Thursday, October 13, 2022

6-Point Checklist for a Successful and Stress-Free Bathroom Remodel

Neutral bathroom with double vanity after a bathroom remodel.

Does your bathroom have a serene and spa-like feel, or is it the one room in your house that’s desperately in need of an update? As one of the most used and shared spaces, the design of your bathroom is highly important not only so the space promotes relaxation, but so it adds to the overall value of your home.

When starting any home remodeling project, you’ll want to begin by creating a bathroom renovation checklist. What are the things you want to improve that are already in your bathroom? What are the brand new elements that you will be adding from scratch? 

Thinking about your goals – including what you want to remove, add, or improve – will help your project scope become more tangible. From there, you can set a budget for each goal and make sure the renovation gets underway without any surprises or stress.

Since renovating a bathroom can be time-consuming, costly, and complicated, we prepared a helpful 6-point checklist to ensure your project stays on track from day one.

Bar lighting for the bathroom vanity.

Visualize the end product & create the concept 

Months before any real demolition begins, you’ll want to conceptualize what you want the final product to look like. This can be done by finding inspiration online or on social media, or by hiring an interior designer who can draw up a visual blueprint. During this stage, you’ll want to collect measurements and choose which colors, materials, and finishes you’ll use.

Freestanding bathroom storage unit in white. with black handles.

2. Set a working budget 

When we say “working” budget, it’s important to leave a little wiggle room in the financing of your project since things will inevitably cost more than you expect. On average, a bathroom remodel in the U.S. costs between $9,600 and $11,000, but they can increase up to $50,000 for a truly lavish end result. You’ll want to factor in costs such as materials, appliances, fixtures, flooring, labor, and inspection fees, among others.

Multi-tiered towel rack for the bathroom.

3. Start with the foundations

Before you start bringing in things like a new toilet or lighting fixtures, focus on the walls and floors of the new bathroom first. Perhaps you want your walls to be completely covered in beautiful tiles, or you want to revamp the baseboard heater covers to match the ones in your bedroom. Completing foundational updates first will make the rest of the additions go much more smoothly, as you won’t be working in reverse order.

White water saving toilet.

4. Put down plenty of plastic sheeting 

Once the foundations of the new bathroom are in place, you should cover the flooring and any other exposed furnishings that you’re keeping (like a bathtub or vanity) with plastic sheeting to protect them from being damaged. Plastic sheeting can be purchased online or at any home improvement store. Especially if you’re planning to knock out drywall or tile, plastic sheeting is an absolute necessity to ensure things like flooring, baseboards, and cabinetry aren’t destroyed.

Wall sconce for the bathroom vanity.

5. Factor in lighting and electrical considerations

Though light fixtures won’t be installed until the very end, your electrician will need to know how many junction boxes to install, as well as how many switches or dimmers you’re expecting to have. 

Think outside the box with your vanity lighting; rather than a set track of lights above the mirror, it is becoming popular to see modern sconces on either side that are at eye-level. Also, electrical features like heated towel racks or even heated flooring add great resale value to homes, but again, these updates are something your electrician will need to be aware of early on.

6. Tie it all together with decor & small details 

After all major foundational updates have been completed, you’ll be free to focus on tying the new space together with classy decor and finer details. If you’re shopping online, it’s wise to purchase these types of items early on, as they might take several weeks to ship. 

Some ideas you can incorporate include updated cabinetry pulls in a cool chrome finish, handy pull-out drawers beneath your vanities for storage efficiency, new bath mats or hand towels, over-the-toilet shelving for extra organization, and new artwork or sculptures.

As your bathroom renovation gets underway, it’s key to be aware of the remodeling trends that will slash your home’s resale value, which we divulge here. 

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