Planning Your Bathroom Remodel
Every homeowner will eventually come to the same realization: their bathroom is old, ugly,22 dirty, and dated. It’s been subject to too many hot showers, rogue splashes, mold and mildew infestations, and toilet flushes, and now is the time for something fresh, clean, and new.
But what comes next? How do you turn your old, shameful bathroom into a new bathroom you’ll love for years to come?
In this blog, the Aurora bathroom remodel experts at Niron Depot will give you a step-by-step guide to planning your new bathroom renovation. No missed steps, no regrets, no busted budgets. With this guide, you’ll have a bathroom that meets your budgets and your wildest bathroom dreams.
Know your time frame.
Looking to get this bathroom renovation before the in-laws show up? Hoping for a speedy remodel so you can put your house on the market as soon as possible? Not so fast. All remodels take time, so be sure to budget enough time (and then some) to bring your new bathroom to life. Something will go wrong during the renovation process—bathroom appliances will get delayed in the mail, contractors will need more time, or fixtures just won’t fit right. Plan ahead for a mishap or two, and you’ll almost always finish your remodel with time to spare.
Make a list of things you need.
You know the feeling you get when you do a boatload of grocery shopping, only to realize you forgot toothpaste and toilet paper? Those feelings are magnified tenfold when you forget something on your bathroom remodel list. Forgetting an important component of your remodel could leave you dissatisfied with the final remodel result or push your remodel schedule back weeks—so be sure you make a detailed shopping list of everything you need and check (and double-check) that list to make sure you have every bell and whistle for your new bathroom.
Do some research.
The best bathroom remodels have a clear and distinct vision in terms of functionality and aesthetic beauty—every single piece of the bathroom puzzle is cohesive and meaningful to the homeowner. But how does is this made possible? How does the average homeowner harness their inner interior designer for the best possible end result?
Ultimately, it takes a lot of research and emulation to create a beautiful bathroom—and while your mother might’ve sifted through dozens of books and magazines to pick out the perfect design elements and finishes, all you have to do is hop on Pinterest.
Give yourself a half hour a day to hop on Pinterest to look for bathroom inspiration. Stare at photos and see what catches your eye. What is it that you like about certain images? The beautiful tiling? The stainless steel fixtures? The marble countertops? Take note of the things that inspire you on Pinterest, and jot them down (create a Pinterest board, while you’re at it). You’ll be able to look back at your notes and boards in order to create a cohesive and meaningful bathroom design that you’ll love for as long as you live in your home.
Make a budget.
Remember those dreams of bathroom grandeur you had when you were building your Pinterest boards? Well, it’s time to mix those dreams with a heaping helping of reality. A lot of what you will see on Pinterest will be extremely beautiful—but it’ll also be extremely expensive.
Consider what your budget will be for your bathroom remodel, then do a little research to see how much some of those “must-have” bathroom items will cost. Are you pretty close to your budget when you start adding these items up? Are you a mile over your budget?
Whatever the case, this is the time to solidify your budget and your expectations for your bathroom remodel. Maybe instead of marble countertops, how about a granite or engineered stone in a similar color? Maybe instead of those exotic ebony cabinets, how about cherry cabinets that look similar at half the cost? It’s time to make sacrifices and dig for deals to get the look you want at a price you can live with.
That’s it for part 1 of our series on planning your bathroom remodel. Stay tuned for part 2, and check out our other blogs in the meantime!