Tired of the style of your old bathroom? Your new house need upgrading? Too much plumbing to repair give you the excuse for remodeling? There are lots of reasons to face a bathroom remodel but there are 7 things that you must have in mind before starting with the project.
Coming up with a plan and setting a budget
Before calling an architect or a contractor you need to be fully aware of your budget. The money you have to spend will determine more or less the extent of the bathroom remodeling. Also, there are some inexpensive things that you can do to change the look of your bathroom, like freshen the grout and caulk instead of changing the wall tiles, so you can spend more money in the things that need fixing or are definitely out of date.
Pay attention to bathroom lighting and air quality
Bathrooms are generally used for grooming so you need to think about it when planning a remodeling. Even when you have a bathroom full of natural light during daytime consider that vanity mirror may need extra lighting.
You may also want to install an exhaust fan to reduce the humidity that favors the growing of mold and mildew, and clear the unwanted odours. You can do all these things at the same time that you change to an energy saving electrical installation.
Who will be the users of the remodeled bathroom
It's not the same to plan a remodeling for a bathroom attached to a bedroom than a family bathroom that will be shared with people with very different needs between them.
Also, pay attention to storage for the things you need there and the way to maximize space under and above vanity, over the toilet or behind doors.
How far do you want to go
Do a complete remodel is a very stressful and time consuming project. You need to keep in mind that you will be dealing with noise and dirt for as long as contractors work and you won’t be using this bathroom until it is finished. Sometimes the most clever approach is just upgrading existing fixtures, repair the outdated plumbing and focus in decoration.
Keep it neutral
It is very tempting to browse decoration magazines and dream about stylish bathrooms but you need to think that exotic fixtures or crazy tiles may lose their appeal really quickly and future homeowners will find difficult to buy your architectural ideas.
Choose the most neutral colors in the fixtures, tiling, countertops and furniture, and apply all your craziness to things that are easily changeable like curtains, wall painting, towels, toilet seats and countertop accessories.
Water saving and sustainability
A remodelling might be the perfect opportunity to go green. In way of fixing or changing plumbing you can choose low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets. And, depending in your bathing habits, might be time to do a tub to shower conversion to be more water efficient and save space.
Resale value of an upgraded house
Real estate agents and remodelers say updated kitchen and bathrooms bring a significant payoff, especially at resale time. Don’t think that a bathroom remodelling will be a wasted effort if you are planning to move because it will impact directly in the success in the future sale of your house.
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Posted November 29, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.