So you've decided it's time to remodel your bathroom – great! But where should you start, and what should be your top priorities? Here's a few tips to keep in mind to ensure a top quality remodeling job.
Opt for Space
Many bathrooms can feel small and cramped. Sometimes you have to work with the space available. If you have a small space, focus on space-saving designs that will make the room feel light and airy. Consider allowing for enough counter space for two people, even if you have to sacrifice “his and hers” sinks. More people are finding counter space is preferable to a double sink in shared bathrooms. In larger bathrooms, consider putting a privacy wall up to hide the toilet area.
Allowing for proper storage space in your newly remodeled bathroom is essential. Don't forget to include a place for towels and toiletries in your designs, as well as a medicine cabinet for first aid needs!
Lighting and Ventilation
Shadowy spots in a bathroom are the last thing you want. If not already installed, be sure there is both an overhead light and vanity lighting around your medicine cabinet and mirror areas. Proper ventilation and fans, along with proper lighting, will help reduce mold and mildew growth.
Choose Proper Materials
Classic materials and colors are better in the long run than passing fads that will seem dated in just a few years. Porcelain, granite, and quartz remain popular choices for tile, counter tops, or sinks. Whites, pastels, and lighter earth tones remain the favorite colors. And while shopping for products online has become popular, picking them up or buying them in person is always recommended, so that you can ensure the color and size are exactly what you wanted.
Indulge Yourself a Little
Pick at least one item you've always dreamed of having for your bathroom and add that to the list. There's no better time to do it than while you're already remodeling. And remember – going that extra mile will add to the value of your home!
Choose the Right Professional for the Job
Cutting corners on materials or labor will result in an unprofessional look that may disappoint in the long run. Also, while DIY projects have become increasingly popular, a professional can find and advise on hidden problems such as leaks or water damage that may be uncovered during the course of the remodeling project.
Upgrade for Water Efficiency
Modern standards become ever more water-efficient. Ask your plumber about what water saving devices and fixtures you can have installed during the course of your remodel. Upgrading can help save money on water bills in the future and help contribute to water conservation efforts.
Don't Be in a Hurry
Take your time considering what you really want before making the time and money investment to remodel to ensure you get the most satisfaction from it, and don't overlook something you would have really liked to have had done.