The Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Renovations
A bathroom is usually one of the first rooms in the house to be redesigned.
Because a budget small or large, can go a long way.
Between Canadians and Americans, the average investment on bathroom renovations is $10,200.
In comparison to remodeling a kitchen, the average investment is $25,150. Regardless of the reasoning behind the renovation, whether it is to increase the value of your home before selling, or just to enhance your home’s living space. There are many things that can go wrong during the process and make that investment a poor choice.
This article will look into the most important do’s and don’ts of bathroom renovations and how to get the most out of your investment.
Do the Do’s of Bathroom Renovations
Budget, Budget, Budget the Renovation
Setting a budget is one of the most important elements of any renovation. Although budgeting may seem like an obvious task, there are many situations that can quickly send a project in a downward spiral.
Without a set budget, there is the possibility of over spending, and unexpected costs can really hurt your wallet. If you set a budget too low, you may be underwhelmed with the final product and look back on that investment as a waste. In order to properly set a budget, it will be essential to look into the following areas.
- Material costs such as tiles, fixtures and other bathroom essentials like bathroom accessories
- Labor costs within a set time frame
- Saving room for unexpected costs
- Plumbing and other extra costs
- A ‘slush fund’ or buffer to account for unexpected costs
It will be important to investigate different options and set a budget that you can afford while still investing enough to have the bathroom renovation you were looking for.
Be Proactive During Bathroom Renovations
Most design their bathroom for today – however, it is always important to consider the future. What will you and your family look like 10 years from now? If you are a baby boomer, safety is an ugly word, but you might not be aware there are beautiful support handles you can hold onto when mornings start to feel achy 9 years from now! Safety is always something that people will overlook during bathroom renovations because they believe it is not truly needed.
Small Proactive investments to protect yourself and your family inside a wet and slippery shower before an accident happens is important. Let’s look into some of the simple things that can be done at an affordable price to make your new bathroom a safer environment.
- Installing proper backing behind the shower and near the toilet for future installations of fixtures or shower grab bars
- Installing a textured or non-slip floor surface
- Adding shower grab bars or bathtub grab bars in the correct positions
- Great lighting to illuminate the whole room
The reason bathroom safety does not come to mind during renovations, is because a large part of a remodelling job is the design of the room.
Most of the time, safety fixtures like grab bars are usually not the most appealing pieces to install.
However, if you don’t want to compromise the design of the bathroom, we have a solution.
Our shower grab bars that are designed as luxury bathroom accessories look just like any other bathroom towel bar, toilet roll holder or shampoo shelf that are available.
So, don’t skimp on the safety. It is easy to combine good bathroom design with safety during bathroom renovations.
Will it be a Shower or a Bath?
If you are renovating your main bathroom, there is most likely a bath installed. However, how often do you really use a bath? Will you use it more in the 5 or 10 years?
Most people, while renovating a bathroom will feel obliged to install or refit a bath if there is already one there. Why not consider a shower instead?
A nice shower can cost the same or even less than a bathtub depending on the design and could really optimize the space of the bathroom.
If you are renovating your main bathroom, ask yourself, do we really need a bath? Will we actually use it?
If the answer is no, look into your options of showers and make the decision.
The materials that you use in your bathroom can make or break your renovation. Literally.
Depending on your budget, it is important to invest in quality materials in order to build the best bathroom you can.
If your budget is not flexible enough to allow for everything to be the best quality, make a priority list of the areas and items you don’t want to cheap out on.
Here is our priority list to give you an example:
- Tiles and flooring
- Fixtures and features
- Bathroom Safety Accessories
- Counters & Vanities
- Walls & Lighting
In order to make a priority list, ask yourself – what are the most important areas of this renovation and what does your end goal look like.
Paid Labor or DIY?
Sure, you may love HGTV and all the do it yourself shows and think
“Yeah, I could do that. No problem”.
For some people, this is the case. They have the knowledge, experience, tools and means to actually finish bathroom renovations. If you are missing out on those essentials, you are probably not prepared to tackle a this on your own.
If that is you, then its probably time to look into who to hire for re-doing your bathroom.
This can sometimes be a difficult task if you have never dealt with a contractor before. We suggest to research well online or ask a friend or family if they have any referrals.
Once you have narrowed down your search, try and get some estimates of what these contractors charge.
After finding the best price, sit down with the contractor and go over your plans and vision for the project so you are both on the same page. They may have some suggestions, and many will provide great advice. Take it or leave it, it’s your own bathroom at the end of the reno.
Avoid The Don’ts of Bathroom Renovations
Don’t Take the Cheap Route
As we mentioned before, purchasing the best quality materials may not be in your budget. That does not mean getting the cheapest items and hiring the cheapest contractor.
Look at your budget, look at the priority list you made and make decisions according to that.
Setting aside enough money to cover labor costs before looking at materials will ensure that you stay within budget, and planning for an extra 10% to cover any unexpected costs would be a wise decision.
Also, always remember that this is an investment you are making, not just a simple fix up. This investment will raise the value of your home while creating a better bathroom environment.
Don’t Rush on the Reno
This “don’t” is self-explanatory, but also very important. Clearly, everyone would love to see their bathroom completed quickly.
Yet, once again, you probably do not have the size of an HGTV renovation team on the job.
Set a reasonable and expected timeline in consideration to the size of the bathroom and the size of the project.
Approach your contractor with that timeline and see if he will be able to successfully finish the job within that time. Even if the date gets pushed back a bit throughout the renovation, don’t worry, it will still get done.
However, you have the right to be upset if the finish date is getting pushed back often and will be way over the expected timeline.
No matter what the case, just don’t rush the job. Take the proper amount of time to create the bathroom you envisioned for your home.
Finish the Job. Don’t Procrastinate.
There is one thing that everyone is guilty of… and that one thing is procrastination. If you push something back on bathroom renovations, it may never be finished.
Even if there is something as small as painting trim or adding an accent piece, do it.
Finish what you need to finish. If you have a contractor, make sure that they have completely finished everything they needed to, otherwise you will be left with missing pieces.
Get updates regularly from the contractor so you are always aware of what they are working on and what still needs to be finished. This way, you stay on top of the progress to ensure the project is headed towards the right direction.
The last 10% of any project is always that hardest.
What’s the Plan Stan?
Planning is everything when it comes to renovations.
Make sure that you have everything planned out before it all begins, including:
- Set Budget
- Bathroom Layout
- Materials to use
- Fixtures and Accessories picked out
- Timeline and expected finish date
- Have examples
Without a plan, all is lost and you may as well say goodbye to your investment.
There is too much room for error and disappointment for a renovation without a plan. Take the proper steps and time to make sure you have everything in order before starting the renovation process.
A renovation can be a stressful time in a household.
However, if you are able to do the do’s and avoid the don’ts, it should be a smooth remodelling process.
Make sure to plan the best you can and create a bathroom that is functional, flexible, safe and ultimately beautiful.
For some inspiration, check out our Houzz profile