Saturday, 6 June 2009

Home Remodeling - Lavish Bathrooms

Nowadays people are spending upwards of $10,000 on a total bathroom remodel. Homeowners are opting for more spacious and ornate bathrooms complete with natural stone floors and multiple showerheads. But, if your budget can't quite handle the expense of a jetted tub or marble shower, there are plenty of options that provide heightened style without a heightened credit card bill.

The best place to start is with paint. Adding a splash of color can do wonders for your bathroom. Start by changing the color of your walls to a light and airy hue. The best options are blues, light purples and neutral colors, all of which convey a calming and soothing feel that is perfect for feeling relaxed in your bathroom. Another option for a quick upgrade that adds color is to change the faucets and fixtures. Adding a splash of class or style can quickly change the entire look and feel of your bathroom. A hot trend right now is brushed brass fixtures, which convey a rich and classy feel that complements neutral colors. Other popular options are faucets that buck the standard look with a unique layout or design.

The primary area of focus in today's lavish bathrooms is the shower. If you prefer to have a bath tub, there are three general types to choose from: standard drop-in tubs, free-standing tubs or walk-in tubs. Many homeowners are opting for air-jet tubs with provide therapeutic and massaging effects while also allowing homeowners to use bath salts or bubbles. If you prefer the shower only layout, the possibilities are endless. Today's showers are virtually human carwashes with the ability to install multiple shower heads with a variety of sprays and angles.

If these options are not for you, try going with a few simple upgrades. Adding a high window near the top of your bath or shower can allow natural light to enter the area, which opens everything up and you feel less like you're crawling into a cave to take a shower. In addition, consider regrouting your current tub and tile. This simple task can go a long way in eliminating any dingy appearances that have accumulated over several years of use. Another option is the installation of a prefabricated tub or shower surround, which can replace or be installed over top of your existing shower depending on the model and type chosen. Finally, consider adding a luxurious shower head, such as a rain-like or massaging shower head for a extra touch.

The final element that distinguishes a luxurious bathroom from a standard bathroom is the lighting and flooring. Lighting, while often overlooked, can be an excellent way to control the feel of your bathroom. A good idea is to install a diverse set of lighting such as overhead can lights near the vanity area and indirect ambient lighting that is ideal for low-key and relaxing baths.

Flooring is also a popular upgrade with natural stone and tile being especially popular in lavish bathrooms. Since these types of flooring can be cold, many homeowners opt to install sub-floor heating systems that warm floors with heated water. A more economical choice is to use low-voltage electric mats, which are smaller in size yet provide just enough of a warm area to stand while getting ready each morning.

In addition to these remodeling ideas, top the bathroom off with accessories that accentuate the look and feel of your bathroom. If you're looking for an elegant appeal, small yet stately glass containers with a stainless steel top to store cotton balls and Q-tips are popular accents. If you looking for a warm and low key feel, a popular choice is baskets to store lotions and towels. Finally, top it off with new drawer pulls or towel rods to match the updated look and to carry the theme throughout your bathroom.

Ki works as a realtor in the Austin real estate market. He developed a search of houses in the Austin MLS on his website. His site also has general information on Austin real estate and Austin condos.

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