When you want to remodel your bathroom, you want to do everything correctly and within your budget.
Tips to Remodel Your Bathroom in Style
Bathroom remodeling projects cost both time and effort. Think through the options before starting.
Know Bathroom Remodel Cost Options
Before you tear everything out and remodel your bathroom from top to bottom, you need to get an idea of what a bathroom remodel will cost. Put your expectations into perspective and think about how much money you are willing to invest in the project. A small bathroom remodel will likely cost more than a larger room, but you will still want to use quality materials, and that adds up. Think about the size of the space along with whether or not you are planning to do any labor yourself. Decide on materials and their quality to help determine basic costs. The more items you include in a bathroom remodel project, the more it will cost. It is smart to understand the basic costs of each part you want to remodel so you are prepared with a budget in mind.
Hide the Toilet Through a Bathroom Remodel
When you remodel bathroom spaces with an obvious toilet, you might want to consider moving the toilet to a different location. Any bathroom designer will tell you that you don't want the toilet to be the first thing you see when you go into the bathroom. Bathroom doors are often left open when they are not in use, and anyone walking through your home would have a prime view of the toilet. Because the toilet is not generally aesthetically pleasing, it is best to hide it when possible. Try to have a different focal point when you work on a remodel bathroom project. You can hide the toilet behind a wall or cabinets or anything else that makes it a secondary thought to guests who wander past and glance into the room.
Leave Vintage Touches
Bathroom remodels often tear out vintage materials and replace them with a new, fresh look. Some things are easier to replace than others. If you want to save money on a bathroom remodel cost, you might consider leaving some of the vintage touches. Vintage tile, for example, can be very hard to remove. It costs a lot of time and money to take tile down from older homes because they are put in so permanently. Instead of spending the time and money on this effort, it might be better to leave the vintage tiles and work the bathroom style around those tiles. You will then have more money to spend on other aspects of the bathroom remodels, and the vintage touch can be a cool feature.
Understand Dimensions and Plan Lighting
If you are working on a small bathroom remodel, you may not feel like you have much to work with. If you know a few key measurements when you start working on the project, it can really help the brainstorming process. Find out the size of a typical bathtub and how much space you need for a toilet. You will be able to plan the bathroom changes more efficiently if you have those item measurements in mind. You will also want to think about lighting because even a small bathroom can be made to feel larger with the proper lighting. You will want to incorporate layers of lights so you have options. Ambient, decorative and accent lighting are all things to consider. You will want a small bathroom to be well-lit to look larger, but there are times you might want darker lighting to take a relaxing bath.
Consider Small Tubs and Corner Sinks
If you want to save space within the bathroom, there are many things you could do. Consider a corner sink if you have a tight space or a traffic flow issue. The sink could sit in the corner, out of the way, and clear up more floor space elsewhere for people to get in and out. Tiny tubs are a great option for small bathrooms. Looking at your space, you might not think you have room for a tub, but when you put a small tub in the room, it comes off as chic and inventive, and you’ll also have the advantage of a bathtub. Incorporate a few items like this, and even a small bathroom can look and feel larger. Traffic flow issues with people going in and out become much easier, too.
Choose the Vanity Wisely
Vanities have a variety of jobs in any bathroom. They can easily become the focal point of the room, so it is important that they look nice and fit in with the room. They are also highly functional and can act as storage pieces. If you get one that is too small, you won't have enough storage and the bathroom will become cluttered with items. If you get one that is too big, you will overload the bathroom with the vanity, and you could mess up the traffic flow. If you choose the wrong material, you might have to deal with maintaining the vanity, which you would likely prefer to avoid. Spend some time thinking about the type and style of vanity you want for your bathroom. This piece will determine a lot about how the bathroom looks and functions.
Splurge on High-End Items
You may not be able to afford getting high-end materials for everything when you remodel your bathroom, but splurging on a few high-end items is a good investment for the room. Before you buy the most basic, affordable materials for every aspect of your bathroom, look at a few items that will make it feel luxurious and splurge in those areas. Consider getting something better for the countertops. Adding one or more items to a small part of the bathroom can fit into your remodeling budget and can really help the overall feel of the room. Keep in mind that when you remodel any bathroom, the value of your home goes up. When you remodel your bathroom the investment you make is one you will get back if you ever sell your home.