How to Plan your Own Bathroom Renovation

So, you’ve set intentions of undertaking the renovations for one of the most vital yet complicated rooms of your home, the bathroom. Undertaking a home renovation can be a very daunting and drawn out process but it doesn’t have to be. With the right plan in place, you can make the complex renovation of your bathroom a very simple one. Today, we will discuss how to plan your bathroom renovation in detail so you can enjoy bringing your dream bathroom to life as smoothly and quickly as possible.


Getting Your Budget in Order

If you don’t know already, you should work up an idea of how much you want to spend on your bathroom renovation. Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in the remodel. Once you’ve figured out what you can spend, you’ll know how in-depth of a renovation you can accomplish. Having a clearer sense of what your budget is will go a long way in streamlining your bathroom renovation.


Your Renovation’s Timetable

Many people assume that if they are remodeling only a small bathroom it will only take a few days, or anyway it will take much less time than a larger one. This is not necessarily the case.  A seemingly simple renovation can take weeks. However, planning refers not only to defining the duration of the renovation works but also certain intermediate steps such as ordering and purchasing tiles, fixtures, custom-built vanity or cabinets to make sure they can be delivered when you’ll need them.  Planning your timetable is also crucial if you only have one bathroom in your house as they should plan where to take a shower and use the toilet while the bathroom is taken apart. Family, friends and gyms are a great place to use the facilities while your home undergoes a renovation.


Top to Bottom

When it comes to bathroom renovation by completing the job in a specific sequence you can save yourself from a lot of clean up time and mistakes. Whether you are demolishing or simply repainting, you always want to start at the top of the room. Remodel your ceiling first, walls second, and floors third so you can prevent damage to your new components. This will save a lot of frustration and time, let alone spare your budget a huge hit!


Expect the Unexpected

If you are doing a major renovation to your bathroom, consider doing a “full gut”.  Depending on the age of your home and how well it was built the biggest hidden problem you may encounter is water damage, so look for structural deficiencies in the floor framing, not properly vented plumbing, old corroded plumbing, non-waterproof tile, shower and tub surrounds. Depending on the totality of the condition of your bathroom, you need to have fail safes in place and resources at your disposal to help keep your renovation on schedule and within budget.


Decide on Your Bathroom’s Style

When first starting out start by thinking about the look you want for your bathroom. There are many factors to consider like paint color, tile choices, vanities, showers, tubs, faucets, etc. It can get overwhelming very quickly, start with some research.

You can start to piece together elements that you like into what will become the final design of the bathroom or you may choose a design item you want to feature in the bathroom and then work the rest of the bathroom design around it. The sky is the limit here and your imagination is your biggest tool in this stage.


Sizing Your Bathroom Up

There are 3 major limitations which really make size matter in bathroom renovation, the overall size of the bathroom, usually the smallest room in the house, the location of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring and the typical standard dimensions of bathroom fixtures. Therefore, make sure you have the correct measurements and specifications when you go to the store. If you have ever renovated a room of your house, you know from experience it is much more frustrating trying to shop without measurements to end up purchasing stuff that doesn’t fit.


Fixtures and Accessories

No renovation is complete without remodeling or repairing fixtures and features, shower, bathtub, toilet, bidet, sink, faucets and shower heads.

You should also update or repair your mirrors and shower doors. You can also change the look of your bathroom very easily by changing out door handles, drawer pulls and the hardware for your shower doors. If you have the budget a new set of shower doors can completely change the look of your room. Try changing up the lighting fixtures in your bathroom to change the flow of your bathroom. This small change up will almost make your bathroom seem like a different room! Scoping out local hardware stores and such will make this process much easier, you’ll have an idea of what you want and you may get lucky and find a lot of what you’re after on sale!



Storage Options

Planning cabinets, shelving and storing solutions is a tricky problem in most situations. In smaller, irregular rooms like the bathroom, it is even more so. They need to be functional and accommodate all your toiletries while keeping everything easily accessible. They must fit into the available space and make the most of it and on top of it all, they need to look stylish.


Putting Your Walls Up and Keeping Your Feet on the Ground

Virtually any material can be used to surface walls and floors in the bathroom if they’re water resistant, either naturally or by finish. Depending on your budget and working knowledge, using materials such as ceramic, marble, and granite tiles make beautiful and highly durable flooring and wall surfaces for baths. For flooring, additional options may include cement (painted or stained), sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles which are inexpensive and look much better now than they used to. Whichever you choose, always mind another factor for choosing your bathroom flooring, durability and slip-resistance. This is a very fun aspect of the remodel and I personally enjoy this part, it’s really when you start to see the room come together and all your hard work to pay off.


Appliances and Wrapping it All Up

Picking your new Tub, Shower, vanity and sink is one of the initial phases of your renovation but this is where we put them all together. If you don’t know how to already,

make sure you have the knowledge and the know how to install these items. If not installed properly, these appliances could break or cause catastrophic to your bathroom. If you’re not sure, contract a professional to handle this aspect of your remodel.

Once the appliances are properly installed, it’s time for a final deep cleaning of your bathroom! Make sure you clean all your cabinets, surfaces, ductwork, floors and anything I haven’t mentioned. After all of this is said and done, take a big step back and marvel over your brand new bathroom!

Andrew Ellis is the 'hands-on' webmaster, content curator and Captain of the good ship Poshh Living Father of one and master of none. Fitness, health and of course home improvement are Andrew's key areas of expertise. Andrew has worked in many roles, from product designer to purchaser, for spa products, garden furniture and tech. Andrew is a really well-respected voice within these business circles.

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