Most people have no trouble imagining what would be in their dream bathroom–and it’s different for everyone. Some people have a vision of the entire bathroom, while others simply know what feature they’d like to add, but everyone can think of at least one thing that they’d love to have in their bathroom.
A bathroom renovation is the perfect opportunity to change it up and create at least a portion of that dream–but there are a few questions you’ll want to ask before you get started.
While upgrading a bathroom is at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists, total renovations can be costly—up to $18,000 or more, depending on the size of the bathroom and the fixtures chosen.
To make the most out of your bathroom renovation, first, assess your needs and desires to make informed decisions. These six crucial questions can assist homeowners in avoiding renovation regret—or, worse, do-overs. Do you like to get it right the first time? Continue reading to learn what you should think about before starting your bathroom remodeling project.
How Much Space Do You Have To Work With?
Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them have enough room for you to give your creativity free rein, while others have only enough space for the bathroom necessities. Before you start thinking about your dream bathroom, take a minute to look at the space that you actually have to work with. This will prevent the potential for costly mistakes down the line.
Many bathrooms have less square footage than other areas in the home, yet they must contain a wide range of necessities, from shampoo to toilet cleaning and from guest towels to toothpaste. While there may not be enough area in a bathroom for a full linen closet, you can add storage by thinking outside the box.
How Much Storage Do You Need?
If you have plenty of storage outside your bathroom, you don’t have to worry about cabinets and shelves–though you will want to make sure that you have plenty of room for all of your toiletries. On the other hand, if you don’t have a big enough linen closet to hold your extra towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom necessities, you’ll want to make sure that there’s plenty of storage room built into your bathroom. There are several ways to do this that don’t take up space that you’d rather be using for other things, including shelves and tower cabinets, but it’s definitely something that you should consider as you’re designing your dream bathroom.
Shower, Tub, Or Both?
While some bathrooms have plenty of room for a huge tub and a stand-alone shower, others only have the space for one. Which one you choose will depend on your needs. Many individuals with mobility impairments prefer to have a walk-in shower, while people who appreciate a good soak in a tub might not want a shower at all. The shower or tub will take up more space in your bathroom than any other fixture, so you’ll end up designing a lot of your space around it. That means that you should be clear on your preferences ahead of time. Be realistic when making this decision. If you really prefer baths to showers but find that much of the time, you’re hurrying through your bathing routine in the shower, you might need that shower more than you think. If you have small children, on the other hand, giving up the bathtub altogether probably isn’t a wise decision.
If a homeowner has the privilege of having more than one bathroom in the house, having a walk-in shower if you can in one of them is an excellent option. Have you already had a shower elsewhere in the house? Then, in the current renovation, a tub is usually sufficient. Otherwise, you should add a walk-in shower, if only as a long-term investment.
How Is The Room Shaped?
Sometimes, bathrooms are constructed around other areas of the house or given a strange shape to make room for pipes. You’ll have to work around the room’s shape when making decisions for your bathroom’s design.
What Features Are Most Important To You?
Whether you have a limited budget or a limited amount of space, there will come a time when you have to make decisions about what you “have” to keep and what you’re willing to let go of. If you’re desperate for a luxury shower, that might be the primary focus of your renovation.
Need A Seat In Your Shower?
Building it in might mean that you decide to give up a bathtub. The amount of water pressure you like in your shower will determine what fixtures are appropriate within it. If you’re designing a bathroom for your children to share, two different sinks might be an ideal way to put an end to bedtime bickering. Decide ahead of time what features are most important so that it will be easier to make decisions about what you really need.