So much goes into the planning of a bathroom redesign. You may begin your project feeling excited, but after a while you’ll feel like you’re drowning in tile, countertops and vanity hardware options. The last thing you want is to finish your bathroom, only to realize that you’ve overlooked a detail.
Designing a bathroom can be daunting if you’ve never been put to the challenge before. To make the process simpler, here are 5 things you should consider as you plan to remodel your bathroom.
Knowing the cost of your design project doesn’t just mean studying the price per square foot of backsplash. You’ll have to also factor in installation costs and maintenance costs. Do a bit of research, as there are some projects you may be able to take on yourself. Calculate the total cost of the project, and then add an additional 15% to that total. You don’t want to be unprepared for unexpected expenses!
There are hundreds of materials on the market to choose from – you’ll have many options for flooring, countertops, tile and even showers. Take our advice – it’s better to choose quality products. Spending a little bit more today will ensure that you’re not paying thousands of dollars in repair and maintenance costs just a few years from now. Quartz countertops, for example, are durable and will look fresh and updated for as long as you own your home.
If not properly ventilated, your bathroom can become a prime spot for mildew and mold to enter your home. If your bathroom doesn’t currently have a window, consider finding out what it would take to install one. There are many options for low cost windows, including standard panes and frosted glass. You’ll also need to consider installing a ceiling vent if one is not currently present.
When your bathroom is “gutted,” it’s going to look a lot more spacious than it actually may be. You’ll need to know how much space is actually required for appliances. For example, did you know that a standard toilet requires as much as a sixteen square foot space, depending on your building code? That space adds up quickly, and you want to make sure you’ve got room.
Whether your bathroom is a small space or a large one, there are options available that will suit your needs. Consider a small bathtub; not all bathtubs are the same size, and choosing a mid-sized tub can help conserve square footage. You can also opt for a pedestal sink as opposed to a standard countertop. Finally, you may choose to install a corner sink or a shower only to maximize the living space in your bathroom.
Your bathroom remodeling project may seem overwhelming when you begin. But with careful planning and with a careful consideration of cost and space, your dream bathroom is only limited by your imagination.