Bathroom Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts
Did you know that the average American spends between $6,000 to $15,000 on a bathroom remodel? That’s a lot of money for such a small space! But a well-done bathroom can bring serenity to a long day, making the money spent well worth it. Plus, it’s a great way to help increase the value of your home. Here are some important do’s and don’ts to help ensure your bathroom renovation is a success!
DON’T skimp on the design plan
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the design process is really important when renovating your home. It helps you properly plan the layout and functionality of your new space to ensure there are no regrets when everything is said and done. For example, no-slip tile is a great choice for a kid’s bathroom, as well as pull-out step stools for toddlers and a double-sink vanity if you have more than one child. Guest baths, on the other hand, might benefit from having some extra shelving so guests have somewhere to store their things. And of course, save the real splurging for the master bath--heated marble floors anyone?
DO set a budget
Another tip we often give. Setting a budget is a great way to save time and money throughout the process. By knowing ahead of time how much you can spend, you can narrow down your options significantly when making decisions. Budgets are great tools to assure that you get the bathroom that you want without spending outside your means.
DO consider timeless finishes
Most likely, bathroom remodels aren’t something you’ll do on a regular basis. Trends can come and go within a matter of years. For that reason, it’s wise to go with finishes that will stand the test of time. If you do decide to go trendy, consider less expensive alternatives so that you can easily swap the finishes out when you want to.
DON’T mess with the plumbing or ventilation
From a functional standpoint, plumbing and ventilation are the two most important aspects of any bathroom. Most professionals recommend planning your remodel around the plumbing that’s already in place. Plumbing accidents can be expensive, so make sure you have professional help. Good ventilation also helps to preserve your bathroom and keep mold at bay. When planning your renovation, be sure to leave the ventilation source unblocked.
DO make the most of your space
It’s rare that homes ever have enough storage space. However, bathroom renovations can be a great solution to that problem. Even though bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in a home, they can still provide great storage solutions. If you don’t have a proper linen closet in your home or a place to keep toiletries and cleaning supplies, then installing wall-to-wall storage cabinets or built-in wall shelves right in the bathroom may be the perfect solution.
If you plan on remodeling your bathroom this year, we highly recommend that you consult with a designer before beginning any major renovations. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help make your dream bathroom both functional and affordable. Contact us today for a free consultation!
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