Starting a bathroom remodel is exciting… and scary! There are a lot of unknowns, considerations, timelines and budgets to adhere to. As homeowners, you want the remodel to be perfect and in keeping with your favorite bathroom design trends.
But what does perfect mean? Each homeowner has their own unique needs to consider. We’re here to help with six considerations to think about for your bathroom remodel.
1. A Remodeling Budget Is Essential
One of the first considerations when undertaking a bathroom remodel is your budget. A lot of homeowners are afraid that affordability means sacrificing quality and style. This is simply not true!
When preparing a bathroom remodeling budget, doing your homework is the first place to start. Researching the trends that you like, what works for your needs, and then sourcing the details, such as flooring, tiling, lighting, etc., will give you a strong foundation to start. Check out some tips on how to create the most luxurious space here.
When sourcing bathroom fixtures such as showerheads and faucets, it’s important to have a budget in mind. There are a lot of high-end bathroom fixtures out there that are high-quality and stylish, but for many homeowners, the prices are simply not affordable. Pioneer’s bathroom fixtures are not just stylish, but are industry-leading quality.
Keep in mind, not all elements of your bathroom may need replacing. If there are some fixtures that are still in good shape and fit with the style you are going for, it’s worth saving a few extra dollars. For instance, if your shower pipes and connections are still good, you could just change out the showerhead (here are a few tricks on how to change your showerhead). Your budget will thank you later.
2. Installation Timeline
If you don’t have a remodel deadline, then it’s time to pull out the calendar. A bathroom isn’t something you want to have out of commission for a long time, and if you don’t have a clear deadline in mind, things can start to lag.
Having a deadline is a wise decision in order to keep the lines of communication clear with your contractor (or for yourself if you’re a DIYer). Plus, if a clear timeline isn’t set out and adhered to, there’s also a real risk of going over your budget, particularly if hiring someone to complete the project. Have a deadline and stick to it.
3. Bathroom Size
The next consideration homeowners should address is how much space they have to work with. While some bathroom remodels include expansions, many do not.
For smaller bathrooms, particularly master bathrooms where homeowners want a luxury experience, having savvy tips and tricks to create a visually larger space comes in handy. A closed-off shower or standalone tub might make the space feel more enclosed, while an open shower can help keep the visual line of sight unbroken.
Not only are open showers a hot 2020 trend (and we think they’re here to stay!), but they also offer a plethora of other functional benefits, such as integrated bench and accessible fixtures.
4. Sourcing the Materials
Sourcing your materials usually overlaps budgeting to some extent, but this is when you make the decisions about not just what you want, but what you need for your bathroom remodel. Considerations for this include extra features, high-traffic or low-traffic, style, and lighting.
A bathroom, particularly master bathrooms, is a reflection of the homeowners’ lifestyles. Are you busy and on-the-go all the time? An efficient and invigorating shower might be your ticket.
Or are you the type of person who enjoys the relaxation of a bubble bath at the end of the day? How you intend to use the bathroom is a primary consideration — think about what makes you happiest.
Next, decide on your focal point. For instance, if you have a walk-in shower, do you want to focus on a luxury showerhead? Sinks and faucets are now blending functionality with art. Choosing your focal point helps determine the style of the rest of the bathroom, and hence, what materials you’ll need.
5. Lighting and Decor
While lighting and decor are part of sourcing your materials, it deserves a mention of its own. This is where you get to infuse a bit of yourself in your bathroom, particularly master bathrooms.
Sometimes homeowners don’t know what they like until they see it. Starting with elements like color (remember, bright, neutral tones are best in small spaces) will help you hone in on your personal tastes. Do you prefer a pedestal sink or are you looking for more storage? Using glass cabinetry lends an old apothecary feel to a bathroom, and is a hot trend that is here to stay.
If you aren’t sure what you like or what your options are, check out Pinterest. It’s a great way to get some inspiration on what you might want to incorporate into your new design.
6. Accessibility Needs
One of the most important, yet commonly overlooked, considerations is accessibility needs. A lot of homeowners have mobility needs and their bathrooms need to reflect this. Items such as a lightweight handheld and low-flow showerhead are great upgrades that don’t need to cost your whole budget. Plus, low-flow faucets can save money even after your remodel!
Other accessibility needs may take up a bit more space, so using a few tricks to help open up the bathroom and save space is always helpful. Things like floating shelves (glass is even better!) and a large mirror that reflects your personal style always help create a luxurious feel in a smaller space. For more ideas about creating visual space in a smaller bathroom, check out this article.
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