by Amber Lewis | photos by: Tessa Neustadt
I get asked all the time about what is the best way to spend your money if you are planning on remodeling your bathroom. Well, I have a few big tips and tricks I always use that I feel help you get the most bang for your buck.
This bathroom was a perfect example of how to really stretch your dollar and make your remodel look like a million bucks!
1. add lights
In a bathroom, the more natural light you can get the better! In this particular remodel I really went all out. The bathroom before was such a dark and closed off space. We added a huge skylight, and two huge windows one above the tub and one in the shower. In my opinion it was the most important element to make the small footprint of the bathroom feel much larger. It brought the outdoors in, but also helped to give the space a much needed feeling of being airy and bright!
2. add storage
In a small space storage is key. Keeping a small space un-cluttered and giving all of the things that go into the bathroom a designated place will help keep the focus on your beautiful bathroom and not all the products and stuff that inevitably will pile up! In this remodel we created a huge 9' vanity that created a ton of storage and gave them 2 sinks.
3. hide the toilet
Not all thrones are created equal, and some are well designed, but if there is a way to hide your toilet...I say make it happen! It's a little more private and draws attention to the prettier parts of the space. We actually turned the old shower and tub and made that the new toilet room. By using a pocket door we were able to not have to worry about the swing of the door, which allowed us to create a larger vanity as well.
4. add a bit of bold
I love when there is an element of something interesting in a bathroom. A funky tile, or a dark vanity can really increase the wow factor and give it some visual interest. The clients on this remodel wanted to make the new bathroom blend in with the whole house, so we added tiles that had some old world charm. It helped tie in the cottage vibe of the rest of the house.
5. add natural stone
A gorgeous slab of natural stone in a bathroom is an incredible way to add warmth and an organic element. Natural stone is not always cheap, so a great way to get the look of a natural stone without the hefty price tag is to buy tiles cut from materials like marble, or travertine. There are some beautiful options out there of hexagonal, or subway tile in various natural stone. Try tiling a shower or a sink backsplash with the tile material if you can't afford to splash out on a slab. In this remodel we went a little marble crazy in the tub, and on the vanity counter top. We cut some budget corners in the shower by not doing any solid slabs and instead used the same Calcutta marble but in Hexagonal tile sheets which were significantly less expensive.