Remodeling your bathroom? When we remodeled our tiny bathroom last fall, we had a few ideas, but not a clue how much the entire project would cost. Needless to say, there were quite a few surprises along the way. These five tips will help you know what to expect and how to renovate smartly. From the best handheld shower head to the right surfaces, I’ll cover it all.
1. Please – Splurge on Your Shower
You won’t regret it.
How often do you really use your bathtub? Be honest. You probably use your tub less than five times per year. Wouldn’t you like more space in your shower?
A walk-in shower, or shower stall, can give you that. These are much larger than what you’re used to – most are 4’x6’. If you can manage to install a tall stall – say 5 to 7 feet – you can probably get away with not installing a door. With the right design, the water will never leave the shower area, and you can save on the extra expense of purchasing a door.
Aside from the shower itself, don’t neglect the shower head. Handheld shower heads are the optimal choice for most people because they give you complete control over where the water is sprayed. If you have pets or kids, these are especially useful. Searching for the best shower head review can help you find the right model for your home.
2. Choose a Surface that Works for You
Sure, the surfaces in your bathroom add to the aesthetics of the room, but they also have to take a lot of abuse. Porcelain is an excellent choice for flooring and wall tiles, but it’s not quite as durable when used for sink material. Enamel-on-steel is a more durable option and offers superior stain resistance. Stainless steel sinks are a great option, too.
As far as countertops are concerned, quartz is a smart option as is granite. Both add beauty and durability to the space, although granite is pricey. Solid surfaces and laminate are still viable options and the smarter choice if you’re on a tighter budget. The only drawback is that these surfaces are prone to scratches.
3. Opt for a Spacious Vanity
The main role of the vanity is to offer you a space to groom in the morning and evening. Make sure that the vanity you choose provides you with plenty of space to put your personal care items.
It may be tempting to go with his and her sinks (that’s what we went with), but ultimately, having more counterpace is better. That’s one regret that we have after our remodel. If we were given the choice between two sinks and more countertop space, we would choose space every time.
4. Please Don’t Rush
When you want to renovate your bathroom, you want the project done – like yesterday. But rushing the process will only lead to disaster – costly disaster. Poor planning will lead to cost overruns, so take the time to plan everything out carefully.
Depending on the size of your bathroom and the project, you should expect to spend anywhere from a few weeks to a few months planning. You may want to start by gathering ideas on Pinterest (if you don’t have an account yet, I highly recommend you make one!) or creating collages of bathroom ideas from magazine clippings.
If you can, try to come up with an idea that leaves the current plumbing in place. This will save you money – lots of it. To move your toilet from one wall to another could cost you thousands of dollars. Try to keep all of your major fixtures (toilet, shower and sink) in the same spot to save on your renovation project.
5. Don’t Buy Products without Researching Them First
When it comes to bathroom products, it’s essential that you do your research before buying anything. Ideally, you would see each product in person first to make sure you love it. This is especially true when picking out tile, shower doors or a shower head.
Also, take the time to research the products online. Look for reviews and try to find the best possible deal for each item. It may add a little extra time, but it could wind up saving you a lot of money in the long run.