It’s amazing what a few simple updates can do to completely transform the look and feel of a room.  Your Beaumont area bathroom is no exception. Whether you’re considering selling your home or simply tired of looking at the same old space, here are a few easy changes that can take your bathroom to the next level:  without busting your budget.

1. Color – Sounds simple enough, but a fresh, crisp coat of paint can do wonders to change the mood of your “powder room.” But don’t just stop at the walls. Has that vanity seen better days? A good sanding, some primer, paint, and a little elbow grease can make it shine once again.

2. Update the fixtures – Classic or contemporary, traditional or sleek and modern, bathroom fixtures come in any style to match your mood and design style. Consider installing a low-flow shower head and faucet not only to conserve some water, but a save a few dollars on your home energy bill, too.

3. Brighten up the grout – Nothing can make a bathroom floor or tile surround look old and dingy like dirty grout. If a good scrubbing doesn’t do the trick, you might want to invest in having your tile re-grouted. While this requires a bit of an investment, it’s definitely less costly than replacing the tile.

4. Rethink storage – There’s more to storage than your trusty cabinet or over-the-toilet shelf. Secure one side of a small, old (cleaned and maybe painted) wooden ladder to the wall for a rustic towel rack. If your bathroom cabinet has open shelving, forgo the standard wicker baskets and use small galvanized pails to store wash cloths, extra toiletries, toilet paper and other essentials.

5. Get decorative – Finish off your desired look by adding in decorative accents like wall art, candles, or vintage jars for a creative place to keep cotton balls and q-tips. Or, make a bold statement with a one-of-a-kind DIY shower curtain.

Just keep in mind that if you are making these updates to prepare your home for sale, it’s best to keep things it simple and clean. While you might love fire engine red walls surrounding your commode, your potential buyers probably won’t. Soft, soothing hues help potential buyers picture their belongings in your home.

For more ambitious bathroom upgrades or any kind of plumbing work at all, contact Connor  Plumbing today.  We’re your plumber for all reasons, and all seasons.

You’re ready to invest some time and money in your master bathroom, but you’re not sure which makes more sense:  “facelift” or “makeover.”

What’s the difference?  Oh, as much as $14,000, and enough to get you to take a long hard look at going the facelift route, especially if you’re handy with the tools and have a little creativity to boot.

On the high end, the average cost of a full makeover is $9,000 to $11,000 for a standard size bathroom, roughly 5’ x 7’ – 8’.  And yet there are plenty of home owners who are doing wonders to their bathrooms for as little as $1,000.

Here are a few ideas on how you can rework your bathroom without breaking the bank:

  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Or, re-purpose an old chest or dresser and turn it into a vanity.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Or, keep your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Improve lighting and ventilation with a new combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the  shower.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  • Replace your standard showerhead to one with multiple settings, including a pulsating or massage setting.
  • Keep your towels toasty with a heated towel bar, some of which cost $100 or less.
  • Repair cracked or dirty grout and caulking.
  • Liven things up from floor to ceiling with a fresh coat of paint.

If plans include new plumbing or plumbing repairs, you can count on Connor Plumbing, as always, for creative ideas, high quality parts and products, and outstanding workmanship.  And all with a guaranteed upfront price so you know in advance exactly what it’s going to cost.

Do you feel like you’re entering a time warp when you step into your Beaumont or Vidor bathroom? Is your would-be sanctuary more like a 1980s cliché? You’re not alone, even though the price tag for a complete bathroom remodel keeps many home owners from taking the plunge.

And yet, as long as the footprint of your existing bathroom works, you can give it new life with a few inexpensive updates. Here are 5 tips for turning your dated bathroom into a modern retreat.

  1. If your bathtub, shower, and toilet are in decent shape, focus your attention on the vanity. Painting a wooden vanity can easily freshen it up, and adding decorative hardware can complete the look. A new countertop will bring your bathroom into the 21st century, and with so many stone and solid surface materials to choose one, you can easily find one within your budget.
  2. Adding decorative woodwork can make a dated bathroom feel timeless. From crown molding on the ceiling, to bead-board wainscot on the walls, a few inexpensive details can really transform a space.
  3. Update the fixtures. Whether you prefer modern or traditional, there are countless options among faucets, shower heads, and towel racks, etc., to complement your bathroom design within your stated budget. And don’t forget the lighting. Consider adding sconces to either side of the mirror for added light and an elegant touch.
  4. Pamper yourself with a new shower head and towel warmer. While multi-jet showers are heavenly, they can be pretty costly. But a sunflower shaped, or rainfall shower head can give you a luxurious feeling for a fraction of the cost. And what’s better than wrapping yourself in a soft warm towel as you step out of the tub? A towel warmer will only set you back about $150.
  5. Add whimsical accessories. Break away from the standard bathroom décor by adding fun artwork and unique storage solutions. A small nightstand can provide added storage for hand towels and toiletries. An unused sugar bowl is perfect for cotton balls and Q-tips. And a woven basket can hold extra toilet paper rolls without taking up cabinet space.

If plumbing is part of your bathroom remodeling plans, then give us a call.  At Connor Plumbing, we have plenty of experience in giving you added beauty and functionality – not to mention greater resale value – right within your budget.


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