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How Do I Plan My Bathroom Remodeling Project?
Jan 16, 2020
A zen bathroom remodel design
A zen bathroom remodel design

Bathroom remodeling can be quite exciting, and it is easy to get carried away with all the options before you such as aesthetic lighting, unique wallpapers, and luxurious bathtubs to name a few. What most people do not realize is that a new bathroom design project can quickly turn into an overwhelming task if there isn’t enough planning. It takes meticulous planning to get bathroom remodeling projects right. Of course, what makes a plan great is recognizing all the critical factors involved and preparing for them.

Below are some important things you must keep in mind while planning for your bathroom remodeling project.

Employ a Balanced Budget Approach to Your New Bathroom Design

Impulsive decisions can get you in a tricky financial position midway during the project. Set financial boundaries by having a well-thought-out budget in place. Once you have zeroed down on how much you can afford to spend, deduct labor charges from it. The remaining amount will give you the perfect idea of how much you can set aside for tiles, cabinets, fixtures, and the extras that you want.

Set Realistic Timelines for Bathroom Remodeling

No matter how small your bathroom, remodeling it will take more than just a couple of days. It comes down to how extensive your bathroom remodeling design project is. Bear in mind that your contractor will have to administer certain steps that – regardless of the bathroom size – will take the same amount of time. For instance, purchasing fixtures and tiles and customizing cabinets. Setting a realistic timeline is necessary so that you, the resident of the house, can make temporary arrangements. When you estimate the bathroom downtime, add a day for cleaning it and making it fit for use once the renovation is complete.

Get the Bathroom Remodeling Sequence Right

Unless you adopt a systematic approach, your remodel project might be unnecessarily prolonged. Ensure that your contractor starts from the top and moves down. In other words, the contractor must start with the ceiling, then the walls, and finally the floor. The sequence will not only prevent damage during remodeling but also make cleaning less cumbersome.

Design Choice and Functionality Must Go Hand in Hand

When it comes to bathroom remodeling choices, there are many options for fixtures and appliances. Faucets, showers, vanities, tiles, paint color – the list of things that demand your attention is never-ending. With the wide array of design options at your disposal, you might end up placing design over functionality. Additionally, there is the challenge of sticking to a theme. Ideally, you must first choose those items that will define the look of the new bathroom design, and then proceed to make the rest of the choices around them. Keep in mind that the bathroom is a part of your house, so you must consider the larger picture.

The new design of a bathroom in a home remodel
The new design of a bathroom in a home remodel
You Do Not Have Unlimited Space

The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house. Moreover, plumbing and electricals take up quite some space. You have no other option but to make the best use of the remaining space. Draw up correct measurements with the help of your contractor before you go shopping for your design components. Avoid ending up with something that does not fit, and make sure there is enough free space in the bathroom. Ensure that all the utilities and appliances do not block the way. Moreover, this way, you will be able to optimize the bathroom space.

Plan storage intelligently. Your bathroom might have irregular corners. Use them wisely. Consider accessibility while not compromising style.

Small Things Make a Big Difference

There is no doubt that major changes such as a new sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower door can make a big difference to the look of the bathroom. What most people do not realize is that even small things like faucets, door handles, drawer handles, and showerheads can make a difference too. It is wise to make a checklist of these tiny components and add them to your shopping list. The best part is that they will not affect your budget by a lot, yet they will make an appreciable impact.

DIY? Think Again!

Tile work, plumbing, and electricals are tasks which require highly skilled personnel. Moreover, bathroom remodeling can throw surprises at you when you least expect them. Discovering rusted and crumbling plumbing stacks or rotting joists due to a leaky shower are some of them. Besides, there is the pressure of completing the entire project on time.

Whether to hire a contractor or not, should not even be a question. There is no doubt that you will need one. You have two options:

  • A general contractor who takes care of everything independently
  • A subcontractor who works under your supervision

Professional contractors guarantee a thorough job and will certainly complete the project faster than a homeowner going for a DIY project.

Flooring and Walls – Choose the Right Material

The primary criteria for choosing the floor and wall surfaces must be waterproofing and slip resistance. Beyond that, it is all about price and looks.

When it comes to surfaces, granite, marble, and ceramic material, although highly durable, can be slightly expensive. If you have a bigger budget, you can go for them. On the other hand, stained or painted cement and vinyl tiles or sheets are relatively inexpensive. You can explore the market for the latest designs and styles based on your budget.

Lighting and Ventilation

Ideally, your bathroom must have an incandescent light of 4 watts1 for each square foot. Make sure that there is adequate natural light entering the bathroom. Dimly lit bathrooms may look great, but they can be highly impractical and even downright hazardous. You must strike the right balance between functionality and ambiance. Bathrooms are usually damp and can give rise to mold, which can be quite unhealthy. Adequate ventilation and the resulting airflow goes a long way in preventing wood decay. Also, plan the position of the exhaust fan such that your bathroom has good ventilation.

Finally, the Cleaning

Before you enjoy your newly renovated bathroom, it needs a thorough cleaning. Light fixtures, windows, floors, and walls cannot be overlooked, but cleaning them can turn out to be a daunting task. If your bathroom has undergone major changes, it is recommended that you hire a professional cleaning agency rather than doing it yourself.

How We Can Help

Follow our bathroom remodeling tips to avoid unexpected issues and stretched budgets. End up with a great-looking bathroom that you truly deserve.

Got questions related to bathroom remodeling? Our team of experienced California-licensed engineers can help you with the right advice and services.

Call us at (877) 704-5727 or email your requirements to info@designeverest.com for a no-obligation quote followed by a consultation.

Sources:
[1] https://www.alconlighting.com/blog/residential-led-lighting/how-do-i-determine-how-many-led-lumens-i-need-for-a-space/

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