Take it from expert bathroom renovation contractors, there is no one-size-fits-all project. Each home is unique and each bathroom remodel is unique to the owner.
If you’re planning a bathroom remodel for your home, consider these top tips from renovation contractors to make sure your project starts and ends well.
Cheaper Is Not Always Better
Do you like to save money? While it’s possible to save money in some areas, a bathroom remodel is not the time for extreme penny pinching.
Set your budget and pick the features that are most important to you. Understand you may pay more later if you go cheap on certain features now.
Get a High-Efficiency Toilet
Tired of low pressure, double-flushing toilets? Go for the gusto with newer models ranking 500+ for Maximum Performance testing (MaP).
Less water use and more power make the new models a natural choice for a bathroom upgrade.
Don’t Forget Storage and Workspaces
When remodeling the bathroom, now is the time to include the storage you’ve always wanted! Toothbrushes, hairdryers, soap, and towels can all have their rightful home. If you are tight on space, remember that you can go vertical and low—space above the toilet and below the sink is often wasted space. Make great use of this wasted space by creating cabinets and storage in these areas.
Let There Be Light
Don’t underestimate the power of great vanity lights in bathrooms. Vanity mirrors may be complemented with wall sconces on either side or a long fixture overhead. Don’t rely on ceiling fixtures only for bathroom lighting.
Update the Electrical
Older outlets may beoperating on lower amps making it difficult to blow dry your hair while charging an electric razor. Upgrade the amps and wiring in your bathroom during a remodel to avoid power issues.
You may also want to upgrade the electrical if you have an older home—outlets near sinks should have at least one GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) installed for safety.
It May Be Time for a Bigger Water Heater
Adding a double shower or soaking tub? Don’t let yourself run out of hot water. A bigger water heater may be needed for baths or showers.
Have It All in a Master Bathroom
Splurge a little and consider fun features unique to master bathrooms:
- Dual Sinks – gives two people workspace with plenty of elbow room. Each sink should have enough outlets, storage, mirror space, and lighting.
- Toilet Room – a separate space in the master bathroom for privacy, often with a door.
- Individual Shower Stall – separate from a bath area so two can clean up at the same time.
- Double Showerheads – save time, shower together.
- Wider Pathways – plan for bigger space to avoid squeezing by each other.
By the way, master bath upgrades are often one of the best return-on-investment upgrades you can make.
Fight Humidity with Wainscoting
Considering wallpaper in your bathroom? This is a big No-No. Wallpaper doesn’t stand a chance with bathroom humidity. Wainscoting looks classy and stands up well to moisture.
Not All Contractors Are Equal
Sure, there are a lot of great contractors out there. But don’t sign on the dotted line with just anyone.
Great contractors come with raving fans who speak highly of their work and skills. Ask for recommendations from friends and coworkers, but don’t forget to check online reviews. Go with a bathroom remodeling contractor who offers a fair price and has happy clients who can vouch for their professionalism and craftsmanship.
Even small bathroom renovations can be a big undertaking. Follow these tips and ensure you end up with a stress-free (as possible) bathroom remodel.