bathroom remodel

Beautiful and Budget-Friendly Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Renovating your bathroom is one of the surest ways to add value to your home. In fact, you can expect to recoup as much as 65 percent of the cost of your bathroom remodel when it’s time to put your house on the market. The average bathroom remodel costs nearly $20,000, but it isn’t always necessary to spend this much to get the look you want. By planning your renovation with a budget in mind, you might even be able to renovate other key areas of your home, such as the kitchen or outdoor living areas.

Here at Montchanin Builders in Delaware, our bathroom design experts bring their creativity and technical expertise to give each homeowner amazing results, regardless of their budget.

Update your lighting

New lighting fixtures are a quick, easy, and budget-friendly way to give new life to your bathroom. With the right lighting, you can make your bathroom look larger and more modern. Expecting a single lighting fixture to add both beauty and function is asking a lot. Instead, expect to install one central ceiling fixture, with secondary fixtures at key zones. The vanity is one place where you definitely don’t want to skimp on lighting. Add contemporary wall sconces to either side of the vanity mirror, which will cast an even glow on your face and make grooming tasks easier. Position the center of each lighting fixture at about eye level.

Lighting in the shower is also essential, especially if you’re still relying on a shower curtain instead of glass shower doors. Recessed lighting is ideal in this area. If you have enough space in your bathroom, you might add an accent light to put the spotlight on artwork or a tile wall mosaic.

Choose your central bathroom feature

Every well-designed bathroom should have a central feature that automatically draws the eye. A hot tub surrounded by greenery would do the trick, but this isn’t necessarily budget-friendly. Instead, consider looking for a fabulous, vintage-style clawfoot tub. Or, you might prefer to put the bulk of your budget into a stylish vanity or seamless glass shower door. If you’d rather not upgrade the major features of your bathroom, consider investing in luxurious tile, perhaps with an elaborate floor or wall mosaic.

Add stylish bathroom storage options

Bathroom storage options abound at retail stores, but those cheap shelving units that fit over the toilet likely won’t improve the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Instead, add value, function, and aesthetics by choosing built-in storage options. Tall towel cabinets are popular. Try to find one that matches your bathroom and has attached shelving to keep your odds and ends corralled. If you have separate “his” and “hers” mirrors, consider adding a slim, compact shelving unit between them. Improving the storage capability of your bathroom lets you keep clutter out of sight, which makes your bathroom look larger and more serene.

Whatever your style preferences are and no matter how large or small your budget is, the team of expert designers at Montchanin Builders can bring your vision to life. Renovating your bathroom is a smart way to get more out of your home, both in terms of home value and your current enjoyment of your personal sanctuary. Visit our design center or request a tour of our beautiful model homes to see for yourself why Montchanin Builders is the trusted name in home renovation in Delaware.

Additional “bathroom redesign on a budget” resources

  1. Houzz, Built-ins Boost Storage in Small Bathrooms, http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1787399/list/built-ins-boost-storage-in-small-bathrooms
  2. This Old House, A Lesson in Bathroom Lighting, https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/lesson-bathroom-lighting

3 Home Renovations to Consider this Winter

living room kitchen designThe winter season can bring on a bad case of cabin fever for some Delaware residents.

Turn the season around with home renovations that are particularly beneficial during those long, cold winter months. Montchanin Builders recommends numerous home renovations during the winter months, when contractors are more readily available and you have time to oversee indoor projects.

Consider these three popular home renovations this season if you are looking for a way to update your home, add space or simply enjoy fresh surroundings in 2016.

Kitchen remodeling

The kitchen is often the place where the family spends a significant portion of time, so kitchen remodeling can have a positive impact on everyone in the home. Kitchen remodels also provide the greatest resale value as a general rule, which means you will enjoy the greatest return on your renovation investment. Winter is also the perfect time to tackle this large project, from replacing countertops and refinishing cabinets to completely restructuring the flow of your space and creating a whole new look for the “heart of your home.”

Kitchen remodeling is a relatively major undertaking that can seem overwhelming to some Delaware homeowners. The experienced renovation experts at Montchanin Builders provide expert advice and guidance through every step of the process. With many modern, energy-efficient options to choose from, your new kitchen can be as practical as it is beautiful.

Bathroom remodel

The bathroom is another good room to give your attention to during the winter months. Bathroom remodels can turn your basic bath into a mini-sanctuary where you can relax and unwind after a busy day. With beautiful fixtures and luxurious touches, your bathroom can be transformed into your own private spa with all the trimmings.

Bathroom renovations offer an excellent return on your initial investment. If you begin your project now, you will have a beautiful new space for guests you are expecting this spring and summer. While this project is significantly smaller than a kitchen remodel, the far-reaching benefits of a beautiful new bathroom will continue to delight you throughout the year.

Basement finish

Your basement may be a wealth of expandable space that can add a game room, home theater or additional bedrooms to your home. Basement finishing is a cost-effective way to increase your home’s value while providing you with extra space to accommodate your changing needs or growing family.

The key to a successful basement remodel is choosing a layout and design for the space that will give you the greatest amount of function. At the same time, you want your basement to feel like a cozy haven where you can enjoy your indoor time throughout the winter months and all year long. Trust the expertise and experience of the professionals at Montchanin Builders to help you design a space that you will enjoy and use for many years to come.

Delaware home renovation services

Home renovations can be an excellent way to while away the chilly months of our Delaware winter. The staff at Montchanin Builders is ready to help you transform any room in your home into a modern, efficient and beautiful space your entire family is sure to enjoy.

To learn more about our home renovation services in Delaware, contact us today at 302-655-2600.

5 Home Renovation Ideas For Fall

living room kitchen designSummer is an extremely busy time for Delaware home renovation contractors, but there is still much to be done in the cooler autumn months. These five fall home remodeling projects can save you money throughout the winter, protect your home from snow and ice damage, and give you a more pleasant interior space where you’ll be spending more time as you hunker down for the winter.

1. Windows and doors

Some people wait until the winter drafts are seeping in to call a home renovation contractor. However, the work then involves building a temporary wall and exterior frame with poles and polyethylene to keep the interior protected during the remodel. Sometimes projects need to be rescheduled when the weather is particularly inclement and the job cannot be done right. To avoid all this trouble, we recommend updating windows and doors in the fall to better insulate your home for the holidays and save money on your heating bills.

2. Painting

We advise that painting be done in the swing seasons to avoid issues. Summer isn’t the best time for painting, as the humidity interferes with paint drying and can cause walls to look splotchy. Winter is another bad time for painting due to the lack of ventilation, which causes paint fumes to remain in the home longer and lengthens the drying process. But why wait until spring to freshen up your interior and create a cheerier space for yourselves? New paint – particularly in the living, kitchen and dining rooms — will create a more enjoyable place to gather for the holidays.

3. Bathroom or kitchen tile

Many types of tile adhesives require temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees to bond properly, which can easily be controlled via an indoor thermostat. Colder winter air can cause issues with the adhesives — not to mention uncomfortable cold air and wet coming into the home with all the tiles. A kitchen bathroom remodel including updated tile is something you will enjoy showing off to holiday dinner guests, too!

4. Fireplace or HVAC update

Winter tends to be a very busy time for Delaware HVAC contractors who field frantic calls from homeowners who are bundled up in blankets and multiple layers, anxiously awaiting emergency help. You don’t want to wait until it’s freezing outside, your hot water switches off, or there is a snowstorm to find your HVAC system doesn’t work. Maintenance inspections cost a lot less than unexpected emergency repairs! Montchanin Builders can design and install a new fireplace in the autumn months to take the chill out of the home, create a cozier ambiance and lower heating costs through the winter.

5. Roofing and gutters

Roof repair in the fall helps your family avoid extreme winter cold and summer heat. Cleaning out the gutters will avoid issues like ice dams and sudden roof or foundation leaks as well. Nothing is worse than water seeping into the home in the middle of winter! The summer months are often hindered by extremely hot weather, as materials are impacted by the scorching sun. Replacing roofing materials in the winter can be unconducive, so truly fall or spring are the best times for a roofing project.

Delaware home renovation

Montchanin Builders can help with any Delaware home remodeling or renovation project. As established local builders, we have an impressive track record of professional, top-quality work. Contact us at 302-655-2600 to discuss your needs.