In any remodeling project, the first thing that you need to consider is the plan. But, among all the rooms in a house, the bathroom is the one that needs the most precise and careful

A well thought out plan will make your bathroom remodel go smoothly.

plan. What are plans for? First of all, a plan lets you communicate exactly what must be done when you talk with the contractors and others workers. Another reason is that with planning you can select the best location for pipes, plumbing needs, electrical wiring, lighting, etc. Plans reduce the confusion and hassles that often come with a remodel. Lastly, you may be able to reduce your expenses if you have planned carefully.

You can find bathroom designs and plans from many different sources. Make sure that  you study a variety of designs so that you can compare and select the elements for the type of bathroom that you desire. Furthermore, search for articles about the latest styles in bathroom design. This could be helpful when you are ready to sell your home. For more advice, go to your local home improvement shops and ask the workers about home design options. In short, all the available and alternative materials should be known by you before starting the project.

With regard to cost, you can start by getting estimates for the features that you like. After selecting the remodeling options and estimating expenses, your next step is to design the floor plan. To do this, you need to be able to answer the following questions:

  • Will you enlarge the current space?
  • Do you want to change the plumbing fixtures?
  • Will you change the location of the plumbing fixtures?
  • Do you plan to add a shower or a tub?
  • Will you add a toilet table? If yes, will it be for one person or two?
  • Do you want more windows or a skylight in the bathroom?
  • Will you add a closet or remove one?

Once you have answered these and similar questions, you can now start your remodeling plan. First analyze the size of the space and determine if you want to add room or stay with what you have. On a drawing of the space, sketch where to place all the amenities. Then list all the materials, fixtures and supplies that you will need in the project. Be sure that you also add the style, kind and color that you prefer for the materials and amenities.

The next step is to make the working schedule. This means that you need to plan when you want the project to begin and when will it end.  Next, determine what work you will undertake and what you will leave to the contractor. Also, before the start of the project be sure that you are covered by insurance.

Lastly, when you have the final plan, make time to sit down with the contractor to discuss  all the things that you want for the bathroom, and let him or her know your budget. All in all, if you want a simple, fast and stress-free bathroom remodeling, plan well.

We offer a free online cost calculator to help you estimate the cost of your bathroom remodel.  Click here to use it.  We also have a remodeling workbook specifically for bathroom remodels.  To look at this and our other workbooks, click here.