Creating a Bathroom Remodel Wish List
The success of any remodel is in the planning, and bathrooms are no exception. In this two-part series, we’ll look at important considerations – not just in the look and functionality but also in budgeting.
Start with your wish list by asking yourself, “Why do I want to remodel?” Is your bathroom decades outdated and in need of a new look, lacking storage, or missing functionality? Most homeowners discover that it’s a little bit of all three. But one is likely more important than the next.
After this, think about your short- and long-term plans. Do you plan to sell in the near future, rent for income, or hold onto your home well into retirement? If you would like to improve resale value but hope to sell in a few years, you might opt for mid-range materials as opposed to top-of-the-line. On the contrary, if you hope to grow old in your home, you could get away with spending a little more on your favorite fixtures. Also, if this is your last upgrade before aging in place, you could incorporate non-slip surfaces, a comfort height toilet, easy reach storage, and other safety items.
Beyond the “why” and practical considerations, how does your perfect bathroom look? Forgetting budget for now, just try to imagine what you would do if there were no financial constraints. Compare too how you currently use the bathroom vs. how you would like to. Would you change the layout, enlarge the footprint, move plumbing, swap an unused tub for an even larger walk-in shower? Have you always wanted two sinks, a relaxing spa retreat, or more natural lighting? Consider all options.
Once you’ve identified why you need to remodel and how you’d like your new space to look and feel, you’ll want to plan a budget. In Part II of our bathroom remodeling series, we’ll detail some important budget considerations.