With spring cleaning well underway, it’s time to start planning for the next step in this rejuvenation cycle: summer redecoration!
A change of scenery can make a world of difference, especially if you’re coming out of a particularly dreary winter. It feels like winter has lasted forever this year.
Bathroom remodelling is one of the top ways to make a huge change in your home. Here’s what to keep in mind if you’re looking to remodel your bathroom for the summer.
Decide if you want to change your layout
Layout changes are typically what come to mind when it comes to renovation, but changing your bathroom’s layout isn’t as simple as moving a few cabinets around. Country Living recommends a free-standing bath for a touch of elegance if your space allows for it. Just note that you will likely have to refit your pipe work. We moved our bathroom to the front of the house in order to create a third bedroom where the old bathroom used to be. This meant a lot of work taking up the floorboards & rerouting pipework to the new room.
Sketch out a rough draft of your bathroom’s current layout or else take pictures that will help you plan your new space. It’s crucial to know how much space you’re working with before you plan on making any changes. When installing a new feature like a bath it is also best to get a professional’s opinion.
Don’t forget the maintenance work
Speaking of pipes, when’s the last time you got yours checked? When planning to renovate, it is the perfect opportunity to also do a bit of maintenance work. HomeServe lists blocked drains and burst pipes as some of the most common plumbing issues that homeowners face, which can then lead to a logistical nightmare if left unchecked before you start to renovate. Even if you don’t think your plumbing has any major issues, it’s best to check at least a month or so before you plan on renovating. This necessary step will also help you avoid higher repair fees once renovation actually begins.
Go for functional decorations
Your bathroom should be a place you enjoy & can relax in. Which means it’s worth taking the time to add a few touches to make your space uniquely you. However, the problem is your bathroom often leaves you cramped for space — this is where smart decorating hacks come in. Whether it’s vertical shelves, wall hooks, or even shelves over the door frame, bathroom renovation is a great time to flex your creative muscles and see how you can make the most out of limited space.
As our ceilings are so high as we have a Victorian terraced house so we utilised that additional space by placing a wall unit above the toilet for towel storage. Just ensure that there is enough head height when installing any type of cupboard or shelving to ensure there’s no issues with banging your head for example.
Add some visual touches
Last but not least, you should also remember that not all your decorations have to be functional. The slightest visual changes can also make a world of difference. As crafty mum Charlotte Greedy told the Manchester Evening News, even just getting some printed vinyl rolls and pasting them over your bathroom floor in lieu of tiles can instantly transform the entire bathroom. Wide tiles can give your bathroom an added illusion of space, as does elegant lighting (just be careful to steer away from splash zones).
Here at This Mama we started this site as a way to inspire mums to get creative with their lifestyles. Taking charge of these bathroom renovation hacks might be the creative project you need to fuel you throughout the rest of the year!