Dos and Don’ts for Your Bathroom Remodel
It’s time to upgrade your bathroom and replace that old vanity. Renovating a bathroom is a big project, especially with the myriad of choices, not to mention an often significant investment. Upgraded bathrooms also offer massive resale value to your home if you’re looking to put it on the market. Before choosing your shower head and finishes, keep in mind these Dos and Don’ts as you head to the hardware store and jump into your project.
1. DO create a styleboard and design
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options at your local hardware store. Like the look of subway tiles and a clawfoot tub? Make sure you consider if these elements work well in the guest, kids or master bathroom, depending on which one you’re tackling. You should have an idea of what you’re looking for before you dive into renovations to ensure a more streamlined and cohesive process.
2. DO amplify storage
Whether it’s your nail polish collection, extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies or guest towels, you can always use more bathroom storage. Think beyond underneath your vanity to more creative storage options such as exposed shelving, built-in shelves or over-the-toilet shelving. Keep in mind that many storage options can be beautifully accomplished on a small budget.
3. DON’T forget about your budget
It’s easy to get carried away by the extra jets, fancy shower heads, marble counters and heated floors. But keep in mind there are great options that fit in your budget that will still make your bathroom look like the oasis of your dreams. When you set your budget, establish which items you’re willing to spend more money on and then discover elements that fit your budget and style for the rest of the bathroom. Make sure you weigh bids from different contractors, so you find options you’re comfortable with.
4. DO splurge on the vanity
Whether your style is glam, rustic or modern, an upgraded vanity centers your bathroom and can be a statement piece. Consider adding two sinks, a large mirror with borders and luxurious counters such as marble or granite. If you’re not ready to buy a new vanity itself, you can always upgrade pieces one at a time, whether it’s replacing the mirror or installing new countertops.
5. DO upgrade the shower
It might be easy to just replace your shower head or re-tile your tub, but adding design elements to your shower increases resale value and creates a focal point for your bathroom. Think about adding eye-catching colors and tiles to create a unique, yet timeless design. If you’re putting your home on the market, little details like this make your home stand out against the competition.
6. DON’T overthink high-end finishes
Once you’ve determined your budget and which items you’ve chosen to splurge on, consider keeping these choices neutral and classic. Because design trends tend to change every few years, keep your flooring, paint choices and focal points neutral to allow you to update your bathroom with new design details to make sure it stays fresh and on-trend.
7. DON’T move plumbing
Unless you’re ready to throw everything and the kitchen sink (literally) into your bathroom renovation, try and keep your remodel centered around existing plumbing. Moving your plumbing to a different spot in the bathroom or replacing a unit within a system is extremely costly and can drain your budget quickly.
8. DO add a ventilation system
Bathrooms are prone to moisture and humidity. The best way to avoid mold is to add a ventilation system such as a bathroom fan to wick moisture away. If you have existing ventilation, make sure you’re not blocking the fan while you tackle your remodel.
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