Top 3 Tips For a Successful Bathroom Remodel
When starting any home renovation, there really is no end of things to think about. Even more so, it seems as though every time you make a decision on one thing, that opens up another set of choices and decisions to make. Home improvement can easily start to feel like a never-ending process. While we can’t tell you all the exact steps to achieve the perfect bathroom remodel, we’d like to share with you three top tips to set you on the right track.
Priorities — Yes, pretty much everyone that starts a bathroom remodel wants a new look to match better suit their tastes. However, when thinking about your specific bathroom, where are your greatest struggles; what creates the most problems? Is there enough room to store towels, toiletries, etc? Do you have enough light to put on make-up, shave, etc? Have you ever actually used that tub? Sit down with your family and make a list of these “needs” vs. “wants” and you’ll start to see your new bathroom starting to take shape.
Budgeting — Nobody likes to talk about money, but according to Remodeling Magazine, the average bathroom remodel in 2016 cost $18,000. That’s not chump change for most folks. First, take a look at your “needs vs wants” list, do some research, and start putting actual numbers next to those “need items.” Even if you’re a dedicated DIYer, you’ll likely have some labor costs to tackle any intricate plumbing or electrical work, so don’t forget those costs. Finally, add at least 10 percent padding for unexpected costs if your house is relatively new; the older you home is, you should consider increasing this budget padding to 20 percent or more, since you never know what could be hiding behind that drywall! Finally, look at your “wants” and see if they’re still within your reach!
Professional Design — You’re all but guaranteed a better result with just about everything when you engage with a trained and experienced professional. Bathroom design is no exception. Many homeowner’s main complaint about their bathrooms is the small size. An experienced bathroom designer can do wonders with a small space, and will offer suggestions that you may not have considered.