Bathrooms, whether master bathrooms or guest bathrooms have come a long way over the years. No longer are bathrooms only for function; homeowners now want all the latest amenities for a level of style and luxury as well. Remodeling a bathroom is no small undertaking, especially if you plan on moving plumbing. Before you start a bathroom renovation, be sure you are entirely prepared. We have pulled together a few things to consider and created your bathroom remodeling checklist. When you are ready, we are here to help!
Be sure to create a budget
With so many options out there for bathrooms, it is important to have a budget in mind, so you are not easily distracted by all the fabulous options out there. No matter what your budget is, a quality bathroom renovation professional can help you achieve what you want and stay on budget. Before you get started, take a look at what you want to do, and then do your research on what it is going to cost to create that dream bathroom. It is important to have an idea of what the costs are going to be for the features you want. This will include materials, design, and labor. Decide what kind of materials you want and get an idea of what those costs are. Granite or marble countertops, or perhaps something even more exotic? Stock lighting or custom order fixtures? Look at your bathtub: Will it require a complete replumbing job to accommodate or are you staying with the same footprint? Gathering costs and creating a budget will help you enjoy the process and the end results without facing an unanticipated bill at the end.
Decide on the function of the bathroom
Sure, there are the basics of what every bathroom should accommodate for functionally, but this is more about usability overall. How many people will be using it at the same time? Do you want a spa-like bathtub that is oversized with jets and other options for a luxury bath, or would you rather have a steam shower? Both? What kind of lighting will you need for shaving, make-up, etc.? Here are a few key items to consider when choosing a bathroom layout:
- Shower/tub combo
Is the bathroom adjacent to another room such as the master when it will always be in view or will it be a closed-off space? Really plan the footprint of your bathroom to make sure it serves your functional and aesthetic needs.
Plan out your color scheme
If you’re completely renovating a bathroom, you’ll likely be choosing flooring, countertops, sinks, faucets, showerheads, shower tiles, glass, and paint, not to mention other bathroom décor such as mirrors, lighting, towel racks, and hooks. It is important to have a color scheme in mind so that all of these go well together and create the overall look you want. This can be overwhelming for many. Your best bet is to work with a bath design professional who can create a color scheme that you will love. Whether you’re going alone on this or using a designer, a checklist can come in handy to keep track of this.
Consider your lighting
Lighting is important in bathrooms! Ever tried to put on makeup or shave in an underlit bathroom? Miserable, right? To plan for lighting, consider what light you already have, such as a window or a skylight, and plan from there. The best approach to a well-lit space is to incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting. Be sure to plan for all three, then look for the right style. There are many lighting styles you can use for the vanity area including light bars and wall sconces, or small pendants. Work with an electrician so you understand how much light you can and should put in the room.
Do not forget the bathroom hardware
Bathroom hardware includes faucets, showerheads, and knobs, but also includes handles, hinges, towel racks and hooks, and door handles. Make sure you have hardware that is complementary to each other. If you are using oil-rubbed bronze for your shower hardware and faucets but your door handles are brass, it is going to impact the overall look of your bathroom. While everything does not need to match exactly, it should not clash either.
Take a look at bathroom technology
There are all kinds of options to add technology to your bathroom these days so look around and see if any catch your eye. Options include floor heating, under counter appliances such as warming drawers for robes and towels, or wireless music systems. You spend a lot of time in a bathroom; why not make it a luxurious retreat? Be sure to add bathroom technology to your checklist!
Remodeling a bathroom can be a substantial project, but a thrilling one! Follow this checklist to make sure you are staying in budget while putting together the bathroom of your dreams!