The bathroom is one of the most frequently used and scrutinized rooms; a complete and well-planned remodel will yield years of aesthetic functionality and impress even the most discerning visitor.
Steps to take before choosing a bathroom design
Before you consider details like materials and the cost of the remodel you need to formulate an idea of the bathroom remodel on which to focus your plans. Examine various bathroom designs in periodicals, at friends’ houses, or on the Internet. Make a list of those traits you like best and those you don’t.
Ask yourself: will the bathroom be designed for enhanced relaxation or practical functionality; whether you will need to incorporate an efficient storage system into the design; if you want to create an atmosphere with lighting; if you are going to enlarge the bathroom, or create an idea to remodel a small bathroom; how will it be mainly used?
If intense relaxation will be the focus of the design, you may want to include specialized areas in the room’s design. Maybe you want to have dim lighting in the bathtub area but enhanced lighting in front of the vanity and mirror for shaving or makeup. Perhaps you want to include a dresser with seating. If there will be more than one person using the bathroom at the same time, you could put in separate sinks and multiple mirrors. If space and functionality are important factors, the design should emphasize well-planned storage. Use stylish cabinets, shelves, and bins to store toiletries and prevent clutter.
Considering the costs
Cost is an important factor in formulating your remodeling project. This is why you should write a budget for the project. Carefully forecast costs not only for the project but also for unexpected “emergency” expenses.
Before choosing a contractor, prudent homeowners should have a list of questions ready to ask. For example, “Is there any work I can do to cut costs?” and “Will I save money if I buy the materials myself?” Although this is true, it is better to leave certain technical aspects such as the electrical connection, plumbing, and the installation of the shower kit in the hands of professionals. Some jobs like demolition and preparation can be done by the homeowner. When choosing a contractor connect with friends or people who have recently had their bathroom remodeled for referrals to local contractors. The Internet is another very useful source.
Before making any decisions, thoroughly research all aspects of your project: permits, contractors, structural changes, materials, time it will take, and all related expenses.
Separate more or less 20% of the total cost of the remodeling to cover emergencies and expenses that you could not foresee. Ultimately, enjoy the fun and excitement of creating your own bathroom remodeling project from start to finish, as well as the years of satisfaction that the finished project will give you.