Bathroom remodeling can be done for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have an outdated lavatory that needs a face-lift with new tile, cabinets, and paint. Maybe you want a different style altogether and are looking for a new tub and other fixtures as well. Or, maybe you have challenges that require you to make easier mobility updates to the room. Whatever your reason, you are probably working in a relatively small space, so it is important to carefully plan out the essential, as well as the aesthetic, features of the room.
What is Needed
There are certain features of your bathroom that you need. A place to shower or bathe, a sink, and a commode are required for full baths. However, you have a lot of design options for each of those. Do you have room for a free-standing tub? If so, you may need to get new fixtures that will work with it. Sinks can come in cabinet enclosures or may also be free-standing. They can be made of porcelain, have a clear design, or be composed of many other materials. For the commode, you can choose from longer or taller models, as well as color and shape.
You will probably also want some cabinet space and how much is up to you. This often depends on how much space is available and what you want to store in the room. Bigger areas may have room for towels, but smaller spaces may only have room for a few personal products.
Flooring is also an important consideration in your bathroom remodeling project. Besides the popular vinyl or laminate flooring, you have the option of tile, marble, or many other materials. Some floors can even be installed with heaters so you never have to step out of the shower onto a cold floor again!
Search the Internet for tools that will help you plan out your project. There are websites that can help you with placing fixtures and trying out colors and patterns to see what looks best in your space. Visit different showrooms to see staged bathrooms setups for more ideas.
If you are doing significant additions to your bathroom, such as expanding the space, you will definitely need the assistance of an experienced contractor. They will work with you to design the entire room, including supporting walls and any other architectural changes that may be needed.
If you are updating the floor with tile or marble, you may want to consider a professional service as well, since they will have all the necessary tools to cut and lay the material in the correct manner. For your fixtures, you will likely need the help of a plumber when you are working with the shower, tub, sink, and toilet area. And if you are updating the lighting in the room, you may also need a qualified electrician.
Certainly, there are some parts of the project you can do yourself. But don’t overestimate the value of using a professional to talk through your design, recommend the parts that might need specialized attention, and provide proper installation. Take time to do your homework before your next bathroom remodeling project and you will be glad you did!