Renovation is exciting. Isn’t it so much fun when you get to throw around ideas and experiment a little, making something new? It’s easy to get bored of things, so naturally you would want to renovate parts of your house. I have always wanted a stylish house, with great designs, but I know for a fact, that the one thing I will want should look great, is my bathroom. This task can be difficult, especially for people who buy apartments or houses or any place that wasn’t designed by you as per your wishes. There are only two solutions in this case; either you live with it, or you go for remodeling. And if you’ve chosen to with remodeling, this article will take you through everything you need to know or keep in mind for your remodeling project.

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  1. Budget: Money matters. And any rational person would agree to that. A lot of fail to realize that renovation can be expensive. And it’s better to be prepared for it. And how do you get prepared for it? You set a budget and plan accordingly. Take an approximate initially and then speak to your contractor or whoever you’re hiring for the remodeling. Make plans that fit your budget. And yes, it’s sad, but it’s true, a design may look extremely tempting to you, but if it costs too much, then consider passing on it. Select your fixtures, tiles and other accessories keeping in mind the cost of labor and raw materials, etc.
  2. Time: Set out time limits. And estimate how much time to dedicate everything. Remodeling takes time, depending on what kind of a project and the size. Common sense says that a small bathroom will take lesser time, whereas a bigger one will take longer. This is true, but subject to the fixtures and features you choose to go with. Your contractor will take time depending on the number of things you change and the newer things you put in its place. It also takes time for you to place orders for the things you need and for them to get delivered. So make a timeline keeping in mind all of this.
  3. Sequence: Any renovation job requires creating a lot of mess and cleaning up after and it is only natural that sometimes, some mistake might happen that you may not see coming. If the change includes removing or demolishing some things then it will create a much larger mess but painting on the other hand will create an altogether different kind of a mess. The point is, plan your remodeling and create a sequence in which things are to be taken care of. This will help you reduce the amount of time and energy spent of cleaning. Ideally, you should go with first the ceilings, then the walls and finally the floors.
  4. Work with professionals: The amount of water damage a house may suffer depends on the way it was built. The best way to avoid water damage is to work with a professional. A professional has the expertise required and will therefore be able to give you a bathroom without any problems.
  5. walls and flooringWalls: There is a lot of variety when it comes to materials and surfaces you can use for your walls. As long as the material is waterproof, the functionality will be served majorly.
  6. Flooring: There are endless options for flooring a bathroom. Ceramic, marble and tiles are some of the broad categories in the materials you can use. Make sure that the material is waterproof. Vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl is another inexpensive option that actually looks pretty amazing. However, the biggest thing to keep in mind while choosing the material is slip-resistance and durability.
  7. Style and Functionality: These are both two very important components of any remodeling project. Start of by thinking of what designs you want. The paint, shower, faucets, tile, etc. are all a part of the physical style and appearance of the bathroom. Do your research and then begin with the whole thing. Make sure the things you choose go with each other. One good way to do this is to choose one central piece and a design for it, and then choose other elements according to it. One common thing that most people forget while choosing design is to look at the functionality of what you’ve chosen. It is possible that what you choose isn’t very functional; it’s possible that the sink is in the wrong place, and that shower doesn’t give out as much water as you need it to. So keep the functionality of things in mind since this will affect your usage and also the valuation fo your house should you choose to sell.
  8. Size and Measurement: It’s easy to think of a bathroom design and size as per your wishes, but there are things that set a limitation on the size of your bathroom and other things in a renovation; the maximum size you can give it, the size and dimension of the fixtures and the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes that already exist. Measure while keeping these things in mind and plan accordingly. There’s no use in buying things and then realizing it doesn’t fit.
  9. fixturesFixtures and Features: It’s difficult to imagine a renovation that doesn’t include the fixtures and features. The fixtures and features may need to be changed altogether or simply repaired. Mirrors also form an important part of this. So make a checklist of fixtures and features; include everything from faucets to bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks. Drawers and cabinets are also an important part of your remodeling project.
  10. Lights: A bathroom without proper lights is literally pointless and impractical. You need to plan for lighting that is functional and creates a relaxed atmosphere. While natural light is always the best option, artificial lighting becomes necessary in the night. While too bright lights are not advisable, neither is too dim. You need to find the perfect balance between the dimness and brightness.
  11. Ventilation: It’s easy to forget ventilation, and when you do, it can be extremely difficult. All rooms that have the tendency to get wet, especially bathrooms need to be ventilated properly, not just to avoid bad odor but also for proper hygiene. Plan and choose the right spot for the exhaust, and try and have a window in there somewhere.
  12. Get Environment Friendly: Green and environment friendly technology is becoming a part of life everywhere. It is a good option to invest in designs that help you help the environment by using lesser water, low energy consuming lighting, recycled glass for countertops, paints with lower emissions. There are all things that will cost you much lesser than you might think, and do a lot of good to the environment in return.
  13. Place the toilet carefully: A mistake that most people make is that they don’t look at the placing of things, and end up making a bathroom where the first thing you see when you open the door is the toilet. This can be very unattractive for anybody walking by if the door is left open for whatever reason. You do not want the focal point of your amazing bathroom to be the toilet.
  14. Height of the Sink: Give thought to the height of the sink. A sink that is too high or too low can be extremely inconvenient. Bending over excessively over a sink that is too low will noly give you a backache, and a high sink is no better either. So be careful when you’re doing the measurements. Sometimes you don’t have the right space in your bathroom. In such a situation placing a sink in the corner is a god way of saving space.
  15. Bathtubs: Everybody wants a beautiful bathtub. A bathtub doesn’t just add elegance to your bathroom but is also a good investment for luxurious bathing experiences, specially when you’ve had a bad day. Sometime you don’t have the space, or the money so rather than giving up on the idea altogether, go for a smaller bathtub/. Something is better than nothing, right?
  16. cabinetsCabinets and Shelves: Storage space is important in every bathroom, therefore, the cabinets and shelves form an equally important of the remodeling. If yours is a small bathroom, or shaped irregularly, then even more so., since you will need to come up with innovative methods of creating space for storage. Things need to be easily reachable and at the same time functional along with being stylish in appearance. Now you wouldn’t want your jaguar fittings to be shadowed by a shabby cabinet, would you?
  17. Vanity: Your vanity is just as important as any other part of your bathroom. Give some serious thought on where to put it and what designs to go for. Once again, pay attention to the height. You don’t want a vanity that is too small to carry your stuff, but so big that it blocks your movement. The material for the countertop is also equally important specially when it comes to the maintenance.
  18. Go to the Store: There are a lot of things that you find out about a product at a store that you won’t if you order online. Yeah, it’s easier, and involves a lot less hassle, but you get the complete feel of the object. It becomes easier to figure out whether or not you actually want it when you see it in person. It’s a lot easier to know how comfortable you really will be with it when it’s in front of your eyes.
  19. Colors scheme: You want to pay attention to the color scheme. Get hold of a paint palette or paint tiny patches if you want to, but make sure the colors you choose go together. Also make sure that it goes with the lighting you have chosen. It is important that the two go together because a clash will not give you a bathroom you’ll be happy with.
  20. accessoriesAccessories: When you’re done with your remodeling, make sure that you accessorize appropriately. A bathroom that has accessories that match and go with the style and ambience is amazing. Believe you me, if you’ve made all this expenditure in remodeling your bathroom, just loosen your purse strings just a tiny bit more and invest in stylish accessories that match your bathroom. Get elaborate soap dishes, mirrors, bath mats and towel racks. Wash clothes and towel are also a good investment, but if you’re on a tight budget, going for a few fancy hand towels is also an equally good option.