Top 15 Amazing Bathroom Remodel Ideas & Costs for 2016 – DIY Home Improvement Ideas

Updating or remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment of your home improvement dollars, especially if you plan to sell your home in the next few years. Remodeling this small space can also enhance its functionality, enabling you to enjoy the often-forgotten area of your home to its fullest. Here are some of the top bathroom remodeling ideas updated for Fall 2016, along with their costs and the pros and cons of each remodeling upgrade.

Flooring

1. Stone tiles

modern bathroom with mosaic tiles and a bidet Stone tile creates a natural look to your bathroom while providing the durability you need in a humid area. While tile has long been popular for this room, the look of stone creates warmth while being an affordable option. Choose marble, limestone or even onyx for a unique look on your bathroom floors. Travertine is an upscale version which is stylish and long-lasting.

Pros: Beautiful, adds value to the bathroom

Cons: Can be expensive, depending on the stone you choose

Costs: Prices begin at $200 for a 100 square foot room, but can increase for more custom styles.

2. Wood floors

amazing-bathtub Hardwood is seldom a good idea in bathrooms because of the wetness and humidity. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the look of wood to create warmth in the space. Engineered wood is the better option because it uses plywood as the base and real wood for the top layer. Another option is to choose a high-quality laminate that looks like wood. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference.

Pros: Popular flooring choice, adds warmth to a space

Cons: Susceptible to mold and damage if you choose the wrong kind

Costs: Higher than for tile, you can expect to pay at least $500 for real wood or $250 for laminate

3. Heated floors

bathtub surrounded by natural stones and design candles While heated floors aren’t a new trend, they are continuing to gain popularity as they become more affordable. Radiant heat is installed under a new floor or with an existing floor, which makes taking a shower and getting dressed in cold weather a little more bearable.

Pros: Adds value to a home, you’ll enjoy the warmth all winter

Cons: May require professional installation

Costs: Around $600 to $800 for 100 square feet.

Lighting

fancy-sinksThe right lighting is essential for such a small space, especially for getting dressed and applying makeup. The latest trends in lighting focus on providing more natural lighting to brighten the room and make it more practical.

4. Multiple Vanity Lighting

Instead of using one strong light with a lot of glare over the vanity, bathrooms today incorporate multiple fixtures. One light may be placed over the mirror while two sconces are set to the sides. Lower watt bulbs are used while the multiple fixtures provide enough light without being too harsh or glaring.

Pros: Select the amount of light you need, can save on overall lighting costs

Cons: May need to hire an electrician for installation

Costs: Starts at less than $100 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the style and installation.

5. Ambient Lighting

accent-lights Gone are the days when one overhead light fixture was all you needed. Modern bathrooms use light to create a soft mood. Recessed lighting over the shower ensures better illumination while sconces that point upward soften the space in other areas when you don’t need bright lights.

Pros: Enhances the functionality of the space

Cons: May require electrician for installation

Costs: Ranges from $50 for sconces to several hundreds of dollars if you have to add lighting with a professional.

6. Accent Lighting

vanity with Strip-LED-Lights-for-bathroom-accent-lighting Not all lighting has to be practical in a bathroom. You can use soft accent lighting to create a mood or showcase a specific area. For instance, miniature chandeliers hung over the bathtub create a sense of luxury. Use accent lighting to highlight artwork or a special mirror or cabinet just as you would in another room.

Pros: Easy to install with an electrical outlet

Cons: May require additional outlets or professional installation

Costs: Depends on how many lights you need, can start at less than $100 each.

Countertops

One of the easiest ways to make a big statement in a little room is with the countertop. With materials ranging from cheap to expensive, you have plenty of options. Some will add value to your home and a sense of modern sophistication while others will simply update the space on a tight budget.

7. Go Granite

Granite is still the top countertop of choice in bathroom remodels. Many people choose this material because they love the look and feel. While granite is more expensive than other materials, it’s also durable and long-lasting and comes in a wide range of colors. Since the vanity is usually such a small area, it’s more affordable to add granite in the bathroom than in the kitchen and provides a little taste of luxury.

Pros: Beautiful, durable, adds to the home’s value

Cons: More expensive than other materials

Costs: Ranges from $100 per square foot for stock patterns to $225 for custom styles.

8. Tile for your top

Bathroom Wall Tiles Design Ideas

Ceramic tile is less expensive, but porcelain is also a great option. It’s designed to be durable in such a busy space, and you can find all kinds of designs to fit your décor. Whichever option you choose, go for the higher price to create a more sophisticated look. You can use the same tile on the floor as what you put on the shower walls for a modern look and feel.

Pros: Can be a DIY project if you know what you’re doing, durable

Cons: May require professional installation

Costs: can vary from just over $1 per square foot to more than $100 per square foot if you choose a high-end look.

Vanities

fancy-faucetAlong with the countertop, a vanity sets the mood for your bathroom. When doing a remodel, you don’t want to skimp on this area. However, you will find something to fit almost any budget to create a new look.

9. Floating vanities

Vessel-shaped-bathtub-by-Splinter-WorksA floating vanity not only looks modern and sophisticated, it saves precious floor space as well. Some of them come with storage underneath while others put the attention on the sink or countertop. Pair a floating vanity with a glass top, and you’ll create the illusion of more space.

Pros: Preserves floor space

Cons: Can be more expensive and harder to install than traditional vanities

Costs: Expect to pay over $1000 and up to $2000 for more complex styles.

10. Repurposed vanity

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Find pieces at a flea market or even in your own home to repurpose as a bathroom vanity. This option creates a custom look and may even preserve a few precious memories. You can use a console table, dresser, or floor cabinet for your new vanity. Just make sure it’s the right height or cut it down. Seal it to make it waterproof and prevent damage. You’ll also have to create openings for the plumbing and sink.

Pros: Reuse existing pieces, create a one-of-a-kind look

Cons: May require more skills than you have

Costs: Can vary based on how much you pay for the piece, but expect between $100 and $500 to get it ready for use.

11. Open shelf vanity

open-shelving Make a tiny bathroom feel bigger with open shelving instead of a closed vanity. Display a few stacked or rolled towels and other bath essentials on the open shelves, but leave plenty of space bare. You have the option of purchasing a vanity with open shelves or you can build your own and install a sink and fixtures on top.

Pros: Simple, makes a room feel larger

Cons: May not be a DIY project

Costs can range from $100 to $1000 or more, depending on the design and size.

Storage

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Storage space is essential for bath towels and supplies and many bathrooms are in short supply. You can find creative ways to add storage space to your room.

12. Counter cabinets

If you’re limited on floor space, you may think about hanging cabinets from the wall. Another option is to set the cabinet on your bathroom countertop. The benefit with this choice over wall cabinets is you can select a taller cabinet with more storage space. Choose one that extends from the ceiling to the counter and secure it in place for ample storage which is also easily accessible.

Pros: Utilizes wasted space

Cons: Reduces counter space

Costs: Varies from $100 up to $400 or $500 if you choose a custom style.

13. Floating shelves

Take advantage of often-forgotten wall space with floating shelves. Create your own to use if you have odd shaped areas, such as between the sink and toilet or above the tub. Even a shelf as narrow as six inches or less can hold your toothbrush or hairspray, reducing clutter on your countertop. A side benefit of this project is that you can use any size wood and find the parts you need at any home improvement store.

Pros: Easy to install, can fit anywhere

Cons: none

Costs: Can vary widely with shelves starting at $25 if you already have the wood or $100 each if you purchase all parts.

14. Portable storage

One of the easiest ways to add storage to any small space, especially a bathroom is to use portable containers. Wicker or woven baskets, glass jars or plastic containers can utilize even the smallest of bare space for added storage. They even contain clutter on your countertop to help conserve space and keep you organized.

Pros: Require no special skills, can be moved around, and are low cost

Cons: none

Costs: Can start at less than $20 and go up to $100 or more, depending on how many storage units you need.

15. Custom Cabinets

Add a touch of sophistication and ample storage space with custom cabinets. Unless you’re an expert craftsman, you’ll hire this project done by professionals, which increases the cost. However, it extends your storage in a cohesive way, especially if you have an unusual layout.

Pros: Provides ample storage for your bath

Cons: Can be quite costly

Costs: For each cabinet, expect to pay at least $500 and up to $1000 for each.

More Ideas to Indulge your Imagination and DIY Spirit:

If you want to explore more ideas to update your bathroom, 150 Points has recently done a great write-up on creative bathroom remodeling ideas to fit almost any budget: 150points.com/advice/top-15-bathroom-remodel-ideas-and-costs/