If you’re considering a home remodeling project to do this year, one room in your house you may have neglected to think about is your bathroom. In favor of your kitchen, dining area, living room, or bedroom, you might not have given much attention to actually remodeling your bathroom. But given its usually smaller size, your bathroom may generally be easier to renovate, and that’s one reason to perhaps go ahead and undertake this project.
Of course, the value that a bathroom gives to your home is undeniable. More than just giving you a space to clean yourself up, take a shower, or get dressed, the bathroom could be a place for you to have some peace and quiet. Depending on your space and budget, you could add in a dresser or tub if you don’t have one.
If you’re keen on learning more, here are five steps and tips to successfully complete a professional bathroom remodel. You may do the remodeling by yourself if you can, but a better route is to do it with the help of a professional interior designer.
Establish Your Design Concept
Before starting your remodeling project, try to go through photos of bathrooms to get you inspired. Find common grounds on the design concepts that are recurring. This is one way to help you come up with a design concept you might like for your bathroom remodeling.
Typically, you’d want to be able to settle the following factors:
- Color scheme: Focus on one color scheme and then mute things out with different color tones within that scheme—blues? Shades of gray? Your chosen color scheme would also often set the mood for the other aspects of your design.
- Location of the utilities: Consider whether you want to change the current layout of your bathroom. Or are you fine with the current placements of your toilet, showers, sinks, and tub (if you have one)?
- New fixtures: Are you keeping any of your old fixtures? Or are you replacing everything with new ones? Deciding on this early on, based on your new design concept, would also shape other decisions, like your budget.
Plan Your Bathroom Layout
Your bathroom layout is something you may need to figure out early on in your project, as this would determine the cost and extent of work to be done in your bathroom. For example, if you’re sticking to your current or original layout, that means there will be lesser work as the existing plumbing would be just fine. But if you’re going to make changes with the layout and position of your plumbing, this would take up more work and would have to be settled early on during your planning phase.
Your bathroom layout would depend on the design concept you’re also trying to achieve for your new bathroom. Try to refer back to section 1 for the factors that need to be considered.
Add In Some Plants
Because you’re going through a remodel to improve your overall bathroom design, one simple way to elevate the vibe in your home is to place some plants. Don’t do this as an afterthought. As you undergo the bathroom remodeling project, think of the areas where you could effectively put in some plants.
When you add in living things like plants, you’re not just putting in a pop of color. You’re also able to invigorate your space. It brings in that resort feel when there are plants around your bathroom. Here are some examples of bathroom plants you could place:
- Asparagus fern: This loves to grow in the humidity of a bathroom and does well in moderate or bright light. If you have a window in your bathroom, this is also where you may place it.
- Begonia: This type of plant would thrive well even in the warm space of a bathroom shelf.
- Cast-iron plant: This plant is easier to maintain and hard to kill, making it a good low-maintenance house plant.
- Croton: This kind of plant has big foliage, so you’d need to make sure you’ve got enough space for this in your bathroom.
- Ferns: Ferns are shade-loving plants, so they could thrive well in warm temperatures and a well-shaded bathroom.
Recess For Extra Room
Recessing on the walls means putting cuts through the wall to shape storage spaces. These are commonly found near the sink, by the shower, or by the toilet.
If your bathroom is quite small and previously you’ve depended on external storage cabinets, which are eating up space, you might want to opt for recessed wall spaces now that you’re remodeling. This could free up floor space, which you could use to install cabinets for toiletries, among other bathroom essentials.
Don’t Forget The Bathroom Ventilation
One of the most commonly forgotten facets of a bathroom renovation is ventilation. When you get too focused on the design per se, it’s not surprising to forget this one small functional detail.
Forgetting your bathroom ventilation, however, would only reduce the efficiency of your new bathroom. Especially if you don’t have sufficient space to add a small window, you may need to put in a provision for an exhaust fan.
It’s also more than just about comfort. When your bathroom is not well ventilated, this could encourage the breeding of mold or mildew. Not only would this make your bathroom feel a lot dirtier, but it could also destroy some of the new remodeling work you’ve installed.
With the tips above, you can now be keener and more confident about doing a good, professional job with your bathroom makeover. Despite it being a smaller space, many details come into play with renovating a bathroom, so it’s essential to get all these details right.
If you’ve decided to go through with your bathroom remodeling, you’d want to make sure your design is something that would last. Surely you wouldn’t want to have to renovate every few years as this would be very inconvenient, not to mention expensive. Hopefully, this expert guide would lead you in the right direction in your renovation pursuit.