Renovating a bathroom can be an exciting project, but it can also be overwhelming and costly if not planned properly. Well, don’t worry; with the right help and a bit of patience, you can come a long way. So, we’ve gone to the trouble of making up a little list of expert tips you’ll find more than useful during your next bathroom renovation. Read on!
Plan Your Budget
The first and foremost thing you need to do is set a budget. This will help you determine what you can and cannot afford to do in your bathroom renovation. Be sure to account for unexpected costs that may arise during the project. Yes, it’s a bit restricting, but the budget is not there to make you feel “cramped,” but rather to help you straighten out your priorities and think before buying something you would regret later on. Also, having a budget could help you make killer deals and find the best possible and available things you would otherwise overlook. So, make a list, set prices, and say to yourself: “Not a penny more or less”!
Assess Your Needs
Consider what your bathroom’s needs are. Are you looking for more storage space, a larger shower, or a new bathtub? Think about what your daily routine is like and what you need from your bathroom. It’s one thing to “want” something and quite another to “need” something. We’ll also talk about the relationship between functionality and needs later, but for now, look around the bathroom and ask yourself: “Do I have the space for all of it, and do I need all of it”? Simply go for the things you absolutely cannot function without, and after that, if there is still a bit more room, you can add a thing or two you didn’t intend on before.
Think About Functionality
Aesthetics are important, but functionality is even more important. Think about how your bathroom will function and how the layout will work for you and your family. Also, thanks to the new and innovative bathroom appliances, you can save space while having a completely functional bathroom. For example, a wall hung toilet is a great way to save space while also being functional and just overall looking amazing with the right color, tiles, and decoration. Also, a hanging mirror; maybe a few cabinets to store your basic utilities and goods; and maybe you’ll even save enough space to store a washing machine. Just think in the following terms: maximizing space and practicality.
Choose Quality Materials
Choosing quality materials for your bathroom renovation can save you money in the long run. Quality materials are more durable and require less maintenance, which can save you money on repairs and replacements. It also saves you from unwanted and unnecessary surprises such as mold, and with high-quality materials, you don’t have to worry about worn-out grout between the tiles or faded colors. And, durable materials can look amazing and give your bathroom that “classy” and “over the top” look you’re looking for.
Hire a Professional
Unless you have experience with bathroom renovations, it’s best to hire a professional. They can guide you through the process and ensure that everything is done correctly. Professional interior designers have the right programs on their computers and the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to make your ideas a reality. They’ll help you convey your thoughts into a more cohesive and coherent picture and somehow connect all the dots so it all makes perfect sense while looking amazing and stunning. They’ll give you even more advice on the right colors and materials and where to buy certain elements for the bathroom. They’ll also be an objective pair of eyes, something you’ll appreciate later on.
Think About Lighting
Lighting is crucial in a bathroom. Consider adding both natural and artificial light to create a bright and welcoming space. Light has that amazing ability to turn everything into something warm, welcoming, and even more specious. There is just a certain feature when it comes to setting the proper lighting that makes the difference between a great and an outstanding design. Incorporating light, not only in the bathroom, can have a changing effect on the whole space. And it can affect your mood as well, which results in an amazing experience.
Don’t Forget the Ventilation
Proper ventilation is important in a bathroom to prevent moisture buildup and mold growth. Consider installing a vent fan to help with this. Ventilation will also save you from unpleasant situations and can save you money in the long run as it allows the regular circulation of fresh air, preventing the aforementioned buildup of unwanted mold growth and rises in humidity. It’s just more pleasant, especially during the summer when temperatures are high.
If you or someone in your household has accessibility needs, it’s important to consider this during the renovation process. This could mean installing grab bars, a walk-in shower, or a raised toilet seat. These small accessibility features can be real game-changers during your renovation, as they just add a bit more to the bathroom’s overall appearance and the above-mentioned functionality.
Have a Timeline
Have a realistic timeline for your bathroom renovation. Before you ask: What’s that? Let’s look at some basics. First, you’ll need at least a week to pick out the materials and design. Then you’ll have some trouble finding the right contractors for the job, which should also take you at least 3 to 5 days in total. And last but not least, the whole project (depending on its magnitude and level of demand) can last anywhere from 15 days to a month. Before you panic, look at it from the positive and birth side. Having a firm timeline will help you stay on track and ensure that the project is completed promptly. It helps you stay more organized, and it also gives you a realistic assessment of the whole project. Sure, it can become bothersome at some point, but knowing the timeline gives you a chance to plan out other renovation projects you have on your mind while the first is still in progress.
Yes, renovating a bathroom can be a fun and exciting project, but it’s important to plan and prepare before starting. We hope these tips will ensure that your bathroom renovation is successful and meets all of your need