A Practical Guide to Renovating Your Home’s Bathroom

by Ben SanfordOctober 6, 2017

Renovate Your Bathroom the Right Way

Every homeowner wants to create a small haven within the bathrooms of the home. An ideal bathroom in any home is bright, clean and crisp looking, evocative of an expensive and relaxing day spa. That’s why it’s important to be able to acknowledge when your bathroom needs updating. Bathroom renovations are something every homeowner faces at some point, but there’s no need to blow your budget in the renovation process.

We’ve compiled a simple, clear, and direct approach to renovating your home’s bathrooms. From finding the right contractor, to choosing the right materials and colors, we know what it takes to renovate a bathroom and we’ve put together this practical guide to help you get down to business.
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Step One: Calculate a Realistic Budget and Give Yourself a Deadline

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of home renovations that are left unfinished because the homeowners maxed out their budget before completing the project. According to Homeadvisor.com, the national average cost to remodel a bathroom is $9,488. However, some people are able to renovate their bathroom for as little as $2,000 – it just depends on the scale and range of the updates you want to make.

Give yourself enough time to order the materials you wish to use and hire a contractor if you plan on using one.

Step Two: Find Any Hidden Problems Existing Within Your Bathroom

Since you are going to be making some big updates, now is a good time to make sure that your plumbing is properly ventilated and that your hasn’t sustained any water damage. If you decide to hire a contractor and fully gut your bathroom, these issues will be solved through the renovation process.

If you are planning on doing much of the work on your own, it may still be a smart idea to hire a professional to come and assess your bathroom before you accidentally cover up any existing damage.
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Step Three: Decide on a Design Plan and Choose a Color Scheme

The experts at Houzz advise against making the toilet be the first thing that you see when you walk in the bathroom. They also have great tips and information including average dimensions for sinks and bathtubs. This article over at Houzz features a very handy way to understand bathroom dimensions at this stage of the game.

Many interior designers, including those at HGTV, suggest incorporating as much light as possible into your bathroom design. After all, no one likes a dark and dingy bathroom. HGTV suggests adding a budget skylight and replacing old lighting fixtures. A mirror is another great way to bring additional light into a bathroom space.

Step Four: Find the Right Contractor and Communicate Your Plans

Although you may think your bathroom renovation is a DIY job, consider hiring a contractor for the more technical aspects like plumbing and electrical work. If you are replacing your sink, shower, toilet or tub, a contractor will be able to do a clean and accurate job, saving you from a lot of potential headaches.

A contractor will also be able to help you make sure your ventilation is working properly so that mold doesn’t build up in the space. The right contractor will also be able to help you install your appliances, storage, accessories, and flooring.

Be forewarned: some contractors may ask for a detailed plan before they get started, which is why steps one through three are so important. Check out this article by The Spruce for more details on what a contractor can do for your bathroom renovation project.
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Sit Back and Relax on Your Porcelain Throne

With your newly renovated bathroom, you will be able to enjoy a more relaxing space where you can take long soaks in the bathtub as you appreciate your design and labor. In addition, your new bathroom appliances will probably be rated more energy efficient and will be more functional overall.

If your bathroom is looking tired, don’t hesitate to give it an update with these tips as a practical guide. Working with a smaller budget? Check out our article on ways to make some simple changes to reinvigorate your bathroom.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.