Remodeling your bathroom can seem like a daunting task at first. To keep you on the right track and moving along at a steady pace, here are five things you need to consider before remodeling your bathroom:
You absolutely have to budget.
This is the number one step in any remodeling project. You never ever want to start a project before you have a plan set in place. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with problems later on that you could have avoided had you just planned ahead. Creating a budget will not only keep you financially accountable, but you’ll also be able to keep yourself on a schedule as well which will help you save money in the long run.
How much of what you already have can you salvage?
This is important and honestly can become part of the budgeting process because the more you can salvage the more you can spend in other areas of your remodeling project. You may want to simply start with some new paint and adding a couple of accent pieces to see how this adjusts your space. With this in mind, you absolutely want to try and keep the layout exactly how it is. Moving plumbing will eat up your budget faster than anything else and is typically an unnecessary adjustment anyways.
Pay attention to your materials.
By this we mean, be conscious of what you’re using and where. For instance, go for porcelain instead of stone. Bathrooms are naturally moist environments and porcelain is far less porous and far more water resistant than most materials. This will keep it lasting longer and you’ll be less likely to have to worry about dealing with problems later on. When renovating, you want to consider longevity. If something as expensive as flooring is what you’re going to invest in, then be sure you’re making the right choice that will withstand the years and natural wear and tear of a space.
Choose your splurge moments wisely.
When it comes to what you’re spending the most money on, you want to be sure it’s things that you’re not going to change your mind about in a week. Keep your big purchases saved for flooring or cabinetry and maybe don’t invest as much on the smaller decorations like bathroom area rugs.