There’s something special about a great bathroom. Do you ever get back to the table in a restaurant or hotel and feel compelled to comment on how wonderful the bathrooms are? When we find ourselves in a beautiful bathroom, it’s easy to feel calm, happy, and a little bit fancy.
If you’re looking for bathroom remodelling ideas, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the choices. Bathroom renovation magazines and websites are full of stunning designs that each look as lovely as the last. So which one is right for you?
Although it’s often subconscious, we’re drawn to bathrooms that have been thoughtfully designed to meet our needs perfectly.
Bathrooms are the number one place that homeowners love to remodel, even more than kitchens. Space is smaller, making the job a bit easier. Plus, this reduced space means reduced cost: less flooring and paint, fewer cabinets and countertop. Follow these tips to make your bathroom remodel more attractive while keeping the process smooth, efficient, and cost-effective.
Getting ready to start a new bathroom remodelling project? Is this your first time going through a home renovation? It’s an exciting chapter of your life and one that should be approached the right way. We compiled our favourite tips and tricks to help you learn the perfect balance between your creative customization needs and functional design ideas that can help you tie the whole bathroom together.
We all want a bathroom that would be a reflection of our style and be able to deliver the comfort we need at the same time. However, aside from that, it’s also important that it has the right fixtures and amenities that are capable of providing function and value as well. Fortunately, through careful planning, finding the right contractors, and choosing the right design, you can have it all.
When is the right time to remodel your bathroom? Any time. If you plan to stay in your home, why suffer from outdated decor, an awkward layout, or inefficient fixtures? If you plan to move soon, a remodel might pay off in a higher listing price or a quicker sale. Here are things to keep in mind when tackling a bathroom remodel.
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Create a Budget
When you get the opportunity to transform your home into the exact style you want, you’re making an investment in your property and yourself. Home and bathroom remodelling can cost as much as you let it, and without a solid budget, costs can spiral.
The solution is to research local custom building costs, set a realistic budget, and then try to stick to it. This is made easier if you choose a remodelling contractor or design-build firm that offers fixed pricing rather than estimates.
The bathroom can get expensive quickly, mostly due to labour costs and, to a lesser extent, materials. Top bathroom general contractors and the licensed subcontractors they work with are highly skilled professionals, and they are in demand. If you want to upgrade your existing bathroom to higher-end materials, you’ll need to factor in the cost of everything from tiles to a bathtub.
To create your budget, you’ll need to take into consideration a few things:
- Are you looking to sell within a few years?
- Do you want to change the location of plumbed-in items?
- What parts of the new bathroom are essential?
- What can you afford to invest?
Remodelling your bathroom before selling your home
I usually advise clients to remodel their home with their use—not resale value—in mind. With few exceptions, you will only recoup part of your remodelling investment when you go to sell your home. If you only plan to stay a year or two before you sell, you might want to think twice before investing in any major remodelling projects.
That said, bathroom remodels tend to recoup a healthy portion of their cost when it comes time to sell, particularly if your old bathroom was excessively worn or outdated. In 2018, the average bathroom remodel had a 70% return rate when the property sold. If you plan to be in your home long enough to enjoy the new space, it may very well make sense to invest in a remodel.
One quick tip: If you are trying to keep resale value in mind, make design and materials choices that are likely to have broad appeal and aren’t too specific to you. Consult a real estate professional or interior designer for guidance.
Choose the type of bathroom.
Bathrooms come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and layouts. Chances are, you probably won’t change the type of bathroom when you go to remodel. However, it’s a good idea to look at all your options before you set your ideas in stone (or grout!). An experienced interior designer can help you see possibilities that you might have missed. For instance, a cramped half bath could be transformed into a luxurious master suite just by borrowing some space from a walk-in closet or bedroom.
A standard bathroom or full bath is one that contains a sink, toilet, and a bath, a shower, or both. Some older homes were designed with just one full bathroom that the entire family was meant to share.
Master en-suites have the same basic features but are accessed via the master bedroom. Homeowners remodelling or adding a master suite often go for a luxurious spa-like vibe. Think skylights, a soaking tub, and separate steam shower. A properly designed master suite can be a rejuvenating escape at home.
In most cases, a master suite can be added on to a home if one doesn’t already exist. That can free up the existing standard bath for family use and can eliminate long lines at morning shower time.
A half bath, or powder room, is a small space that has only a sink and a toilet. If you live in an older Seattle home that has only one full bath, your life could improve by adding a half bath. If you have guests over for dinner, they can use the powder room and not have to invade your personal bathroom space. Likewise, if you have house guests staying over, it can take some of the pressure off your main bath if you’re all trying to get ready at the same time in the morning.
One of the best things about a half bath is that it doesn’t require a big footprint. We’ve fit half baths in the tightest of spots, including closets and unused corners. Adding a half bath can be an easy way to boost the value of your home as well as make your life easier.
A wet bath is a type of full bathroom where the shower isn’t in a separate cubicle or behind a curtain. Wet baths are completely waterproofed, including the floor, cabinets, and walls.
Creating a wet room is one of my favourite approaches to bathroom design. It can look sleek and modern, without any cumbersome shower doors to get in the way. But it is also eminently practical. Because they are fully waterproof, you don’t have to give a second thought to water splashing on the floor or walls. Wet baths also lend themselves well to universal design principals because there are no curbs or other obstacles that keep someone with limited mobility from passing safely into and out of the shower.
Another advantage of wet baths is that they make efficient use of space. If you are remodelling or adding a bathroom to your home, square footage can be precious, and a wet bath approach lets you fit more into a smaller room because you don’t have to devote space to a shower frame or stall.
Wet baths cost a bit more, but they are an excellent investment and the most durable way to build a bathroom.
Develop a bathroom layout
So you’ve settled on the type of bathroom you’re installing or redoing (half or full bath, wet bath or standard). Now it’s time to think about the layout. Depending on the shape and size of the area you have to work with, there are countless variations in bathroom layout.
Important tip: Before you think about the aesthetics of your bathroom remodel, you have to nail down the layout.
I often advise clients to consider keeping their existing layout. If they like the general position of tub/shower, sink, and toilet and can go on living with that general layout, then I say go for it!
Rearranging plumbing fixtures (and walls) can quickly drive up the cost of your bathroom remodel, and if you can leave well enough alone, then do.
Of course, sometimes the existing layout doesn’t work.
Maybe your original bathroom was poorly designed. Maybe you need more space. Maybe you are converting a half bath to a full bath. You might need to change the layout for any number of reasons. And that’s when it can get tricky.
When you’re looking at your existing bathroom, that image gets stuck in your head. It can be a mental leap to re-imagine it as anything other than its original form.
Your designer can help by offering design consultations and creating a 3-D rending of what your new bathroom will look like, for instance, we are able to let our design clients immerse themselves in potential new bathroom designs using a virtual reality headset. This way, you can explore several approaches until you settle on one you love.
In general, the smaller space, the fewer layout choices you will be confronted with. There are only so many ways you can fit a tub, sink, and toilet into an 8′ x 8′ footprint. More space opens up more possibilities and more opportunities for customization.
An experienced interior designer can help you make the best use of a small space. He or she can also help you customize a larger layout to fit your unique needs.
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Decide whether you want a bathtub.
“To bathtub or not to bathtub” was probably Shakespeare’s original conundrum for Hamlet. After all, Danish castles are expensive to keep up, and showers were coming in at the turn of the 17th Century. For modern homeowners looking to capitalize on space, this question can be a big one.
Traditional bathrooms usually have bathtubs, but our need to soak seems to be in decline. Maybe it’s because life is getting quicker, but most Americans now prefer showering over taking a bath. Baths also use a considerable amount of water compared to showers.
If you’re the kind of person who takes full advantage of the utter relaxation a bath can provide, then fitting it into your bathroom remodel will be a big yes. Luxury bathtubs are best in a master en-suite where you can soak in the peace, away from anything else going on in the house.
If you plan to put your house on the market anytime soon, you may want to keep at least one bathtub. If you’re planning on staying in your home for many years, then feel free to ignore that advice, and convert all your tubs to luxury showers. You may never look back.
Lighting is something that a lot of people forget about when designing a new bathroom. But you’ll instantly recognize bad bathroom lighting when you see it, and it can destroy the look and utility of the space.
Nothing makes a bathroom feel brighter and airier than ample natural lighting. If possible, try to incorporate plenty of windows and maybe a skylight into your design. If the design of your home isn’t conducive to a traditional skylight, you might still be able to use a tubular skylight.
Having a natural lighting scheme around the mirror allows you to see what you’ll look like when you step outside and gives true representations of colour and skin tone.
If your bathroom design has one or more windows, you may want to put your mirror and vanity lighting in a position where you’ll be facing the window. This allows you to take advantage of sunlight during the day and vanity lighting after dark.
Of course, no matter how good your natural lighting plan, the sunsets every day, and you’ll need an equally good artificial lighting plan.
Thinking in terms of layers is a good start. Recessed LEDs on a dimmer switch can provide ambient light, but remember that overhead light can cast shadows on the face, which isn’t pleasant. For this reason, be sure to layer in soft lighting at head level at the vanity. Some modern vanities have built-in lighting that provides pure, broad-spectrum light that gives your skin a natural appearance. Avoid harsh light sources and bare bulbs.
Don’t forget to provide adequate lighting in the shower area or spotlighting if you like to read in the tub. We’ve even incorporated indirect lighting strips to the tile work in the shower to provide a splash of mood lighting to the niche.
Don’t overlook ventilation.
Bathrooms are naturally prone to dampness, and this problem is even worse in humid Seattle. If your bathroom has a shower or tub, building code requires adequate ventilation.
All bathrooms need excellent ventilation to keep occupants in good health and prevent mould from growing. Mould spells big problems for bathrooms and, if left untreated, can stain and do expensive damage, especially in hidden areas.
Ventilation usually comes in the form of:
- Windows and window vents
- Exhaust fans
Windows can be a good source of ventilation, but they can also let in traffic pollution, pollen, and even raccoons! During winter, you’ll waste energy by relying on open windows to ventilate your bathroom. Plus, it’s cold to crack a window when you’re in the shower.
Externally vented exhaust fans on timers are a good solution to ventilation problems, and your contractor will help you decide where they should be installed in the bathroom for the most effective airflow.
Add a little luxury.
When you’re thinking about bathroom remodelling, you might want to add in a few extras to make your space special.
There are a few optional bathroom additions that are becoming highly prized and even expected in modern bathrooms. Adding these during a remodel is a perfect time, as it will cause less disruption than doing it later.
Imagine stepping out of the shower or bath and having a warm floor to rest your feet on. It’s a small touch that makes a huge difference to your enjoyment. Heated tile floors are not only luxurious on your feet, but they also make economic sense.
Having a heated floor installed will add upfront cost, but it enables you to remain comfortable while keeping your main thermostat a bit lower. Radiant heat feels warmer—like the rays of the sun—than hot air, and few things in this world beat the feeling of toasty toes!
Heated towel rail
Is there anything better than getting out of the shower and wrapping a pre-heated towel around yourself? I think not!
Wall-mounted toilets, cabinets, and washbasins look sleek, modern, and open up the floor space. This allows you to add extra storage or have a more open bathroom. Again, this luxury extra is a small touch that can make a dramatic difference to how your bathroom looks and feels.
Choose durable bathroom materials.
Bathrooms endure a lot of wear every day. They need to be able to cope with big temperature swings as well as significant humidity changes and outright water exposure. Bathrooms also need to be easy to clean, withstand harsh chemicals, and look attractive.
It’s quite the task!
Getting the most out of a bathroom remodel often means knowing where to save and where to spend money on high-quality materials. Often, cutting costs on materials will end up costing you much more in the long run as they’ll need replacing in a few years.
The most durable bathroom materials will look like new for much longer, and some will last your lifetime or more. They’ll retain their high-quality aesthetic and won’t be prone to damp-related issues.
Be sure to specify high-quality, non-porous tile in your design. Porcelain is usually a good choice.
Avoid cheap particle-board cabinets that can quickly swell and fail in damp environments. Likewise, choose solid wood trim over MDF.
Most porcelain sinks and cast-iron tubs, even less expensive ones, will hold up well, but avoid cheap fibreglass or acrylic surfaces.
Invest in high-quality plumbing fixtures with solid brass mixing valves; they will last a lifetime, whereas cheap plastic fixtures will likely fail within a few short years.
Adding a bathroom
Are you building a new bathroom from scratch? Adding an extra bathroom to your house can not only free up the morning battle for bathroom access but increase the value of your home.
Adding a new bathroom will require designing and installing an entire plumbing system. While this is a big job, it gives you the freedom to layout your new space exactly as you wish.
Combining projects can save you money.
If you are adding a new bathroom, also consider remodelling your other bathrooms at the same time. You’ll already have a parade of subcontractors and inspectors in your home, and there are cost efficiencies that come with combining jobs.
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Think about accessibility now, before you need it
While you’re remodelling your bathroom, it’s smart to think about making it accessible. While the idea of having a disability or being less mobile might seem a distant concern, taking a few simple steps now can save you money later.
Accessibility doesn’t necessarily mean adding in grab rails today. Instead, you can add blocking behind the drywall to support grab rails in the future. A walk-in, the curb-less shower is also a beautiful option that provides the added benefit of being accessible.
From slip-resistant tiles to wet-room designs, considering accessibility when remodelling your bathroom can be an easy and proactive step.
A bathroom remodelling project is an investment, and you want to be sure you’re getting the best return for your money. A bath renovation is an investment in your future – one where you will be earning yourself a profit because you went through the trouble of increasing the value in your home!