Bathroom remodels continue to top homeowners’ to-do lists, and there’s a good reason why. They typically get a nearly 70% return on investment (even higher in certain places) and of course, they help turn that dull bathroom into a personal sanctuary in the process. Plus, a newly remodeled bathroom definitely gives you a competitive edge when you’re trying to sell. But a bathroom remodel doesn’t just happen overnight. As you probably know, it can be quite taxing. The best thing to do is plan ahead, do your research and follow this simple guide to make the most of the remodeling process.

Step 1: Ask Yourself Questions

Before you even begin the planning process, you need consider the following questions. This will help you figure out what it is you are trying to achieve, and how to get there.

  • Who is this bathroom for?
  • How often will it be used?
  • How many people will use it?
  • How much time do you spend in said bathroom (during the morning, afternoon, and evening)?
  • What’s your routine and how can your space be improved to function alongside it?
  • How long do you plan to live in this house?
  • How much storage do you need?
  • What is the main reason you want to remodel?

Step 2: Tackle the “WHY”

Why are you remodeling? This seems obvious, but you need to know the real reason before you can make any plans. There are typically three main reasons people want to remodel: update the look, make it more functional, or for resale.

If you’re remodeling to update the look, you’ll likely just be focusing on materials, fixtures, and cabinetry. If you’re remodeling for functionality, you’ll probably be gutting the whole space. If you’re remodeling for resale, you’ll want to do some research about the current market and trends.

Step 3: Independent Research

Before you get too ahead of yourself, you need to do some research on your own. Consider whether you need a basic, mid-range, or full remodel and take some time to figure out how much you’re willing (and able) to spend. Gather inspiration for your remodel with images of bathroom layouts you like, designs you like, storage you like, and more.

Step 4: Collaborative Research (with a professional)

A professional will be able to help you with all the questions you may have regarding your remodel. You can get a more realistic perspective on the design, the materials, the fixtures, etc. from an expert who’s done this before. Plus, they can help you with coming up with a complete budget and of course, help you stick to it.

Step 5: Planning

Now that you have an idea of what you can afford, what you need, and what you want, you can actually start planning. Work alongside your contractor to gather as many ideas as possible. Look to photos for inspiration, and ask tons of questions. You don’t want to make an abrupt decision on a material or style. You’ll also need to figure out the permits you need (a professional can help you with this). Spend a lot of time on this step, as it is probably the most important of them all.

Step 6: Review

In this step, the point is to get all the major elements and spacing approved before moving forward. Review all sketches and preliminary floor plans with the layout and size of its components with your contractor and set the plan in stone. You’ll want to figure out all of the logistics so that there are no surprises when construction begins.

Step 7: Choices

Now it’s the fun part! You get to make decisions about your materials, finishes, and colors. Gather your inspiration and ask your designer any questions you may have regarding specifics. Do as much research as you can so you’ll have some working knowledge when you approach this crucial conversation. Here’s the choices you need to make: bathtub, color, countertops, faucets, flooring, lighting, mirrors, shower, sinks, storage, tile, toilet, vanities.

Step 8: Nuts and bolts

This is where you’ll want to nail down all the extra factors in your remodel, like how things will flow, where you’ll keep everything while construction is underway, how you’ll prepare your space, what time the workers will be on site, and anything else that may come up during the construction process. Any last-minute decisions and questions need to take top priority here.

Step 9: Construction

Once all the decisions are made, the plans are drawn, and the papers are signed, it’s time to begin the construction process! Hooray! In anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, your new sanctuary will be complete.

Ready to start the first phase of your bathroom remodel? Contact Sandy Spring Builders today!