7 Tips for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

March 15, 2018




Do you know how much the average cost of a bathroom remodel in the Seattle area is? Are you familiar with the typical amount of space a toilet occupies in a residential bathroom? Do you know if your bathroom layout is big enough to accommodate a new tub?


If you’re like many Seattle homeowners, you answered each of the questions asked above with a resounding, “No!” Even if that’s the case, it’s never too late to learn how to plan and execute a successful bathroom remodel. That is, it’s never too late to pull off a successful bathroom renovation as long as you’re not already in the middle of one that’s turned into a never-ending nightmare.


To prevent a bathroom renovation from becoming the stuff that real-life horror movies are made of, you should read our tips for planning a bathroom remodel. With a bathroom remodel being one of the smartest things you can do to enhance the value of your home, investing some time in reading our helpful tips can certainly pay off in the end and prevent headaches in the meantime.


Make a Plan

Before you start demolishing your current bathroom, you should develop a plan for how your want your renovated restroom to look and feel. Make a thorough list of everything you want to have done to transform your bathroom into the restful sanctuary you’ve always hoped for.

Making a plan will help you envision your completed bathroom. Your list will also help you get accurate quotes from contractors who’ll have a solid idea of the scope of the work involved with remodeling your bathroom thanks to your documented plan.


Draft Your Budget

Once you have a plan for your bathroom remodel, it’s important for you to figure out how much it will cost to make your vision a reality. When you’re factoring costs, it’s critical for you to account for shipping, delivery and installation expenses in addition to the purchase prices of your fixtures and supplies. You should also see if you need to pay for a permit to remodel your bathroom.


After you know how much everything will cost, it’s time to create a budget for your project. Whether you have to trim some things to make your bathroom remodel affordable or you can add some higher end finishes to your wish list, it’s important that your budget include a 10 – 15 percent allowance to cover any unexpected expenses.


Create a Master Schedule

When your budget is done, you should create a master schedule for your project. Pencil in delivery dates and when work on certain aspects of your bathroom should start and end. Doing this will help you avoid having a contractor show up for work before the appropriate supplies have been delivered.


Think Efficiency

While redoing your bathroom can increase the value of your home, incorporating energy efficient appliances and fixtures into your layout can help you save money in the immediate term. You can install a toilet that requires less water to flush, for example. You can also keep your heating and cooling expenses low by installing windows that have earned a respectable Energy Star rating.


Be Mindful of Your Resale Value

As we’ve mentioned repeatedly, remodeling your bathroom can influence the resale value of your residence. In order for your bathroom remodel to influence the value of your home in a positive manner, it must be done so that it appeals to prospective homeowners. Using neutral colors is always a good idea because they won’t deter interest and they’ll make your bathroom a cinch to stage when it’s time to sell your home.


Keep the Communication Flowing

Whether you’re undertaking a bathroom remodel with your partner or you’ve hired a team of contractors to get the job done, it’s essential that you keep the lines of communication open. It’s just as important for you to use them frequently to keep everyone on schedule and within budget.


Get Help

Regardless of whether you’re going to undertake your first bathroom remodel or your hundredth, it’s often a good idea to get some help to ensure your finished project looks and feels the way you hoped it would. For help with your bathroom design and to find a design team that’s committed to the success of your bathroom remodel, contact Studio212 Interiors.

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