Going DIY to Gain ROI: Tips for Budgeting a Bathroom Remodel
With the possible exception of the kitchen, no room in your house costs more to remodel than the bathroom. According to Remodeling Magazine, the average cost of remodeling a mid-sized bathroom is more than $19,000. For a large bathroom, you’re talking $62,000 (this figure includes fixtures, finishes, appliances, etc.). This isn’t like enlarging a closet or cleaning out the garage. It can be a major investment, which is why it’s important to budget carefully and determine what can be done DIY and when you’ll need a professional contractor.
Be aware that there’s a wide cost variation between a low-impact and top-of-the-line bathroom remodel, which will be reflected in the most mundane features. For example, your new shower door may run you as little as $300 or come with a hefty 4-figure price tag, so do your homework and focus on what you can afford.
You can save considerably on labor costs by taking it on yourself. While that’s well and good if you’re putting in new towel racks, new light fixtures and faucet handles, it can be a very different matter if you’re talking about a renovation involving the plumbing or electricity. Putting in a new bathtub or shower can be a big challenge if you’re only moderately handy and haven’t tried it before. Messing up your plumbing is like taking your chances with the wiring – it’s not something you want to fool around with unless you absolutely know what you’re doing.
Remember, the more ambitious you get with a DIY project, the more it’s going to cost you in terms of special equipment and supplies that only a contractor may have, so weigh that factor when coming up with a budget and deciding who will do the work. Many improvements that offer the best ROI, such as tile, recessed lighting, cabinets, faucets and crown molding, are probably good DIY candidates.
Factor in the unexpected
The bathroom is a good place to factor in possible unexpected costs. There are several areas where unexpected damage can occur in the bathroom, particularly mold build-up and water damage, which often go undetected until you’ve cut into flooring or walls. Repair costs can run well into the thousands, so take that into consideration as you budget. Bear in mind the age of your bathroom. If the wiring and plumbing were put in many years ago, they may not meet code and will require an upgrade. Long story short: There’s a lot to plan for, so plug an additional 15 percent or so into your bathroom budget.
Call in the pros
In general, any jobs that require rewiring and a lot of electrical work are probably best left to the professionals. Electrical contractors are certified in certain kinds of work that you probably aren’t and, besides, wiring can be very dangerous if you’re not very competent and extremely careful.
Tubs and showers
These tend to be big-ticket items – an average shower can cost up to $6,000 and involve putting in new walls, valves, the pan and more. Putting in a new bathtub is no walk in the park. For one thing, it’s heavy, and wrestling a new one up a flight of stairs can be a bit risky. A new shower or tub can bring you a nice ROI, but be aware you can do more harm than good trying to max out on adding value.
Plan your bathroom remodel thoroughly, and always get multiple quotes when engaging a contractor. ROI is a great thing and a bathroom remodel can be a great way to increase value, but be smart, and always assess your capabilities carefully before jumping into a project.
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Here Are a Few Easy Ways to Turn a House Into a Home
One of the most challenging things after you’ve finally managed to purchase a house is to find the time to rest and settle into your new home. A house does not automatically begin to feel like home — it takes a certain amount of care and time to start to feel comfortable, and this can be difficult to achieve, particularly with the demanding speed of modern-day life. However, with basic maintenance and simple decorating, you can speed up the process and get your new house feeling like home in no time. Here are a few easy ways to get started.
Take Your Time
Possibly one of the easiest ways to get accustomed to your house is to spend time in it. While this strategy may seem simple, the amount of comfort you experience in your home is directly related to your familiarity with the space. For instance, if you are still bumping into walls when you walk around your house at night, you probably have yet to feel wholly comfortable in the space. Another part of this is establishing routines. Figuring out how the standard rhythm of your life fits into your new house is a great way to normalize the space.
A major reason why a house has not yet begun to feel like home is the presence of small, irritating flaws requiring repairs. This can be particularly true in the bathroom — as one of the most personal rooms in the house, the bathroom should be the first place you start getting everything fixed up to your liking. Start by organizing it to your taste. If there isn’t enough storage, consider adding a medicine cabinet or extra shelving to the space. Take the time to fix any flaws, like leaky faucets (which can often be fixed by replacing the faucet’s worn out rubber washers). If you have the extra funds, upgrading the existing toilet and shower can be a great way to put your personal touch on the space while giving your bathroom a welcoming atmosphere. A clean, uncluttered bathroom will help you relax and establish your daily routine.
Decorate to Fit Your Taste
A home’s decoration is extremely personal, and many new homeowners find considerable joy in transforming the sterile, open canvas of a new house into their own space. Some of the most impactful decorations are the least expensive — a fresh coat of paint in your preferred color on the walls and cabinets, several candles, and a vase of fresh flowers can make a huge difference. Light is another way to impact your home — sunlight is a great mood booster and offers the most dynamic spectrum of light (try cleaning your windows and adding new draperies to suit your taste). Warm up your interior rooms by swapping out cold fluorescent lights for cozy lamps and eco-friendly LEDs. Remember to pay attention to the walls; a carefully selected piece of art can really bring a room together.
Make Sure Your Dogs and Cats Are Settled
Finally, the most important part of making a house a home is making sure your family is comfortably settled. In the case of our furry companions, this can be more difficult than simply repainting the walls. To help your dog or cat ease in, maintain normal routines. Feed and play with them at the usual times, and set up a safe space with their comfort items where they can retreat. For nervous animals, it may be useful to let them explore the new house gradually, one room at a time. Try giving your dog treats as he explores the house to associate each room with positive feelings.
Once you have a place to kick off your shoes, have the cabinets arranged the way you like, and have the grass mown each Saturday morning, you will have stopped actively thinking about how to make your house a home — and that is exactly when it will happen.
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When a full bathroom remodel isn’t possible due to financial reasons or timing, you can upgrade your bathroom on a budget if it’s feeling outdated and in need of a little TLC. These affordable bathroom updates are easy to do on your own, require minimal effort and invasiveness, and are fun ways to refresh a space you and your family uses constantly.
A fresh coat of paint can completely refresh and sometimes totally change a space. You can choose to use the same paint to refresh the walls and hide scratches, stains and scuff marks or experiment with an entirely new colour for a much needed change.
This also involves painting over your outdated wooden cabinets. It can add a new vibe to your bathroom and make it look like you replaced your cabinets and drawers entirely.
Go ahead, take the old knobs off your drawers and cabinets and go to the hardware store for new ones! This will add little modern touches to your bathroom without the costs associated with prebuilt cabinets. It is also very easy to do on your own.
Wallpaper is an entirely new world on its own, with a variety of available patterns, colours and textures. You can go colourful, bold and fun or neutral, contemporary and modern. The options are endless!
Older houses and apartments can have very outdated lighting fixtures. No one wants those crystalized chandeliers! Head to the hardware store and find one that suits the style youre going for best.
Everyone loves accessorizing their bathroom with fun little additions. You can customize the style and colour scheme in your bathroom even further with things like shower curtains, toothpaste/toothbrush holders, rinse cups, towels and even countertop storage like bins and baskets.
For more information on how Siema can help you upgrade your bathroom on a budget, contact us and visit our showroom.
One of the best ways to upgrade your healthy lifestyle even further is to incorporate natural DIY cleaners for your kitchen and bathroom cleaning routine. This is an incredible way to ensure no toxic chemicals are being used or inhaled, especially by babies, toddlers or pets.
Are you struggling with getting rid of stains in your kitchen, or don’t know how to clean kitchen and bathroom countertops in a gentle but effective way? You can save your time and effort in the future by doing it now because most stains in the kitchen are usually oil, so it’s stubborn. The sooner you deal with it, the easier you can solve it. Let us share some tips on how to clean kitchen and bathroom countertops for each type of common material.
Marble is easy to daily clean. You can wipe up with warm water, non-abrasive dish soap, and a towel. Just keep in mind acidic natural cleaners such as vinegar and lemon juice engrave the surface. When you deep clean, it’s effective to cover stains with paste made from water and baking soda for 24 hours.
Avoid acidic, harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges. Wiping with warm water, a gentle dish soap and a soft cloth is enough for daily clean-up. You can also use a 50:50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water for tough stains.
You can use a soft toothbrush to clean seams or edges besides the same methods for materials above for daily cleaning. Using nail polish remover is another option for cleaning laminate countertops, however the cloth must be white.
The key to maintain stainless countertop is not to scratch. You should wash just using water and a soft cloth, and a little dish soap only if stains are tough. Make sure to wipe up water on the surface with dry cloth completely, otherwise water-spots come out.
For any types of kitchen countertops, it is important to care for them daily. Baking soda is a recommended item to clean kitchen countertop since it is edible and food safe, and can be used for various kinds of materials.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to help work out your concerns on how to clean kitchen and bathroom countertops. We are truly committed to make your home an even better place.
It’s easy to get confused with so many options of colours, styles and materials when choosing the right Vancouver bathroom vanity. Here we give you a brief list of elements that you may want to look at when remodeling, which must be helpful to find a clear image of your ideal bathroom.
It is important to make sure the mood that you would like to have in your bathroom or that other part of your bathroom already has; traditional, modern, rustic, elegant, minimalistic, monotone, etc.
There are mainly three different models of sinks for a bathroom, and the Vancouver bathroom vanity styles we offer at Siema.
Under mount sinks
Under mount sinks have become one of the most favoured form of bathroom sinks. The seamlessly integrated surface with countertops makes cleaning and maintaining easier.
This type of sink allows you to have more choices on styles, materials, and designs. At the same time, it takes more room compared to under mount sinks due to its bowl-shape.
One piece top
This is a good option if you don’t have enough space for two basins but still want counter space.
Faucets should be considered according with your sink type. You also can choose single sink or double if you have a plenty of available space in your bathroom.
Materials play an important role in its visual and functionality as well as design.
Stone can create a high sense of value and last a lifetime.
Ceramic comes in wide range of colour and customization options with reasonable price.
Porcelain is really easy to maintain, resistant to scratches, and it can be an alternative for stone.
There is also a choice of texture; glossy or matte.
We believe our Vancouver bathroom vanity collection can absolutely meet your needs and make your bathroom experience more enjoyable and comfortable. We understand renovation is not decided only by your preference, but also budget and available space. We are here to help you choose the best one considering all of these aspects. Feel free to contact us or drop by the store to get more information and advice. Any questions and inquiries are welcome.
If you are anything like us, you love to spend hours in the kitchen, with your family, cooking a meal from scratch – very few feelings are as good as this one, right? To make sure you have the best experience in this situation, having a comfortable kitchen is essential, and a kitchen island might help you a lot!
Still thinking if you should invest on a kitchen island? Bear with us to know all the perks of having one.
The “less is more” philosophy for the interior design field came to stay: minimalist decoration will still be a trend in 2018, and we love it! A clean, elegant design for kitchens and bathrooms it’s the first step when planning your minimalist room. Keep reading to learn more about minimalist cabinets.
If you are commencing a bathroom remodel, you might know that choosing a vanity is a much more involved process than picking out a single piece of furniture.
The vanity is the center piece of any bathroom and serves several purposes.
Deciding on a bathroom vanity is not easy and it’s not a single decision, but a series of decisions. This is why expert guidance from a design professional can be beneficial to the process of putting together the perfect vanity to fit your space, style, and needs. You might find the below tips helpful.