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5 Things to Consider For Your Bathroom Remodel

There are plenty of reasons why you may be interested in remodeling your home’s bathroom. Maybe you want to transform your master bathroom into a space of relaxation and tranquility or craft a beautiful guest bathroom for your family, friends, and guests to use. Perhaps you’ve been saving up for a while so that you can achieve the bathroom of your dreams, or maybe you’ve encountered a plumbing issue that makes a bathroom redesign project a necessity. Regardless of the reasoning behind your desire to renovate your bathroom, like any home improvement project, you’ll need to be prepared for the ins and outs of bathroom remodel planning.

While bathrooms typically are a smaller area compared to kitchen and other home areas, bathroom remodeling can be quite the undertaking. However, by taking the time to plan your project beforehand, you can get the most out of your bathroom remodeling budget. At S&C Construction, we specialize in bathroom remodeling throughout the Bay Area. We know that there are many considerations involved in creating the perfect bathroom space, so in this blog, our bathroom remodeling contractors put together some considerations that will help prepare you for a successful bathroom remodel.

  1. Establish a Budget

Once you know that you want to remodel a specific bathroom in your home, one of the first things you can do to make the rest of the process easier is to establish a project budget. Home remodeling projects allow you to transform spaces in your home exactly how you want them — they are an investment in your property and yourself. Home and bathroom remodeling projects can cost as much as you allow them to, and without a solid budget plan, costs can spiral out of control right before your eyes.

Establishing a budget for a bathroom remodel is easier said than done. You’ll need to cover all the material cost as well as the labor costs if you plan on having a professional do the renovating and remodeling for you. Think about what features you want your newly remodeled bathroom to have and what you want it to look like in the end. To create a more accurate budget for your bathroom remodeling project, ask yourself the following questions to better determine what the budget is for your bathroom remodel:

  • What can you afford to invest in your bathroom remodel?

  • Will the project involve changing the location of plumbed-in items?

  • What parts of a new bathroom do you find essential?

  • Will you plan on selling your home in the near future?

2. Start Developing the Layout

Does your existing bathroom feel cramped? Maybe that’s what urged you to want to remodel your bathroom in the first place. A bathroom remodel is a great time to change the layout of the space and make it more functional. Depending on the size and shape of your bathroom, there are various layouts to choose from that will transform your bathroom in its own way. When planning your bathroom layout, make note of the plumbing fixtures such as the sink, toilet, and shower and whether or not you want them to stay there. While all these fixtures can be upgraded, keeping them in the same space will make the project easier and therefore more cost-effective. If your bathroom layout isn’t functional due to these fixtures, however, it's worth considering the extra work and expense of having them rearranged.

The layout of your newly remodeled bathroom should be decided before you even begin thinking about the aesthetics involved with a project. If you want peace of mind in knowing that your new bathroom will look exactly the way you want it, start searching for a bathroom remodeling contractor that offers 3D renderings of the project. This will allow you to visualize the potential new bathroom designs before the work even begins.

3. Decide on a Shower, Bathtub, or Both

If you’re remodeling the master bathroom of a full guest bathroom, the focus of the project is oftentimes the shower and tub area. While bathtubs are a traditional choice for bathrooms, that trend has declined when it comes to modern bathroom design. Maybe it has something to do with life getting busier and most people prefer taking showers over taking a bath. Not to mention, bathtubs use considerably more water compared to showers.

To decide on what you want your newly remodeled bathroom to feature, start by thinking about what makes the most sense for your daily needs. If you can’t remember the last time you took the time to draw water for a bath, then it may not be something that needs to be included in your bathroom remodeling project. However, if you’re the type of person who enjoys the utter relaxation a bath can provide — perhaps with a glass of wine in hand — then fitting a bathtub in your remodel, especially a master bathroom remodel, is definitely worth it.

4. Don’t Forget About Lighting

Bathrooms shouldn’t feel dark and dingy, but rather bright and clean. That’s why it is important to not overlook lighting when planning your bathroom remodel. You likely already know if your bathroom has bad lighting — it nearly destroys the look and utility of the space. When it comes to lighting there are many different avenues you can take. One thing you may want to consider is adding more natural light. Ample natural lighting can really make a bathroom feel bright and airy. It can transform it into a space that will enhance your morning routine. Depending on where your bathroom is located, window installation may be an option and will instantly add natural lighting to the space.

In addition to natural light, or if window installation isn’t feasible, you’ll want good artificial lighting in your bathroom. There are so many options when it comes to bathroom lighting. You can choose to add recessed LED lighting on a dimmer switch that can provide ambient light. To avoid weird shadows, layer in soft lighting at head level at the bathroom vanity. Artificial lighting plays a huge role here, and some bathroom vanities have built-in lighting that provides broad-spectrum light that gives your skin a natural look. Don’t forget to incorporate adequate lighting in the shower or tub area, too!

5. Consider Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor

Bathroom remodeling is a lot of work, and unless you're handy and don’t mind your bathroom being a construction zone for months on end, it is worth considering hiring a professional. Hiring experienced bathroom remodelers will ensure that your newly remodeled space not only looks better, but is also completed faster as well. There are many bathroom remodeling contractors out there, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to do your research and find contractors that would be a good fit for your project. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our Tips for Choosing the Best Home Remodeling Contractor.

The best bathroom remodelers will have experience, offer friendly service, and be willing to work with your budget. They also will be able to offer bathroom design services and eliminate the need to work with other contractors, builders, or companies. When it comes to Bay Area bathroom remodels, our team here at S&C Construction is who you want on your side. We not only make bathroom remodeling easier and more convenient for our clients, but we work closely with them to design and build the bathroom of their dreams! Let’s get started by discussing the details of your project — contact us today!

Just like all home remodeling projects, there are various things to consider when it comes to a bathroom remodel. The five suggestions above are a great way to begin planning your project. Hiring our Bay Area bathroom remodelers will help ensure all aspects of your remodel are considered.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts, as our professional remodelers may just share more tips to help you plan and prepare for your bathroom remodel.