You know it’s time to remodel your bathroom when instead of being a relaxing sanctuary, it’s a source of problems.
If you’re like me, you’ll agree that enjoying long relaxing baths or showers after a hard day of work is one of life’s biggest pleasures. That’s why, if you’re noticing your bathroom has an outdated design, it’s no longer practical for your needs, or it’s presenting issues, it’s time to start planning your next bathroom remodel.
Whether you’re looking to dramatically update your bathroom or simply give it a small update, here are 3 important tips to keep in mind.
Pretty obvious, right? But the truth is, that when you’re in the middle of a house renovation there’s always some detail that you missed out on, so the more you plan the better.
Before you even call a remodeling company, you should consider the fixtures and finishes you are supposed to use and how much of a budget you’re willing to spend.
Set the right boundary of your budget and maintain those boundaries strictly.
As you plan for your budget, you must put aside at least 20% just to cover unexpected costs and surprise expenses that you will likely come across during your bathroom remodeling project.
This planning will be very helpful to have a smooth process. Try to resist the temptation of changing your plans afterward, unless financial constraints or problems arise. Changing your plans can create more expenses by delaying contractors, ordering new items, and pushing your end date out further.
The full process of a bathroom remodel could take 6-8 weeks. First, you’ll meet with a remodeling contractor to discuss the layout of your bathroom, and the materials you’ll need for the aspects of the room that are being updated. A professional can also offer advice about the style, and schedule.
Choose the design
No matter what you’re looking for, you can always look for inspiration online to find your dream bathing environment and replicate it at home.
Design and space go hand in hand. You may have incredible ideas for your bathroom remodel, but will you have space to properly execute those ideas? You’ll need to work with what you have and set realistic expectations for what can be done in that space to make it better.
You should keep in mind if the bathroom design will blend with the rest of your house. You don’t want it to be matchy-matchy, but at least to go with the flow.
Keep functionality in mind
Many homeowners focus mainly on design and neglect of functional aspects.
For example, proper ventilation is very important, especially if you want to ensure that your bathroom renovation project lasts for years to come.
A bathroom that’s not properly ventilated could contribute to several problems, such as the buildup of mold and mildew, ruining some of the expensive upgrades made in the new bathroom remodel.
Also, a gentle reminder that you should install a tub only if you actually take baths. Many home-owners only install a tub because they feel like they should, but If you have to choose, you should always go with what is most functional for you and your family at this time. And that could mean leaving the bathtub out of your plans.
On the other hand, if you’re thinking about having a wet room, meaning an open space with no steps or raised areas, the whole room needs to be waterproofed.
Planning a bathroom remodel requires a lot more details than you may think, that’s why it’s important to consult with a professional before you execute any of your plans.
Remember that a renovated bathroom adds value to your home, gives you a relaxing space, and makes it better adapted to your family needs for years to come.