Remodeling your bathroom can be a homeowner’s nightmare! But, with proper planning and the right help, we think it can go off without any major headaches. We’ve learned a few tips, helping homeowners figure out their bathroom remodeling projects over the years. Here’s a few:
Always Start With the Design
Many people think they need to start worrying about the tiny details of gutting the place, how to rip up the flooring, how high do you need to put the showerhead, and so on. But the best way to start remodeling your bathroom is with the design concept.
“The key to making a bathroom remodel go smoothly,” says contractor David Richmond of Heart of the Home, “is to choose the aesthetic focal point of your bathroom.” Whether it be a certain type of unique tile shape or color; an antique vanity sourced at an auction; or even a style such as mid-century modern, David says “these design decisions help your contractor — who can then help you — make the right building decisions and make sure remodeling your bathroom goes off without a hitch.”
When Remodeling Your Bathroom – Don’t Make the Toilet the Focal Point
Going along with the idea of a focal point, make sure that it isn’t the toilet. Our friends over at Houzz (one of the world’s largest home remodeling sites) suggest that this is one of the top tips. “If you’re hoping for a spa-like vibe, putting the john front and center in the design can sort of kill the mood as you’re transitioning into the room.” They suggest putting the toilet behind small wall, away from the door, if you can.
Plan Like a Boss
I know a lot of people who like to “wing it.” But really, why should you, when there are so many tools out there to help you plan your remodeling project. For example, you can buy a pre-made Remodeling Binder Kit (who has time for all the printing out and formatting?) that will be sure to impress your contractor, your friends and mostly your dad — all with the added benefit of keeping you on track.
If you’re more of a digital type, Pinterest has just about all you need. (Pssst. We’re on there too.) You can organize your project by sections with boards, and pin from the great hive mind that is the internet.
Keep Storage Top of Mind
Many of us have lived in homes where storage space was at a premium. In my 1930’s home, the “master bath” (and I’m using that term loosely) has absolutely no storage. A pedestal sink with no vanity space, and a few open shelves. There is a linen closet in the hallway, but come on, ladies…we all know how inconvenient that can be when all your stuff has to live somewhere else.
Some experts suggest that you can steal from the kitchen to make better use of the space in the bathroom. “A two-tier lazy Susan, often relegated to kitchen cabinets, can be used in the bathroom linen closet to hold nail polish, small makeup bottles and creams,” says this story from HGTV.com. Even better, the article suggests making sure to install drawers instead of just cabinets, because they hold more items than cabinets.
Know Your Shower Situation
Of course, our specialty is the shower area. If you’re doing a complete remodel, now is a great time to think about your needs in this area. “A lot of your choice depends on what kind of space you’ll have,” says Emre Tunc, our resident shower expert and showroom manager. “You need to decide if you take a lot of baths, you might want to do a Metro shower over your bathtub, for a modern, upscale look for a shower, while still getting the benefits of the bathroom,” he explains. The Metro shower is a sliding shower door that works great as a standalone shower too, while taking up roughly the same space as a normal bathtub with a shower curtain.
Some people want the shower to be the focal point of their bathroom.
“In this case,” says Tunc, “if you have the space, opt for something stylish with a feel of luxury, like a frameless Neo Angle shower door. This type of shower is diamond shaped and believe us when we say that it will give your bathroom that same high-end feel!
As for any final advice on what to consider with your bathroom remodel, Tunc had this to say: “I’ve heard people say to sit in the bathtub you’re going to buy before you buy it. Well the same thing is true of your shower. Come into one of our showrooms and stand in the shower you’re going to buy, so that you can see and feel the difference that a Dulles Glass shower makes.” Tunc might seem enthusiastic about this, but from an outsider perspective, it’s really a great idea.