If your household is like most, the bathroom is one of the busiest and most important rooms of the home. Between the morning rush, returning home in the afternoon, and getting ready for bed at night, your bathroom can see a lot of traffic in a day. But beyond function, you may want your bathroom to be a space that looks inviting and even provides you with a sense of luxury and calmness.
If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom to create a more beautiful and functional space, here are the 4 most important points you should consider.
1. What you are Working With
When you are remodeling a bathroom (as opposed to building a new bathroom), you need to start with what you’re working with. Examine your current bathroom carefully and think about what you love, what you would like to be different, and what you absolutely must have changed.
This technique begins to transform the inspiration and ideas that you have for your bathroom remodel into the reality of plans for your dream design. Of course, you may be limited to some degree by your existing structure and plumbing. But don’t let that hold you back from the bathroom you’re dreaming of. Talk with an experienced design-build firm to explore all options for what’s possible.
2. What Features You Really Want
Make the investment and time you put into your bathroom remodel worthwhile by ensuring you identify all the features you really want. Considering fixtures, design, color scheme and upgrades is important. But it’s also essential to consider how you will use your bathroom into the future as well. Do you need to plan for Aging-in-Place design so you can stay in your home as you age? Will you need more facilities for a growing family? Investing in higher quality features and fixtures now can help you save on utilities and water heating costs into the future, while also being better for the environment.
3. Hidden Problems to Correct
When you start a bathroom remodel, you may discover some hidden problems you were unaware of when you started planning. This could be old pipes that need to be replaced, mold hidden behind the shower enclosure, or internal structures that won’t allow the design you planned for. While finding and correcting these problems is a good thing, it can also be a disappointment that it doesn’t allow for the design you dreamed of. That’s why it’s essential to bring in an experienced design-build professional early to inspect your existing bathroom and help you develop the right plans to fit your space.
4. When to Bring in Help
If you’re a handy DIYer, taking on your bathroom remodel can seem like a fun project. However, even experienced DIYers will need some help when it comes to remodeling a bathroom. But doing a bathroom remodel yourself – or choosing an unlicensed contractor – can lead to more problems than it solves. Without the right permits and insurance, your work won’t be up to code and will need to be torn down and replaced. Any accidents or errors will leave you financially liable.
Avoid the pain and stress of wondering whether your remodel is safe (or legal) by bringing in an experienced design-build professional from the start. By discussing your options with an expert, you stay involved in the entire process, while also having the peace of mind that skilled professionals are at the helm.
To find out more about bringing your dream bathroom remodel to life, talk to Gordon Reese Design Build Firm today.