When we think of renovating a bathroom, we immediately envision breaking up tiles and cutting holes in the flooring, removing pipes and replacing the plumbing, and completely remodeling. It doesn’t have to be like that, however. The truth is that remodeling the bathroom could be as simple as changing a couple of simple features (some paint and towels and mats to match it) or as complicated as installing all new fixtures.
The choice is yours, and it’s often limited by the available space and the reserved budget. Here’s the good news: you can do it step by step. Here’s how to properly and wisely plan for a bathroom renovation.
Have a long-term plan
If your budget is limited for a while, you may want to design the bathroom the way it should look like in a year or two – this gives you the chance to gradually make changes as your budget and lifestyle allow. Naturally, you need to prepare for the long-term, so it should be handled as a serious project and be approached in a serious manner (in various steps, allowing different actions at particular times, and with deadlines). It’s a fun way to do things, and it can bring not only a lot of value to the home, but also instill a great deal of personal satisfaction.
Design a flexible layout
Since trends are always changing and since you’re planning for the long-term, you have the choice to either go with the classical designs (which are always in vogue) or to have a flexible layout. Start with the plumbing and electrical wiring, and be flexible with various options for the future in mind.
Think of your budget
Never overdo it. Plan it through carefully. It’s better to make many small changes over time rather than over-tax yourself.
Get professional help
Often a little bit of money spent on a professional (especially for plumbing, tiling, and electrical works) is more than worth the money. Explain your plans carefully and listen to suggestions.
Get started with the first part
This is a personal choice (toilet, that freestanding bath you’ve long dreamt about, shower, tiling, etc) – but lay the foundation first.
Chances are, of course, that you want to get started with the plumbing or electrical wiring first if you have decided that in the long-term you really need a bathroom overhaul. On the other hand, you may want to take it very slowly and think about simply adding some colour and a dash of paint here and there. The most important thing is that you have a plan that can be carried out over time, and that both the immediate and long-term results will be satisfactory to you and your family. When you plan it well, it actually becomes a fun project.