Is it time for a change? Renovating a bathroom can not only give a fresh look and feel to a home, but it can also significantly increase its value. Whether you’re thinking about redoing the master bath or guest bathroom, there are some key considerations to keep in mind as you embark on this new project.

Plan the Remodeling Project Before Starting

First, it’s important to have a clear idea of the purpose of the remodeling work. Some homeowners want to sell their house quicker and others need to optimize space as their family grows. Yet, the most common reason is that the space really just needs an update.

Next, you should define the budget. Any construction or renovation project will have problems getting off the ground and staying on course without a clear budget. Research costs in advance and discuss expectations about expenditures with those involved in the project. Ask a trusted residential contractor to inspect the existing bathroom and provide an estimate for the job. This will help eliminate the risk of expensive surprises.

Finally, work with your contractor to set a timeline for the bathroom remodel. You will want to know when each stage and the overall project will be complete beforehand.

Now, what aspects of the bathroom remodel should be outlined before beginning?

1. Layout

When planning bathroom renovations, think about who the room should accommodate. Modifying the layout could help optimize space for larger families or make it more accessible if mobility is an issue. You should also consider the location of the current plumbing fixtures. Moving the pipes might eat up a large part of the project budget.

2. Shower or Tub?

For most homeowners, this is a fundamental question. Before you make a choice, think about the space available in the bathroom and the needs of your family. Or maybe you don’t need to choose; if there is plenty of space, consider the possibility of installing both.

3. Windows & Doors

Before getting underway, you should decide if there will be any changes made to the windows and doors in the bathroom. Here are some questions to ask as you plan the remodel project:

  • How much natural light does the bathroom have during the day?
  • Is ventilation adequate?
  • Are the current windows well insulated?
  • Are the windows or doors old? Do they need to be replaced?
  • Does an existing window need to be larger?
  • Will you be adding a window or skylight?
  • Should the door swing open in a different direction?
  • Will the bathroom need more privacy? What type of blinds, shades or window treatments would achieve this?
  • Would it be better to consider frosted glass, glass blocks or window film?

4. Flooring

There are some great new flooring options available these days. Look into the advantages for using traditional bathroom flooring materials like tile, laminate and vinyl, as well as newer options, like resin and stained micro concrete. Flooring is a big consideration for the shower surface as well. We recommend using a prefabricated base or small tiles with a texture which ensures good traction even when wet. Choosing smaller tiles will also easier to provide the proper slope for drainage.

5. Fixtures

Most bathroom renovation projects include replacing the existing fixtures. If the budget is tight, however, it’s smart to consider reusing the faucets and fixtures. They may just need to be refinished in order to restore them to their original condition.

6. Greener Options

Remodeling is a great time to consider more sustainable options. There is a wide selection of high-efficiency showerheads and low-flow faucets. Surprisingly, toilets account for the large usage of water in the average home; but, water-saving toilets can add up to big savings.

7. Storage

Marie Kondo says the key to a tidy home is having ample storage space. Because most bathrooms are small, cabinets and drawers are even more important. Drawers are helpful for keeping toiletries organized. While cabinets are better for stocking bottles, paper products and extra towels. Recessed storage cabinets and closets can add lots of storage space without constricting the bathroom.

8. Wall Coverings

Bathrooms have to deal with high levels of humidity. With the wrong type of wall covering, over time, this can lead to mold growth and deformation of the drywall and structure of the house. At the very least, the walls should be treated with a semi-gloss, mold-resistant paint intended for bathrooms. Though, vinyl-coated wallpaper, ceramic or glass tiles, beadboard and tileboard may provide better protection from moisture through the years.

9. Building Codes & Permits

Every state and county has its own set of building codes and permit requirements. Before beginning work, check with your local entities to make sure that you have all the permits needed for residential renovations. See an overview of the residential construction codes in Pennsylvania.

10. Extras

You will need to plan ahead for extra luxurious bathroom details. Heated radiant flooring, bidets, jacuzzi tubs, steam showers, personal saunas and electric towel warmers should be part of the final plan before starting renovation work. These features can turn your new bathroom into a relaxing retreat.

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