4 Must Know Bathroom Remodeling Tips
There’s a reason why potential buyers spend most of their time deciding on whether to buy a house by looking at two rooms in particular – the kitchen and the bathroom. A modern, clean, and well-designed bathroom can add real appeal to your home, and it is often one of the easiest rooms in the house to remodel if you know how to approach it. Adding new fixtures, fittings and a fresh layout to your bathroom can really lift how you feel about your home, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are four top tips for getting the most when looking into Bathroom Remodeling in Los Angeles.
Have a Realistic Budget
The very first thing you need to do when embarking on a bathroom remodel is to look at the costs, i.e., what you can afford and what you really want to spend on the bathroom. First off, you’ll want to consider the reason for the remodel right off the bat.
Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers:
- What do you like about your bathroom currently?
- What do you want to improve?
- Is your ideal remodel going to include changing the location of the plumbed in fixtures?
- Are you remodeling to increase the appeal or value of your house for sale?
All these answers are going to be important to the budget of the bathroom remodel. They’re the biggest factors that are going to inform you and your chosen contractor of what your remodel is likely to cost.
Decide on the Type of Bathroom
Bathrooms can be broken down into three main types, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Once you have a budget, this should be your next decision, even before you start planning your bathroom’s layout.
The first is the standard bathroom. In here you’ll likely find a tiled floor and walls and the standard set of fixtures – a toilet, sink and bathtub. It may also contain a shower, or a bath/shower combo. It’s the bathroom that will likely get the most use in a family home.
The half bath is the next type. This can also be called a guest bathroom and typically doesn’t have the bathtub or shower included, but simply a toilet and sink. In a double story home, this is the bathroom you’ll probably have on the ground floor.
The third type, and one increasing in popularity in bathroom remodels and a feature of many modern homes, is the wet bathroom. This bathroom will have the fixtures of the standard bathroom, but instead of having a shower cubicle or shower, it will be open plan. This means the entire bathroom will be waterproofed, including the floor, walls, and ceiling.
Think About the Fixtures
Now that we have a budget and a bathroom type, we need to think about what we want to put into the bathroom. This means spending some time considering not only the fixtures, but what type of fixtures.
The first conversation that’s likely to come up is whether you want to include a bathtub in your bathroom. Bathtubs are a nice feature, but they take up a lot of space, take longer than a shower and use a lot of water. For this reason, some bathroom remodels are foregoing the inclusion of a bathtub.
Other fixtures that are worth some consideration are:
- The type of toilet (maybe you’d like a bidet included)
- The sink (think about whether you’d prefer a cabinet or a pedestal style sink, or even a double sink, which means more than one person can make use of the mirror in the mornings)
- The shower (steam shower, gravity fed or pump shower – and don’t forget the shower head)
It’s not just the fixtures you can decide on. You should also spend some time thinking about lighting and the tile choice for the floor and walls, and the fittings like the faucets and cabinets.
Spend Some Time on the Layout
Your next task, and the most important, is to design the actual layout of the bathroom. Think about the current layout and what works and what doesn’t and decide whether you’d like to move the fixtures around.
For example, if you have a bath and you’re not replacing it, it might open floor space that you might use to increase the size of the shower instead, allowing you to move the toilet to a different space. Here, the possibilities are almost endless. Walk through the space and envision the layout, then put it on paper for your contractor to comment and assist with.
Following this process will make your bathroom remodel something to be excited about and look forward to. Remodeling a bathroom is an opportunity to not only improve the look and feel of your home but to increase the practicality of the bathroom. Whichever type of bathroom you choose and whatever fittings you opt for, enjoy the process and most importantly, enjoy the use of your new bathroom once the remodel is complete!
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