If “new year, new bathroom” is your mantra to start off 2018, then you’ll no doubt have plenty of planning and big decisions in store this year. And while it may seem like it’s all fun and games as you spend hours pinning away your favorite bathroom details on Pinterest, actually putting together a plan of action to get the job done can be a much more stressful.
Here are some important considerations to make ahead of time to save your sanity throughout the remodeling process and help you get to the finished product with a little less stress.
1. Uncover Your “Why”
Before you get started, make sure you’re clear about your intentions for remodeling your bathroom, as these decisions tend to dictate the rest of the home remodeling process. Are you giving the bathroom a simple facelift to replace outdated finishes and fixtures? Or are you expanding the space to create your dream master bathroom?
You may be remodeling to address accessibility issues for an aging loved one or just trying to refresh the space to make it look more attractive before you put the house up for sale. Whatever your motivation, be specific about it.
2. Create a Budget
It doesn’t matter if no expense can be spared or if you’re on a shoestring budget. To keep your bathroom remodel project on track and running smoothly, it’s best to set a budget before you get started. Bathroom renovation costs can vary dramatically depending on the intricacy of your remodeling efforts.
However, average bathroom renovation costs vary between $10,000 and $30,000, according to Angie’s List. But don’t let any costs scare you away; after all, bathroom renovation projects tend to increase the resale value of your home, offering as much as an 80 percent return on investment.
3. Let Your Needs Guide Your Choices
To ensure optimal satisfaction with the finished project, every choice you make for your bathroom renovation should serve your specific needs. For instance, if you’re attempting to brighten up a cramped space, choose a bright white wall color, add a glass door on the shower, and use open shelving on the walls to serve form and function. If your needs are of a commercial nature you should seek the assistance of a qualified specialist to help you design commercial toilet partitions.
Or, if you’re remodeling your kids’ bathroom, you’ll want ample storage to keep everything from bath toys to linens and toiletries neatly out of sight, as well as durable countertops and brushed metal fixtures that won’t show water spots easily. If you’re simply remodeling the bathroom to prepare your home to sell it, opt for on-trend design flourishes and ample storage.
4. Be Practical
Think through every option to consider how it will function in everyday life. If you choose a glass shower door, are you ready to squeegee it after every use? Will that curbless shower design make more of a mess than it’s worth, with water splashed everywhere after your daily shower? Will that pedestal sink really make the small bathroom look more spacious, or are you better off installing a vanity for more storage?
Lighting is another major practical consideration. Women who do her makeup in the bathroom have different lighting needs than men who just suds up, shave and slick back their hair. Aim to vary your lighting to accommodate a wide range of needs, including some minimal under cabinet lighting to light the way during bathroom jaunts in the middle of the night.
With some careful consideration and planning, the entire bathroom remodeling process doesn’t have to be daunting. By identifying your intentions, creating a budget, making choices based on your needs and choosing practical finishes, fixtures and materials, you’ll be able to relax in that new bathtub with a glass of wine before you know it.