How Do I Plan My Bathroom Remodeling Project?

When homeowners first began building a bathroom for their homes, this space was often tacked on as an afterthought to the home’s overall design style. The room tended to be small-in-size, dark and rather crude in design features.

Today, homeowners tend to put more time, effort and money into designing a dream bathroom retreat that provides beauty, contains customized storage spots and offers a design layout that is ultra-chic and yet still functional.

Here’s what every homeowner needs to know about planning their ideal bathroom remodeling project.

Come Up with a Realistic Budget

Before spending too much on supplies and materials that will be needed to complete your bathroom remodeling project, it is crucial to come up with a realistic budget plan first. Otherwise, the project may end up being far too costly, and/or the project could even be delayed and left unfinished if the money runs out before the job is completed.

Any home remodeling project can become more expensive than the homeowner was expecting. Setting a budget with clear limitations helps to prevent this scenario.

Determine What You Like About Your Current Bathroom

While possible, moving the existing plumbing lines and current bathroom fixtures can become pricey, to say the least. Most homeowners have things that they like and dislike about their bath spaces.

Homeowners should carefully consider if changing something major in the room is worth the added expense, time and bother. Keeping what is already there can go a long way in keeping project costs down and lessening the overall work and time requirements.

Do the Work In the Proper Sequence

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when doing a major home remodeling job is to forget about planning the work so it is completed in the proper recommended sequence.

For example, if the homeowner completes the floor installation before completing the ceiling, walls and other job phases, there is a dramatically increased risk of damaging things that were already finished.

Most professional bathroom remodeling contractors strongly recommend that home improvement project work phases should progress in a functional manner. Any ceiling work should be done before moving downwards to walls and floors. Bathroom water and sewer line changes or upgrades should be finished before installing new bathroom fixtures or floor materials and so forth.

Look for Hidden Problems if Doing a Major Remodel

It is rather common for hidden bathroom area problems to not be noticed until the situation at hand is dire. Common hidden issues in bathrooms include old plumbing that is corroded, cracked or leaky, improper air venting system, non-waterproof bathtub/shower surrounds, unseen water damage, problems with wiring behind walls or other structural issues.

Homeowners who are planning to do a major overall of their bathroom spaces should seriously consider gutting the space. This helps to ensure that those hidden dangers lurking behind walls, under bathroom fixtures or beneath the floor surfaces are found and remedied beforehand.

Determine Desired Design Style & Functionality Needs

Most homeowners will have different design style preferences and bathroom space functionality needs. Design and functionality should be thought of together for the best end results.

Taking the time to determine these two living needs can go a long way towards streamlining the remodeling process. There are a number of ways to do this.

Find your desired bath feature, then plan the rest of the design around that focal item. Alternately, pick an end design style that includes the functional aspects that you want your completed room to have before moving forward with shopping and other work elements.

Keep Bathroom Design Style Cohesive To Rest of Home

It is important to consider your family’s unique bathroom use needs and functionality features before embarking on your project. Try to tie in design elements from other rooms in the house just in case you might sell your home sometime down-the-road.

Choose New Bathroom Fixtures or Make Fixture Repairs

Typically, the first thing that people notice when entering a bathroom are its fixtures such as the toilet, sink, shower and/or bathtub. Choose new bathroom fixtures carefully or make any needed fixture repairs during your remodeling project process.

Nothing makes a bathroom space look or feel dated than old fixtures that have obvious mars and defects. Experienced bathroom contractors and design artists urge home remodeling novices to consider upgrading these fixtures along with other details like faucets, shower door handles, and other accent items.

Don’t Forget To Consider Bathroom Lighting

Most families spend time in their bathrooms getting ready for work, school or social events. Having the proper amount of lighting can make all the difference in the world.

Homeowners should consider upgrading their current inferior bathroom lighting with newer light fixtures in the design style that they prefer. Remember, lighting can be magnified with glass shower doors, vanity mirrors, and any present room windows or skylights.

Install floor or recessed lighting and/or toilet glow-lights that can serve as nighttime safety lights for kids, seniors or those with vision issues.

Add Custom Storage Space

A messy bathroom can make the space feel cluttered. Consider adding customized bathroom storage space that will keep your family’s usual toiletries and beauty products hidden from view.

Install Better Ventilation Inside Your Bathroom

Due to the water applications commonly encountered in the bathroom, it is essential to assess ventilation inside your bathroom to prevent future water or mold damage. These invasive fungal species prefer spaces that are dark, moist and warm. Upgrade or add better ventilation to avoid expensive damage to bathroom structures later.

Create a Green Bath and Add Luxury Features

Many homeowners are creating a greener bathroom space that can still include one or more luxury features. Upgrade any light fixtures to energy-efficient models and/or install water-conserving toilets and sinks.

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