8 Things To Consider For Your Bathroom Renovation Project
Whether you are updating the look of your bathroom, changing floor plan, or expanding your bathroom, there are certain things you should consider for your renovation project. Budget, time, code requirements, functionality, aesthetics, lighting, fixtures, and storage are all things to think about. Also, hidden problems such as mold behind walls or corroded plumbing are things that can add additional time increasing your budget. Consider what improvements to make, what is a priority to invest your money in, and how to transform your bathroom that best reflects how you want it to feel and function for you. Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming, time-consuming and costly, so its helpful to prepare a budget and a checklist to make sure that your project stays on track and the renovation runs smoothly.
Every city has a set of code requirements that homeowners need to adhere to. If you plan to do a cosmetic change to your bathroom with no alteration to the floor plan, then you will need an alteration permit. However, if you plan to switch the toilet location with the vanity, or you plan to expand your bathroom, you need to adhere to your city’s building codes and apply for a permit. Please check with your city planning department for latest code requirement. You can read more about bathroom code requirements here.
Think about how you use your bathroom and what you need. Design with functionality in mind. Do you need storage for toiletries and cleaning supplies, shelves for towels, and a tub or walk-in shower? If you have a walk-in shower, do you want a shower bench for a relaxing experience and to assist you with activities such as shaving for example? Or do you prefer a tub to relax in after a long day at work? Figuring out how you would like your bathroom to function for you and combining the functionality with beautiful aesthetics will transform your bathroom into a peaceful sanctuary.
Having the proper lighting is important in a bathroom. Layer a combination of lights such as recessed lights, wall sconces, and a chandelier (if you have a taller ceiling for a chandelier) to provide 4 types of light – task, accent, decorative and sparkle. Include a dimmer switch to control brightness, set the mood, and create a soft ambiance in your bathroom. Having wall sconces flank both sides of your mirror or medicine cabinet at eye level provides shadowless illumination which is best for makeup application, shaving, and blow drying your hair.
Tub or Shower
Do you want to soak and relax in a tub or do you want a walk in shower with rain shower head, jets and steam? Perhaps you want a combination of both shower and tub? If you have small children, then a shower/tub combination would probably be best for your family. If it’s just you and you rarely use a tub, then a walk in shower would make sense for you. There are pros and cons to both so determine what would work best for your lifestyle.
Fittings & Fixtures
Bathroom fittings and fixtures can make a powerful design statement. They can elevate the look of your bathroom in much the same way a piece of artwork elevates a room. While there are thousands of options which can be overwhelming, finding the right fittings and fixtures will transform your bathroom from dull to luxurious. Do you want a wall hung vanity, toilet, and bath faucet in a chrome, brushed, or lacquered finish for a modern look? Or do you prefer a freestanding vanity with a traditional 2 piece toilet and lavatory faucet with cross handles?
Storage space is important in a bathroom remodel especially if you need to store towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hairdryers, makeup, etc.. Vanities, shelves, custom cabinetry, niches, and accessories all provide storage space based on your needs. Vanities come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. Do you want a wall hung vanity or a freestanding vanity? Medicine cabinets are great for storing smaller items such as your makeup, face wash, toothpaste, and lotions.
Walls and Floor
When it comes to your bathroom floors and shower walls, there are many materials to consider from natural stone to porcelain, terra cotta, ceramic, linoleum, cork, wood, etc…The most popular floor material is ceramic tile in hexagon or larger tiles such as 12 x 12 or 18x 18. If you like the look of wood in your bathroom, try porcelain. Wth porcelain, you can mimic the look of wood grain so it looks like real wood floors. Travertine has a soft warm look whereas slate has a more organic feel. Both are natural stones that can be honed or polished. There are a myriad of options out there that can be overwhelming so take your time.
Bathrooms need proper ventilation since it gets warm and moist, and this type of environment attracts mold and mildew. Installing a ventilator is essential in the bath remodeling process. A well-ventilated bathroom will provide fresh air intake and remove excess humidity, keeping you and your bathroom hygienic and healthy.
Before starting your bathroom remodel project, take time to think about your budget, timeline, and how you want the bathroom to function and look. If you need help, consult a professional especially if you plan on removing a wall or changing the floor plan. A professional interior designer understands code requirements that you may not fully comprehend so seek their help in creating the bathroom of your dreams! Good luck with your design project and let me know how it goes.