ASK THESE QUESTIONS TO YOURSELF!
How much do you feel comfortable spending on the project?
How much storage do you need?
How many people will be using the room?
What is about the current bathroom layout that makes using the space uncomfortable? Think about ventilation, materials, layout, fixtures.
Do you want to update fixtures or style?
Which bathroom do you want to remodel? Master, guest, Family, etc.?
Does anyone in your family have physical issues that must be considered in the flooring design?
FEW THINGS WHICH YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE BEFORE YOU BEGIN WITH YOUR BATHROOM REMODELING:
Do not assume your contractor is on the same page!
When working with a general contractor you must spell out every part of the plan, and never assume everyone is up to speed. To avoid getting the wrong knee replaced, make sure—then make sure again, then again, then one final time—that the proper knee (or bathroom) is marked and agreed upon.
Don’t make ventilation an afterthought!
Invest in a fan with a timer switch. Your fan should run up to 15 minutes after you’ve stepped out of the shower. This helps reduce condensation and will prevent your ceiling paint from bubbling. This is a code requirement if you don’t have a window in your bathroom.
Make sure your bathroom fixtures are not mismatched!
Do not mix more than two types of metals, woods or tiles. Sophistication and flow come from the repetition of materials.
Spacing requirements you should know!
A standard toilet requires a full 12 inches from the back wall to the start of the toilet flange/drain. Measure your plumbing clearances right after demolition.
Lighting a must priority!
Lighting is extra important to creating a functional yet soothing space. A pot light is great in the shower as it creates brighter space and a sconce on your vanity mirror is better lit.
Always follow the current trends!
Make sure your design choices will last for years to come. opt for clean neutrals that are worthy tomorrow.
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
Thinking to make your bathroom high-end, there might be a nice soaking tub in there, but the walk-in shower is the top priority these days.
Flexible curtain makes it easier to bathe children than a glass door. Bonus: It’s easy to swap out if your style changes.
Glass doors can make a shower feel more spacious. We recommend adding some warmth with finishes like Metal grids, pretty hardware, or a framing detail around the entrance.
Besides standard faucets and drawer pull and showerheads, there are also gadgets that can be added to upgrade a bathroom without full-on renovating. For example, a good showerhead, thermostatic shower valve.
Natural stone: The most sophisticated and formal, natural stone is a bathroom surface favorite. With the right sealant, any natural stone will do well in a wet environment, so it'll mostly come down to price and aesthetic.
Tiles: Considering their friendly prices and durability in wet environments, they can be a great alternative to pricier bathroom materials like natural stone and they're just as stylish.
In the Shower: Storage is limited in most bathrooms, so a built-in shower niche is all but mandatory.
In the Vanity: You have two options for a vanity: custom (Various options but more headaches) or store bought (To spare yourself the headache, but less options). Choose a vanity that will work with your existing plumbing.
On your Walls: Floating shelves, a mirror cabinet, towel racks and hooks, and a built-in linen closet will all come in handy—which you choose just depends on your style and how much space you have.
Pick the best Water Closets!
Budget-friendly, has a self- cleaning feature, which removes stains with the touch of a button.
Mid-tier, to flush, just place your hand by the sensor.
Luxury, auto-opens and closes. Sprays wash your bum and deodorize the air.
Flushing toilet, the most common type. If you push a button or pull a trigger, there is water running down the pipeline.
One-piece toilet, advantages of these toilet types is that the size of the water tank is typically smaller and there is no crevice in the middle, so it is easy to clean.
Small compact toilet designed to fit in small bathrooms. Due to their small compact designs, they are perfect if you want to save space.
Wall mounted toilet, the bowl will be attached to the wall, and it is elevated not touching the floor and is tankless.
Follow the latest trends!
Smart Showers: An increasingly popular luxury. Voice and Wi-Fi controls let you adjust temperature precisely, blast music while showering, and more.
Nonslip Flooring: This is a no-brainer for the wettest room in the house. A high slip-resistant rating of 0.42 or more makes for safer stepping.
Heated Floors: These dry more quickly than unheated floors, making slips and falls less likely.
WORK ON YOUR BUDGET PRIOR!
Do your homework: Budgeting for a remodeling project can be a real test of your self-control. Approach the bathroom budgeting process with a realistic attitude. Do your homework by researching all the options available on the market today—flip through magazines, talk to professionals.
Expect the unexpected: The one sure thing about any remodeling project is that you will spend more than you planned. The key is to keep that overage within reason. For example, a single decision on a fixture or finish can cost you thousands more than you thought you'd spend.
Communicate clearly: As you work on a budget with your designer or general contractor, ask the firm to supply a breakdown. There are variables depending on the existing bathroom, the scope of the project, like for example, Design fees, Installation fees, Fixtures, Cabinetry and hardware, Flooring, lighting and ventilation, doors and windows, Faucets and plumbing, etc.
Splurge Vs. Save: Keep in mind that you need a good quality toilet that works well, a good valve body for the faucets that gives you the type of water flow you want. Ultimately, you must be able to easily, conveniently use the space and the features within it.