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Essential Bathroom Remodeling Tips

essential bathroom remodeling tips

There's something special about a really great bathroom. Do you know what we mean?

Do you ever get back to the table in a restaurant or hotel and feel compelled to comment on how wonderful the bathrooms are? When we find ourselves in a beautiful bathroom, it's easy to feel calm, happy, and maybe a little bit fancy.

If you're looking for bathroom remodeling ideas, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the choices.

We want to make this process as easy for you as possible. Here are some tips we believe our helpful for your remodel.

Create a Budget

When you get the opportunity to transform your home into the exact style you want, you're making an investment in your property and yourself.

Home and bathroom remodeling can cost as much as you let it, and without a solid budget, costs can spiral.

The solution is to research local custom building costs, set a realistic budget, and then try to stick to it. This is made easier if you choose a remodeling contractor or design-build firm that offers fixed pricing rather than estimates.

Bathroom remodels can get expensive quickly, mostly due to labor costs and, to a lesser extent, materials. If you want to upgrade your existing bathroom to higher-end materials, you'll need to factor in the cost of everything from tiles to a bathtub.

To create your budget, you'll need to take into consideration a few things:

  • Are you looking to sell within a few years?

  • Do you want to change the location of plumbed-in items?

  • What parts of the new bathroom are absolutely essential?

  • What can you afford to invest?

Choose the type of bathroom

Bathrooms come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and layouts. Chances are, you probably won't change the type of bathroom when you go to remodel. However, it's a good idea to look at all your options before you set your ideas in stone or grout. An experienced interior designer can help you see possibilities that you might have missed. For instance, a cramped half bath could be transformed into a luxurious master suite just by borrowing some space from a walk-in closet or bedroom.

Standard Bathroom

A standard bathroom or full bath is one that contains a sink, toilet, bath, shower, or both. Some older homes were designed with just one full bathroom that the entire family was meant to share.

Master en-suites have the same basic features but are accessed via the master bedroom. Homeowners remodeling or adding a master suite often go for a luxurious spa-like vibe. Think skylights, a soaking tub, and a separate steam shower. A properly designed master suite can be a rejuvenating escape at home.

In most cases, a master suite can be added to a home if one doesn't already exist. That can free up the existing standard bath for family use and can eliminate long lines at morning shower time.

Half bath

A half bath, or powder room, is a small space that has only a sink and a toilet. If you live in an older Knoxville home that has only one full bath, your life could really improve by adding a half bath. If you have guests over for dinner, they can use the powder room and not have to invade your personal bathroom space. Likewise, if you have house guests staying over, it can take some of the pressure off your main bath if you're all trying to get ready at the same time in the morning.

One of the best things about a half bath is that it doesn't require a big footprint. We've fit half baths in the tightest of spots, including closets and unused corners. Adding a half bath can be an easy way to boost the value of your home as well as make your life easier.

Develop a bathroom layout

So you've settled on the type of bathroom you're installing or redoing (half or full bath, wet bath, or standard). Now it's time to think about layout. Depending on the shape and size of the area you have to work with, there are countless variations in bathroom layout.

Important tip: Before you think about the aesthetics of your bathroom remodel, you have to nail down the layout.

Rearranging plumbing fixtures (and walls) can quickly drive up the cost of your bathroom remodel, and if you can leave well enough alone, then do.

Maybe your original bathroom was poorly designed. Maybe you need more space. Maybe you are converting a half bath to a full bath. You might need to change the layout for any number of reasons. And that's when it can get tricky.

When you're looking at your existing bathroom, that image gets stuck in your head. It can be a mental leap to re-imagine it as anything other than its original form.

In general, the smaller the space, the fewer layout choices you will be confronted with. There are only so many ways you can fit a tub, sink, and toilet into an 8' x 8' footprint. Obviously, more space opens up more possibilities and more opportunities for customization.

An experienced interior designer can help you make the best use of a small space. He or she can also help you customize a larger layout to fit your unique needs.

If you are considering a bathroom remodel, we would love to hear about your project. Go HERE to connect.

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