Erin Doman on February 4, 2016 0 Comments No matter if you’re doing a big bathroom renovation or a small one, getting tips is a key way to making sure that your bathroom renovation is a success. As with any home renovation, a bathroom remodel can be a lot of work and cost a lot of money. That’s why you want to make sure that you do your best the first time around. Try following these tips to improve the likelihood that your renovation is a success. 1. Think About Your Schedule Before you break any ground on this project, be sure to create a thorough and realistic schedule for every step of the renovation. The time needed to fix up your bathroom depends on a few factors. How much are you charging for labor? How many people will be able to help? Does anyone have any expertise? If you are only switching out some light fixtures, the bathroom renovation shouldn’t take more than a few hours. If you are taking everything down to the studs, you should expect the remodel to take at least two weeks. It can take even longer if you are factoring in the delivery times that many fixtures and appliances might require. If you’re planning on being the solo worker, you have to realize that the project will take much longer than if you hired a few helpers. Also, a remodel will take less time if someone knows what they’re doing at least a little bit. It’s important to consider your schedule when you do a bathroom renovation so that you have realistic expectations of when your new bathroom will be done. If you only have one bathroom, you may need to make some preparations before you start tearing your bathroom up. Thinking about your schedule will also help you realize if you need to call in any professionals. 2. Remember the Importance of Lighting You need the lighting in the bathroom to be just right. A bathroom that is too bright can be just as uninviting as a bathroom that is too dark. Consider the light fixture you want to use with the tiles to make sure that light isn’t going to reflect off of them too much. Also, think about using skylights to add a bit of natural light to a centralized bathroom. 3. Be Creative with Storage Every bathroom, no matter the size, needs ample storage. You have to have places for makeup, towels, sanitary supplies and other basic items. Having ample storage can give your bathroom the appearance of order and neatness even when it might not be behind the cabinet doors. When you’re thinking about storage, you have to think about the future as well. Is your household going to grow? Is the storage you’re thinking about adding going to appeal to a seller? These may not seem like the most important considerations at the time, but you should always think about the future when you do a home renovation. 4. Choose Your Tile Material There are a lot of different tiles on the market. You can find tiles made of stone, glass, ceramic or porcelain. The tiles you pick out will depend on your budget and the look that you want to achieve with your new bathroom layout. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you might want to install the tiles on your floor differently. For example, installing floor tiles at a diagonal will make a bathroom seem longer. If you have a small bathroom, this simple technique can make it seem much more spacious. 5. Get the Right Amount of Ventilation Ventilation in your bathroom is very important. Without the right ventilation, your bathroom can become a moldy, mildew infested nightmare. You can increase ventilation by installing a bathroom fan that runs at one cubic foot per minute for each square foot of the bathroom. 6. Budgeting a Bathroom Renovation It may be fun to just dream about the luxuries that you can add to your new bathroom, but when it comes to your budget, you need to remain realistic. A common budget breakdown for a big bathroom remodel is: 20% to cabinetry and related hardware, 20% to fixtures, 20% to faucets and other plumbing, 20% to labor, 10% to flooring, 5% to lighting, 4% to design fees and 1% to miscellaneous needs. 7. Start with the Major Fixtures First When beginning a bathroom renovation, especially if it is your first home renovation, it is better to start small. Consider focusing on a few aspects that you know you can complete in a timely manner, such as the shower head, the sink, the toilet and the lighting before you tackle any big projects. If you aren’t convinced that you want to do a big renovation, changing just these four major fixtures can make a big difference to your bathroom. 8. Be Prepared to Compromise When you created and strictly evaluated your budget, you probably realized that you’re not going to be able to add the skylight, the heated floors, the shower jets and the garden tub without going over budget. What you should do is pick one item that is going to be luxurious. For instance, if you pick heated floors, you don’t get the skylight or anything else. Everything else will be budget friendly. You have to compromise in order to avoid breaking your budget. 9. Use Mirrors Wisely Every bathroom needs a mirror, and the placement of that mirror matters, especially if you are going beyond the traditional above-the-sink placement. If your bathroom is narrow or small, the perfect mirror can make the space feel much bigger. Try to find a mirror shape and style that complements the rest of the bathroom. With proper planning, a mirror not only becomes a functional piece of your bathroom, but an aesthetic element as well. 10. Get Fixtures That Fit the Space Similarly, you want to make sure to get a sink that fits in with your bathroom. A big, clunky vanity may not fit in a small bathroom. At the same time, a floating sink might make a big bathroom feel too expansive. Make sure all of the appliances, furniture pieces and fixtures are sized in proportion to the rest of the space. 11. Pick the Right Colors When it comes time to paint your bathroom, you should not take for granted the power the right (or wrong) shade can have. You don’t want a bathroom to be either too dark or too bright. That means that you have to consider your lighting and colors in order to get the perfect look for your bathroom. Bright colors can help a small bathroom feel bigger, but darker colors can add drama or act as a focal point. You might also want to consider creating a focal wall that is a different color than the other walls. Try to experiment with wallpaper as well. Removable wallpaper is a great option because it is easy to change if you decide it doesn’t work for your bathroom. 12. Choose a Focal Point Finally, as you plan your bathroom renovation, you should consider your focal point. What do you want people to notice right away? Making a focal point in your bathroom will draw people’s attention to one area, and it can actually help to make the space as a whole feel bigger. Items that can serve as your focal point could be a mirror, your bathtub, or even a piece of art. Whenever you get ready to do any type of home renovation, you have to be sure to think about absolutely everything. You don’t want to finish the remodel and then realize that you hate the new light fixtures or regret your choice of paint color. These 12 bathroom renovation tips can help guide you through designing a bathroom that you will love.