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Bathrooms are often the most neglected room of our homes, but they are also one of the most used rooms. Since they are used so often, a regular remodel is necessary to keep your bathroom looking clean and new. According to Remodeling’s 2018 Cost vs Value Report, you can expect a 70% return in investment from remodeling your bathroom. At Holland Homes, we know that even the smallest rooms in your home are important, which is why we create rooms with each family’s individual needs in mind. Looking to remodel your bathroom in the near future? We have some simple changes you can implement in your bathroom that will make a huge difference. Here are some tips on how you can freshen up your bathroom:

1. Keep Plumbing in its Place

When remodeling your bathroom you want to keep the plumbing simple. You may want to extend your counter space or move your tub to a different corner, and with bathrooms there’s a lot at stake when it comes to plumbing. Whether you are just adding some new features or gutting your entire bathroom, you don’t want to mess with the mechanics of the plumbing without professional help. One of the biggest reasons contractors are necessary for your bathroom remodel is to help plan and design your dream bathroom while considering and working around your existing plumbing. With Holland Homes’ help, you can move and add to your bathroom as you please without the worry of busting a pipe in the process.

2. Add a Backsplash

The backsplash sets the tone for the entire bathroom. Whether you want a classic tile for a light and clean space or to try wood paneling for a warmer feel, a backsplash will make your bathroom look brand new. Bathrooms are known for their tile, but you can use batten, wallpaper, or beadboard to spruce up your space. Introducing new textures and pops of color will draw the eye around the room, which will make your space seem larger than it is.

3. Create Natural Light

Lighting makes a huge difference in your bathroom. The more light the better, so update those old light fixtures and add more light to the room. Adding a focal point to the room with a small chandelier or hanging light fixture is a sure way to vamp up an old space. Add lights that create a natural light effect for a more relaxing space, or, if your floor plan allows it, add a window or skylight. According to a report from the Lighting Research Center (LRC), day light environments increase our productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate our bodies. Adding natural light has an instant effect on a space, so talk to a Holland Homes consultant today to see how you can add some light into your life.

4. Convert Your Tub into a Shower

If you are a person who never uses your bathtub, then that is five feet of wasted space in your bathroom. Don't be afraid to pull the plug and switch to a large and spacious standing shower instead. A shower is actually more cost efficient and environmentally friendly in your home than a bathtub because showers require less water. If you decide to remodel and revamp your space with a luxurious shower, look into a clear shower as it will open up the room more than a shower with a curtain or a door. Don’t forget to think about shower storage when designing your new space and discuss with your contractor the possibility of built in shelves for your new shower.

5. Splurge on High End Materials

When remodeling a bathroom you may want to keep your budget low, but don't be afraid to splurge on quality items! Buying a few higher end items and materials will be an investment in your happiness. A new, expensive sink or shower head may seem unnecessary, but investing in valuable appliances and features will be more beneficial for your family in the long run. High end materials tend to be more reliable and durable, ensuring that you can reap the rewards from your remodel for years to come.

From updating your appliances to creating more natural light, any of these simple fixes will spruce up your bathroom. Give your home a fresh look this summer with a simple bathroom remodel. Looking to try out any of our ideas or have some of your own? Remodeling your bathroom doesn't have to be a hassle! At Holland Homes, we will help you create a plan specifically for you and your home. Contact us today at 334-332-7157 to start discussing your home renovation.

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