The bathrooms in our homes get a lot of use on a daily basis. As our lives change our needs change as well. If you are considering remodeling your bathroom keeping these tips in mind can help you get the bathroom that you want and need, at a price that you can afford.
The layout of the bathroom is the
single most important factor to determine cost on a bathroom remodel.
Keeping the layout as close to the existing design as possible will
drastically reduce construction cost for a bathroom remodel. Moving
things, changing layouts, and expanding the footprint of an existing bathroom will raise labor cost.
Selecting a layout that is simple and works well with your current bathroom will help keep cost manageable. Moving major components in your bathroom can make it necessary to completely redo your piping, electric wiring, and other mechanical features. The largest expense in a bathroom remodel is labor. Reducing labor will allow you to focus on materials and finishes that fit your life and your style.
2. Material selection
Bathrooms require specialized materials that aren’t used anywhere else in your home. Purchasing these materials in custom finishes and colors will add to the cost of these items. To get the most from your bathroom remodel, design around readily available colors and finishes. As a general rule, most people can expect that the labor for a remodel will cost roughly twice as much as the materials do. This is not a hard and fast rule, but the numbers generally support the claim. On average, a bathroom remodeling job will cost you around twice as much as the materials cost you. Keep this in mind when making decisions about your bathroom.
3. Choose Neutral Elements
There are thousands of design choices for bathroom. Tile is one of the most common features used in a bathroom remodel. Styles come and go, so by keeping the major components and selections neutral your bathroom will look fresh and new for years to come. You can still stay current and use the latest styles, but if you choose neutral tile and add accent pieces to the neutral palate, then if you want to make a change it as simple as changing an accent piece.
4. Don’t skimp on plumbing fixtures
There are many choices in styles, finishes, and features when it comes to plumbing fixtures. It has been our experience that trying to save money by using cheaper fixtures can be a costly mistake. If you have the choice of a no name brand at a lower cost with more features or an established brand with fewer features. Choose the established brand. Established brands often last longer, are made of better materials, and are more serviceable. From our experience if something breaks or fails getting replacement parts for no name brands can be difficult to impossible. We suggest you keep quality at the top of the list when choosing fixtures.
5. Pay attention to the details
It’s not always possible to extend the size of a room, but there are ways to give it a bright, spacious feel. Use large vanity mirrors to dramatically increase the sense of openness.
For poor lighting conditions, consider incorporating light-reflecting glass mosaic tile. Use warm, light colors; these have the same room-opening effect as white, but they don’t show dirt as easily. Drawing the attention upward adds dimension to small rooms. You can accomplish this with accessories and accent walls.
6. Lighting Matters
Bathrooms are usually small spaces. In small spaces lighting can make a huge difference in how the room looks, feels, and functions. Adding task lighting, and overhead lighting is a great way to make a small stuffy space feel bigger and brighter. Lighting is often overlooked but a great way to get the most out of your bathroom remodel budget.
Thinking of a bathroom remodel? Let us help turn your bathroom into a space that fits your needs and your style.