Renovating a bathroom is well worth it, but definitely takes some solid planning before your remodeling specialist plunges in. This helps to avoid last-minute changes to the project plan, which can be a source of frustration for both you and your contractor, not to mention playing ping pong with the budget.
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Check out some of these simple tips to make your brand new bathroom work well and look great, plus help keep things on track from the start.
- Take the time to shop around – When renovating a bathroom, there are plenty of choices to be made, so invest some time in looking at various styles and themes. Narrow down the options for fixtures and other amenities based on the overall look you want. Browse for ideas for all the necessary materials and features; look at lots of options, then make firm decisions before construction gets underway.
- Have one highlight feature – Whether it’s a luxurious bathtub or a romantic lighting set, make sure that your bathroom design has one dramatic focal point that serves as the basis for the overall design.
- Storage space: not an afterthought – It’s easy to forget about the issue of storage space when renovating a bathroom, partly because you want things to be minimalistic and void of too much clutter. In the long run, this can muddle up the overall intention even more, as you look for nooks and crannies to keep all the incidentals that find their way into bathrooms. Have your renovation specialist incorporate ample storage from the start, such as open shelving for colour coordinated towels and a modern take on the old “medicine cabinet.”
- Plan for shower storage – Speaking of storage, consider several space-saving, in-the-wall niches, with ceramic tile shelving, much handier and more finished looking than those ugly over the nozzle head containers for body wash, hair products, razors and the like.
- Plan plumbing and wiring to the last detail – This saves headaches if you are having a complete overhaul and laying out the area from scratch, especially if pipes and electrical are being added or rearranged. It’s best to map out these aspects thoroughly in consultation with your builder from the get-go, so that you won’t be scrambling to make space for those snazzy new dimmer lights at the last minute or sacrificing the inclusion of a spa-style tub due to poor planning.
Take a critical look at your existing room and decide if the time is right to upgrade for comfort and style. With the right experienced and reliable company on board, renovating a bathroom can actually be a fun and creative adventure.
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Doug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.