Remodeling a bathroom is no easy feat. It involves a lot of planning, plenty of patience and a clear vision. With so many wires, pipes and materials in one space, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Before you start jumping into your bathroom renovation, sit down and take the time to plan. Don’t know where to start? Take a look at our four tips for bathroom remodel planning, below.
1. Determine your budget. This seems like a no-brainer, but your remodel budget should actually be more than one big number. This isn’t just about how much you can (or want) to spend overall, but where the money should go. What’s your priority for this bathroom? Would you rather get a new tub, or splurge on tile? Do you need professional help, or are you going to DIY it? Answering these types of questions can help you determine how your budget should be allocated.
2. How much time do you have? If you’re already in your “forever” home and you have more than one bathroom, you can probably take your time with this remodel and make sure it turns out perfectly. But that’s not always the case — for those trying to move into a new house as soon as possible, or for those with a single bathroom, you might need to make some compromises on design to get your bathroom ready in time. If you’re on a time crunch, be prepared to cross some luxuries off your list.
3. Consider style and practicality. Deciding on your dream bathroom style isn’t quite the same as picking out new pillows for your living room. You might have a dream of a pristine all-white marble bath in mind, but the reality of three school-aged boys might put a damper in your plans. Don’t be afraid to dream, but be practical, too. You want your new bathroom to last!
4. Don’t forget safety. In a room with water, electricity and plenty of potentially slippery materials, it should come as no surprise that a bathroom can be a very dangerous place. Consider non-slip materials, think about proper ventilation and make sure everything will be wired and plumbed according to code.