The bathroom is a great place to renovate if you are looking to update your home or increase its overall market value. Bathrooms, while they are some of the smaller spaces in the home, are incredibly functional and necessary. A washroom that is working properly and looks good in terms of its design makes homeowners and prospective home buyers much happier than one that is older, poorly designed. However, even though the bathroom is a smaller space in the home, renovating one is quite the endeavour. So whether you are looking to sell your home, or just wanting to freshen up the design, take some time to consider these important factors before beginning your remodeling project.
1. Determine the Scope of Your Renovation
Before you start making plans to tear apart your bathroom and pick out paints and fixtures, take the time to figure out the degree to which you want to remodel your bathroom. Are you looking to just freshen up the surface with a new coat of paint and some new hardware and lighting? Or are you looking to gut the entire space and start completely from scratch? Maybe you like the overall layout of the space but are unhappy with the performance of your shower and tub system. All of these levels of renovating require different skills, timeframes and budgets, so before moving onto the planning, figure out exactly how far you want to go.
2. DIY or Go Pro?
Now that you know to what extent you wish to take your renovation project, assess the level of skill you have and decide whether this is something you can do on your own or not. If you are simply updating the surface of your bathroom with some new paint and small fixtures then perhaps you can complete this project on your own. However, unless you are a skilled contractor, if you are looking to gut your bathroom or even just replace the shower and tub, you may want to consider hiring a professional bathroom remodeling company to do the job for you. These companies have experienced professionals who know about plumbing and electrical, and can guide you on whether or not certain aspects of your design will work.
3. Determine Your Budget
Now that you know how large your renovation project is, and whether or not you will need to hire a professional, you can start to determine your budget for the project. Hiring a professional may cost more, but they may also be able to point out ways to save money on the project and may have special deals themselves on things like showers and bathtubs. Make sure that no matter how large or small your budget is, you set aside a reservoir for any possible issues that may arise during the remodeling process. Since it is a bathroom you are renovating, you are dealing with things such as plumbing, electrical and potential water damage. It is always better to be safe, just in case.
4. Set a Timeframe for Your Project
Depending on the reason for your bathroom renovation could determine how much time you need to allot yourself for this project to be completed. Are you remodeling to help increase the value of your home and attract prospective buyers? If so you may need to get the renovation done sooner. Or are you simply doing it for yourself, want to update the look and feel? If this is the case, you may be able to afford more time for the project. Whatever you choose, however, keep in mind that sometimes more time means more money as well.
5. Assess the Layout and Structural Components of Your Bathroom
Once you have a plan in mind about what you want to do with your bathroom, be sure to assess the overall layout and underlying structure of your bathroom. This could be done ahead of time, or even during a consultation with a contractor should you choose to hire one. Assessing these things can help you figure out if what you have in mind for design will work or not in that particular space. As well, if you find that there are certain major issues that will have to be fixed such as repairing a wall or redoing any old plumbing, you will be able to adjust your budget accordingly and make any necessary changes to your design before the work is started.
6. Obtain Any Necessary Permits
Depending on what you choose to do with your bathroom remodeling project, there may be certain building permits you will have to obtain before starting the renovation. Contact your city officials and look into what you may need to get this project off the ground, if there is anything at all.
7. Know What You Want From Your Bathroom
Now that all of the important issues are taken care of and that you know what our bathroom space can and can’t do, and what your budget and time frame are, plan your design. Determine whether you want a bathroom that focuses on function, a bathroom that focuses on design or a bathroom that has a fine balance of both of these elements. Do you want to feel like you are in a spa when you take your baths? Are there multiple people using this bathroom? Ask yourself these questions, window shop for fixtures and accessories, and plan a design that is right for you and that space. Once this is done you should be more than ready to start renovating that bathroom and bringing your vision to life.