Bathroom remodeling is fun and stressful. For many homeowners, this is a status symbol and one of the first time they can bring a substantial personal touch to their home. However, this is a big enough investment, big enough to make most people think twice before diving without preparation.
If you are ready to remodel your bathroom, but need help to know how to do it right, we are ready to help. Use the tips in this post as a guide for successful reshuffle and you will have all the tools you need to realize your vision.
1. DO: Find design inspiration first
Every great home renovation project – but especially those that come with a hefty price tag – must start with a plan. Before you start on the physical aspects of the project, such as hearing the floor or taking a shower in the rainforest, have a strong idea of what you want your final product to look like.
To do this, use a website like Freshome to find design ideas. (If you really are an element of how to define your personal style, our Defining A Style Series is a good place to start.) Remember you don’t have to really adhere to one particular type of design. Feel free to pick and choose elements from different styles until you get the look you like.
2. DON’T: Forget to consider your budget
Once you have inspiration in your mind, it is very important to be realistic about your budget. Consider how much money you have to spend, as well as how much your ideal project costs. While it may not be the most fun task to do, looking at your finances will help you understand which aspects of renovation are most appropriate for you.
That said, there are a number of things you can do to help keep your project affordable. Get offers from various contractors before deciding who to hire, consider doing some work yourself to save on labor costs, and find a grocery store in your community that will allow you to buy materials at a discount.
3. DO: Keep high-end items neutral
Because bathroom renovations are a huge expense, one of our favorite tips is to keep your top class purchases as neutral as possible. Specifically, we talk about things like tile floors or shower designs. Allowing these features to be more than a blank canvas will make it easier to change your designs when trends change and ensure that they have broader appeal if you have ever sold your home.
Remember that incorporating these neutral elements does not mean your bathroom will be boring. Enter your personality into space through accessories, which are easier to change over time. Think about using some visually striking elements like thick paint colors, mirrors, hand towels and floor coverings.
4. DON’T: Go without storage
If there is one feature of the bathroom model that doesn’t get much attention, but is still appreciated, this is storage. Whether you want to store extra toiletries or several sets of guest towels, being available whenever needed is an amazing benefit.
If you have space, consider crashing into a wall to include additional storage cabinets and a built-in shelf. Even if the moving wall is outside your budget, find an organizational unit that matches your aesthetics. Doing so will give your room a polished quality that is worth the effort and additional costs.
5. DO: Splurge on the shower
Just like other rooms in your home, a bathroom needs to have a focal point, or design element that is intended to attract attention. According to research by MarketWatch, luxury showers are one of the most popular features among home buyers, so this might be a good feature to highlight. Think of it this way, you will be able to enjoy several showers and heated floors now, with the added benefit of knowing your investment might be paid off.
Interestingly, the same study found that soaking tubs were not preferred. Many feel that they are not used often enough and need a lot of effort to clean them. Consider skipping these costs, if your main goal is to eventually sell. That said, it’s also important to consider personal preferences.