You may think that taking on a bathroom remodel project won’t be too big of a project — and chances are it won’t put you out too much or for too long. But if you don’t have a plan and a design in mind ahead of time, it can quickly go downhill, taking a lot longer than you’d planned. Here’s what you need to know about designing a bathroom remodel.
1. Know Your Budget in Advance
Have an idea in mind of how much you want to spend before you start doing your planning and looking for items to buy. If you start deciding what you want and choosing pieces before you know the costs — or how much you’re willing to spend — things can quickly start adding up. This will just lead to frustration.
And don’t forget it’s always important to plan for an additional 20% over budget just in case you run into unforeseen issues in your home during the construction, such as mould growth or plumbing issues.
2. Talk to Everyone Using the Space
If this is your personal bathroom, the decisions are entirely up to you. However, if you share a bathroom with your husband or all of your family, it’s important to get input for your remodel. If you have taller or shorter people using the bathroom, consider raising or lowering the sink, toilet, and maybe even the tub, so everyone feels comfortable using it. And although you may want a luxurious bathtub, if all your other family members prefer showers, you’ll need to try to plan for both.
3. Think About Your Space
The whole purpose of a remodel is to completely transform your space, and yes, that could include busting through the wall to include a closet or even a room currently next door. But you still need to be realistic. If you don’t have a huge bathroom, it’s likely you won’t be able to have a large soaker tub, separate shower, and double sink.
4. Decide If You Want to Keep Anything
Maybe you love your pedestal sink or the tub you have now. Plan to work around it so you can keep it there! Just because you’re going for a remodel doesn’t mean you have to lose what you love. Maybe it can be moved to a different spot in the bathroom, or you can work around where it is now.
5. Start Looking at Materials
Take a look online, in brochures, or at stores to get an idea of the looks you like and would like to see in your space. Having a basic idea of colours, materials, and what types of fixtures you want is a great place to start when planning a design.
6. Hire a Professional
Let’s face it, it’s hard to do all the work yourself. And even just the design of the entire bathroom remodel can be a tough thing to take on yourself. Hiring a professional takes a lot of pressure off, so you can actually enjoy the process of getting your dream bathroom. Not to mention that hiring a professional to help you design your home construction or remodel project means you’ll get expert advice for utilizing your space, and likely hear ideas you had never even thought of!
When you hire Bennefield Construction to do your bathroom remodel, you not only get knowledgeable, professional home builders to do the work, but you also get access to our interior designer who will give you an assortment of ideas that will work with your space — and your budget. Contact us today with any questions or to get started on your bathroom remodel or other home construction.