Most of us don’t remodel a bathroom every day. Even experienced homeowners might only take on a bathroom remodel once or twice in their lives—hardly enough experience to become an expert! There are dozens of things to consider, and chances are you won’t feel very confident making decisions on any of them. Choosing a well-qualified and experienced bathroom remodeling contractor will be well worth it to preserve your investment, and pay for itself many times over.
Even though you will be working with an experienced bathroom remodeling contractor, there are things that you can do to make the experience go more smoothly and increase your chances of ending up with results you absolutely love. Taking some time to adjust your expectations, learn some terminology, and master some basic measurements and concepts will help make your project more manageable—and ultimately more successful:
1. Understand standard bathroom dimensions.
Knowing how much space is needed for a toilet or a typical bathtub will help as you begin to lay out your space with your contractor. Do you want a bathtub, or would you like a larger shower? Is it time to consider aging-in-place equipment for those with limited mobility?
2. How high should your sink be?
If you’re going to be able to wash your hands or brush your teeth comfortably, the height of your sinks relative to your countertops needs to be considered.
3. What about a corner sink?
Putting your sink in a corner can be a great solution in a small bathroom where it is difficult to get around due to the way the shower and/or entry doors open—and it looks good, too!
4. Not all tubs are created equal.
Think you don’t have room for a tub? You may be surprised. Reduced-size tubs to accommodate small bathrooms are on trend as living spaces get smaller and more compact.
5. Choose your vanity carefully.
Consider what you need your vanity for. Right-sizing this key bathroom feature will help give you the storage you need without taking up too much room.
6. Consider multi-faceted ventilation.
To keep mold and mildew at bay, bathrooms need ventilation to meet code. Having an effective fan that vents to the outside (instead of the attic) and an operable window is a good combination.
7. Lighting sets the stage.
A professional lighting designer can be your best friend when it comes to getting your bathroom lighting right. They know how to combine accent, task, and other decorative lighting to create on-point ambient lighting in your new bathroom.
8. Save what you can.
Many bathrooms have vintage finishes—especially unique tiles that can be highlighted instead of removed. Before you have these features torn out, think about how they might be able to be reused or repurposed.
9. Accent with high-end touches
Even if you are committed to staying to a moderate budget, you may find that accenting a small part of your bathroom with a luxury finish or feature goes a long way toward making the space feel high-end.
Increase your chances of creating the bathroom of your dreams by choosing to work with an experienced bathroom remodeler whose partners and vendors include some of the industry’s top design and installation professionals. Learn about some of these innovative industry-leaders at https://renkenremodeling.com/partners/
Still have questions? Contact Renken Remodeling today!