By renovating your bathroom, you will feel like you are in a new home, you add value to your home and you can design it any way you want. Instead of cursing the previous designer of your bathroom, you will finally get to do it all by yourself and fit in your own style. Renovating a bathroom is not just about the appearance of it, you should also consider making some readjustments that will better the quality of life for both you and your family.
For instance, you can increase energy efficiency by installing smart lighting. These lights lower your utility costs, resulting in significant savings over time. In addition, a bathroom renovation allows you to take care of potential safety hazards. You can add safety and accessibility features that make your bathroom safer.
However, renovations can be quite tricky. This especially applies to bathrooms as you have to create the perfect balance between functionality and luxury which means that the risk of something going wrong is much greater. The same applies to kitchen design. Functionality should not be compromised when you create a design that matches the general aesthetic of your house and ties everything together.
If you want to avoid making the wrong decisions while redecorating your toilet, there are some things that you should first consider.
Here are some tips that can help you:
Establish a Constant Communication With Your Contractor
Sure, a contractor is a professional that has hundreds and hundreds of hours of experience when it comes to redecorating bathrooms and they can easily fulfill your wishes and needs. But, you also have to make sure that you share every idea and vision you have in your head with your contractor because no matter how experienced they are, they cannot read your thoughts. Never assume that the contractor understood you just by explaining what you have envisioned.
Constantly bring up what you think and do regular checks to make sure that everything is going according to plan. There have been many occasions where the contractor ended up making the wrong renovation even though it was clearly stated to them what they should do.
You don’t have to constantly nag the contractor, but it is your toilet in the end and the worker is the one that is getting paid, so checking up on them once or twice a day will not hurt.
Plan Your Budget
One of the biggest mistakes people make is they underestimate the price of a complete bathroom overhaul. Those people end up with an unfinished renovation and without a bathroom for who knows how long. If you don’t want to end up with no money and a half-decorated bath, you should definitely start planning your budget early.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the average remodeling cost was around $10,000 just a few years ago. This really shows you how big of an investment it is to work in your washroom. Keep in mind, if you plan on just swapping a few things such as your toilet, sink, bathtub or the shower, you could probably get by with just a couple thousand dollars.
The problem with remodeling rooms such as the bath is that you have to consider future plumbing expenses. Problems such as a burst or a clogged pipe usually show up after removing the toilet and the tiles. Changing all of your pipes inside of your lavatory can be very expensive, but it will be worth your while since it will not cause any issues in the future. According to this plumbing website, it is much cheaper to replace your plumbing early-on while redecorating than having water damage your property in the future because of a burst pipe or something similar.
Therefore, to set and stick to your budget, there are several things to consider. For starters, factor in unexpected costs by leaving some room in your budget. The extra money will cover unexpected expenses, such as a major change in your project.
Secondly, learn to prioritize your bathroom must-haves. You can achieve this by choosing three changes that are of utmost importance. Alternatively, you can settle for mid-range features instead of high-end ones that can be pricier. This swap will save you money while still offering style and convenience.
If you’re crafty, you can save money by taking care of upgrades that you can DIY. However, avoid overestimating yourself and leave more challenging upgrades to a professional. Set your budget after narrowing down what you want to achieve. Furthermore, consider partnering with professional contractors who can work within your budget range.
Do You Really Need a Bathtub?
Who doesn’t love a nice and warm bathtub filled with all kinds of shampoos after a hard day at work? Drinking wine, listening to music and just plain relaxing. This is all great, but at what cost? These additions to a WC can be quite expensive. After spending so many hard-working hours at your job and finally spend on such an expensive item that takes a lot of space in your bathroom might not seem like the best option. You should spend some time thinking about whether you really need one since a simple shower will be more than enough.
If you decide that you do need one, then you should consult with an interior designer to help you put it at a place that does not take up too much space. Properly aligning all of your facilities inside of your bath is very important, as the area inside can look much more open and bigger.
Add in Some Nice Lighting
You might think that a bathroom does not need any special lighting installed as it is only used just for a couple of minutes a day, then you are wrong. The placement of the lights and the type of light bulbs used are both very important factors if you want to properly light up your washroom. These rooms do not have any natural lighting as most of the time they do not have any windows. You probably don’t want anyone looking into your windows while you are showering, right?
So, to achieve the perfect light, you will have to put some thought on where you will place your lights. The simplest solution for this is to either put some LED lights on top of your mirror that is over the sink or on the center of the ceiling with a diffused light. I would recommend you go with LED lights no matter where you put them and choose a warmer, more natural color instead of plain white. Most people get reminded of hospitals or offices when they see plain white-colored lights.
While bathrooms aren’t the most spacious places in your home, there are some things you could do to add more storage options in it. The most common solution to this problem is to install a cabinet behind the mirror or often called a “medicine cabinet”. This darkroom is believed to be the best option for keeping medicine in a safe environment and away from the hands of children.
You will also save up on some space since regular drawers or wall cabinets can really close up space in your bathroom. With small adjustments such as these, can really make you feel like it is a much bigger room than it actually is.