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Top 10 Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Your bathroom is where you start and end your day. Because of this, it should be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. If it’s not, it might be time for a refresh. The bathroom remodeling tips below will help you kick off your project the right way.

From your budget to the layout, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about how to remodel a bathroom. Here’s your go-to guide for the ten best bathroom remodeling tips. Let’s get started on your dream bathroom!

1 – Start With Your Budget

The first thing you’ll want to consider when you’re renovating a bathroom is your budget. Whether you have $1,000 or $10,000, creating a budget is a great place to begin. Your bathroom budget could include materials, estimated labor costs, as well as fixtures, new paint, and new flooring.

Your contractor can help you determine how much your remodel will cost. They can also work with you on prioritizing your budget. Let’s say the two main updates you have your heart set on are to put in new flooring and add a bathtub. If your budget is limited, you may be able to paint your existing vanity instead of replacing it to have a little money to put towards the items you have prioritized.

If your budget allows, you can have your professional bathroom team take care of every last detail. If your budget is limited, paint and light fixtures are items you can update yourself to save on cost. This is where a little homework can help you determine how far your dollar can go.

2 – Which Type of Bathroom Do You Have?

One of the first steps in planning a bathroom remodel is to determine which type of bathroom you have. Bathrooms will fall into a couple of categories. You can have a powder room or half bath, a full bath, and a four-piece bath.

A powder room or half-bath will most commonly include a toilet and a sink. A full bath will include a shower or tub/shower combination. There will also be a sink and toilet as well.

A four-piece bath includes a sperate shower as well as a bathtub. Your stand-up shower will be completely separated from the bathtub. Your bathtub can be free-standing or built-in. These two units may be combined by a piece of glass or a shower door. In a wet bath, they will all be exposed with tiling from floor to ceiling so that the entire bathroom can get wet.

3 – Choose Your Bathroom Layout

Once you know which type of bathroom you currently have, you can then decide what your new bathroom will include. Your contractor can help you plan the most functional bathroom layout for your space.

Older homes tend to have smaller bathrooms. You may be able to borrow a little space from an adjacent room to create a more spacious bathroom. If you have a bathroom door that always slams right into your vanity, now is the time to fix that bad layout!

4 – Will You Add a Bathtub?

If you don’t currently have a bathtub, adding one can add value to your home. Market Watch suggests bathroom remodels may give you more bang for your buck than kitchens.

Bathtubs are great for relaxing and washing small children. If you have space, consider adding a sperate freestanding tub for a spa-like feel. You and your bathroom pro can determine if adding a bath is feasible and where the best location will be.

5 – Select Your Lighting

Never underestimate the power of good lighting in a bathroom. Your lighting selections can help to set the tone of the room. From how you look putting on your make-up to the design, good lighting is always a good investment.

6 – Investigate Your Ventilation

Bathrooms tend to be damper than any other room in the house. With showers, baths, and hot water running at any point, it’s easy for moisture to build up.

If you’re renovating an older bathroom, it’s a good idea to have your contractor check your ventilation. When you’re changing out fixtures and knocking out walls, it’s easier to update this all at once.

7 – Treat Yourself to Some Luxury

Your bathroom should be your sanctuary. Whether it’s your master bathroom or a guestroom, a little luxury can go a long way. Treat yourself to some little added touches. Things like heated floors and towel racks will be an extra treat for you and your guests.

If you’re updating your shower, consider a new and improved showerhead. Extra sprayers or a steam unit will make you feel like you’re at the spa every day.

8 – Choose Your Materials

Choosing your materials is one of the most fun parts of a bathroom remodel. You’ll want to make sure your flooring, walls, vanity, and fixtures can stand water, wear, and tear.

Updating old fixtures can also make your home more energy-efficient. Save money and resources with small updates to things like leaky faucets.

You also want to make sure they reflect your personal style. Now is the time to make this bathroom your own. Choose paint colors and fixtures that make you happy.

9 – Adding a New Bathroom

Adding an entirely new bathroom opens up a world of opportunity. You’ll have a whole new space to design a bathroom that functions for you and your family. When you’re starting from scratch, consider where your new bathroom will go.

If you’re in a basement, maybe a powder room will do. If you’re adding one on a second floor, you’ll want to include full baths to accommodate everyone in your household. You and your bathroom design professional can go over which option best fits your home, needs, and budget.

10 – Consider Accessibility

If you’re renovating your bathroom, you may want to consider its accessibility. If this is your forever home, consider a large walk-in shower in case you or anyone else in your home has trouble stepping into a tub down the road.

Keep guest rooms accessible as well, so all your guests feel comfortable, no matter their age. The same goes for homes with young kids. A bathtub is nice to wash little ones, but they’ll grow into a shower before you know it. Create a bathroom that will grow with them.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips 101

If you want to get out of your bathroom as quickly as possible, chances are, it needs a little freshening up. These tips for remodeling a bathroom are sure to help you create the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. While you may fancy yourself a DIY extraordinaire, it won’t hurt to consult a professional on some bathroom remodeling tips.

If you’re ready to get your bathroom renovation started, fill out the contact form here to get in touch with the pros. Baker Home Solutions will help you with every step.