5 Bedroom Remodel Ideas That Pay Off
Bedroom remodels are a winning prospect in so many ways. Unlike kitchens or baths, bedroom remodels require very little complicated, invasive work. You'll have no plumbing pipes to run or large appliances to purchase and install. While you might want to add a light or two, bedrooms are more about paint, fabrics, window treatments, flooring, wallpaper, and other lower-cost, DIY-friendly materials. Another great thing is that bedroom remodels can be a positive return on your investment. Expanding upward or outward to build a new addition or bedroom often represents a low net return because your initial investment is so high. But rehabbing and redecorating an existing space is vastly cheaper and faster.
TRANSFORM BEDROOM INTO A PRIMARY SUITE
Carving out property to expand your home's footprint is always outrageously expensive, since a new foundation, walls, roofing, and a host of other elements are required.
Turning your existing bedroom into a primary one is a far less expensive project but can pay you back handsomely. But where do you get the space for this?
Create a primary suite without laying down a single square foot of foundation. For example, by merging two bedrooms and a hallway into one, large area. The result would be a gorgeous top-floor living-sleeping area that is bathed in light during the day, yet remote and cozy at night.
IMPROVE BEDROOM MOOD WITH LIGHTING
Most homeowners focus their attention on kitchen lighting or bathroom lighting. Bedroom lighting often falls to the wayside, being relegated to a dismal switch-controlled ceiling light and a lamp on a nightstand.
Instead of thinking of single set pieces, think in terms of a combination of light sources. Start with the ceiling light—a switch-controlled light is typically required by code—and replace the old shade with a fun, eye-catching new shade. Or grace your high bedroom ceiling with a chandelier or an oversized shade.
Rewire the wall behind the bed for space-saving wall light sconces that are perfect for reading in bed. Putting the bedside scones on a dimmer switch helps set the mood when you're done reading.
IMPROVE BEDROOM COMFORT WITH NEW FLOORING
Bedroom flooring should communicate a sense of warmth, safety, and coziness. Hard flooring options such as ceramic tile are recommended only in areas that experience high humidity and moisture.
Otherwise, think in terms of soft floors that are friendly to bare feet, such as wall-to-wall carpeting or an area rug over wood or laminate flooring.
Engineered wood flooring can be installed with feet-soothing radiant heat coils underneath. This is a hybrid of dimensionally stable plywood and a hardwood veneer. Wide plank flooring adds an air of dramatic grandeur to any primary bedroom.