Whether you have a small, simple room or a large, fancy master bath, functionality and affordability should be core to your bathroom remodel. Ranging from general tips to specific tricks, here are five different things to think about before starting your renovation.
Needs vs. Wants
There are certain parts of every bathroom that are necessities: a sink, a toilet, storage cabinets, and lighting. Those essentials come first when planning a renovation, but beyond them are amenities that everyone will generally want, such as a larger mirror, a nice bathtub, or separate sinks for each person. Before rushing into a renovation, homeowners should decide on which extras are best, and which they should do without.
Amenities may depend on location, room size, and desired style. To save time and money, homeowners should nail down which features are most beneficial and necessary before considering the unnecessary additions.
Length of Remodel
One important question to ask yourself is how long you and your family can function well without the bathroom. During most bathroom renovations, most of the room is not available for regular use; usually, the showers, toilet, and sinks are all shut off. As you get ready for the remodel, consider where and how your family will undergo their bathroom needs. It is excellent if you have a second bathroom available, but make sure to get an accurate guess on how long your family will be able to function while sharing a single a single bathroom every day.
Making a particular goal/plan before the renovation helps to keep you from going overboard and adding tons of new things to the renovation during the process, and also helps you to both budget well and keep costs down. Additionally, your plan should reflect the number of people in your family and your specific wants and desires. Homeowners do not want to be halfway through the remodeling before realizing that they forgot to factor in something; having to redo anything during the process will drive costs high and make the renovation take even longer.
Keeping Costs Down
Your budget will depend on the scope and length of the project but might be more significant than you realize. After all, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the
average remodeling cost for a master bath is around $16,000, and about $8,000 for a smaller bathroom. The price may seem high, but thankfully there are several things you
can do to keep costs down, such as using more cost-effective materials such as porcelain instead of stone, not moving any of the plumbing, or using a well-reputed local contractor instead of struggling through the renovation yourself (if you have no remodeling experience).
Homeowners should also consider their long-term goals and needs before starting a project. If the plan is to sell your home within five years, you may want to add specific features, such as grab bars or shower benches meant for the elderly or disabled, to increase the house’s resale value. The style is also important to think about if planning to resell soon; keep the design modern and straightforward instead of going in a direction that will appeal to a few others. If you are not going to sell your house anytime soon, make sure the bathroom is one that will fit the needs of future you so you can grow into the space.
Overall, when planning a remodel, there are tons of things in many different areas to consider. Many of those can be handled by skilled DIY homeowners, but for the quickest and most efficient job we generally recommend a local contractor, such as us here at Ken Golen Design. Contact Us Today!