9 Bathroom Remodeling Tips to Keep in Mind During Your Renovation
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Did you know the average cost of a bathroom remodel is $16,128?
Because remodeling your bathroom will set you back thousands of dollars, it’s essential you make it a successful remodel. If you’re ready to remodel your bathroom, you came to the right place.
Read on to learn about these bathroom remodeling tips.
1. Start With a Budget
If you want to remodel your bathroom, the first thing you need to keep in mind is the budget. The last thing you want is to take on a project that you cannot afford. You might think you have a general idea of how much you want to spend, but without proper planning, you might end up spending more than intended.
Because bathroom remodels can add up quickly, you need to keep in mind the materials, labor, and any unexpected costs.
Before you set to decide how much you can spend, sort out some financial details.
Do you want to remodel to add value to your home? How long do you plan on living at your current house? Do you have to move the plumbing?
2. Type of Bathroom
Once you decide on the budget, the next step is to figure out what type of bathroom you want to create. The type of bathroom you decide on will also depend on the size of the bathroom you’re working for.
As the name suggests, a standard bathroom has all the basic features such as a sink, toilet, shower, bath, or both. Standard bathrooms are most common in homes or apartments with only one bathroom.
It’s also common for some homes to have one standard bathroom for the family and a powder room for guests.
If you have multiple bathrooms in your home, you might choose to create a half bath or a powder room. Those who already have an en-suite in their bedroom might choose to add a powder room.
For the most part, a half bath is smaller than a regular bathroom and only has a sink and a toilet.
Half baths are a great idea if the shower is rarely used and you want a more spacious powder room for guests.
Wet bathrooms are another type of full bathroom that leaves the shower free-standing. Because the shower is not behind a curtain or a cubicle, the entire bathroom has to be waterproof.
If you’re considering a wet bathroom, then chances are you’re going for modern bathroom design.
3. Bathroom Layout
Those who simply want to install a new toilet and add a new coat of paint might not have to change their bathroom layout.
However, if you plan to gut the bathroom and change the plumbing, you should plan a new layout.
Because changing the plumbing will raise the costs significantly, only re-do the layout if you think you can make the space more efficient.
For example, if the first thing you see when you open the bathroom door is the toilet, then it’s a good idea to change the layout.
4. Do You Want a Bathtub?
While many bathrooms have a bathtub, not everyone actually takes baths. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, decide whether or not you want a bathtub.
Although showers are quicker and more convenient, baths are more relaxing. However, if it has been years since you took a bath, you might reconsider a bathtub.
Considering filling up a bathtub requires 70 gallons of water while a 5-minute shower uses 10 gallons, those who are more environmentally friendly might choose the latter,
5. Low-Flowing Toilet
A full bathroom remodeling project would not be complete without getting a new toilet.
If a new toilet is part of your new bathroom, then why not choose a more modern toilet. Those with a smaller bathroom can benefit from a hidden tank toilet.
A hidden tank toilet can make a small bathroom look more spacious. Because there are more modern toilets, some of these new models are slow-flow.
Not only can they help the environment by reducing water consumption, but they lower your water bill.
Lighting is one of the most important elements when remodeling a bathroom. Not only will you need task lighting in a bathroom, but the right light can make a room look bigger.
If your bathroom has the potential to incorporate natural lighting, then you can use this to your advantage. For example, if your bathroom has a few windows, try to place your vanity lighting and mirror facing the window.
With this trick, you will be able to let more light in. Once it gets dark, you will have plenty of artificial lighting.
To make the best of your bathroom remodel, you should focus on adding several layers of artificial light. Focus on add light over key areas such as the shower/bath, vanity, and over the toilet.
Because of the steaming hot showers you take, bathrooms tend to get humid and damp. Without proper ventilation, you will start to notice mold and mildew growth.
Mold can be quite difficult to get rid of if it gets out of control. To prevent these issues, make sure you take ventilation into account when remodeling your bathroom.
8. Durable Materials
If you only have one bathroom, chances are it endures a lot of wear and tear every day. Since you’re putting in the effort and money towards a bathroom renovation, you should get quality materials.
Don’t cut corners on the things that matter, especially on the plumbing.
9. Splash of Luxury
Even if you’re remodeling your bathroom on a budget, you might still be able to add a little bit of luxury.
If you want to add something special, you can add a towel warmer, a statement mirror, or wall-mounted features.
Time to Follow These Bathroom Remodeling Tips
Now that you know about these easy bathroom remodeling tips, it’s time you get to work.
Remember to start by making a budget, decide what type of bathroom you want, add ventilation, lighting, and more.
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