If you’ve just become a new homeowner and you’re wanting to get your hands dirty on remodeling your home, my first piece of advice is to make sure you have the time, budget and patience to do so. Renovations of any kind can be a very daunting process, especially when it comes to remodeling a specific room in your home like the bathroom. This space needs to be functional, practical and serene for all occupants. There are several million decisions to made along the way from grout to mirrors to what types of actual toilet or shower curtains you want hung in the space. The price tag can get a bit bigger than you hoped for. What are some tips to know before you tackle this bathroom remodel you might ask? Below are a few things that will help!
1. Budgeting - Think you can get by remodeling your bathroom for a couple of hundred dollars? Think again my friend. A low grade renovation with less expensive materials or smaller swap outs could actually run you just a few thousand for faucets, sinks and tubs. The majority of why it can be so expensive is the plumbing, counters, surfaces, labor and any hardware or cabinetry that you are adding. Some people even say that your bathroom project should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value.
2. Statement Pieces - When it comes to remodeling, you may be tempted to upgrade your bathroom with some dramatic statement piece. Think of those gorgeous freestanding bath tubes you’ve been eyeing in the magazines Although, looking at it again, it actually may not be the most practical choice. If you are not a fan of cleaning, or take more than 3 showers a day, it might not be the right choice for you. Plus, it does take up a lot of room and if you have a pretty small bathroom, my pick would be to make sure it’s in the budget and also the room!
3. Install Accessible Outlets - The worst thing that could happen if you get to the end of this renovation and realize you forgot to map out where you put the outlets. Outlet errors could be nowhere to put the hairdryer across the room or you can’t see yourself in the mirror. What about guests that use an electric toothbrush and charge it all night long? To avoid any of these mistakes, pretend you are using your bathroom and figure out where good spots to put the outlets would be.
4. Find The Perfect Countertop- While it may be overwhelming to pick every little thing out for your bathroom, do not skip out on the countertops. If you’re unsure or have no idea where to start, I’d suggest stopping by a showroom to get all your questions and concerns answered by a professional. A particular company that offer you a variety of countertops is called Premier Surfaces. They are located all around the country with their fabulous showrooms filled with all types of bathroom necessities. For instance, did you know when it comes to marble there are a few different types? Some of the most popular countertops for homeowners to remodel their bathroom is suing calacatta and carrara marble. IF you want a more muddy white base or a grayish background with soft veining, then carrara marble is for you. Thinking of a more pure white with a dramatic darker grey veining. Although it might be from the untrained eye but if you put them side by side, you can tell a difference.
5. Think of Optimal Storage Spaces- Similar to forgetting outlets, don’t forget about storage spaces as well! If you have a small powder room, you can add some extra storage shelves above your toilet, next to the mirror or on the opposite end of where your toilet is going to be. You could also use hooks for over the door for towels or baskets that carry extra items for guests and friends to use. You don’t really need deep shelving either- baskets can also make a great way to store toilet paper or towels as well.
There may be over tips and tricks to tackling your bathroom remodel that I haven’t mentioned but I think these ideas are good ones to help think about the renovation process as a whole. When in doubt, hire a professional to go over your must have wish list, your budget and what you the time you’re willing to put in to making this remodel a dream come to life.