You’re probably here because your home isn’t working for you anymore, but you’d prefer not to sell and move. If so, consider making your old housework for you again by updating its floor plan. — This can be a feasible way to transform the outdated dwelling to the kind of home you will love! 😉
If are in the process of exploring floor plan change possibilities, then consider the following scenarios:
Maybe you need more bedrooms and another bath, possibly a two-story addition that solves all your home’s shortcomings
A more open plan might suit your lifestyle, or you may want to create smaller spaces with a specific purpose in mind
Maybe that kitchen is just too small for your culinary ambitions or that bonus room is too big to be of practical benefit
Perhaps you’re planning ahead to provide a place for an aging relative to live nearby, and an apartment addition would be the solution
When focusing on your home’s interior design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected spaces. Reclaiming your lavatory as a stylish space that fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value and enjoyment of your home, but it can also turn a functional space into your personal sanctuary.
Read on to learn how to spice up your bathroom space for functional, visual, and sensual enjoyment!
To help you navigate this list, it’s broken into the following categories:
The above project makes a normal-sized bathroom seem very spacious and lush. It incorporates a skylight to create a sense of natural light shining onto the waterfall that is your bathroom. With the skylight already in place, it’s all about wrapping bathroom walls and the tub with natural wood. It’s a simple design, but it’s not trivial and requires masterful work to complete. Estimated cost of this minimalist bathroom design and remodel is $20,000 to $30,000.
With Asian-inspired bathrooms, minimalist design doesn’t mean small. The project below is a great example of a spacious, oriental style bathroom where walls become curved, showers transform into waterfalls, and stone motifs make you feel as though you’re in a garden.
The above project features His-and-her vanities resting opposite of each each other in this luxurious master bath with a spacious walk-in shower and freestanding soaking tub that overlook the ocean. An adjoining makeup vanity and cushioned seating area add to the elegant design.
The cost of this entire project is not for the faint of heart, and is estimated at between $100,000 to $200,000, depending on the initial setup and the amount of work required. But the concept can be replicated for significantly less money. The central element of this design is the freestanding soaking tub overlooking the ocean, something that can be realized for a lot less.
3. French Country Style Luxury
French designs are luxurious with modern elements. This style often incorporates modern comforts and richness coupled with marble, wood vanities, and crystal chandeliers. Think glamorous dressing areas and beautiful, stylish, and curvy free standing bath tub, often placed within an open layout.
Cons: Can be expensive, depending on the stone you choose
Costs: As, can be seen here, there is a great variety of natural stone tiles, with mid-range tiles costing from $3.00 to $10.00 per square foot, on average, but material costs can increase greatly for more custom and exquisite natural stone tiles. For a typical mid-range project, expect to pay between $7.50 and $20.50 per square foot to install natural stone tiles in your bathroom
2. Wood floors
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: On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $7.50 to $15.50 per square foot of engineered wood flooring installed
3. Heated floors
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: Will require professional installation
Costs: Around $1000 to $3,000 for 100 square feet.
The 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
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: Range from $50 for sconces to several hundreds of dollars, if you have to add lighting with a professional
6. 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, but material costs can start at less than $100 each