More and more, homeowners are going to the bathroom to relax after a day in the rush of the world, according to home remodelers and designers. People are upgrading their master bathrooms- outfitting them with everything from soaking tubs to heated floors-- to find a sense of comfort. But peace and quiet aren't the only motivating factors. An upgraded bathroom helps sell a home and can be a wonderful investment.
Once found only in nursing homes, grab bars are bolted to walls in showers and above tubs to help keep people from falling. With a large number of baby boomers graying and looking for a surer grip, grab bars are appearing in many bathrooms now. Even younger people are accepting them too because the bars no longer look so institutional.
Increasingly, homeowners are asking for his-and-hers sinks and vanities, even in small bathrooms. Two vanities allow for each person to have his or her own space and storage, and for each area to have a different aesthetic. Sinks continue to become more stylish, too: Homeowners are interested in vessel sinks that rise up from a base, or faucets that protrude directly from a wall, or sinks that have their own legs or stand.
Have you ever thought about the interior lighting in your bathroom? If you think that the lighting in your bathroom isn't important, then think again. A bathroom with inadequate lighting can cast harsh light, ruin a great design, cause eye strain and even induce headaches. Skylights can provide 30% more light than vertical windows. As we get older, we demand more light to see. By age 60, most people require 2-3 times more light to see as well as before. No matter how old you are, inadequate lighting strains your eyes. Skylights are the way to go for soft balanced light that reaches the whole room, including deep hidden corners. Overhead light also reduces glare. Skylights provide the best type of bathroom lighting in CT for people of any age.
Storage is one of the best ways to update a bathroom. Bring in old furniture or go hunting at flea markets for cheaper pieces that will add character to the remodel. Paint a bookcase and use it to store towels, bath soaps, candles, magazines, and anything else. Hang an old drawer on the wall and use it as a bookshelf or hang a curtain around a small table or the sink and store anything under there. You can also install pullout shelves into the cabinets so that items are more viewable, which prevents you from purchasing things you already have.
It you don't have a lot to spend, then repainting will be the cheapest and, perhaps, the most effective way to give your bathroom a new look. Here's a word of warning, though. It's going to take more time than you think. Why? Your bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but you're going to have to paint slowly and gently around the window, the tub or shower, the sink, the mirror, the toilet, the switchplates, the wall corners, and the floor. This takes time and patience (and a good supply of painter's tape), so make sure you keep this in mind when planning your renovation. Another thing to consider is the moisture. Since mold and mildew develop easily in a bathroom, and humidity and temperature change often, it's a good idea to invest in high quality paint with a satin finish. You may also want to go over the ceiling with a special bathroom paint that helps resist the growth of mold.
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Remodeling a master bathroom can be both fun and frustrating. As your local CT bathroom remodeling contractors, we know the stressful process that homeowners go through when attempting to remodel any room in their home. While the bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, it can also be the most difficult room to remodel. If you want to remodel your master bathroom, but have no idea where to s