Remodeling your bathroom not only rejuvenates a space you use every day, but it can also improve your home’s resale value. Making your dream bathroom a reality requires careful planning, but if you’ve never remodeled a bathroom before, you might not know where to start. The guide below provides some helpful do’s and don’ts to follow as you plan your new bathroom.
Gather a wide array of inspiration.
Changing your design decisions mid-project can be expensive or unfeasible. Before starting your bathroom remodeling project, you should have a clear vision for the completed space. To reach that end, collect a wide range of inspiration so you can clearly communicate your vision to the contractor. Magazines, online vision boards, and even photos of friends’ recent remodeling projects can help you pull together a design that you’ll love.
Leave a margin in your budget.
No matter how carefully you plan a budget, unexpected expenses can arise—the subfloor might be water damaged and need replacement, or you might need more tile than anticipated. You don’t want to budget so tightly that a new cost derails the project and leaves it unfinished, so leave a bit of wiggle room in your budget. As a rule of thumb, an extra ten percent of the total cost of your project should keep you prepared for the unexpected.
You might think you’re being budget-friendly by opting for a cheaper material. However, this can cost you more in the long run. A low-quality flooring or tile may require replacement much sooner than a higher-quality material, and they will show wear more quickly, reducing the potential resale value of your home.
Be afraid to splurge.
If you’re working with a carefully balanced budget, you might not be sure where to devote most of your funds. The shower is a good place to start—a luxury showerhead can make your daily routine more enjoyable and save water at the same time. You should also consider investing in the vanity, as it’s usually the focal point of the bathroom.
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