Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Have a wish list
Evaluate your existing bathroom then write down what you like and what you want to change. List features you’ve always wanted. Group them according to must-haves and nice-to-haves, and number them by importance.

Figure out a budget in advance
Whether you want to gut your bathroom and start from a shell or just change a few features and finishes, it’s important to know how much you want to spend before you start. Also get a plan in place for the unexpected, such as water or mold problems.

Plan for spending your money in the right places
Generally speaking, the more walls containing plumbing pipes, the higher the potential cost of a renovation. Working close to a room’s existing floor plan almost always saves money and moving the toilet or the drain for the shower or tub can be expensive. If the electrical or plumbing systems are outdated, it can be cheaper in the long run to gut the room and start from scratch. Invest in items that can’t be changed easily, such as flooring, the tub, and shower, and don’t forgt features such as good lighting and storage.

If you’re planning to stay in your home five years or less, design with reselling in mind. If you anticipate staying more than seven years, design the bathroom for yourself. When in doubt, go with classic features such as white subway tiles or marble countertops.