How to Successfully Complete a Bathroom Remodel
Having a bathroom remodel is the perfect opportunity to add all the little gadgets, shelving and storage spaces that you always wanted to have while making the space more enjoyable and cozy. However, remodeling can take time and money, so in order to successfully complete a bathroom remodel, there are a few things to keep in mind. Learn about them below.
Setting a Budget
A remodel can definitely cost a lot of money, especially if you don't set a budget and get carried away by all the wonderful things and details in the store than can make the space even more incredible. However, money piles up quickly and a small remodeling project can turn into a very expensive endeavor.
To set a budget, consider:
- Making a list of the items you want to remodel and which furniture you will keep as is (for example the toilet bowl, the lighting.) Be realistic and try to think of functionality, not luxury.
- Getting quotes from several different contractors along with deadlines, compare and make sure you get the best option for your needs.
Deciding on a style
Bathrooms can come in several different styles, color pallets, shapes and forms. To help you decide on the style, consider the following tips:
1) Give an original style to the space
No matter if you call a colonial, craftsman style home, Victorian-gothic or an ultra-modern high-rise home, make sure the remodel doesn't go against the home's original style. Keep your surroundings in tune and avoid clashing.
Finding a good balance of style and modern functionality is key in all bath remodel designs. Do you love the look of subway tiles? Are you thinking about a jetted tub? Go ahead and google new ideas. Read magazines and write down the styles you like the most for your new bathroom remodel.
Ask your friends, take pictures and indulge in a little window shopping.
2) Think in terms of functionality
Finding what fits your lifestyle in functionality and amenities is extremely important. You might love the farmhouse look of a claw-foot bathtub and distressed hardwoods of your first-floor bath, but if you have small children it can be very impractical.
3) Don't be afraid to ask for professional adviceAre you dreaming of a spa-like experience for your bath? Do you want to wow your house-guests with your new bath remodel? Your bath remodel expert has the experience and know-how to give you what you want. But, if you don't communicate well as to what you are hoping to achieve with your new remodel, you might just end up a day late and a dollar short.
Make sure you communicate what is most important to you during this process. Do you want to splurge on fixtures? Or is wall to wall tile-work more your style? Write down what is most important to you before your first quote. You will be glad you did.
- Think about power outlets. Almost everyone forgets outlets and they are key for many of the activities you do in the bathroom. From shaving to blow-drying your hair, having an outlet closeby is something to keep in mind when remodeling.
- Make storage a priority, not an afterthought. Having the space to store your combs, hydrating creams, face masks, sponges, brushes, blow dryers, hairstyling iron, towels, etc., is incredibly important.
- Avoid wallpapers. Humidity is not good for adhesives, so stick to paint.