Remodeling can be a stressful situation. You will want every inch of bathroom space to be functional. It is hard to know how to use the space properly. We will give you a few tips you should consider before starting the process but we always advise getting help from a professional designer.
Have a Plan
You as the homeowner should have a specific plan before moving forward with a demolition. Demolition may very well be the most exciting and speedy phase of the project. But before the demolition take measurements of every item in the room. The measurements will help you when you start purchasing all the items needed to complete your bathroom remodel. Just remember you will need plumbing and toilet systems, cabinetry and counter tops, sink and shower fixtures, glass and mirrors. You also need to start thinking about the finishes and functions that you want in this new bathroom. And then the final step to this plan is to have a budget.
Maximize the Space and Storage
People love extra space and storage in their bathrooms, which is why almost every bathroom remodel today has a spa or “retreat” feel to it. It’s also why remodelers have been keeping busy for years renovating and adding space to the small, utilitarian bathrooms found in almost every home built before the 1980’s. Remodeling the bathroom gives you a great opportunity to maximize the storage. Make space for built-in-shelves, add a linen closet and talk with your designer about ways you can maximize your space.
Choosing the Right Finishes
There’s so much that goes into a bathroom remodeling project that unless you’re a professional who does it every day all the nitty-gritty details, processes, options and decisions are going to sound like they’re in a foreign language. Let your designer help you choose finishes that fit your home, are pleasing to the eye and are functional. Try to choose finishes that are timeless, such as neutral tones. This will help keep the bathroom looking modern for years to come. And will add to the resale value if you decide to sell.
In Most Cases You Do Not Want To Move the Plumbing
You can double your bathroom remodel budget if you move your plumbing. So keep it within the same footprints shower or tub, toilet and sink should all stay in the same locations. Instead of moving the plumbing around consider updating the fixtures. If you are expanding and it is necessary to move the fixtures, trust the professional to get the job don correctly.
Do Not Forget Ventilation
Ventilation. Ventilation. Ventilation. Moisture is your bathroom’s greatest enemy. Mold and mildew will make quick work of any renovation you’ve done so be sure to install a vent fan of appropriate CFMs for the square footage of your bathroom. The rough guide is one CFM per square foot for bathrooms of one hundred square feet or smaller. New designs are quieter and more stylish than ever and are a must have for any bathroom remodel.
Hire a Professional Installer After the Design
You will save yourself time, stress and money by finding a professional you can trust. Most times your designer will be able to put in you touch with a great installer. Your professional will take care of all the code requirements. Most municipalities in the United States have adopted the International Residential Code for remodeling. When issues arise, your designer will take care of them right away, saving you a headache later.
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W.Stephens Cabinetry and Design provides planning and design services for the entire home including kitchens, bathrooms, wet bars, butler pantries, libraries, home theaters, and closets. Our designers follow a project from conception to completion, assisting clients in not only space-planning and design but also guiding clients through each step of the project.
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- Initial Client consultation – The design process beings with a consultation at our show room or in your home to obtain the necessary information needed to design your dream kitchen, bath, or space.
- Design – We carefully design the space, keeping your desires as the foundation of our creativity.
- Feedback / Design Approval – Working with you, using your feedback to get final Design approval.
- Installation Meeting – We meet with the installers, prior to installation to go over ALL the details.
- Post Installation Follow-up – We follow-up with you to make sure everything went well during installation.
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