For some homeowners, the bathroom is purely functional—a no-fuss place in which they bathe and get ready for the day. However, if you desire a bathroom that’s just as functional as it is stylish, relaxing and pleasant to be in, you may be thinking of pursuing a dream bathroom through renovations. In today’s blog, we are looking at five key steps to take on your way there.
Identify wants and needs
If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, there are obviously parts of your current space that you want (or need) updated. These might be anything from outdated fixtures to uninspired décor to a less-than-functional layout. Whether you’re only changing a few things or are opting for a complete bathroom overhaul, knowing the key areas you want to change or update can allow you to plan the process a little more efficiently.
Plan ahead and make a budget
Planning your budget ahead of time is crucial to any bathroom renovation. Many first time homeowners might assume—incorrectly—that bathroom renovations run on the cheaper side of things, but that isn’t often true; in fact, bathroom remodels often run at about $17,000 or $18,000 (though they can vary, of course, according to your specific needs).
Think about what you would like to change and work with a professional to determine how much that will cost. While crunching numbers may not be your favorite activity, it will be able to provide you with a better idea of how to plan and budget for the project ahead.
It’s worth noting that you don’t ever have to renovate your bathroom space 100 percent. If there are certain parts you like (or don’t mind living with until you can afford bigger changes), don’t feel the need to do it all. Find a budget and plan that’s comfortable for you!
Look for inspiration
Don’t head into the bathroom remodel process uninspired. Spend time—lots of time, in fact—looking through design magazines, websites and other resources to find the theme and look you want in your own space.
You might find your dream bathroom in a magazine, or you may be able to piece together your vision with parts of several different bathrooms… and either way is okay! The key is to go into the process with a clear idea of the look, feel and layout you want, and that typically comes with a good bit of research for inspiration.
Make a layout
While some homeowners may prefer to stick with the walls they’ve got, others decide to completely transform their bathroom’s layout to suit their needs. Decide ahead of time what type of layout works for you and what changes, if any, can help you achieve that.
Avoid afterthought designs
For a bathroom you truly love and enjoy, every detail—from your bathtub to your hardware to your lighting fixtures—should be carefully thought out and executed in a meaningful way. Give every aspect of your dream bathroom the attention it deserves to ensure that the end result is one you’re proud of!
Is a brand new bathroom on your “to-do” list for springtime renovations? We hope that our brief guide lets you tackle the process with ease and excitement… and lets you finish with a brand new resort-style bathroom you love!