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Bathroom Renovations

Next to kitchens, bathrooms are a high area to consider when renovating your home. Bathroom renovations are  important because people judge a house overall by its bathrooms. While they are one of the smaller areas in your home, it contains some of the largest amount of products to consider. Toilets, sinks, showers tubs, flooring, vanities and faucets are just a few things to consider.

 

Should You Remodel Your Bathroom?

1. What To Expect To Spend With A Bathroom Renovation

One of the biggest questions people ask when doing a bathroom renovation is how much it will cost to do their renovation. Unfortunately, there is no one flat cost as everyone’s bathroom is different. The size, product choices, among other areas are areas which need to be considered when quoting a price.

Staying or Going?

One important area to consider when renovating is the length of time you plan on staying in your home. This decision can mean a lot in your budget. For example, if you look to move within the next few years, you should consider the improvements as an investment. Maybe splurge a little more for those things people are looking for in a bathroom.

On the flip-side, if you plan on staying in your home for many years to come, you will want to make decisions to make the improvements better fitting to you rather than for others. deciding on the vanity you like rather than the vanity which most other people favor may save money and make you happy. And after all, why are you renovating your bathroom in the first place. Right?

The overall cost will depend on a number of choices including:

  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Lighting choices
  • Showers and tubs
  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Vanity Choice
  • Walls

On top of these choices, you also have to consider plumbing, electrical and HVAC issues.

Understanding the costs for all areas will help determine if financing is needed and how much is needed.

2. Basics of Showers and Tubs

Your shower or tub choice can be one of the most expensive choices as it is the centerpiece of your bathroom. Tubs have such a variety of costs starting at around $150 and running well past $10,000

This is for a tub. What about a shower stall? Well, they can vary as well depending on the style of stall you want. Frame-less glass doors, closed curtain and tiling choices are just a few things to think about which affect cost. These can vary from $50 up to $2000 or more.

If You’re On A Budget

Deciding out of tub or shower can be one of the most expensive parts of your bathroom renovation. If you are on a budget you will want to take into consideration, price points of the tub and shower stall styles to fit your needs and budget. Choosing the right style may depend on whether you’re updating a bathroom to sell your home or making things more comfortable for you to live in long-term.

3. Vanities: Designing the Right Vanity

Vanities are an important part of the bathroom. When renovating your bathroom, you lunch pick out a nice vanity that fits and looks great. Here are a few things to  consider when choosing a vanity.

Consider who is going to be using the vanity and how 

Who is going to be using the new vanity? Do you have kids? Is it just for you or you and your partner? Your answers will help you decide what type of vanity to get.

For example if you’re renovating for you and your spouse, you may want to opt for a double sink. However, if you have kids, you will want to get a vanity which is made from a durable material and we’ll stand up to their abuse. 

Locate plumbing for your new vanity 

Plumbing will play an important role when purchasing a new vanity. You may need plumbing moved or modified depending on the type of vanity you get. This could be in added expense so it is always important to locate where the plumbing is and add extra to your budget as needed.

Determine placement and size and obstacles

You will want to measure the different areas in your bathroom to make sure your new vanity does not run into the toilet, get hit by doors, Etc. Measuring the area out and even walking through the area pretending the new vanity is in place can give you a better idea on what to look for in the new vanity. 

Decide how much and what kind of storage you want

You will need to consider what type of vanity you want and where plumbing is located to determine what kind of storage you will be able to get. Location of the vanity and plumbing will influence how much storage you can actually get. 

Determine your style

You will need to decide on all aspects of the vanity style. What type of sink (as there are many) and what type of faucets you want. You may have limited room and not be able to get a style sink you want. Also, depending on the size of sink you get, it could limit the amount of counter space. 

Pick out the right material

Picking out the right vanity material is important. You want to pick out the material that will stand up to what you have to throw at it. For example, you do not want to pick out a material that scratches easily and is not waterproof if you have kids. 

For a more in-depth explanation of these steps and other things to consider, please take a look at laurysenkitchens.com

4. A Guide to Bathroom Toilets

A toilet is something that not many people put great thought into. This is totally understandable  as it is there to serve a purpose and as long as everything operates well, it just stays out of mind.

Picking the right toilet could mean the difference between saving space, being comfortable, and easy cleanup. 

For bathrooms that have smaller area, one piece toilets serve two purposes. 

  1. They are easy to clean
  2. They save space 

 Now, if you opt for a two piece toilet (bowl on bottom and tank on top in separate pieces), you have options between getting round bowls or  elongated bowls. Round bowls are generally better for children and elongated bowls are usually more comfortable for adults. However, the choice is up to you and which you decide. 

Finally, you will want to make sure you consider efficiency. Purchasing a more efficient toilet will help with your water bill. It will also help the environment. Some toilets come with single flush while others have dual flush which helps save water. 

Choosing the right toilet for your bathroom renovation cannot only make your bathroom look nice but also a lot of comfort and efficiency. 

5. Bathroom Flooring Choices

Having a beautiful stone floor in your bathroom is always nice. However, expect to pay a premium if deciding to go this style. Prices can vary and average from about $2000 and up.

If you are looking for a floor which looks great and is a less expensive route, you may want to look into ceramic or porcelain. Choosing ceramic or porcelain can save you $500 or more and are great choices as they come in a huge variety of colors and styles. They also stand up to abuse and are easy to clean.

Now if your budget does not call for something that extravagant, you can look into vinyl or linoleum. Both of these have come a long way with installation and durability. They also both come in a ton of different patterns and colors. It truly is the cheapest flooring choice you can look at for your bathroom renovation project.

Fantastic Tools Companies Offer

In this time of uncertainty, practicing social distancing is important to many. However, this should not mean you need to put off your renovations.

Almost any company you choose to perform your bathroom renovation project will have a variety of software tools to help build the design you are looking for. This way, you can create and decide on the design you like without the need to visit a company in person.

The software they use will be able to put all items in place on the computer and provide a way to move things around based on the measurements of your current bathroom and apply different material finishes and textures with just a few clicks. See an example of what the software can look like below.

Virtual Bathroom Project
Courtesy of Virtualbathrooms.com

As you can see, these companies can help design every aspect of the bathroom based off of your current bathroom’s measurements.

Next Steps

There are a lot of different items to look into during a bathroom renovation. From tubs to flooring and everything in between, knowing the overall cost of each item will help you set a budget for the project.

Word of note.. you can save a considerable amount of money by doing some of the easier jobs yourself like the lighting and laying the flooring. However, this will require your labor and will not come with any warranties. Plus, if you are hiring a professional to renovate your bathroom, it will be easier and may not cost as much as you think to have them include the whole bathroom in the project.

Find your bathroom renovating company below or search our site for companies in your area.

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