Would you like a bathroom that offers maximum comfort, space, and luxury? One that’s welcoming, stylish, and accommodating? Who wouldn’t? You can very likely get the bathroom of your dreams through a remodel. You have to be smart about it, though. You have to strategize and to think everything through in advance. You don’t want to break the bank, and you definitely don’t want to end up with a bathroom that’s not really to your liking. Work to get the bathroom of your dreams on a budget you can afford. Follow our savvy bathroom remodeling tips, listed below!
The Smart Approach to Bathroom Remodeling
- Plan everything. Plan down to the last detail. Not everything will actually go according to plan, necessarily, but you must have a vision for your bathroom remodel. What are you looking to accomplish? How are you going to make best use of your space? What materials will be best suited to the project? How much money is this going to cost? Think through every angle of this project.
- Not great at planning? You can always outsource it. Call a designer or a home remodeling specialist to help you come up with a plan—but remember: This will inflate your budget a bit!
- A great way to keep the budget down is to maintain your same basic footprint. Don’t move around any of the walls, and place new fixtures in the same place where the old ones were. This will eliminate some of the biggest costs with bathroom remodeling. Of course, if your goals and vision hinge on a new footprint, that’ s a different story, but it will require a larger investment.
- Think about the things that will make your bathroom more enjoyable and luxurious, on a day-to-day basis. This does not mean what you might think it means. The temptation is to focus on things like the luxurious showerhead or the elegant faucets, but for many homeowners the biggest factor in bathroom enjoyment is lighting. Make sure you have plenty of light to make it a bright and appealing space as you go about your daily grooming.
- Understand the importance of bathroom ventilation. A good ventilation system helps prevent excess humidity, and ward off mold and moisture problems. This should be a preeminent concern as you plan your bathroom remodel.
- Give yourself some storage space; it may not seem like a high priority now, but you’ll be grateful to have it later on. Give yourself adequate space for towels, toiletries, and the like. Consider stand-alone shelving units, vertical wall shelves, little vanity tables, and any other storage options that spring to mind.
- Be reasonable about the things you can do yourself and the things you can’t, or shouldn’t. You can likely install a towel bar yourself, for example, and save a few dollars. Alternatively, you cannot necessarily install a new bathtub or replace the tiling. If you have no idea how to do it, it may be more prudent to leave it to a remodeling professional.
- Research the remodeling company you choose. This is not something to scrimp on. Pick a company with a reputation for honest dealings and excellent workmanship, but also for some sound warranties and guaranties.
The more foresight you put into this, the better off you will be. It will potentially save you money and keep you from settling on a bathroom you’re not thrilled with. Get a vision—and then reach for it!