10 Tips for remodeling your bathroom
August 30, 2016 / BY Mikelle Despain / 23 comments.

Tips for remodeling your bathroom

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.

Consider frameless

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.

23 thoughts on “10 Tips for remodeling your bathroom”

  1. I loved your thoughts on splurging for a good shower and hiding the toilet. You’re right, I never use my tub. I think it has been years now. It’s also unappealing when the first thing you see walking in is the toilet.

  2. The bathroom in my new house desperately needs a make over. I want to remodel it, but I didn’t know where to start. I like how you suggest using water-efficient fixtures. I bet going with fixtures that save water will also help me save money over the course of a few years.

  3. I want to get a new shower screen for my bathroom. I agree that you should splurge on the shower since you use it daily. Something to consider is to get a shower screen that is easy to clean and care for.

  4. I’m glad you mentioned that you can save money by keeping the fixtures in the same place during a remodel. I was planning on moving some things around, but now that I’ve read this article I might just keep them in the same general spots. I’m always up for finding a way to save money, especially on this bathroom remodel!

  5. This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to keep lighting in mind when doing a bathroom remodel. My husband and I are going to be renovating our master bathroom, and there is only one small window high on one wall. I’ll definitely keep lighting in mind so I can make sure there is enough. Thanks for the great post!

  6. I am really glad that I came across this article. My husband and I are going to be remodeling our bathroom in the next few months so we will have to keep these tips in mind. My plan is to get one large mirror over the two sinks rather than two small ones for each so I’ll have to look into mirror replacement, thanks!

  7. I like what this article recommends about splurging on a shower. It makes sense that if you can afford it, getting a nicer shower can be worth it. It’s something to remember when looking at bathroom remodels because I would want a better shower.

  8. I definitely agree that you should splurge on a shower, especially since you use them so often, like you said. I’ve always wanted one with frameless shower doors and tiled walls. My favorite kind of tile has always been travertine, but I would need to make sure that it would work in a bathroom setting as well.

  9. I didn’t realize that there are water fixtures for a bathroom that are more efficient than others. I also really like your tip to consider planning for the future when you are remodeling a bathroom. My parents did a bathroom remodel with the intent of increasing their home resale value, it worked out well because the planned for the future!

  10. I agree that one of the best things that you can do for remodeling is to keep lighting in mind. You also said that you can save money by renovating your bathroom and keep everything in place.

  11. I haven’t really liked my bathroom ever since my husband and I moved into our home, but I have decided that I finally want to do something about it. I think it would be nice to update it so it is a bit more modern, and also to add some more space. I like the idea you give of making sure that you have wiggle room in the budget. Like you said, all projects end up having hidden factors, so it is important to budget for those. Doing this all on your own sounds a little risky, so I think we’ll probably hire a professional to take care of it for us!

  12. I like that you mentioned that there is generally little to no natural light in bathrooms. I think that if you are considering remodeling your bathroom then you might want to look at paint that compliments the lighting. I think that if you can find paint and utilities that complement your lighting then you might feel like your bathroom was a good investment.

  13. I have always wanted to renovate my bathroom with new ideas, i want to replace double glass shower doors with etched glass,I don’t know where to get one, the models which are already available are so expensive and I don’t have budget for them.I love the ideas you are sharing here,they are worth considering for remodeling by the way.

  14. I like that you suggest to budget for the unexpected. I can see why the project might end up costing more than you anticipated it costing. There seem to be a lot of things that could go wrong and having some money saved up would definitely help you feel more at peace with it. My mom is wanting to remodel her kitchen in the summer. I’ll have to make sure she does this as she moves through the process.

  15. Thanks for the tips. You wrote that you should try and hide the toilet when doing your renovation. I’ve been looking for some tips, as my husband and I are planning on hiring a service to renovate our bathroom. If we could hide the toilet, it would also give us a bit more privacy. We’ll have to talk with our contractor about it.

  16. I hadn’t really thought about hiding the toilet to be crucial when remodeling a bathroom. Why would hiding the toilet be important? My husband and I are thinking about remodeling the guest bathroom and are open for ideas and suggestions.

  17. My wife and I are planning on remodeling our bathroom for multiple reasons including the fact that our toilet has no privacy and there is a window in front of it. Like you mentioned, I think that adding a wall or a door near the toilet will make the bathroom a place where we feel much more comfortable because of the window arrangement. I think that it is good to get a lot of ideas before putting a plan into action to be able to work out all of the kinks before a contractor comes.

  18. My husband and I have decided to complete some bathroom repairs we’ve been meaning to get to by remodeling. So I like your advice that we overbudget by about 10-15% of our guess so that we can cover the unexpected. We will definitely be planning for a few extra costs when it comes to our bathroom repairs, we will definitely be budgeting a little more than what’s in our original plan.

  19. I’m glad that you talked about keeping things where they are when you’re doing a renovation! I’ve been wanting to get some renovation services to our home for our bathroom remodel, and being able to keep a similar layout would be good for us. I think that being able to just update things would be helpful for us, but simple because we’re not having to redo the layout! Thanks for the tips!

  20. I like that you mention that you’ll save more money by not moving piping or other major things in the bathroom. My husband and I just bought a home and we want to remodel the master bathroom. It’s important to us that we find a contractor that we trust and that can get the job done well.

  21. I love dim lights to my bathroom. I also suggest to consider installing a new set of lightning. The trick to bathroom lighting is to create a very dream-like, luxurious feel by using multiple layers of lighting.

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