The highest pleasure of owning a home is the ability to remodel and change what you want in it. This can also be the most complex and dangerous idea if you don't prepare yourself for the worst possible issues.
Understanding how to design a bathroom means a lot of pre-planning and knowledge of little tricks and changes that can go a long way.
We have here 9 essential tips to guide your next bathroom remodeling project. Let's go over them and see where you can squeeze the most value and beauty out of your bathroom.
Every remodeling project in your house will have a budget and the easiest thing in the world is to go over that budget with grandiose ideas.
Before you even consider how to change anything, plot out what you want to change. Researching material, labor costs, and installation time give you a better idea of what you should focus on.
If a particular upgrade may be too expensive for now, plan around it and save up for another remodeling down the line.
There is little worse than purchasing all your upgrades and materials and finding out it doesn't all fit how you want it.
Measure out every section to get an idea of your space. Be careful to double-check measurements if you get materials from an international supplier, as differences in imperial and metric.
Besides the right amount of room, consider what you see when you enter your bathroom. Have your layout showoff the aesthetically pleasing items first, to help shift how the room feels.
Your layout planning may bring you to an interesting question. Do you need to remove anything from your bathroom to save space?
This consideration can also imply to downsizing an item. A large bathtub can become a compact shower. A wide vanity can become smaller.
If you have more than one bathroom, you might even consider removing essentials in a smaller bathroom, like a shower or cabinets.
Ceramic has become the go-to standard material for almost everything in a bathroom. From tiles to toilets to vanities covers. While ceramic is a wonderful material, there are many different materials to choose from.
For example, consider concrete. If you add a concrete sink, you can get a tough and durable material that is affordable and easy to maintain.
One thing that many people don't even realize is how much lighting can affect the mood of a room.
It seems obvious in extreme examples, but even small tweaks to lighting strengths and placement can change an entire room.
You will want your bathroom to be well lit. You never want to stumble around in a bathroom, though adding in variable lighting sources can help change the mood for a relaxing bath.
You can add extra sources of light in unique ways, too. Candles can pull double duty as fragrant and a small light source. Decorative wall fixtures are also great for adding style and light to a small space.
There is a good amount of items you need to store inside of a bathroom. You have towels, toothbrushes, soap, bathroom tissue, and even makeup and medicine.
Where to put these items can be difficult. Cabinet space underneath sinks are the easiest methods, but consider trying inset cabinets on your walls. Decorative fixtures can also hold small items.
You can also hand a lot of items on hooks behind your day, using your verticle space.
Windows can be an unassuming but powerful part of bathroom design. They can provide a source of natural light, another area to decorate and even store items, and a view to the outside.
You will want some blinds on your windows, both to control natural light and to give you some more privacy.
Window sills can also act as a quick storage method for a few items, whether decorative or useful.
The biggest rule, of course, is to make sure your window is not facing another window or populated area. This will make your privacy much easier to control.
Now, all of these steps have been focusing on elegant aesthetics and ease of use. What can be easy to forget is how easy your bathroom is to clean and maintain.
It's not a glamorous idea, but it will save you a lot of frustration. If your layout and upgrades make for a lot of hard to reach places, the buildup of gross dirt and grime will ruin your beautiful bathroom.
Don't make your home upkeep any worse than it has to be. Keep your cleaning duties in mind with bathroom layout and space.
The final tip is one of the most awkward and annoying things to get wrong, the door. Nothing feels worse than installing everything in place and then realizing you can't open the door enough to leave the bathroom.
There are a number of ways to solve this issue.
Try not to get a door that swings into the bathroom. If you can, have your door open outward into the more open hallway.
Consider a sliding door that opens sideways, sliding off into the wall so it takes up no more space. These can increase your cost and time for the remodeling project, though, so be careful.
At the very least, be mindful of toilet placement, as it is the one item that can jut out more than you think. Have your door open into a wall whenever possible.
Now that you have a better grasp on how to design a bathroom, your next project should feel smoother and more natural. Take your time, plan out your steps, and your bathroom will be looking marvelous in no time.
In the meantime, there are dozens of other projects in your home to tackle next. Why not make your garden as gorgeous as your bathroom with a few of our helpful articles to guide you?
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.
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