My house is small – less than 700 square feet. It's the perfect size for me and my cat – I have two closets and a bathroom all to myself. I like that it has a small footprint and a huge yard.
But it's not exactly big enough for me to spend the rest of my life in. I've shied away from making any big remodeling plans – what's the point in making huge improvements to a home I might live in for 10 years or less? I don't want to over-improve my home or delude myself into thinking that sinking a bunch of money into a kitchen or bathroom will pay for itself when I sell. Sure, owning a house can be a smart decision, but I think of my home as a place to live rather than an investment.
But then, I saw this gorgeous bathroom on one of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy. It's similar to the layout of my bathroom, complete with a window in the middle of the shower wall. (That's sort of awkward, but great for providing natural light to a small room. Mini-blinds are crucial.)
The photo got me drooling and wondering if I could find a way to make my bathroom feel less like one in a crappy rental. It came with tileboard in the shower and the same flooring as in the kitchen. It'd be nice to have a bathroom that feels more like it belongs in a real home.
It also seems like a bathroom remodel might be a wiser use of my money than say, a $3,000 refrigerator. It could be a chance to waterproof that window and raise the shower head, which can't be much taller than me at 5-foot-3.
But at the same time, I'm afraid of uncovering a nightmare, like needing to replace the pipes that have been in my house since the 1920s. I'd definitely need to hire a professional. And I know tiles like the ones in the pictured bathroom are expensive. I don't want my bathroom to seem more modern or upscale than the rest of my house. Of course, I'd keep the new-ish vanity, perfectly functional toilet and bathtub.
So I need your advice, wise readers. Is it worth it to remodel my bathroom? Is there a way to make my bathroom look like this without wasting a bunch of money on overimprovements? Or should I just repaint, scrub the floor and shower like there's no tomorrow and call it a day?
Photo: The bathroom that has me drooling. You can see more photos of it on juhansonin's Flickr photostream.