Bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms in a home to remodel. Especially if your home is an older one, the bathrooms most often need remodeling to better fit your needs and the updated design standards.
Just because they’re often remodeled, though, doesn’t mean there aren’t easy mistakes to make when it comes to your bathroom remodel. There are plenty of things you should know and thoroughly consider before hiring a contractor to begin the remodeling process to save you a lot of trouble.
1. Determine why you’re remodeling.
Figuring out your main goal for remodeling is going to help you determine how to set up and change the space without wasting time and money on unnecessary things. Are you remodeling for more counterspace? Or maybe for a bigger shower? Focusing on these key points during the design process will help everything run much more smoothly when it comes to the actual construction process.
2. Pick a wow piece!
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they remodel their bathroom is going all out on the entire space. This can actually make the room feel crowded and overdone, and hurt your home’s resale value. It’s also super expensive for every piece to be a wow piece. By focusing on just one or two main items and keeping everything else relatively simple, it allows the focal points to really make the space without the rest of the room challenging it. So opt for that fancy stone rain shower, but go really simple and neutral on the tile and countertops.
3. Choose “timeless” materials and fixtures.
Bathrooms are so commonly remodeled due to the fact that they end up being outdated pretty quickly. Things like carpeted bathroom flooring and pink tile were trendy at the time, but now they’re just eyesores. Going too heavy on the trendiness of the space can actually hurt you later on when the trends have been thrown out. Choosing timeless features, like simple, silver faucets and white porcelain toilets and bathtubs, will leave you much better off in a few years. You can still decorate to fit your style with accent walls, rugs, towels, and lighting, but make sure the things that show your personality are the things that can be most easily replaced.
4. Plumbing is costly and difficult to change.
There are often going to be limitations when it comes to bathroom renovations, and one of the most common issues homeowners run into is that the plumbing system isn’t very easy to move. This may force you to change your plans at the last minute or use up more of your budget where you weren’t planning for it. Being aware of this will help you better plan how you’re going to best utilize the space and your budget. If you can work your remodeling plans around the current plumbing, you’ll be much better off.
5. Consider the potential resale value.
Even if you have no plans to sell your home anytime soon, it’s always smart to consider the resale value when making any sort of changes to your home. Not having the plans to sell doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least have the option to sell if need be later on. Making sure your bathroom remodel will attract potential buyers as well as be the right space for your needs isn’t all that difficult, and you will thank yourself for it later on.
If you’re on the hunt for a bathroom remodeling contractor you can trust, Cordes Custom Homes is here to assist you. As a professional custom home building company, we can easily remodel your bathroom, as well as any other part of your home, to fit your current needs. Simply give us a call or fill out the form on our contact page for a FREE consultation!