home improvement project yourself. Keep in mind that installing bathroom fixtures is not easy if you don’t have a good knowledge of plumbing. Plumbing is one home renovation that’s not for amateurs. The standard bathroom fixtures that people usually have installed by professionals are baths, showers, toilets, and vanities. But things can get much more complicated when installing luxury bathroom fixtures such as Jacuzzis and waterproof TVs. Come to think of it, most bathroom fixtures are luxuries. While North Americans stress over what sort of Jacuzzi jets and bathroom fixtures they need, the rest of the world struggles for access to clean drinking water. If you’re installing all new bathroom fixtures, you may have to be creative with your plumbing to ensure all your new bathroom fixtures fit in your bathroom. If you’re replacing your bath with a Jacuzzi, you may have to hire a contractor to knock down some walls and remodel your bathroom to make it fit. While he’s there, ask him to install a waterproof DVD player in your bathroom next to the Jacuzzi. If your bathroom is a simple bathroom with standard fixtures such as a toilet, bath and vanity, replacing your bathroom fixtures should be a fairly straight forward home improvement project. Some people would rather buy a new house with very simple bathroom fixtures than remodeling a bathroom in an old house.
This is a good idea if you don’t want to have to do any major home renovations in your new bathroom. I’m not picky about bathroom fixtures either as long as they’re simple. You can make your new bathroom your own by choosing tiles, paint, and lighting. A fun way to customize plain and simple bathroom fixtures is to cover them with mosaics. This is a home improvement project that any one can enjoy. You won’t have to deal with the plumbing and you can still make your bathroom your own. All you need to make mosaic bathroom fixtures are small tiles or pieces of broken ceramics, tile grout, tile adhesive, and some varnish to seal the mosaic surfaces of your bathroom fixtures. You can apply mosaics to almost any bathroom fixture, including countertops, vanities, walls, or even mirrors. Another exciting home improvement project to try when remodeling your bathroom is to cover your bathroom fixtures with copper foil. You can buy adhesive in a spray can that you spray onto your bathroom fixtures. Then, simply cover the sprayed area of your bathroom fixtures with the copper foil and brush away any excess. And there you have it – a faux-finished copper bathroom. If you want to add some bright accents to your bathroom, create a mosaic floor using plastic jewels. You can embellish your bathroom fixtures with jewels as well.
First make sure the surface of the bathroom fixture is clean and dry. Then sand it with fine sandpaper, which will help the jewels to adhere to the bathroom fixtures. Wipe away dust with a damp sponge and dry the surface before gluing the jewels onto the bathroom fixtures. Then smear the grout all over the bathroom fixtures, ensuring it gets into all the spaces between the jewels. Wipe away any excess grout from the bathroom fixtures. When the grout is dry, you can varnish your mosaic bathroom fixtures with special lacquer that will seal it. Covering your bathroom in mosaics can be rather expensive if you buy the tiles or jewels from a craft store. Instead, why not find some old plates or colourful ceramic bathroom fixtures and break them into pieces yourself to use as tiles.
Buttons also work well in bathrooms because most are plastic. To help you choose new bathroom fixtures that work well together and match your bathroom, first research some common bathroom styles before remodeling. Just as kitchens can be decorated according to particular styles and motifs, so can your bathroom. Bathroom Fixtures are commonly bought as sets to match one another. Some people however, prefer to look for a number of very different but coordinated bathroom fixtures and make them work together, similar to a fitted kitchen. Remodelling your bathroom is an exciting home improvement project if you’re planning to sell your home. Bathroom remodeling is one of the home renovations that can add a lot of value to your home when you list it for sale.
The key to getting potentials buyers to want to buy your home is to use simple sleek bathroom fixtures. You want your bathroom to look open and clean so that people who come to see your home will look at your bathroom as a blank canvas that they can project their ideas onto. When you show your house, make sure that there is no clutter lying around your bathroom on the floor, the counter tops, or even on the shelves. If you have stuff lying all over the place, potential buyers will assume that the bathroom doesn’t have enough storage space. If this is indeed the case, consider buying some extra shelve or cupboards to mount on the wall while you’re out looking for bathroom fixtures. Also make sure that your bathroom is well lit and that the bathroom fixtures are clean. If there are problems with the plumbing you should get them fixed before you sell your house or else tell the buyer beforehand about the plumbing problems in your bathroom. If you don’t tell a buyer about bad plumbing before they buy your house and the home inspector misses it as well, your buyers may try to sue you.
Personally, when I’m looking to buy a new house, I’m more concerned that it has decent plumbing than nice bathroom fixtures. I tend to prefer old houses, where poor plumbing can be quite a serious problem. In new homes, the plumbing is usually fine and the bathroom fixtures are usually simple enough that most people don’t bother to change them. However, when I buy an old house, I try to find ones that are cheap and need some home renovation. I quite like home improvement projects so I’d rather pay less for a home and spend the money on home renovations that I can so myself. I don’t think I could stand to live in an old house unless I’d remodeled the bathroom and replaced all of the Bathroom Fixtures with new ones. I just can’t bear the thought of using someone else’s old bathroom fixtures. When you think about ti, the average person spends a lot of time in their bathroom – probably a few years in one’s lifetime – so why not have it looking nice. Make your bathroom as comfortable and inviting as the other rooms in your house by choosing the right Bathroom Fixtures and spending a little time each weekend on a home improvement project to update your bathroom. Also, don’t be too intimidated by plumbing projects. I never used to instrall my bathroom fixtures myself; I would hire someone to come in and do the plumbing for me. Now I do most of the plumbing in my bathroom myself. From reading wikipedia plumbing articles, I learned to install all sorts of bathroom fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and bath tubs. I found that the hardest part of installing a toilet in my bathroom was not the major plumbing but trying to line up the flush handle properly. And if I can figure it out, so can you.