When it comes to interior design, typically, bathrooms aren't paid as much attention as some of the other parts of the home, however, if you want to have a luxury home, you should think about a bathroom remodel.
Renovating your bathroom won't only make it more functional and comfortable to use, but it will also give you a great return on investment since modern bathrooms can add to your home's value.
However, like any other remodeling, it won’t be easy, many factors have to be considered, and it is essential to be prepared; therefore, today I am going to tell you about eight things that you need to consider before you jump into a bathroom renovation.
What are your goals:
Firstly, it is essential to know what you want out of the renovation. What do you want to upgrade, and what your final goal for the bathroom is? Only after you ask yourself these questions will you be able to plan the renovation properly.
For instance, you need to figure out whether you want to expand the bathroom or not? Do you want a full luxury spa bathroom, or do you want to make some aesthetic changes to a normal bathroom?
Now, I understand that deciding on a final goal for your renovation can be difficult, especially when there are so many options. Therefore, take your time, and check out different design blogs and magazines to find inspiration.
Consider your Budget:
Like with any renovation, one of the first things you need to do is draft a viable and realistic budget plan. Firstly, figure out how much money you can afford to spend. Then allocate a separate budget for different aspects of the renovation.
For instance, set aside the fixed budget for repairs, new installations, and upgrades. Coming up with a realistic budget plan will require a considerable amount of research. You need to go online and check the fixtures you are trying to get for the bathroom. Furthermore, you need to check how much you will have to spend on materials and contractor fees and make an estimated budget.
If you do the research properly, you will be able to complete the remodeling close to your estimated budget range.
Brace for some Hidden problems:
If you are renovating an old bathroom, you can expect to run into unexpected problems like structural deficiencies, plumbing limitations, and hidden water damage. You must be mentally prepared for such upsets, which will help you find a way around the problem without too much time and money.
You should also allocate a small part of your budget for dealing with such problems as they come up.
Consider the layout for the bathroom:
Before you upgrade or start tearing things down, you need to have an idea of your bathroom's layout. Now, this is a phase where things can get a little tricky because to move any fixture to another spot; the plumbing also has to be changed, which can be quite a hassle.
Therefore, if you are changing the bathroom layout, you will have to redo the tiles on the walls as well because they will have to be torn to make way for the plumbing. Similarly, the flooring may also have to be changed.
Therefore, if you have a tight budget, you should stick with the same layout and change the fixtures; however, if you were going to remodel the walls and flooring anyway, then it is the perfect time to make some layout changes as well.
Consider the fixtures you want to add:
One of the prominent aspects of bathroom remodeling is adding new fixtures. These days floating fixtures are quite trendy. It would help if you opted for a floating toilet and a floating Vanity, which makes more of the floor visible, thus increasing the bathroom's perceived size.
Furthermore, if you want to make your bathroom feel like a spa, consider adding a hot tub in place of the regular tub. Check out some saltwater hot tubs online to find one that fits your preferences. If you are going for a luxury renovation, you should also look into adding a walk-in shower to the bathroom.
Consider the impact on the environment:
These days awareness about Eco-friendliness is on the rise, and more and more people are looking to make green and environmentally-friendly changes in their homes. When you renovate your bathroom, you should also make it as eco-friendly as possible.
Installing eco-friendly fixtures like water-saving faucets, energy-efficient windows, a solar water heater, and energy-saving LEDs is a great way to save on your utility bills and add to your valuable home and decrease your carbon footprint as well.
Consider the ventilation plan:
Having a good ventilation plan is essential in any bathroom; without it, the bathroom can stay damp, and the fixtures inside the bathroom can also be damaged. Furthermore, proper ventilation is necessary for bathrooms to keep them smelling fresh.
Therefore, if you don't already have a proper ventilation plan, make sure that the windows are made, so there is a cross breeze. Or, if you can't make multiple windows, consider installing an exhaust fan in the bathroom.
Hire the right contractor:
Doing a complete bathroom renovation is too big of a job to do yourself; therefore, if you aren't a skilled plumber, and have some construction experience, don't take on too many DIY projects and hire a contractor to make the job easier for yourself.
However, it would help if you were careful when hiring a contractor. You should ask them about their previous jobs and references as well. Keep in mind that any reliable contractor will answer all your questions without any issues, whereas a bad one might try to change the discussion.
So, be careful and do some due diligence before hiring a contractor.
When it comes to interior design, the bathrooms are as important as any other part of the home, and they should be decorated accordingly. However, renovating or remodeling a bathroom can be a lot of work, especially when considering all the plumbing changes that have to be made.
Though the job can be a little overwhelming, I hope that this post helps you navigate through it.