Remodeling your bathroom is one of the home improvement items that makes almost every homeowner’s to-do list, and is one of the relatively less expensive renovation projects to complete. Bathrooms are daily-use rooms, so updating the design, functionality, and look and feel can make a pleasant impact on your daily life!
To help prepare for your bathroom remodeling project, we’ve put together a list of 10 bathroom remodeling tips that will help the process go smoothly and beautifully!
Keep your lighting in mind
Lighting is important in every room, but in bathrooms where there is typically little to no natural light, it’s even more important. Overhead lighting (usually can lights) are important for brightening the room, but can also cast harsh shadows on the face in the vanity. Add vertical wall lighting surrounding the vanity to minimize shadows. You should also add dedicated task lights for the bug, shower, and toilet.
Are you interested in creating a spa-like or relaxing experience in your bathroom? Consider adding dimmers to all of your switches.
Save money by keeping things in their place
If you can redesign your bathroom around the existing locations of the toilet, shower, and sink, then you’re going to save big in the long-run. Moving or adding piping may seem like no big deal, but when you add in factors such as ventilation and wiring or other obstacles as well as repairing drywall, ceilings, or flooring after these changes are made, your bill can be very high.
Try to find a layout that hides the toilet
One of the biggest changes you can make in visual appeal when remodeling your bathroom is to make sure the toilet is hidden. For some, this may mean adding a wall, door, or a vanity that the toilet can tuck behind. If none of these options are within your price range, the same goal can be achieved by using a hutch or shelving to block the view.
Consider planning for the future
Depending on how long you intend to stay in your home, you may want to consider use for the future. You may want to add bench seating in the shower to increase accessibility — this is also a great addition for shaving legs.
Consider water-efficient fixtures
Changing your toilet and tap to water-efficient fixtures while remodeling your bathroom can help you save big on your water bills. These fixtures are used on a daily basis, so don’t cut costs in the hopes of decreasing your budget – such high use items are almost always worth the extra investment (as long as the investment is in quality over design).
Splurge on a shower
Even though garden tubs are beautiful, most homeowners find that they rarely use their tubs. Your shower is used on a daily basis, so you will gain the most benefit from having a comfortable, beautiful shower you can use every day. Removing a tub when remodeling your bathroom can hugely increase the space for a shower, creating endless possibilities for creativity and design.
Make sure there’s at least one bathtub in the home
While showers are more commonly used than bathtubs, it’s still wise to ensure at least one bathroom in your home has a tub. This keeps from affecting potential resale down the road, as some families, especially families with young children, factor the detail into their home purchase decision.
Budget for the unexpected
Most homeowners attempt to predict costs as in-depth as possible before a room renovation project begins, however there are sometimes hidden factors (such as water damage) that are difficult to predict until the project is underway. A safe bet is over budgeting 10-15% for the unexpected (and will be a nice cushion for a few extra design details if all go as planned.
One of the quickest things to outdate in a bathroom are the frames and fixtures. Going frameless on your shower keeps your bathroom modern now and in the future by minimizing the amount of installation hardware.
Have everything on-hand before you begin
We know, it’s easy to get excited about a home improvement project and start as soon as the inspiration arises, but if a piece (like a custom vanity) has to be ordered, manufactured, or shipped, then you could be waiting with a half-completed bathroom for weeks.
Jones Paint & Glass has been helping Utah remodel their bathrooms for over 75 years. Our custom glass showers and vanity mirrors can be designed and manufactured to fit any need. Call today to schedule your free on-site estimate.