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5 Things to Consider For Your Bathroom Remodel

1. Establish a Budget

Once you know that you want to remodel a specific bathroom in your home, one of the first things you can do to make the rest of the process easier is to establish a project budget. Home remodeling projects allow you to transform spaces in your home exactly how you want them — they are an investment in your property and yourself. Home and bathroom remodeling projects can cost as much as you allow them to, and without a solid budget plan, costs can spiral out of control right before your eyes.

Establishing a budget for a bathroom remodel is easier said than done. You’ll need to cover all the material cost as well as the labor costs if you plan on having a professional do the renovating and remodeling for you. Think about what features you want your newly remodeled bathroom to have and what you want it to look like in the end. To create a more accurate budget for your bathroom remodeling project, ask yourself the following questions to better determine what the budget is for your bathroom remodel:

  • What can you afford to invest in your bathroom remodel?

  • Will the project involve changing the location of plumbed-in items?

  • What parts of a new bathroom do you find essential?

  • Will you plan on selling your home in the near future?

4. Don’t Forget About Lighting

Bathrooms shouldn’t feel dark and dingy, but rather bright and clean. That’s why it is important to not overlook lighting when planning your bathroom remodel. You likely already know if your bathroom has bad lighting — it nearly destroys the look and utility of the space. When it comes to lighting there are many different avenues you can take. One thing you may want to consider is adding more natural light. Ample natural lighting can really make a bathroom feel bright and airy. It can transform it into a space that will enhance your morning routine. Depending on where your bathroom is located, window installation may be an option and will instantly add natural lighting to the space.

In addition to natural light, or if window installation isn’t feasible, you’ll want good artificial lighting in your bathroom. There are so many options when it comes to bathroom lighting. You can choose to add recessed LED lighting on a dimmer switch that can provide ambient light. To avoid weird shadows, layer in soft lighting at head level at the bathroom vanity. Artificial lighting plays a huge role here, and some bathroom vanities have built-in lighting that provides broad-spectrum light that gives your skin a natural look. Don’t forget to incorporate adequate lighting in the shower or tub area, too!

3. Decide on a Shower, Bathtub, or Both

If you’re remodeling the master bathroom of a full guest bathroom, the focus of the project is oftentimes the shower and tub area. While bathtubs are a traditional choice for bathrooms, that trend has declined when it comes to modern bathroom design. Maybe it has something to do with life getting busier and most people prefer taking showers over taking a bath. Not to mention, bathtubs use considerably more water compared to showers.

To decide on what you want your newly remodeled bathroom to feature, start by thinking about what makes the most sense for your daily needs. If you can’t remember the last time you took the time to draw water for a bath, then it may not be something that needs to be included in your bathroom remodeling project. However, if you’re the type of person who enjoys the utter relaxation a bath can provide — perhaps with a glass of wine in hand — then fitting a bathtub in your remodel, especially a master bathroom remodel, is definitely worth it.

5. Consider Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor

Bathroom remodeling is a lot of work, and unless you're handy and don’t mind your bathroom being a construction zone for months on end, it is worth considering hiring a professional. Hiring experienced bathroom remodelers will ensure that your newly remodeled space not only looks better, but is also completed faster as well. There are many bathroom remodeling contractors out there, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to do your research and find contractors that would be a good fit for your project. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our Tips for Choosing the Best Home Remodeling Contractor.

The best bathroom remodelers will have experience, offer friendly service, and be willing to work with your budget. They also will be able to offer bathroom design services and eliminate the need to work with other contractors, builders, or companies. When it comes to Bay Area bathroom remodels, our team here at S&C Construction is who you want on your side. We not only make bathroom remodeling easier and more convenient for our clients, but we work closely with them to design and build the bathroom of their dreams! Let’s get started by discussing the details of your project — contact us today!

Just like all home remodeling projects, there are various things to consider when it comes to a bathroom remodel. The five suggestions above are a great way to begin planning your project. Hiring our Bay Area bathroom remodelers will help ensure all aspects of your remodel are considered.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts, as our professional remodelers may just share more tips to help you plan and prepare for your bathroom remodel.