We all strive towards making the most out of our homes. We want them beautiful, clean, luxurious, but also homey and familiar. And we truly want to get the most out of them, remodelling and maintenance is a must. Bathrooms especially need to be spruced up from time to time, due to them probably being the most used room in any home. Just think, there must have been days where you never entered the kitchen, or spent more than a minute in your living room. However, the bathroom is unavoidable. So, a good renovation from time to time is in order.
Remodelling your bathroom can be a big pain. From handling many contractors, all that dust and dirt (not to mention not really being able to use it), this can get stressful and annoying. So, if you want to get the best results, and the least amount of stress, remodelling your bathroom, we suggest you read the article below and get to work.
Get a Good Plan Going
The first thing you want to do before you start remodelling is draft a good plan. And we do mean have a good plan. Namely, too many contractors get a vague, unclear notion on what you want them to do. This leads them to doing work you are simply not satisfied with. And how are they supposed to figure this out when they don’t have clear instructions? So have a very clear idea of what you want, how much will it cost, and put into your plan.
The other part of your strategy here is to have a contingency plan for everything. So, you know exactly when the contractors will come, when you will be available, where you can go to the bathroom… You may need to take a break from work, or maybe do this during your vacation. There are not specific, must-have points that a remodelling plan should have (besides being clear on what you want). It simply there so that you don’t forget about vital, important things, and that you don’t end up in trouble.
Think About the Lighting You Use
Too many people forget just how useful and important lighting can be when you are remodelling your bathroom. Sure, a nice looking faucet, a good countertop, or a beautiful mirror can really make the entire shebang look like a palace. However, poor lighting can ruin the entire feeling, while good lighting can improve even the cheapest of elements. Just think of bright white, neon-like lighting and how it looks versus something warmer and softer.
Furthermore, the actual fixtures and sconces you use, that are placed next to mirror, matter a lot as well. They are a simple accent, a nice addition that can really make any bathroom aesthetic pop.
Don’t Make It Cramped
Try to keep the urge to get as much stuff in there as possible under control. Unless you have an obscenely large bathroom, adding too much stuff will just make the entire place induce a fit of claustrophobia in anyone who gets in. You can do the best possible remodelling job, with the most beautiful and tasteful elements and styles implemented there. However, all of that won’t matter much if people feel uncomfortable there.
Furthermore, a unique spin on things is that you can compromise, and get special elements that make the entire place seem larger. For example, a simple thing as a frameless corner shower, or a pedestal sink instead of a cupboard can do wonders. A big mirror can also do wonders in making the entire space bigger.
Think About Your Floor Plan
One of the best ways you can get the entire remodelling job done cheaply and quickly is to keep the old floor plan. Namely, any fixtures and additions can match the plumbing system of the old bathroom. So, instead of starting everything anew, you can simply keep the new plumbing fixtures be pretty much close to the existing pipeline. Of course, this is not always an option, due to outdated or damaged wiring and pipes, but it’s a good idea to at least consider this.
An interesting way you can save money, help the environment, and still get a nice bathroom remodelled is by going green. Namely, this is what we suggest. Things like eco-friendly faucets that use less water, water saving toilets and showered heads, all these things will help you save up on your water bill. Creating a complete plastic free bathroom is also a brilliant idea one should include in their goals to go green and sustainable.
Try to Avoid Wall Mounted Elements
We advise you to not use any kind of wall-mounted sanitaryware. While it may seem nice and useful, it requires specialized fixtures that just do extra damage to your walls, and are not that functional. It’s simply much easier to get pedestal basins, for example. They are easier to clean, and rarely, if ever, need maintenance or repairs.
If you want to get the most out of your bathroom remodelling, you need to think things through. Remember to get a good plan, one that is custom made and prepared for your needs and wants. Furthermore, understand what you want from your contractors, and learn to explain this to them properly. Try to go green, if you get the option. This can help you save a lot of money in the long run, and is good for the environment too. Avoid using wall-mounted elements, stick to stationary things, don’t fill the entire bathroom with stuff, and you are good to go.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.