Planning a Bathroom Remodel
Bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in a home, so it makes sense that they’re also often one of the first rooms to be renovated for added value. However, we understand that not everyone can afford to do a complete renovation. It’s okay to not have the budget or time to remodel your bathroom all at once. In this blog, we’ll cover the areas of your bathroom you should prioritize first to get the most out of your investment.
PLANNING AND BUDGETING
Before we get into the steps of your remodel, let’s go over why planning and budgeting should always be done before you start any physical work. What is a priority for your bathroom? Is it functional right now? You don’t want to spend money on a current layout if it isn’t working for you. Determine whether you’d like to keep the layout as-is before you dive into renovation ideas. Spacing is a common issue for layout changes, but you’ll need to make sure the new spacing you choose actually works in your area. You can prioritize function while still creating a beautiful bathroom.
A budget is a huge part of any remodel. It can be tempting to go down a rabbit hole of Pinterest ideas and home furnishing sites. Create a budget sheet and set realistic expectations. Shop around for the best prices on quality items. Leave a little extra wiggle room within your budget for unexpected expenses or possible feature upgrades. You don’t want to run out of money halfway through your project, so keep an eye on how much you’re spending. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t lose focus.
Now that we’ve gone over the pre-reno suggestions, let’s take a look at key areas for improvements within your bathroom remodel.
BATHROOM REMODEL PRIORITIES
This may not be the most glamorous part of a remodel, but plumbing updates are essential and should be completed before any remodeling is done. Ignoring plumbing issues to “band-aid” a bathroom could cost you lots of money in the long run. Plumbing issues could even cause issues in the middle of your remodel if they aren’t handled first. Don’t ignore leaky pipes or low water pressure and think it will get better with upgraded bathroom features. Hire a professional plumber to double check or fix the plumbing before you start on any projects.
A home’s primary bathroom yields the second highest return on investment from remodels (following the kitchen). The shower/tub area is not only a focal point of the primary bathroom, but also the first feature you should consider upgrading. While showers are used by adults more often than tubs, a large percentage of home buyers prefer a shower/tub combination in the primary bathroom. This isn’t always possible due to the space available, but a combo could add more value to your bathroom in the long run. Bathtubs aren’t as in-demand for guest bathrooms, so a beautiful walk-in shower could be just what your guest bath needs.
Dirty and broken tiles are an eyesore and a potential hazard. Investing in new bathroom tiles can give your room a clean, modern feel, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to do so. There are a lot of tile options that provide an expensive look at affordable pricing. Your tile choice can also draw in the eye of a future buyer. Try to choose timeless patterns or designs, and don’t get overly concerned over ‘trending’ styles. What looks good now may not be as sought after in five years. However, it’s important to also choose a design that makes you happy. Afterall, you’ll be the one seeing it every day!
*Hopefully* you don’t find any subflooring issues while working on the plumbing or new shower or tub design. If you do, that should definitely be addressed and fixed first. A weak or rotten subfloor is a no-go and should be replaced before new flooring is installed.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles are some of the most popular flooring options for bathrooms. Just like countertops, they are durable and waterproof. Many high-end looking options are less expensive than they might appear to me, making them great options for an upscale, affordable look. Waterproof vinyl and laminate are other cost-effective flooring options. Just make sure the brand you choose can withstand the humidity that collects in a bathroom. A textured flooring, like certain tiles, can also act as a natural slip-resistant surface.
The amount of vanity styles on the market is both a blessing and a curse. You’re sure to find a style that fits, but the options can seem overwhelming and endless. Start by choosing a size and design that works in your bathroom. This goes back to your planning stage where you would have mapped out the layout of your bathroom. Then move on to color, style, design, and countertops. Natural stone and ceramic/tile countertops are some of the most popular options for vanity/countertop material. They are durable, waterproof, and often offer heat resistance. If you have any questions about the best vanity size or material for your bathroom, call one of our design specialists at (217) 223-3791.
The toilet is sixth on this list only because some toilets don’t need to be replaced during a remodel. They’re also the easiest to replace later on or last on the list if your budget doesn’t allow for one at the beginning of the remodel. If your toilet is functional and still looks good, you may not need a new one at all! However, if you’re having issues with function, cracks, staining, or leaks, it may be time to move this feature higher on the list.
Don’t let the thought of a bathroom remodel overwhelm you. By prioritizing features and sticking to your plan, you can create a modern aesthetic on a cost-effective budget. Need additional help with your design and install? Give us a call at (217) 223-3791! Our experienced staff is ready to help you create a space you truly enjoy.