Renovating your Bathroom: Living Large in a Small Space

Take a moment to daydream. Imagine how marvelous it would feel to have the tensions of the long workday melt away, while you soak your aching bones in a gorgeous new bathtub, or unwind under steaming hot jets of pulsating water in your new shower. Can you hear the classical music or cool jazz playing in the background, as you gaze upon the rich colors and soothing textures of classic marble walls and tile floors?

Sound like a fantasy, and truly, a totally renovated bathroom might be nothing more than a daydream – for now. But with diligent planning and research, coupled with a suitable budget, it can become a reality.

Bathroom Renovation: Small Room, Big Cost?

It is ironic that what is usually the smallest room in the house requires the greatest number of skilled professionals to remodel. Additionally, the materials, fixtures and accessories involved also are on the high end of the cost scale. In that sense, the cost per square foot to upgrade a bathroom may be higher than any other room in the house, because unless you yourself are a contractor, or a handyman extraordinaire, you can expect to be hiring a host of professional help, including a plumber, an electrician, a tile installer, a wallpaper hanger or painter, and a cabinet installer.
If your concept of a bathroom is as a strictly utilitarian space, necessary for daily hygiene and nothing else, perhaps you can get by with just a superficial remodeling project, involving nothing more than replacing worn-out or broken fixtures and brushing a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But if you really want to enhance your lifestyle, and provide comfort and relaxation to yourself, your spouse and your family, remodeling the bathroom is a wonderful way to express your creativity and indulge your most exotic decorating fantasies.