The first thing on your list when it comes to a major remodeling project is probably cost. As you know, kitchens and bathrooms tend to come with the highest price tags of any home renovation. But they also stand to deliver the greatest returns, and this knowledge can help you to determine the budget that makes sense when you decide to remodel an outdated bathroom. Of course, you’ll also need to get bids and find a reliable contractor to do the work for you. But before you get started with your demo, tearing out ugly linoleum and wallpaper, along with fixtures from another era, there are several factors you’ll want to consider.
- Layout. Depending on when your home was built and how you plan to use the space following your remodel, it might be in your best interest to rethink the layout of your bathroom. An ill-placed shower/tub combo can make your bathroom feel a lot smaller than it is, whereas moving it to another location could open up the space. You might also want to choose furniture of different sizes or even increase the overall size of your bathroom, pulling square footage from an unused closet or bedroom, for example. Planning the layout is an essential first step in the renovation process.
- Salvage. Your outdated bathroom may have no redeeming characteristics. But before you start pulling everything out, take the time to consider if anything is worth salvaging. Even if you don’t particularly like the marble flooring or gold-plated faucets installed by previous owners, the materials themselves have value and could be sold to someone seeking such products. In some cases, there will be elements you can keep and incorporate into your updated bathroom design. If not, salvage whatever you think you might be able to sell in order to reduce costs.
- Furniture and fixtures. If everything in your bathroom is outdated, then you’re likely going for a complete overhaul, which means you’ll need all new furniture and fixtures to fill out your space. You should start by considering whether you have room for (and want) a separate tub and shower area, as this is a fairly popular configuration lately, especially for master bathrooms. From there you’ll want to choose sturdy, durable cabinetry that provides adequate storage for towels, toiletries, and anything else you tend to need in your bathroom. And finally, you’ll have to choose fixtures that complement the tile, cabinetry, and countertops you’ve selected.
- Modern amenities. These days, automation and conservation are at the top of the list for many homeowners when it comes to upgrades, and your bathroom is no exception. This could mean installing lighting, heating, ventilation, and other electrical components that can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet. You might also want low-flow toilets, aerated and/or motion-sensor faucets, and a tankless water heater to conserve water and energy. Perhaps heated flooring and towel racks are on your list. There is no shortage of technology to give you the modern bathroom you crave.
- Style. Keeping in mind that styles can quickly become outdated (hence your bathroom remodeling project), you still need to consider the colors, shapes, and other style choices that will transform your bathroom from boring to breathtaking. You can certainly visit showrooms on your own, selecting elements piecemeal, but you might be better off getting advice from a reputable interior designer or a remodeling agency like Kitchen and Bath Factory that has the experience and resources to update the style of your bathroom appropriately.