Now that you have decided to undertake a bathroom renovation, you need to jump into the planning stage and ask yourself these seven bathroom remodeling questions.
Like any home improvement project, there are always certain necessities, requests, budget concerns and designs that must be considered and when you choose to renovate your bathroom, the process is no different. Before you decide to DIY, or hire a contracting professional in your area, homeowners can’t just ask these seven essential bathroom remodeling questions, but also weigh the pros and cons of each of the answers to decide if this bathroom idea is worth the budget or time. After assessing each answer carefully, you will hopefully be well on your way to your next bathroom remodeling project.
1. What is in the Bathroom Remodel Budget?
The ultimate question that needs to be addressed in every home improvement project before anything else is how much can we spend on this remodel. Whether you are updating your basement, adding a new room to your home or completely gutting your bathroom, you need to create a budget and stick to it. Budgets don’t only keep contractors under control, but it makes sure homeowners stay within their absolute needs before it is too late.
As we referenced recently in Benefits of Remodeling Bathrooms, master bathroom remodels on average cost approximately $16,000. Given that bathrooms are some of the most trafficked rooms in the house, homeowners can sometimes get carried with the update. A budget keeps homeowners and contractors on an even keel to ensure their heads or aspirations are not getting any larger than their pockets. This idea holds very true as we move onto to our second question all homeowners need to ask before any bathroom remodel.
2. What Do I Need & What Do I Want?
We need a sink in our bathrooms. We need a toilet. We need lighting. We need cabinets. Then, depending if you are remodeling a half or full bathroom, there are certain amenities we all wish we had. Some examples that come to mind are his and her sinks, a larger mirror, a glass shower, a relaxing bathtub and numerous other bathroom designs that come in higher-end bathroom remodels. Sadly, budget or spacing concerns force homeowners to make tough decisions.
Before jumping into your next bathroom renovation project, homeowners need to decide which amenities they absolutely need and what amenities they want. For example, if this is the common bathroom outside the living room, it may be nice to have surrounding mirrors, but given the location and purpose, the mirrors are not needed. Then again, if you decide to remodel the family bathroom upstairs, you may need two or three cabinets for storage that wouldn’t necessarily be needed for other bathrooms around the home. Home improvement projects are often about give and take. Before starting your next bathroom remodeling project, homeowners need to decide which updates you absolutely need, as opposed to the ones you want.
3. Who Will be Using the Bathroom & What is its Function?
Believe it or not, certain bathrooms have different functions than others. For example, a young professional may just need a bathroom to quickly shower, brush their teeth and get on their way. Then again, other adults may like to sit and relax in a bathtub with candles lit and music playing.
Another factor to consider is the age of the people using the bathroom. If this is the primary bathroom of young children, homeowners may want to install multi-layered countertops. Then again, if the elderly will use this bathroom, certain rails or toilet alterations might need to be taken. In addition, homeowners need to decide how many people will be using the bathroom at once. If you have three daughters who need to get ready for school every morning, chances are, you will need two sinks and more space for each daughter to move freely. Then again, if you have one son as the primary benefactor of your remodeled bathroom, you won’t need as much space or storage as our previous example.
Needless to say, bathrooms of these natures demand different spaces, designs, amenities and budgets that homeowners need to consider before their next bathroom remodel.
4. How Long Can the Family Function Without this Bathroom?
During many bathroom remodels, showers, toilets and sinks are out of commission, which means the family will have to to seek normal restroom activities elsewhere. As you prepare for your next bathroom remodel, you need to decide how long you or your family can function without this bathroom. Not being able to use a second bathroom may not mean much for a young couple, but a second bathroom can provide great value to a family of five. Some families may not be able to function on a day-to-day basis with only one bathroom. Therefore, if your remodeled bathroom is not functional during the renovation process, it is always important to consider how long you and your family can function without the additional restroom.
5. Do I Want to Install Energy Efficient Products?
Going green isn’t only good for the environment, but it could be a positive for you and your family as well. Green products, such as installing energy efficient faucets and showerheads or painting your old cabinet rather than throwing it out, can greatly reduce the strain on the environment and even save you cash in the long run. Need proof? The EPA estimated that if one in ten homes upgraded their bathrooms with energy efficient fixtures, over 70 billion gallons of water and $1.5 Billion worth of energy costs would be saved. That is a lot of “green.”
6. Do I Need More Bathroom Ventilation?
One thing homeowners certainly do not need when it comes to their bathrooms is mold and mildew and proper ventilation systems are the surest way to prevent both. Depending on the size of your remodeled bathroom, as Matt Muenster of DIY Network says, homeowners need to install a vent fan with at least one CFM (rating system for exhaust fans) per square foot for bathrooms 100-square-feet or smaller.
In addition to mildew prevention, strong ventilation systems will ensure bathroom mirrors will not clog up during hot showers, providing a clear sight for shaving, face washing and numerous other everyday bathroom tasks.
7. Where Do I Find a Contractor?
Now that you have dissected and analyzed our bathroom remodeling questions, it is time to get to work. If you are seeking help of a contracting professional in your area, click here and be sure to check back in weekly for updated tips on articles related to all your home improvement needs.