How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodel Without Being Overwhelmed

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Planning for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Cracked tiles, track lighting on the ceiling, plus a small bathroom that lacks functionality and adequate storage space—these are all signs of an old bathroom in need of a face-lift. The bathroom is right up there, with the kitchen as one of the most-used spaces in a house. It’s only natural it would show the wear and tear of daily use.

Bathroom renovations are an incredibly popular home improvement project, with about 14.2 million bathroom remodels every year. That’s a ton of people selecting shower doors, wall tiles, and lighting fixtures on any given day.

If you’re on the verge of starting your very own bathroom remodeling project, you’re probably very excited and maybe a tad bit overwhelmed by the process and the choices.

Many considerations go into creating a bathroom that works perfectly for you, from hiring a contractor and choosing the right bathroom design to project management. Because of this, updating your bathroom can be unbelievably stressful for the entire household.

So, here are some bathroom remodeling plan tips and tricks to help you get through the process a little easier.

1. Create a Realistic Budget

Bathroom remodels can get expensive due to labor costs and materials. That being the case, budget setting should be the starting point of any renovation project. It will help you save money as you’ll be able to manage the project better and choose features and fixtures that are well within your budget.

Here are some additional budgeting tips:

  • Put aside at least 20% of your budget to cover contingencies and any surprises. You might need to update your wiring or get rid of mold growing in your ceiling.
  • If it’s a common bathroom, try to discuss with everyone about needs and finishing preferences to determine how much you’re willing to spend on the project.

Also, have some level of flexibility on non-critical details of your bathroom remodeling plan. Your budget should, of course, include any must-haves but if you’ve always wanted a walk-in shower or smart bathroom, make sure to add those elements to your non-negotiable column.

However, you don’t always have to replace your vanities, cabinets, and flooring. A sink can be re-glazed, and cabinets can be repainted or stained. The idea is to leave some room in your budget for flexibility.

2. Choose Your Professional Team Wisely

Ideally, you should never attempt a major renovation without a licensed and insured contractor. Hiring a professional ensures your bathroom installation is safe and cost-efficient. They can also save you time and ease some of the renovation stress. Working with an interior designer can help you pull your selections together to bring your dream bathroom to life. Using interior design software, you can visualize the completed bathroom, allowing you to make changes beforehand for a more streamlined and stress-free renovation process.

3. Determine the Extent of Your Bathroom Remodel

Every project is different – some homeowners opt for surface alterations, and others gut the space down to the bare walls and install all-new fixtures, flooring, and lighting. But for every bathroom remodeling plan, there are some major steps you must go through.

These are:

Develop a floor plan

The changes you can make to your bathroom will to a large extent, depend on its current layout. Items can always be moved around, but you might have to add plumbing and electrical wiring costs to your budget if you’re looking to expand a small space.

Install the shower or bathtub

Other than tearing down walls and changing the bathroom floor plan, installing the shower or bathtub is often the largest sub-project of any bathroom remodel. Plus, the shower-tub combo is often the biggest design consideration when remodeling a master bath.

Bathroom shower materials include tile, stone acrylic, and fiberglass. But since bathrooms are wet rooms, make sure to choose waterproof materials with slip-resistant features for your tile shower. It pays to visit showrooms for the latest designs and fixtures.

Install bathroom flooring

Most people favor tile bathrooms, so you can find tiles in a large variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. Keep your tactile preferences in mind when choosing tile for your shower flooring – you’ll want a bathroom that’s not only good to look at but also great to the touch. Other flooring materials to consider include natural stone, luxury vinyl, and sheet vinyl.

Install the counter, cabinet, and sink

The bathroom counter space is at the center of all bathroom activity. As such, it pays to take your time choosing the design and maybe splurge a little extra on premium materials, especially if you’re renovating a master bathroom, as it’s all about atmosphere and function.

Install the fixtures

Do you want a removable shower head with a hose, or do you prefer the experience of a fixed head, or perhaps a multi-head shower? The accessories, from the bathroom lighting, mirrors, and towel bars to your cast iron hardware, play a critical role in the look and ambiance of your bathroom. These are the design elements you’ll want to focus on.

Choose the Contractor Who Is the Best Fit for Your Project

Ultimately, the contractor you choose will determine how easy the remodeling process will be. Take into account their professionalism and years of experience, don’t just fixate on a low estimate.

At Avery Home Remodeling, our contractors have years of experience designing and remodeling bathrooms for homeowners across Florida. Our team will listen to your wants and bring your dream bathroom to life, all while sticking to your schedule and budget.

Contact Avery Construction for a free consultation today.