If you’re tackling a bathroom remodel project, having a working knowledge of what to expect and what to consider can make the difference between a months-long waking nightmare ending in a bathroom that you settle for or a near-pleasant experience resulting in the room of your dreams.


1. Know what a bathroom remodel costs. Before you begin any project, it’s important to put your expectations into perspective when it comes to how much money you’re willing to invest. The size of your bathroom, the quality of materials you want to include and whether you’re planning to do some of the labor yourself all can affect the cost of a remodel. A basic bathroom update can range from $3,000 (DIY) TO $12,000.  A mid to upper-range remodel can go from $10,000 to $25,000 depending on materials, cost of labor and project scope. Gutting out a current bathroom for a full remodel can cost over $25,000 depending on whether you are also removing walls, switching the location of the toilet and shower or replacing a bathtub for a sauna.


2. Don’t make the toilet the first thing you see when open the door. Ask a bathroom designer what his or her best tried and true tip is, and this is what you’re likely to hear. The reasoning is simple. Oftentimes bathroom doors get left open, meaning that you or any guest in your home walking by will see the toilet — which, come on, isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing to look at. So, what should you make the focal point? Anything but the toilet.


3. Consider leaving those vintage finishes. The point of your bathroom remodel might be a fresh, new look, but some things are easier to replace than others. For example, in older homes, wall tiles may have several coats of concrete and maybe wire lath. The difficulty in removing these can cause labor costs to skyrocket. Instead, you might want to keep the vintage tiles and spend your time and money elsewhere. And vintage finishes such as tile can be a cool feature as well.


4. Plan a lighting scheme. The best approach to a well-lit space is to incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting.


5. Understand standard bathroom dimensions. Knowing a few key measurements, like the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet, will help you plan your remodel more efficiently.


6. Plan the right height for your sink. Typical countertops are 32 to 34 inches off the floor. But you need to consider how your sink will add to or take away from the countertop’s height. If you have an above-counter vessel sink, for example, you’ll want to make your counter height lower so you can wash your hands or brush your teeth comfortably.


Source: Houzz. “15 Design Tips to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom.” Retrieved 3/10/2017 from https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/42379490/list/15-design-tips-to-know-before-remodeling-your-bathroom

Updated: March 17, 2017