Regardless of whether you’re single, married, or have children, your bathroom is an important part of your house. From getting ready, to showering, to storage space, the it is really the unheralded hero of the home, and so updating it can bring your entire home a new atmosphere. But since the project can be a bit daunting, it’s easier to break down the process into a handful of smaller, easier to manage tasks.
Go in with a plan
Having a plan for a bathroom remodel may seem like overkill – until you actually start. If you go into the project without one, you’ll quickly realize that it’s extremely easy to get off track, to lose focus, and to make even more work for yourself than you started out with. This step needs to be comprehensive to make the rest of the experience go off without a hitch: from taking measurements, to picking color schemes, to deciding whether you’ll simply be rearranging or entirely reconstructing your area, it’s important to have all of the major decisions made before you even start the actual process.
Create a budget
As with all household projects, a bathroom remodel can seem manageable and affordable, but it can actually add up. The truth is, the project can be extremely affordable, but without a thorough budget, it’s too easy to get off track with unnecessary spending. Plan out how much you’d like to spend for the project and go from there. Take into account the big-picture spending (Will you be retiling? Do any expensive appliances need to be replaced or upgraded?) as well as the minutia (What small decorative aspects would you like to include?). Armed with a budget and maybe a little bit of wiggle room, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the project without worrying about funds.
Know your space
Every room is different, and if you want a complete bathroom remodel, it’s important to know what space you’re working with. It’s not just about big or small – is your space long and skinny? Wide? Constricted? If you have less space than you want, it may be beneficial to consider inventive storage options, such as racks, corner cabinets, or even the addition of more cabinet space to reduce clutter. Once you’re familiar with what you’re working with, it will be easier to make the most of whatever space you’re in.
Stick with a theme
Because they are generally the smallest rooms of the house, it’s very important to stay thematic when you’re working on a bathroom remodel. Because the space is constrained, if you begin trying to work with a great number of colors, shapes, and styles when decorating, it may actually just add to the cluttered feel. Try to decide on two or three colors and maybe one decorative aspect (a shape like a spade, or dots). When it comes to a space this small, a little goes a long way whether you want it to look playful or sophisticated.