Bathroom remodel — Five tips for success:
1. Proper Planning Prior to Proceeding!
Bathroom remodel planning is the key to success, especially if your bathroom is relatively small — there’s less room for error! Whether you plan your new bathroom yourself or get professional help, make sure you know exactly what you want before any work is begun. This includes materials (floor, tile, tub, sinks, fixtures, vanities, counter tops, lighting, mirrors, storage — even down to the knobs and towel racks) as well as the overall design. Do your research. There are plenty of resources available online. You can also visit home improvement design centers for ideas. Be clear on what you want and you’ll get it!
2. Materials Make the Makeover!
Sometimes having too many choices makes it more difficult to make a decision. If you’ve checked out the tile aisle at your local big-box home improvement warehouse, you may have been overwhelmed by the sizes, styles, colors, etc. The same goes for all the other materials for your bathroom remodel. Selecting the materials that will provide the greatest value, offering durability as well as style and function, is very important. If your budget allows, consulting with a contractor or designer can be very beneficial. They can help you select the right materials for your needs and space, ensuring maximum value and the best return on investment.
3. Let There Be Lighting!
Pay special attention here — proper lighting is essential for bathrooms! Sometimes the lighting is an afterthought. Picking out an attractive fixture without giving consideration to the quality of light is a common mistake. But the right lighting can significantly improve the appearance and functionality of your newly remodeled bathroom. It’s too important to be an afterthought. There’s quite a variety of lighting options to consider: wall lights, ceiling lights, vanity lights, cabinet lights, shower stall lights — all can add elegance and mood to your bathroom design, as well as functionality. Try to match function with form, so the end result is lighting that is efficient as well as aesthetic.
4. Delight in the Details!
Even a small bathroom remodel needs your attention to detail. There is much to consider — some details are obvious, some not so obvious. Waterproofing and moisture barriers. Trim such as baseboards, wainscoting, crown molding, etc. Hardware, knobs, fixtures in chrome, brass, nickel, stainless steel, and so forth. Little things like towel bars, robe hooks, the toilet paper dispenser, soap dishes, etc. Details like these are often forgotten until well into the project. This can mean they’re thrown in as an afterthought, instead of being an integral part of the overall design. Don’t forget the details!
5. Choose the Right Contractor!
A bathroom remodel can add value to your home — or take it away if not done properly. Selecting the right contractor for your bathroom remodel can mean the difference between success and failure. Make sure the contractor you select is licensed, qualified and capable. But more than that, make sure he/she is a good listener and will be easy to work with. Don’t base your decision on the estimate or quote alone. Customer service and your satisfaction with the end result are far more important than saving a few bucks. After all, you’ll be living with the result for many years to come! Choose the right contractor, and you’ll have no regrets.
Your bathroom remodel will be a rewarding experience if you follow these five steps.