If you’ve decided it’s time to update your bathroom, there are a few things to keep in mind. The bathroom, after the kitchen, is one of the most used rooms of any home. It is important it suits your family’s needs, is highly functional and of course looks good.
Whether you’re planning to sell your home or it’s just time to give your family a more updated space, there are a few important decisions you should make for your bathroom remodel plan.
What is Going, What is Staying?
First up, what are you going to get rid of?
Is it a complete overhaul, or are just a few fixtures being updated. Is the reason you are remodeling because the fixtures are old and outdated? Or is there a specific area of the bathroom that doesn’t work for you?
Maybe the floor is outdated or peeling, or the mirrors are in inconvenient places, or you’d like to knock out a closet or install some shelving.
Before you start, pin down the exact things about your bathroom that need work. Don’t immediately assume you need to overhaul the entire room. You may be able to save yourself big bucks by starting with the problem areas.
If your bathroom seems too small, you might not need to tear out a wall. Maybe you just need a pedestal sink instead of a cabinet one. Think about all these things and start making a list of what will be changed.
Measure and Plan
If your decision is to overhaul the entire bathroom and start from scratch, start thinking about what’s going to replace the current fixtures.
Get out the tape measure and size things up. Measure the tub, sink and toilet as well as the size of the room. This will help you draw out a plan for the ‘new’ bathroom and map out replacements. Make sure to measure replacements as you look at them too to make sure they will fit.
Keep in mind that you might not be able to fit in everything you want. While a claw foot tub might be on your wish list, if your bathroom is too small for anything but a tub that fits closely into the wall, it’s not going to work.
Draw lots of diagrams, move things around and get it to so they will fit. But keep in mind that the layout of a bathroom is fairly limited. The water pipes only come out of the walls in certain places, which means your toilet and shower will need to stay where they are. You can start to tear up walls and plumbing which will open up other options, but this will add to the cost of the remodel.
Shop For New Items
Once you’ve got a plan, the easiest part is deciding on what new items to buy. There are always new innovations coming onto the market that make bathrooms even more practical than before.
For example, if you haven’t had a new toilet in awhile, you should consider a low-flow toilet. They are great for saving on water bills and do the job just as well. Not only will you save on your utilities bill, but fittings like this are a huge plus to potential buyers.
Bathroom safety should be top of the remodel list as well. Even if you don’t think you need them, handles around the tub and non-slip floor coverings make the bathroom much safer. Many older bathrooms are lacking in safety features like these. For a little extra cost, they will add to your home’s value.
Remodeling your bathroom is a big job that needs to be thought out and planned. Whether you’re doing it to sell your home or just to improve it for your family, make sure to consider the aspects of space, safety, and convenience.
The bathroom is an important room in the house that you spend a lot of time going in and out of. Make it beautiful, make it comfortable and make it safe.