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Tips for Remodeling a Bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom in your home is a great way to increase the overall value of your property while providing a creative opportunity to design your home as you see fit. When you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, regardless of your budget and the vision you have for the space.

Planning

Planning is the most important aspect of any DIY home project. Without proper planning, you are much more likely to wind up over budget or running into unexpected problems. Once you have made the decision to begin remodeling your bathroom, consider the budget you have to work with, as well as the most important aspects of the remodel that you have in mind. Consider the following elements while you are in the planning process:

  • Budget: What is the budget you are working with for your bathroom’s DIY remodel? How will you be delegating your budget for the project?
  • Updates: What updates and remodel elements are most important to you and why? Create a list and prioritize what aspects of the remodel are most important to you.
  • Timeline: Consider the timeline you have available to work with when it comes to your bathroom remodeling project to help coordinate the remodeling and to stay on track.

DIY or Contract

When planning a bathroom remodeling project, decide between doing it yourself with a DIY solution, or hiring a professional contractor. Choosing to hire a professional contractor is a way for you to get started with a remodeling job in less time, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process of remodeling a bathroom yourself.

Opting for the DIY approach when remodeling a bathroom can be extremely appealing, however, especially if you have a very set and limited budget to work within the space. Although DIY may be alluring as it is much cheaper upfront, if you are not experienced, you may make potentially dangerous and costly mistakes. When deciding between a DIY approach and hiring a professional independent contractor, keep your own professional skills and abilities in mind.

Benefits of Working With a Contractor

If you believe that working with a contractor is best for your upcoming bathroom remodel, it is important to understand the benefits and advantages that come along with the decision of contracting out. Some of the most notable advantages of working with a contractor while you are in the process of remodeling a bathroom include:

  • Experience: Contractors are experienced and well-versed in various aspects of building and remodeling spaces. They are also familiar with the proper steps required to take when remodeling a bathroom and plumbing elements within.
  • Flexibility: Professional contractors who are experienced are flexible and can work with you to create any bathroom you envision for your home and for yourself, regardless of the fixtures and amenities you desire.
  • Creativity: Many professional contractors are also experienced in creative design when it comes to remodeling projects. If you do not consider yourself creative personally or if you are unsure of where to begin with your bathroom remodel project, turn to a professional contractor for help.

Although contractors are more expensive initially and upfront, they will complete the job professionally with all of the features and amenities you choose. When considering a contractor for your bathroom remodel, keep in mind that labor for bathroom remodels typically cost around $65 an hour on average, depending on your current location and the size of your bathroom itself.

Budgeting

Budgeting is a fundamental aspect of planning any remodel throughout the home, including a bathroom remodel. Without a set budget in place, homeowners are much more likely to overspend and to go overboard when it comes to selecting fixtures and choosing the right solutions for their bathroom contract work. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a standard budget for a bathroom remodeling project includes the following:

  • Labor: 20%
  • Fixtures and plumbing: 29%
  • Counters and surfaces: 21%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5%
  • Doors and windows: 4%
  • Design and miscellaneous: 5%

While you are in the process of planning and creating a budget for your bathroom remodel, keep in mind just how much you are willing to put towards specific areas and amenities or features you intend to build or install. Having set budgets in place is optimal for anyone interested in maximizing their investment and potential future return as well as any homeowner who is simply on a strict fiscal budget.

Features & Amenities

When you have plans to remodel your bathroom, there are many fixtures, features, and amenities to consider, depending on the size and location of the bathroom you are updating. Take the time to consider and compare all of your options ahead of time whether you choose to remodel your bathroom on your own or with the assistance of a professional independent contractor you have chosen to hire.

Shower

Are you planning to add a brand new shower to your bathroom or are you interested in updating or replacing your current system? Renovating a tub/shower combination and turning it into a walk-in shower is optimal for those who are older and searching for additional convenience in their home.

Consider adding modern tiling for both the floors and walls, especially if you are thinking of creating an entire theme for your bathroom. Updating the shower heads as well as faucets and door handles can add an entirely new aesthetic to your bathroom without breaking the bank or going over your budget.

It is also highly advisable to consider installing a brand new small window in your bathroom if there is not currently one available. A brand new window in your bathroom can help with both natural lighting as well as decreasing the overall level of humidity you experience any time you are using your bathroom or shower.

Bathtub

While having a bathtub in your bathroom is not always necessary, especially if you prefer showers, it can help to add value and appeal to your home if you are thinking of listing it on the open market. Additionally, bathrooms with tubs typically have a much wider appeal for families as well as the elderly, especially those who may be immobilized or may require a sitdown bathing area.

If you have a larger bathroom area, consider installing a larger tub with jets or even massagers. If you are working with a small bathroom but you still intend to renovate the tub and shower area, consider replacing shower curtains with modern rails and sleek glass door entryways. Regardless of the size of your bathroom, it is still possible to help make it appear larger and to help it stand out on the market.

Sink

Adding a new sink or updating a current sink in your bathroom is another way to add value and overall aesthetic to the space. There are many types of sinks to consider for your bathroom remodel, such as:

  • Standard vanity sink: A vanity sink is ideal for those looking to install cupboards and additional storage space beneath their bathroom sink.
  • Vessel sink: Vessel sinks are simplistic and can attach directly to your bathroom wall, providing more space beneath the sink itself.
  • Undermount sink: Undermount sinks are optimal for anyone looking for more washing space, as the sink unit itself is deeper and sinks in.
  • Vanity top sink: Vanity top sinks are typically smaller than traditional standard vanity sinks, but provide additional storage space in the form of a standard cabinet.
  • Wall-mounted: Install a wall-mounted sink to help save space, which is ideal for smaller bathroom spaces.
  • Pedestal/classic sink: Classic pedestal sinks are typically ceramic, but do not provide additional storage space or cabinetry.
  • Console sink: Console sinks are typically combinations of wall-mounted sinks with traditional shelving and metal storage beneath.

If you have additional space available in your bathroom, consider adding a second sink or more counter space, especially if you are remodeling the master bathroom in your home. This can drastically improve the look and feel of a space. Replacing your current countertops and cabinets with a more modern material as well as an updated color scheme can also help to completely change and improve the look of your bathroom.

Toilet

Thinking of updating the fixtures of your bathroom? Consider adding a new toilet. Replacing a toilet with a dual flush toilet or an energy-saving toilet is a great way to increase the overall appeal of your home for the market. If you are on a strict or low budget for your bathroom remodel, simply replacing and updating your toilet seat and/or handle can significantly change the look, feel, and atmosphere of the bathroom itself.

Lighting

Choosing the type of lighting for your bathroom can make all of the difference when it comes to the final result of your remodeling project. Choosing between ceiling lighting (standard recessed lights and traditional hanging lights) as well as vanity and accent lighting can create entirely unique environments. Use vanity lights above your vanity top sinks or countertops as well as above any vanity space you have in your bathroom. Install accent lighting within your shower unit or even directly above the bathroom mirrors in your space.

Additionally, simply installing a new window can also add to the natural lighting of the area while helping to make your bathroom appear and feel much larger than it actually is when measured.

Fixtures

Adding new fixtures to a bathroom is one of the quickest ways to add value while changing the overall look. When planning a bathroom remodel, consider the following ideas for fixture replacements and updates that can help to take your remodeling project to the next level:

  • Faucets: Update your faucets with new chrome, brass, or another metal to help your sink stand out.
  • Showerheads: Add new showerheads to match your faucets and other metal fixtures and finishings.
  • Chrome: Add chrome fixtures for a polished, modern, sleek look.
  • Brass and Nickel: When going for timeless, choose brass or nickel.
  • Energy-saving: Use low-flow energy-saving fixtures to save on bills and to add to the value of your home.
  • Streamlining: Streamline the look and feel of your home by using the same type of material when selecting fixtures and additions for your remodeling project.

Safety

Whenever you are remodeling your bathroom, it is highly advisable to consider renovations that also add to the overall safety of your home itself.

You should also always inspect the lighting and electrical of your bathroom prior to starting a new home renovation project. Ensure that the electrical and wiring is up to today’s standards before implementing and installing new fixtures, appliances, or lighting.

Hire a Professional for Any Electrical Work

Another way to ensure that you are abiding by all safety precautions and measures is to hire a professional. Hiring a professional for any electrical and fixture work within your bathroom is a way to remain safe while also minimizing risk and providing you with peace of mind at all times.

Remodeling a bathroom does not have to feel confusing, stressful, and overwhelming with the right vision and enough concentrated planning. By taking the time to properly and thoroughly plan your bathroom remodel, ensure the remodeling process is done properly, effectively, and to your liking at all times. With a vision and the right tips, create the bathroom of your dreams during your next bathroom remodeling project.